Letters & E-Mail
Chagrined, and having felt that this former Ohio State student had let Dr. Glenn Fry down, I dusted off my copy of Dr. Fry’s Geometrical Optics and Empting and Margaret’s Mechanical Optics and Dispensing, which I had spurned far too long ago in favor of sexier pathology texts.—James A. Cox., O.D., Canton, Ohio.
How Can We Stop Internet Contact Lens RXes?Editor: I recently saw a patient who had been ordering contact lenses over the Internet. The last time I examined this patient was 20 months before, and I expire all contact lens prescriptions in a year. This patient had been obtaining contact lenses with an expired Rx since February 1999.
This patient recently came back to my office with corneal neovascularization of both eyes. She reported that all she had to do was provide the name of the optometrist she’d last seen and the lens parameters from the box. This patient never asked me for a copy of her contact lens Rx, nor had the Internet company contacted my office.
How can companies such as this operate with little or none of the oversight or regulation we must adhere to? If this were allowed with prescription pharmaceuticals we could contact an Internet company and order a supply of Tylenol #4 with codeine, or morphine or some other narcotic with no prescription information other than stating “yes I have seen a physician.” There must be something that can be done so that our laws apply to all who prescribe. Otherwise, what good are they?—Richard W. Hoberg, O.D., F.A.A.O., Sioux City, Iowa.
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