16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
This is a comment on Eyeglass Rule, 16 CFR Part 456, Project No. R511996. I placed an order for glasses recently but didn't have a copy of my prescription handy; instead, I asked the optical shop to call my doctor and verify my prescription, just like they do for my contacts. But the doctor never called them back. I have seen this time and time again - doctors refuse to share my own medical information with others even after I request they share it. In fact, sometimes the eye doctor won't even give me my own basic exam information (e.g. pupillary distance etc.) so I'm not even able to order eyeglasses from another provider myself. So basically, the doctor is holding my medical information from me and not letting me buy glasses from a place that I choose? That's unfair to consumers and is anti-competitive behavior. This needs to be remedied in order for consumers to be treated fairly and for innovation to occur in the optical industry (where it is badly needed).