FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
I'm an optometrist practicing in New Hampshire. I would like to oppose this proposed change to contact lens prescribing requirements. As a healthcare provider, my primary goal when prescribing contact lenses is to ensure that a patient will receive a safe and effective medical device to improve their vision. It is pointless to require eye care providers and their staff to sign a form stating that we have provided a prescription for a patient and keep this on file for 3 Years. An eye examination chart already provides this information not only for contact lenses, but also every other aspect of what was done in their eye exam. What the FTC should be focusing on is improved regulation of contact lens suppliers. Contact lenses are medical devices and can create serious harm and vision loss from infection if they are not properly worn and cared for. Patients should not be able to purchase contact lenses without a prescription for that particular contact lens. Patients should also be re-evaluated annually to ensure that the contact lenses they are wearing are not causing harm to their eyes or vision. I just had a patient come in after purchasing Hubble contact lenses online without a prescription. She had a corneal keratitis infection after wearing the lens for several days without proper education on how to care for the lens. She required antibiotic eye drops for several days to treat the condition she received from this unregulated contact lens manufacturer. Please support eye care providers and limit this situation from repeating in the future.