FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule #03429

Submission Number:
03429
Commenter:
Jeri Schneebeck, O.D.
Organization:
State:
Colorado
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FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen Federal Trade Commission Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex C) Washington, DC 20024 Dear Acting Chairwoman Ohlhausen, I am an optometrist practicing in Aurora, Colorado. On a yearly basis, my practice provides care for more than 2000 contact lens wearing patients. As a doctor, and in accordance with the American Optometric Association's Standards of Professional Conduct, my primary ethical responsibility is to place my patients' interest above my own. First, I would like to make clear that I comply with the requirements of the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA) and the corresponding Contact Lens Rule by providing copies of contact lens prescriptions to contact lens wearing patients at the end of the contact lens fitting process. I am writing in opposition to the proposed FTC proposal to require that all contact lens wearing patients sign an acknowledgement of receipt of a contact lens prescription and that I keep this form on file for years. I oppose this because current government and insurance regulations already take away from our doctors and staff patient care time. It would increase our cost of doing business without improving patient care. Additionally, I believe the FTC should reconsider the decision not to use its existing authority to more-fully address unscrupulous business practices of online contact lens sellers that have been putting the health and safety of my patients at risk for more than a decade. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Jeri Schneebeck, O.D. Highline Vision Center Aurora, CO