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Advanced User Scenario - Regulations

Who Susan, a librarian at City College
Query I went to an eye doctor and was fitted for contact lenses.  Now I want to order replacement lenses on-line, but my eye doctor never gave me a prescription.  Does he have to give me a copy of my prescription?
Objective Find Federal regulations governing contact lens prescriptions
Starting Info Knows keywords and knows the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is probably the regulatory agency she wants


  1. Selects Regulations from the navigation bar.
  2. Since she does not have a specific citation, selects the Keyword Search form and changes the default to Federal Register under the Search Within option.
  3. Types contact lens prescription in the Enter Search Terms box and FTC in the Restrict by agency name box.
  4. Selects the final rules option from the Restrict by action box, changes the date restriction to Previous 10 years, and clicks Search.
  5. When the results list is returned, finds the Contact Lens Rule references the requirement that optometrists and ophthalmologists provide patients with copies of their contact lens prescriptions.
  6. Prints the citation out for the student.


In most cases, a keyword search on the Code of Federal Regulations will work equally well as a search on the Federal Register, but the Federal Register search produces more timely results.  The Federal Register is updated daily and the Code of Federal Regulations is updated weekly using information published in the Federal Register. If you get no results or too few results for a search, try expanding your date restriction option. If you get too many results, try narrowing your date restriction option.

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