16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
A pupillary distance (PD) measurement should not be included with a patient's prescription. It is the responsibility of the party that is placing an order/manufacturing the glasses to measure this. It is a cohesive part in evaluating the appropriateness of the choice of frames, lenses and other measurements to ensure a safe and satisfactory choice for a patient's visual needs and lifestyle. To separate that measurement from the rest of the glasses choosing process, undermines the need of an optician (someone who is trained in this process), and makes the possibility of improper and unsafe choices for patients a much more likely probability. A patient should be able to purchase glasses wherever they choose, but they should be purchased from someone who is able to provide the necessary service to ensure proper fitting/comfort/vision/protection.