FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
2 weeks ago, I had a patient come in for a contact lens exam. He mentioned the last contacts he ordered online were very uncomfortable. The contacts he had ordered were different from what was prescribed and he had ordered them in the wrong base curve. Luckily, this error this time only caused discomfort; however, for someone else it could have caused serious complications had the contact lens been too tight. We always provide patients with their contact lens prescriptions; however there needs to be better enforcement on retailers selling contact lenses because this is a medical device placed directly on the eye. The FTC needs to recognize this and first and foremost should be following the regulations set in place by the FDA and take into account the concerns of optometrists and ophthalmologists. When contact lens companies are concerned about the integrity of the product sold by online companies and are suing these online retailers, I believe this is a clear sign that better enforcement of current rules is needed rather than new rules.