Do optometrists in the state of New York have to release a contact lens prescription to a patient after proper exam and fitting? Or can they withhold the prescription at their own discretion? I know in California the contact lens prescription must be released. I'm referring to a basic spherical soft contact lens. I couldn't find any information here: http://www.op.nysed.gov/article143.htm I ask because a friend of mine in New York said that her optometrist will not give her the contact lens prescription, and is basically forcing her to buy contact lenses from him. thanks!