16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
Having worked in the optical field for 12 years, I have seen many patients. Most patients mistakenly believe that eye exams are not an important component of their overall health. I cannot even count the number of times I've heard "My eyes are fine, I just want some glasses" or "I see perfectly. I don't need an eye exam" The sad fact is most eye related health conditions will not have obvious symptoms until there is not a dang thing that can be done to keep you from going blind. I do not think this rule placing a burden on anyone, consumer or provider. That doctor is not interested in just taking your money for the fun of it, they are interested in making sure that your eyes are going to provide you the ability to enjoy your world for as long as you are alive. For some people, the only way to force them into getting that vital eye health check is to refuse to fill their expired prescription. You only get one set of eyes and they haven't figured out how to replace them yet. Why wouldn't you want to take care of them? As for the PD so people can order online, I will provide it, but I'm going to be upfront about the fact that most people should not be buying their glasses online in the first place. If that prescription is not in the correct place, you will introduce all sorts of problems into your vision. Don't ask me for that number and then expect me to fix them when they don't work. For those people complaining that some places won't fill an expired prescription, there are companies who will fill that expired prescription. In some states, it may be illegal to fill an expired prescription. I happen to work in one where it is not illegal and, while I will strongly encourage you to have a new exam, I will fill that prescription because I am allowed to do that at my company.