16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996 #00497

Submission Number:
00497
Commenter:
Steven Kirkham
State:
Ohio
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
The new requirement for adding pupillary distance to eyeglass prescriptions will raise the time and cost for doctor's prescribing glasses to their patients. Universally, such measurements are only done when actually fitting and selling glasses if the patient wishes to purchase them and not Obviously, this is to benefit the patient in order to have them take prescriptions elsewhere or online for fittings, but it will also cost the patients who simply wish to have a copy of the prescriptions because there are not price controls on refractions that are dispensed and we will openly let the patients know that the price of prescribing has gone up due to additional federal regulations. As well, this will cost everyone more for the benefit of online retailers. Overall, this will be made to cost patients more, not less, as charges will be adjusted. The cost of pupillary distance is usually waived and included in the standard cost of glasses wherever they are purchased. If a few patients wish to obtain glasses online or where such measurements are not done, they may pay a small fee (usually $10) to have them done at any doctors office and still save on their purchase.