16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
Being an eyeglass user, yearly going through the process of getting eye examinations, I agree that the rule requiring eye care practitioners to release eyeglass prescriptions to their patients should stay in place. The eyeglass rule has provided consumers the benefit of choosing where they'd prefer to buy their eyeglasses, saving them money on that expense. They can choose to buy eyeglasses from that business or another. To the business, the eyeglass rule imposes significant costs. Since consumers are able to choose where to purchase their eyeglasses, the business may lose out on some sales. Patients must pay the business for the eye exam to get their prescription, so the business does not fully lose out on a sale. Although the business risks losing some sales consumers are usually loyal to that business and will buy from them. The prescription also includes the business information (name, address, phone number) reminding consumers where they can get new eyeglasses if the need presented itself. I also agree that the Rule should be extended to require that a prescriber provide a copy to third parties authorized by the patient for verification purposes. Third parties should be able to ensure that the prescription they are given by patients are original before selling a product. What I disagree with is the rule extension to require that prescribers provide a duplicate copy of a prescription to a patient who does not currently have access to the original. I believe that if a patient requests a copy just to have it they should have to pay a small fee. The Eyeglass Rule should be a continued rule.