Understanding Your Prescription Rights for Glasses

and Contact Lenses



The Eyeglass Rule and Contact Lens Rule, both enforced by the FTC, give you the right to get a copy of your prescription from your eye care prescriber — whether you ask for it or not — at no extra charge. That lets you shop around for the best deal.



Your Rights and Your Prescription


What are my rights under the FTC’s Eyeglass and Contact Lens Rules?


After you get an eye exam for glasses or a fitting for contact lenses, your eye care prescriber has to give you a copy of your prescription — whether you ask for it or not. It’s the law. To get it, the prescriber can’t make you:


1. request it

2. pay an extra fee

3. buy eyeglasses or contact lenses, or

4. sign a waiver or release



Click the picture below to go directly to the Federal Trade Commission website for specific information regarding your rights and for translation to Spanish.