FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
My husband and I are optometrists in the city of Huntington Beach, California. Along with three other doctors in our practice, we are determined to provide the best quality eye care to our patients here in our community. There is no justification for targeting us and our patients with misguided requirements in your Contact Lens Rule proposal, while the Commission allows retailers who blatantly violate the law to operate unchecked. Your agency's own complaint data confirms that we comply with the law, a finding that Members of Congress have recognized through the passage of 2018 government funding legislation. The Committee directs the FTC to prioritize our patients' safety in wearing our prescribed contact lenses. We understand that you hear the voices from paid consultants who make unfounded claims to continue with their proposed rule. However, I urge you to listen to the nation's eye doctors both optometrists and ophthalmologists in recognizing contact lenses as a medical device and by joining with the FDA and CDC in making quality care and patient health and safety as a priority in Washington, DC. We have seen too many serious eye infections which lead to blindness to take this matter lightly. Sincerely, Linda Arboleda O.D. Kevin Germundsen O.D.