16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
I do agree with the notion of having the Pupillary Distance be made a standard part of an Eyeglass Rx for various reasons. The simplest of those reasons is because I feel that the only reason to do so would be to make it easier to purchase glasses online. While I support the idea of making it easier for patients to get quality eyecare (including eyewear), I am not a fan of online glasses. Many people feel that buying glasses online is perfectly fine (and often times, the product may very well be to standard), but far too often have I gotten requests for advice, adjustment, and repairs on glasses purchased online. You won't buy your glasses from me, but you'll expect me to help you with the glasses you bought online because they can't/won't? By giving out PD measurements, it demeans my job and my license and minimizes my impact on eyecare in the eyes of a patient. I am more than just a guy who can give out numbers so that they can buy cheap glasses online. Not just cheap in price, but cheap in quality. As a licensed optician, it's already hard enough trying to explain the difference between a good optician who's job is to help and advice versus that of the bad optician who's just trying to sell them something in order to boost their sales ticket average. Please do not encourage more people to go online and risk having terrible glasses made. Please do not force me into a position where people expect me to give free service on the glasses they purchased online. A PD measurement should be given by those trained to do so and by those who are willing to give that information away. Most opticians will gladly do so. Please don't force it. Please don't encourage lazy people by making it easier to take shortcuts when it comes to their eyes. There is more to making quality eyeglasses than just a frame and a PD. Doctors and trained opticians understand the relationship between a patient's Rx, their frame, and how the PD plays a part in the eyeglass making process. DO NOT ENCOURAGE people to care less about the quality of service they get.