It is time to have my vision checked again. I went online to see what I needed to get to process a prescription through Zenni Optical. I saw that I needed to provide my Pupillary Distance and I wondered what it was and why it was necessary, to I decided to educate myself via an online search. I found a website that bills itself as the Premier Online Community For Eye Care Professionals, and started reading a thread about my chosen subject. Within seconds I was appalled and steam was coming out of my ears and fogging up my glasses.
When you or I or anybody else orders our eyeglasses online, we are getting a great discount. That discount is made available because the eyeglass builders do not have to pay for prime mall retail space or the other bills associated with high overhead (receptionists, decorators, switchboard operator, etc.) When we buy our eyeglasses online it also means that our local eye doctor — the person who provided the prescription — isn’t making an eye glass sale and isn’t reaping the rewards of a 200% price mark up.
Apparently — according to the Premier Online Community For Eye Care Professionals discussion boards, there are (ahem) professional eye care providers advocating giving their patients incorrect pupillary distance numbers to ensure that they will get a bad pair of glasses and have a bad online purchase experience. I don’t know about you, but I am horrified at the practice.
To be fair, not all eye care professionals have opted for practice deceit. On the same board other eye care professionals are admitting that they simply refuse to provide their patients with that piece of information, or charge extra for those numbers. I have sympathy with those who charge extra. They need to make money, too. However, I find myself hoping that those who knowingly provide inaccurate information reap the consequences of their unprofessional behavior. Now, before I ever make an appointment for an eye exam, I will be asking the doctor how s/he feels about providing that piece of information.
Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she is not doing book reviews or creating curriculum literature units, she is working on writing the next great American novel. You may visit her writing blog at http://charlene-amsden.com. Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she is not doing book reviews or creating curriculum literature units, she is working on writing the next great American novel. You may visit her writing blog at http://charlene-amsden.com.