16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
I believe that requiring the PD to become a part of a patient's prescription is a terrible mistake. It is understandable that patients may want to seek a cheaper option online. However, foregoing the actual fitting for glasses may have huge ramifications far beyond the PD being off. The glasses sold online are often not regulated by ANSI standards, meaning that the glasses the patient receives may not be accurately made to their prescription. Why this is taken so lightly is beyond me. Prescription eye wear are just that, PRESCRIPTION. Can you imagine pharmaceuticals being treated so carelessly? Glasses made incorrectly can have long term, and permanent damage to a child's vision, causing far more problems to be treated. Additionally, if this is made a requirement, it will have a negative affect on patient's experiences. Loss of optical sales revenue will cause the cost of exams to go up. To those not fully educated in this, the PD may seem like a simple number, but it is far more important that people realize and must be treated with the concern that it requires.