WSR 14-12-078
[Filed June 3, 2014, 9:36 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 14-01-076.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-824-220 Retention of contact lens records, amending the rule to require dispensing opticians to retain records related to eyeglass prescriptions in addition to contact lens records.
Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, 111 Israel Road S.E., Room 145, Building TC2, Tumwater, WA 98501, on July 8, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: July 15, 2014.
Submit Written Comments to: Judy Haenke, Program Manager, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, e-mail, fax (360) 236-2901, by July 8, 2014.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Judy Haenke, program manager, by July 3, 2014, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rule will require that dispensing opticians maintain a copy of the original eyeglass prescription and a copy of the refractive powers obtained when neutralizing a lens for duplication and the date neutralized. There are no changes to the retention of contact lens records. The name of the rule is amended to include maintenance of eyeglass records.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Maintenance of records relating to dispensing of eyeglasses is vital for the continuity of care of patients, for verification of a prescription to other practitioners and when ordering additional eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.130.050(14).
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.130.050(14), 18.34.060.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of health, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Judy Haenke, Program Manager, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4947.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule would not impose more than minor costs on businesses in an industry.
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Judy Haenke, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, phone (360) 236-4947, fax (360) 236-2901, e-mail
June 3, 2014
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 94-06-047, filed 3/1/94, effective 4/1/94)
WAC 246-824-220 Retention of eyeglass and contact lens records.
Dispensing opticians shall maintain eyeglass and contact lens records for a minimum of five years. ((Such records shall include:))
(1) Eyeglass records must at a minimum include:
(a) A copy of the original prescription.
(b) A copy of the refractive powers obtained when neutralizing an eyeglass lens for the purpose of duplicating the lens and the date the lens was neutralized.
(2) Contact lens records must at a minimum include:
(a) The written prescription;
(((2))) (b) Base curve (posterior radius of curvature);
(((3))) (c) Thickness when applicable;
(((4))) (d) Secondary/peripheral curve, when applicable;
(((5))) (e) Power of lens dispensed;
(((6))) (f) Lens material, brand name ((and/or)) or manufacturer;
(((7))) (g) Diameter, when applicable;
(((8))) (h) Suggested wearing schedule and care regimen;
(((10))) (i) Color, when applicable((;)).