16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
As a wearer of glasses for over 20 years, I feel very strongly that the Pupillary Distance (PD) measurement should remain within the scope of practice of the Dispensing Optician and not become a part of the prescription written by the doctor. To make this part of the doctor's prescription would require that an individual would have to pick out frames BEFORE the exam; and/or hope that the PD is close to accurate. As a consumer I would be very angry if when I came to pick up my glasses to find that I could not use them to see my computer screen and/or could not use the glasses to read a document because the PD was not done by the most experienced person. The Doctor's job is to determine the prescription. It is the responsibility and scope of practice for the optician to determine the PD and to work with consumer to meet the consumer's unique needs. I feel very strongly that the PD measurement remain the scope of practice for the optician. Please listen to the consumers.