FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule #3389

Submission Number:
3389
Commenter:
Noemi Larragoiti
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State:
California
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FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
Dear FTC: I am writing to comment on the contact lens proposed changes you will be considering. I am an Optometrist and practice in the Southern California area. Just yesterday a young lady who has not been seen at my office for over a year and not had an contact lens evaluation in over 3 years came into my office for an eye exam. Unfortunately, I was not able to complete her requests due to a severely compromised cornea. She has been wearing contact which she claims she get filled online. How she is able to continue to get contacts without a current existing prescription is beyond me. Many of these online contact lens vendors often do not verify if prescriptions are current or if patients have had recent exams. This is an example of that. I assure you I am not the only eye doctor this happens to. Many of my colleagues will second this scenario. Current laws for my profession mandate that a prescription be given to patients. All of my patients are free to shop not only their contacts but their glasses as well. It is my believe that enacting new rules will not make this problem go away but will certainly impact my profession negatively. Enforcing the current laws and holding unlicensed dispensers accountable is what needs to take place. I hope that the FTC finds a solution that will to this growing problem, by simply enforcing the rules currently in place and holding all involved accountable. Sincerely, Dr. Noemi D. Larragoiti