District of Columbia
16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
This new addition to the Contact Lens Rule would add a minimal paperwork burden on optometrists, but it could have a major impact on protecting the rights of consumers. It will also help keep prices low, which is important to me. I've been wearing contact lenses for 18 years and have had 3 optometrists in my lifetime. The first optometrist I visited required a $5 dollar fee to release a prescription. This created a monetary burden to my single mother because it was an additional charge to an already expensive vision test and contact lenses. The last two optometrists provided prescriptions at the end of vision visits and kept prescription records. This makes my online purchases easy because the optometrist's office can verify my prescription. As a consumer, I support the FTC's proposal to require optometrists to obtain a signed acknowledgement from consumers when providing a prescription.The FTC should move to adopt this new requirement as soon as possible.