Your contact lens rights are being threatened (and what you can do about it).
In 2003, Congress recognized that you need access to your prescription and passed a federal law that requires eye doctors to proactively provide every patient with a copy of their prescription so you can have the freedom to buy contacts wherever you choose.
17 years later, independent studies show that up to 50% of eye doctors still fail to comply with the law and don’t release prescriptions. Why? They make more money when they limit your choices.
To try to get eye doctors to actually follow the law, the bipartisan Federal Trade Commission unanimously voted to update the Contact Lens Rule to require eye doctors to get your signature, confirming you received your prescription.
Eye doctors don’t like this much (actually, they hate it), so they’ve joined forces with deep-pocketed manufacturers to lobby against the change to the Contact Lens Rule so they can keep limiting your choices (and overcharging you) by withholding your prescription.
Eye doctors argue that collecting your signature requires too much effort, cost, and paperwork. It’s odd how they’re happy to have you sign piles of documents that protect themselves (ever notice the arbitration agreement they slipped into your stack of paperwork?) but claim it’s an expensive burden when the document protects you.