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FTC RIN: 3084-AB37 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Trade Regulation Rule on Ophthalmic Practice Rule 

Issued in 1978, the Trade Regulation Rule on Ophthalmic Practice Rules, also known as the Eyeglass Rule (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 868 comments received from consumers, eye care professionals, industry members, trade associations, and consumer advocates. On January 3, 2023, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to ensure ophthalmologists and optometrists provide patients with a copy of their prescription immediately after the completion of a refractive eye exam, get a signed statement from the patient confirming that they have received their prescription, and keep a record of that confirmation for at least three years. 88 FR 248 (Jan. 3, 2023). The comment period closed on March 6, 2023, and staff is reviewing the comments. The Commission held a public workshop on May 18, 2023, and staff are reviewing the comments. 88 FR 18266 (Mar. 28, 2023).

Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 456   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 41 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Rule Review, Request for Public Comments  09/03/2015  80 FR 53274   
Rule Review Comment Period Closed  10/26/2015 
NPRM  01/03/2023  88 FR 248   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/06/2023 
Public Workshop Announcement  03/28/2023  88 FR 18266   
Public Workshop  05/18/2023 
Public Workshop Comment Period End  06/20/2023 
Staff Review of Public Comments  06/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 3084-AA80 
Agency Contact:
Alysa Bernstein
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, CC-10528,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-3289