16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
Nearly every serious medical eye complaint is initially discovered during a routine eye exam on someone coming in for new glasses due to blurred vision. This includes diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, cataracts. corneal eye disease, retinal eye disease, eye tumors , multiple sclerosis, retinitis pigmentosa and on and on. These are vision threatening and perhaps life threatening conditions that are not diagnosable by an individual themselves. There is no single other organ or test that is so valuable for sight and health as an eye exam. As far as the measurements for glasses are concerned these are done by paid trained individuals operating under a state license. The groups that want these released usually represent foreign corporations ordering lenses from China who have no license to operate in any state or country. There is certainly no deficit of competition in the eye care field currently. The people who want these changed are advocating to stop consumer protections that have been in place over 100 years in favor of foreign corporations violating current laws getting product from China. That should scare anyone.