The Arizona Administrative Code and federal law require an optometrist to release a contact lens prescription at the end of the eye exam. (See A.A.C. R4-21-306) This may require returning to the doctor's office for a follow-up visit. An optometrist may refuse to release a prescription for one or more of the following reasons, but must tell the patient and document the reason in the patient's file.
•The health of the patient's eyes indicates that the patient should not wear contact lenses or categories of contact lenses
•Potential harm exists to the health of the patient's eyes
•The patient has not paid for the examination or for other debts owed to the physician, optometrist, or therapeutic optometrist
•The request is made after the expiration date of the prescription
An optometrist is also required to verify a current and valid contact lens prescription upon the request of a contact lens dispenser.
the Arizona Optometry Act and a FTC Rule require the optometrist to give the patient the prescription following an eye examination.
The Arizona Optometry Act states that the optometrist owns the patient record, but the patient is entitled to a copy of the record when a signed written request is made to the optometrist. The optometrist may charge a reasonable fee. A "patient record" has been defined by Board rule as the patient chart, historical record, or working document during the course of examination and patient care between the doctor and patient (but should not be considered a prescription). "Prescription" for spectacles, contact lenses, or ophthalmic devices is defined as a written order signed by the examining optometrist, therapeutic optometrist or physician.
The Optometry Act does not speak to mandatory examination dates -- that decision lies with your optometrist. When a contact lens prescription is issued, the doctor is required to place an expiration date on that prescription. Optometrists cannot prescribe without performing an eye examination. Determining when an eye examination and health check of the eye are required is a professional determination by the doctor based upon the appropriate "standard of care” as prescribed by the American Optometric Association.
Yes. Contact Lenses are regulated by the FTC, including cosmetic and costume lenses. Prescriptions are required. Visit the FTC website for more information here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/buying-prescription-glasses-or-con...