What Does the Updated Contact Lens Rule Mean for You?

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If you wear contacts, you have the right to get your contact lens prescription from your eye care prescriber, whether you ask for it or not, at no additional charge. The Contact Lens Rule, which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently reviewed, will let you take your prescription wherever you want to comparison shop for the best deal, either online or in a store.

The FTC was looking for ways to make sure prescribers are giving patients a copy of the contact lens prescription once the contact lens fitting is finished. Once you have a copy of your prescription, the rule requires prescribers to request their patients confirm they have received their prescription. Prescribers have to ask you to sign a confirmation and keep it for at least three years.

According to the FTC, prescribers can confirm your prescription in one of four ways.

  • Ask you to sign a separate confirmation statement
  • Ask you to sign a copy of the prescription that already has a confirmation statement
  • Ask you to sign a copy of the sales receipt for examination that has a confirmation statement
  • If you choose to have a digital copy of the prescription, instead of a paper copy, the prescriber doesn’t have to ask you to sign a confirmation statement. However, you will be asked to sign a consent form to get your prescription electronically.

If you’re looking for a smart saving option that can be used to pay for qualified medical expenses, including vision care, a Health Savings Account (HSA) could help. An HSA is designed for people with a high-deductible health care plan. Because HSAs are funded with pre-tax dollars, they also help reduce your tax liability.*


 

*Consult with your tax advisor and plan administrator for your specific situation.