FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
Dear Committee, I am an optometrist, my work day in and out is eyecare. Independent optometrists lost profitability a long time ago from contact sales. My motivation for opposing this new regulation is the financial burden it would put on small offices looked mine. Also, eye care providers are pretty good about following the rules. Every patient of mine gets a printed copy of their prescription as soon as I leave the room with them. They are free to purchase them anywhere and many do. I spend about 5-10 minutes everyday verifying lens prescriptions that are not bought at my office. However, online companies are not good at following the rules. Just two weeks ago I saw a lady in her mid-30s who had bought her contact lenses online for two or three years she came in with a corneal infection. Thankfully with two weeks of strong antibiotics we were able to resolve the infection but now she is left with a scar. If she had been seen in a timely manner and worn contact lenses appropriately she would not have had this complication. If the online companies had done their job of verifying contact lens prescription she again would not have had this complication. Please consider patient safety a huge part of the new rules when you consider the new regulation. Optometrists have already written off financial gains from Contact Lenses as we are already so undercut we can't make a profit on them. I'll be happy to see many many more cornea ulcers as it would be more profitable, but I'm a doctor. I'm responsible for saving vision not causing people to lose it.