16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
The proposal is offensive to me as an ophthalmologist in rural south Georgia - I care for the elderly, the sick, the well, the young, and try to dispense eyewear as well. The time necessary to have all glasses prescriptions contain a "PD" will be born by me with absolutely no upside for me and my practice's bottom line. As it now stands, if a patient wishes to order glasses online, if they are not made correctly, it is not my problem. When we fit the glasses, we own the problem and fix it if it is not right the first time. This happens and this does require a lot of extra time with the patient. If a patient becomes unhappy with glasses or contacts (based on my "full prescribing information" that they ordered online, then I eat the time and the cost to fix someone else's problems. No way. As I stated above, I care for a lot of fixed-income elderly folks and already I do not charge them to prescribe their glasses because our government will not allow me to do that - they do not cover this service, yet I provide it. This new proposal is yet another example of non-medical people (politicians and special interest) commandeering my time, talent, and medical license. If this proposal goes thru, we will strongly consider no longer providing prescriptions for any patient.