I just got new eyeglasses from my eye doctor, who is a new doctor for me. After leaving his office, I thought it would be a good idea to have my prescription with me, in case I was out of town and damaged or lost my glasses and needed to get a new pair made in a hurry. I returned a few days later and asked the girl working there if I could get my prescription, and I explained to her why I wanted it. She said, “the doctor isn’t here now, you’ll have to come back later.” I asked if she could just look in my file and write down what it is, just so I will have it. She said, “Well, I can do that, but you won’t be able to get glasses made from it, you need a doctor’s signature”.
Huh? You mean I can’t walk into one of these one hour eyeglass places, and tell them to “make me a pair of glasses with this prescription”, unless I have a doctor’s signature? Why not? Is possession of eyeglasses without a prescription against some law? My old eye doctor had, on the back side of his business cards, pre- printed boxes with “OD” and “OS” (right and left) and he would write your prescription down for you so you would have it. If a doctor’s signature is required, it’s news to me.
BTW, I am in Florida, so I am most interested in answers that would be applicable for the USA.