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Is My Eye Doctor Required to Give Me a Written Prescription?

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Old 12-10-2007, 05:17 PM
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Default Is My Eye Doctor Required to Give Me a Written Prescription?

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I read something on this forum last week, but now I can't find it. Do I understand correctly that when you go to an eye doctor, by law he/she must give you a written prescription so you have the opportunity to buy your contacts or glasses any place you want? Does that vary from state to state?

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Old 02-12-2008, 10:13 AM
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Default Is My Eye Doctor Required to Give Me a Written Prescription?

As far as I know the laws are the same, no matter what state you're in.
In the United States in general, though, it is illegal to refuse to give a patient his or her prescription, UNLESS . . . the patient did not pay to be fitted by the doctor, or, understandably, that doctor did not personally fit that patient for contacts. So if your eye doctor personally fitted you with contact lenses and he or she has been paid for it, there is no legal reason for them to withhold the prescription.
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:00 AM
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Default Is My Eye Doctor Required to Give Me a Written Prescription?

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As far as I know the laws are the same, no matter what state you're in.
In the United States in general, though, it is illegal to refuse to give a patient his or her prescription, UNLESS . . . the patient did not pay to be fitted by the doctor, or, understandably, that doctor did not personally fit that patient for contacts. So if your eye doctor personally fitted you with contact lenses and he or she has been paid for it, there is no legal reason for them to withhold the prescription.
It's taken me over a year to say it, but thanks, Optix Wizard.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:37 PM
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Here an assistant can copy the Rx but the doctor has to sign it for the glass store to make them for me. I did this same thing just a couple of months ago when I wanted to get some glasses to wear when I am not using my lens
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:24 AM
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I don't know if by law they are required, my eye doctor didn't. I did ask them for it and then they gave it to me. I also wanted to double check and see if I could get a cheaper price then they offered me.
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Old 08-28-2009, 02:09 PM
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Here an assistant can copy the Rx but the doctor has to sign it for the glass store to make them for me.
Where's "here"? Are you from outside the United States?
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:20 AM
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Here an assistant can copy the Rx but the doctor has to sign it for the glass store to make them for me. I did this same thing just a couple of months ago when I wanted to get some glasses to wear when I am not using my lens
I was thinking that it was advisable to have glasses first before lenses. Do you

think a doctor could advice you to have lens right away?
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:49 AM
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Default Glasses First and Then Contact Lenses

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I was thinking that it was advisable to have glasses first before lenses. Do you think a doctor could advice you to have lens right away?
Sure you can get contact lenses without wearing glasses first. Most people start out with glasses because contacts are generally more expensive. If you find out for the first time that you need vision correction, there's really no reason why you can't go home with a pair of trial lenses that day.
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Old 11-25-2009, 03:28 PM
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Sure you can get contact lenses without wearing glasses first. Most people start out with glasses because contacts are generally more expensive. If you find out for the first time that you need vision correction, there's really no reason why you can't go home with a pair of trial lenses that day.
Thanks hotpepperking. It's good to know that if you find out you need some help with your focusing, you can get trial lenses that day. Thanks.
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:43 PM
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Thanks hotpepperking. It's good to know that if you find out you need some help with your focusing, you can get trial lenses that day. Thanks.
I'm always glad to help, Teddikitty. I'm glad I can contribute to this forum even it I'm not an eye doctor.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:31 PM
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I'm always glad to help, Teddikitty. I'm glad I can contribute to this forum even it I'm not an eye doctor.
I hope the people that read Lens 101 realize that they can contribute even if they don't have a doctorate.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:37 PM
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Thanks hotpepperking. It's good to know that if you find out you need some help with your focusing, you can get trial lenses that day. Thanks.
I'm always glad to help.
Another advantage to starting out with glasses is that they're a lot easier to work with. Once you find out that your vision is so much better with glasses, it's possible that you will be more motivated to try contact lenses.

That's my theory, anyway.
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