Outside the United States
16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
Refractions for eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions should only be performed by licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists and be valid for no more than 2 years. Any supplier or provider of eyeglasses and/or contact lenses must use a valid prescription regardless of whether they are on-line companies or not. This policy ensures that eye diseases are discovered at the earliest stages and decreases the possibilities of blindness due to undiagnosed corneal infection, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal detachment and a multitude of other conditions.