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FTC RIN: 3084-AB37 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Trade Regulation Rule on Ophthalmic Practice Rule 
Abstract:

Issued in 1978, the Trade Regulation Rule on Ophthalmic Practice Rules, also known as the Eyeglass Rule or the Rule, provides that an optometrist or ophthalmologist must give the patient, at no extra cost, a copy of the eyeglass prescription immediately after the examination is completed. The Rule also prohibits optometrists and ophthalmologists from conditioning the availability of an eye examination, as defined by the Rule, on a requirement that the patient agrees to purchase ophthalmic goods from the optometrist or ophthalmologist, and from placing on the prescription, or delivering to the patient, certain disclaimers or waivers of liability.

 

As part of its ongoing systematic review of all Federal Trade Commission rules and guides, on September 3, 2015, the Commission requested public comments on, among other things, the economic impact and benefits of the Rule; possible conflict between the Rule and State, local, or other Federal laws or regulations; and the effect on the Rule of any technological, economic, or other industry changes. The comment period closed on October 26, 2015. Commission staff has completed review of the 831 comments received from consumers, eye care professionals, industry members, trade associations, and consumer advocates and is formulating next steps.

 
Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 456   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 41 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Rule Review, Request for Public Comments  09/03/2015  80 FR 53274   
Rule Review Comment Period Closed  10/26/2015 
Formulating Next Steps  01/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 3084-AA80 
Agency Contact:
Alysa Bernstein
Attorney
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, CC-10528,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-3289
Email: abernstein@ftc.gov