16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
As an optician, I know how important it is to have all the elements in order to successfully fit your patient's prescription. We have to not only take a P.D., but consider the patient's RX and take additional measurements called an optical center (this changes depending on what frame the patient picks). Many patients do not realize all the work that goes into making a successful pair of glasses. I try to educate all of our patient about all the different measurements so, they understand that just ordering a pair online will not give you the same benefits that we can. Especially in higher prescription the measurements are even more critical. If it was so easy to make glasses patients would all go to the drugstore and pick up what was on the rack (Ex: Readers) but it's not. It is a disservice to people that we allow this. This is an instrument people use in their daily lives, whether to drive or to work. Why should we allow people to have less than what they deserve? Patients, look to us to guide them into making correct decisions. It strange that people think you can be working in a clothing dept. one day and making glasses the next. Not only does the doctor has to do his part in making sure the RX prescribed is correct. But we, as opticians have to fill it correctly and dispense the glasses to patient by adjusting them to fit properly on their face. If the RX, Measurements, and frame fit properly they patient will see properly, but it one of these elements is wrong the patient will suffer.