Learn about your prescription
Trouble requesting your prescription?
Having trouble getting your contact lens prescription from your optometrist?
Eye care providers do not usually provide contact lens prescriptions for their patients once the fitting process is complete. Instead, they document your prescription and keep it on file. Although, over the past few years, we've seen some providers in the industry move towards transparency and have started to issue the prescription after the vision test. There are some who still do not do this. We understand this situation can be confusing and the reason for this could be: most eye care providers sell what they prescribe. Therefore, this may cause them to withhold your prescription so that you buy contact lenses from them.
Here is some information that might help you:
Here are some Contact Lens regulations:
In Singapore, the Optometrists and Opticians Board regulate the practice of Optometry and Opticianry. Understanding the code of professional conduct may help:
Upon completion of a patient examination, every optometrist shall provide his or her patient with the following information and document it in the patient’s record:
(a) one or more diagnoses of visual/ocular conditions and their relevant details;
(b) details of any proposed management plan and advice;
(c) the type and quantity of any optical appliance to be prescribed and/or dispensed;
(d) the purpose and directions for use of any optical appliance to be prescribed and/or dispensed; and
(e) referral to an ophthalmologist or other specialists, if any
Issuing Prescription for Optical Appliances
Every optometrist who prescribes an optical appliance for any patient shall ensure that the prescription contains information that:
(a) clearly identifies the prescriber, including address, telephone number and signature;
(b) clearly identifies the patient, including full name and unique identification number (eg. NRIC number);
(c) indicates the date of the prescription;
(d) indicates the date of expiration of the prescription;
(e) indicates the date of the most recent patient examination; and
(f) is sufficiently clear and comprehensible to the dispenser to dispense the correct optical appliance to the patient.