16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
I'd like to comment on Eyeglass Rule, 16 CFR Part 456, Project No. R511996. I've worn glasses for more than 35 years, ever since I was 4 years old. In that time I've developed a good sense of how well my eyeglass prescription is serving me, and when it's time to go get my Rx updated. About 10 years ago I went ahead and got LASIK, improving my vision considerably - but I still prefer to wear a light prescription at all times. Since the procedure, my eyes have been very "stable" - I've only NEEDED a new Rx once since then. That's why it is frustrating when I need a new or extra pair of glasses and I'm forced to get another eye exam - even though I'm happy with my current Rx, and especially don't want to have multiple pairs with different Rxes in them. It's also sometimes difficult to ask an optometrist to "just rewrite the old Rx" - they want to do their due diligence and do an exam, which means a copay, which means taking time off work or from your personal life - all for nothing. Glasses aren't drugs, they don't "go bad". And When you're talking about someone's vision, I think you can trust individuals to seek out an eye doctor when they themselves feel the need, not by some arbitrary guideline.