Do you wear glasses or know someone who does? Read on to learn about important updates to your rights under the Eyeglass Rule.

Getting a copy of your eyeglass prescription immediately after your exam, at no extra charge, and without you having to ask your prescriber for it, lets you shop around for glasses. This has always been a main focus of the Rule. Prescriptions can be provided either on paper or electronically. Now, to keep up with changes in how prescribers — ophthalmologists or optometrists — deliver prescriptions, the updated Rule says

  • When you get a paper copy, your prescriber, if they’re involved with selling eyeglasses, must ask you to sign a confirmation saying that you received the copy. If you agree to receive a digital copy of the prescription, the prescriber must ask you to confirm in writing or digitally – online or on a keypad – that you agree to the digital delivery and to the way it will be given to you – by email, text, or patient portal.
  • Proof of insurance counts as payment for determining when an eyeglass prescription must be given. A prescriber cannot withhold a copy of your prescription for non-payment of the fees that your insurance should cover. If your insurance doesn’t cover examination fees, your prescriber may require you to pay those fees before releasing your prescription.

If you suspect a prescriber is violating the Eyeglass Rule, report it to the FTC at For more information, check out Buying Prescription Glasses or Contact Lenses: Your Rights

Wear glasses? You’re entitled to a free copy of your prescription. It’s the law.


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Submitted by Maggie on July 3, 2024 | 6:42PM


BEWARE, purching glasses online and you find that you cannot see clearly with them, you will have to pay another exam fee to verify your online order was made correctly. This ended up costing my friend a lot in time and money!