16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
Currently, eyeglass prescriptions are determined through refraction. The process does not include some of the things that Sen. Schumer suggests. Sen. Schumer's request would add the following requirements the FTC's Eyeglass Rule: Eye care providers must provide consumers with complete eyeglass prescription information. This would include pupillary distance and other measures that ophthalmologists are not trained to do. A new designation for the amount of time a practitioner would have for verifying prescriptions to third party sellers: a "reasonable" amount of time to respond. Eyeglass prescriptions must last longer than one year. Sen. Schumer says his proposal will give consumers more choices for purchasing eyewear. He hasn't considered that extra measurements are time-consuming. Furthermore, pupillary distance is part of dispensing. Requiring this measurement would involve more dispensing functions. These will increase the cost of the prescription for the consumer.