FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
My patients do not live under a rock. They are well aware and avail themselves of the ability to purchase contact lenses elsewhere. What other industry is being asked to sign a statement that they are free to purchase products elsewhere. I went to buy a Ford vehicle and was not required to sign a waiver that I could buy Fords elsewhere or even Chevrolets if I so desired. This is an example of bureaucratic overreach and an unnecessary burden to place on a small business. Not only is this an interference with my relationship with my patients and operational efficiency but to have to maintain that statement for so many years exceeds my need to keep other aspects of their record. The parties that view contact lenses as a commodity and a business have been by far the abusers of the marketplace. What is the panel's relationship with those mass marketers? Is there a conflict of interest? I have heard that to be the case. I do hope that fairness prevails, and if so it does not necessitate this kind of step.