16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
The proposed eye glass prescription requirements are one more example of regulatory overreach. Our patients are freely given their glasses prescriptions to take where they wish them filled. To require an ophthalmologist to include fitting measurements normally done by the fitting optician is ridiculous and a waste of time. The emphasis for the ophthalmologist is to provide an accurate refraction and to treat the patient's medical and surgical diseases. IT IS NOT TO PROVIDE THE FITTING SPECIFICS! Given the already crushingly time consuming burden of EHR,MU and PQRS, these proposals are going to be more time wasted that would be better spent actually taking care of our patients. In addition, there is really no point that they show up on a prescription as any quality optician is going to measure the patient's pupillary distance etc anyway! Also of note is that the refraction of a patient is a non covered procedure by Medicare. Are you really going to overstep so much that you are going to regulate something that you don't pay for? In summary, these proposals poorly reflect the roles of the professionals involved ,they will be time consuming , adversely effect patient care and would likely increase the cost to the patient's for absolutely no gain that I can fathom.