16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
I have worn glasses for 20 years now, and although it may not seem like a big deal to include a pd measurement in a prescription, it can make all the difference in the world when you actually wear glasses. This year I purchased my glasses online since it was a cheaper and more pleasant experience. Yet, what I did not realize is how much that small measurement meant to my glasses. I used the measuring tool online and when I received my glasses, I had a hard time for about 2 weeks, thinking maybe my prescription was wrong. When I went back to the doctor they told me it was fine, and so I asked what could be wrong. After careful consideration and precise measurements by them I was told that the pd measurement was off making it harder for my eyes to adjust and focus. I then asked for them to give me the precise measurement. I am thankful that the company that I got the glasses from was very helpful and allowed me to exchange my glasses and that I was able to find the problem. Yet, this problem never had to happen. This measurement is easily taken by any optician so including it in a prescription is simply adding another line to a form, and I don't think that's too much to ask considering the ability to see properly is such a big part of most of our lives.