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.