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  • Beginning in 1978, when the Federal Trade Commission action known as "Eyeglasses I " was concluded, the subject of prescription release has been widely discussed among opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. The Prescription Release Rule protects the interests of eyewear consumers by requiring eye doctors (both optometrists and ophthalmologists) to give the patient an eyeglasses prescription automatically at the conclusion of an examination (assuming the patient needs eyeglasses). The Rule was vigorously opposed by the American Optometric Association, but the Opticians Association of America fought for the Rule and in 1980, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld OAA's position and the Prescription Release Rule became law. Despite the Rule, however, many eye doctors have refused to give the patient a prescription unless the patient requested it specifically, and often the doctor has placed intimidating and unnecessary warnings or waivers of responsibility on the prescription. Many patients have been required to request the prescription in writing.
  • Violator Pays $10,000 Penalty

      Concluding the first case alleging violation of the Prescription Release Rule, a Dallas Texas optometric practice has agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to settle FTC charges that they failed to provide many patients with a copy of their eyeglass prescription after an eye examination and that they unlawfully included on their prescription form a waiver of liability as to accuracy. In addition to paying the penalty, the practice is permanently barred from future violations of the prescription Release Rule and must train its employees in the Rule's requirements. The practice must also make regular reports to FTC which will monitor future compliance.

  •  Prescription Defined

    A prescription as defined by the FTC Trade Regulation Rule (CFR 456) is:

    The Prescription Release Rule mandates the release of the prescription to the patient and prohibits disclaimers or extra fees for the prescription. It is an unfair act or practice for an ophthalmologist or optometrist to: