It's Illegal To Charge For A Contact Lens Prescription

Did you know it’s illegal for a doctor to charge you for giving you your contact lens prescription? Yup, it’s against federal law. The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act mandates that a doctors must provide you with a copy of your prescription after a contact lens fitting.

(b) LIMITATIONS- A prescriber may not–

(1) require purchase of contact lenses from the prescriber or from another person as a condition of providing a copy of a prescription under subsection (a)(1) or (a)(2) or verification of a prescription under subsection (a)(2);

(2) require payment in addition to, or as part of, the fee for an eye examination, fitting, and evaluation as a condition of providing a copy of a prescription under subsection (a)(1) or (a)(2) or verification of a prescription under subsection (a)(2)

If a place tries to charge you for a prescription, walk out of there. Wonder if the same rule applies to laser eye doctors? They don’t seem to believe so.

Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA – H.R. 3140) [Eyetopics] (Thanks to Hustler Moneyblog!)
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