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optometrist not giving me prescription

Are optometrist allowed to not give me a prescription in order to force me to buy my contacts and glasses from them? I am a new patient and I went there for the convenience, but they are acting more like car salesmen...

I ended up leaving without a written prescription, but I am going back next week to pick up my new contacts. There should be no problem asking them to write me a prescription to take with me? Right? That's why I went there.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:13 PM oleo is offline  
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Yes I would also like to know this since I want to order my contacts online, when I go get my eyes checked again.
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I'm pretty sure that there is a law stating that optometrists have to give a patient their prescription if it is asked for.

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Federal law requires any eye doctor to provide patients with a written copy of their eyeglass prescription, but it's silent on getting copies of prescriptions for contact lenses. Those come under state laws, which in California and 23 other states, leave to the doctor's discretion whether to give you a prescription you can fill where you choose after your lens fitting.
taken from http://articles.latimes.com/2001/jan/22/health/he-15531
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I think it varies from state to state, I used to have trouble getting my prescription when I lived in CA, but in NV it's no problem. They do get reluctant if the prescription is more than a year old as it's "expired" even though my vision has not changed in 10 years.
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Find a new optometrist. I asked mine beforehand and made clear that I intended to order contacts online. She had no problem and actually made me extra handwritten copies for both contacts and eye glasses.
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:06 PM diearzte2 is offline  
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Oh, so I have to specifically ask for a written one...

Damn. Yeah, they wanted me to get new contacts, glasses and sunglasses right there on the spot. I had to get back to work. The lady was kind of shocked when I told her not now and that I would be back later.

I just don't like how they try to pressure you into buying from them. It's like they want you to feel guilty.

There should be nothing wrong with saying "I would like to shop around."
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:27 PM oleo is offline  
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My first optometrist also refused, saying it was his work or something and he wouldn't give it away. I went to a new person who doesn't sell glasses and only does eye exams and had no problem. Also there's lots of places online that don't check prescriptions so if you know the numbers you can just order them anyways,
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Oh, so I have to specifically ask for a written one...

Damn. Yeah, they wanted me to get new contacts, glasses and sunglasses right there on the spot. I had to get back to work. The lady was kind of shocked when I told her not now and that I would be back later.

I just don't like how they try to pressure you into buying from them. It's like they want you to feel guilty.

There should be nothing wrong with saying "I would like to shop around."

If you're uncomfortable with how they pressure, you should switch and tell them the reason. Even my previous dr who was reluctant to give me my written prescription was really nice. She realized I was going to buy contacts online and she told me to check with her prior to and she would see if she could match or beat the price (since that was my reason for buying online).
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My optometrist in TX had no problem giving me mine.
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Does Illinois have a law requiring vision professionals (optometrists in particular) to release spectacles (glasses) prescriptions to the patient? Contact lens prescriptions?

I've found this and this, but still can't figure out what the rules for Illinois are. We have a new (and typically confusing) vision plan at work, but my current optometrist is not on it. I'm trying to decide if I can see my current optometrist at the going rate for an exam but require her to give me my prescriptions so I can buy my contacts and glasses elsewhere.
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Your paying for the eye exam I see no reason why you would not get the results of said exam. The place I goes sell contacts and eyeglasses and they always write it up for me though I've never asked for it.
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There's no way I would pay for an exam unless I received my written prescription.
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Can my optometrist refuse to give me a copy of my prescription? Doesn’t this information belong to me? I want to take my prescription to a contact lens retailer, but my optometrist refuses to give me a copy of my prescription.

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Hi Patrick,

A glasses prescription and a contact lens prescription are two different things. An optometrist will release your glasses prescription once all fees have been paid pertaining to the eye exam. A contact lens prescription includes the power of the contact lens as well as the brand and sometimes other parameters such as the base curve and diameter. If the optometrist has not fit you with contact lenses, then there is no contact lens prescription to release. As well, if all of the follow up related to the contact lens fitting has not been completed, there is no final contact lens prescription. A contact lens fitting generally consists of the optometrist issuing a pair of trials to the patient that they will take home for a specified amount of time after which the patient will need to return to the optometrist for follow up to ensure that the contact lenses are fitting well, the vision is good and there are no problems being caused by the contact lenses. If you are planning to purchase your contact lenses from an optical you can take your glasses prescription to them and they will fit you with the contact lenses using that prescription.

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http://blog.opto.ca/index.php/catego...-exams/page/2/

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A new federal law, passed over a year ago, specifically states that patients should have access to a copy of their contact lens prescription. Many optometrists make it difficult for their patients to access a copy of their prescription, for the only reason that the patient is then forced to buy their lenses through the optometrist (not to mention, undergo an annual eye exam). Congress passes the "Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act" in 2003, requiring eye doctors of all types to provide their patients with a copy of their lens prescription after a lens fitting, and to verify the prescriptions they write to third parties that have been designated by their patients.

There remain some rules agreed to by Congress after strong lobbying by Optometrists associations across the country. Optometrists in 42 states are able to refuse to pass on a prescription that is over one year old, or for prescriptions over two years old in the other 8 states.

Consumer advocates continue to lobby for clearer definitions and increased consumer awareness about contact lenses. They argue that the rules still in place make it difficult for discount contact lens suppliers to operate in what is still not a completely free marketplace. Excellent prices and deals are available to consumers by suppliers operating over the Internet and elsewhere, yet some patients are still unable to take advantage of the lower prices.
http://www.eyeoncontacts.com/contact...criptions.html

More info on the act itself
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2004/06/contactlens.shtm
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My opto also refuses to do this.

Where to buy contact lenses online?
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It's the law for them to give you both prescriptions. If they refuse, tell them you know it's the law, and they have to give it to you. If it's contacts and they haven't issued you a trial pair, tell them you want to comply fully with wearing a trial pair and following up, and ask them to ensure you they will give you the contact lens prescription after that.

If they tell you no, pressure you, or say "you're my business so i won't give you away," tell them "thank you for your time" and leave. I suggest America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses for your optometry needs (http://www.twopair.com/). I go there.

(Though I have to say, for your yearly health exam I'd still go to an ophthalmologist...)
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