FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
As a doctor of optometry I deal with these contact lens rules on a daily basis. The proposed rule to require eye doctors to obtain a written acknowledgment that the patient has received their prescription is just a ridiculous waste of time and resources. The majority of doctors provide every patient their prescription at the end of their examination, and in this day and age I believe most contact lens wearers understand they have the option of purchasing their contact lenses from many different sources. In a time when we are trying to reduce cost and waste in medical care delivery, this will in fact work to do the opposite. I feel it would be in the public's interest for the FTC to pay more attention to the current rules about prescription verification. We are constantly seeing attempts by online contact lens retailers and consumers to skirt the verification rules for these medical devices. We have many patients that are provided the wrong lenses or lenses on prescriptions that are many years expired. Unfortunately these online companies are fine with sacrificing the health of their customers all to make a sale. I hope you will take into account these issues when looking into these proposed rule changes, as any cost increases incurred by providers are going to have to be passed on to the consumer in the form of increased examinations fees, and I don't think our patients want to pay more for their care just to appease a few large online retailers who are trying to ensure they have increased access to sales.