FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
Contact Lenses are and will always be medical devices. As such, they must be given under the care of a eye professional for the health and safety of the patient. Without proper training and education, the contacts can and will be misused. Even with training and education, patients often abuse and misuse lenses. Only a trained eye care professional can determine the proper fit, prescription and if a patient is eligible to wear contact lenses. This must be done in person with special equipment (i.e slip lamp examination) in order to determine overall eye health before, during and after contact lens wear. If regulations are relaxed to allow online prescriptions, no prescription, etc then the health of that patient's eyes are being put at risk. All too commonly, we see the results of misuse or abuse of lenses such as infections, inflammation, and deterioration in the eye, some of which can be vision threatening if not promptly and properly treated. It is inevitable that if patients access to these devices is expanded without in person supervision and evaluation, these incidents will become all too frequent. I implore you not to risk the safety and ocular health of these patients for convenience. While life has become easier in many ways, some things must be continued to be done in person, under the proper supervision and evaluation by a professional. Contact lenses will always be one of those things.