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    Give me my PD Petition.....................................

    A New Website in the UK.................... doing a petition to force opticians to give out OD, when is it starting here ?


    Increasing Number of Consumers are Buying Glasses Online with full Confidence.

    The impact of the growing trend towards online shopping generally is increasingly being felt in the optical sector. Not only are the anti-competitive practices of the mainstream optical industry failing to stem this growth they are actively bringing the profession into disrepute as evidenced by the increasing number of complaints to consumer bodies.

    Online retailers of prescription glasses are providing consumers with help and guidance on how to measure their PD by themselves when it is refused by the optometrist who carried out their eye test.

    Measuring your own PD is not difficult!

    Unfortunately the effect of an opticians refusal to provide a PD when requested is to create a lasting bad impression of eye-care professionals in the eyes of the general public, for no good reason.

    In the interests of everyone who wears glasses (which is most of us at some point in our lives) we urge you to sign our petition today.

    Click hereGive Me My PDto sign our online petition.

    http://www.pupillary-distance.net/

    #2
    This is why I've said we as a profession must reflect upon exactly what we say is the real danger with online eyewear. Trying to falsely tap into the public's emotions with unsubstantiated scare tactics will not work. It will in fact, work against us.

    B

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      #3
      Good point, Barry. We have to be honest.

      I think buying a frame online is "OK", but not wise.

      I think taking the "prescribing" out of prescription lenses, and "filling" it anywhere, is too much. Your visual health is at stake.

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        #4
        6561 people signed the petition since January 13, 2010...............................

        and what do you say to this ?.....................................


        Give Me My Pupillary Distance



        We, the undersigned, call on the General Optical Council (GOC) to take one simple step to give us, the consumers, a fairer deal and greater choice when buying our prescription glasses.
        Under current GOC regulations, a prescription for glasses is not required to provide one crucial piece of information: the Pupillary Distance or PDwww.pupillary-distance.net

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          #5
          the anti-competitive practices of the mainstream optical industry ... are actively bringing the profession into disrepute
          Who would have thought :giggle:.

          ... the passive aggressive tactics in the "online optical" threads around here are backfiring.
          I intently await the next "online optical" threads where "slapping the customer with a sock potato" technique is discussed .

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            #6
            Give them their PD, fer cris' sake! Its part of their medical record. Let em try online. If u've done your job all along, charged fair prices, then, if that customer is truly right for you, they will be back! Just like real life when they try another B&M!

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              #7
              Why do people think they have the right to other people's time and equipment? The reason a PD is not part of the RX is it is not a (made-up word here) a diagnosable condition such as presbyopia or PVD. If a consumer is shopping at "DIY Optical" on line then they should DIY their PD.

              Not being a carpenter, if I screw-up a DIY project at my home by not having the proper tool, I don't go to the local carpenter and brow-beat him to use his expertise/equipment. Same is true in reverse, I don't go to the carpenter to get his tools and expertise before starting my project.

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                #8
                I am a PD hippocrite and don't mind!

                What will you say about me? We run an online business and also refuse to give out a PD. The online either gets them from the patient or we send them a ruler to use, no big deal and we had zero returns in 2011! So please don't tell me it can't work as we live it every day and have only looked to grow it in the future.

                The PD is not the issue for success or failure of online optical; It will succeed and those who do not adapt will fail! The rules change and so do we or we will become extinct.

                I sell online for full retail with only free shipping so discounts are not the reason we are growing.

                I only share this as a real situation that shows when you focus on your issues and not that of the folks walking in your doors it seems that the Pd is an issue in success or failure.

                Craig

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Barry Santini View Post
                  Give them their PD, fer cris' sake! Its part of their medical record. Let em try online. If u've done your job all along, charged fair prices, then, if that customer is truly right for you, they will be back! Just like real life when they try another B&M!
                  You are too nice and mellowing like a fine red wine! I do not drink wine- my wife drinks enough for both of us- and maybe that is why we do not give out PD's unless you donate $30 to my charity box. It happens to be Make A Wish.

                  I have only had 2 requests ever for a pd from me and maybe 8 total.

                  Barry,

                  Do you get many requests for a pd from an existing customer of yours and loose them? I doubt it on both accounts and am curious to see how many folks actually see and from whom.

                  Craig

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                    #10
                    Requests for pds have so far totalled 3-5, mostly from young adults. No problem giving them out.
                    i do believe now, however, that the PD should be part of the Rx if the client requests it.


                    ​B

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Barry Santini View Post
                      Requests for pds have so far totalled 3-5, mostly from young adults. No problem giving them out.
                      i do believe now, however, that the PD should be part of the Rx if the client requests it.


                      ​B
                      You are not the one who did the exam? So how do you become part of the exam unless the OD is in your office and that is the arrangement?

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                        #12
                        Craig, my position is that *any* where a person gets examined, the PD should be made part of the RX, upon request. Our industry should not impede consumers in this regard. Our office is primarily no exams, and we take no insurance.

                        People come because they *want* to.

                        What a novel idea!


                        Clearly, consumers are increasingly reacting to optical businesses witholding PDs in an emotionally-negative manner.

                        I would be *very* careful about fanning the flames of a negative emotional response. If you doubt me, ask the Susan Komen Foundation.


                        B
                        Last edited by Barry Santini; 02-17-2012, 07:16 AM.

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                          #13
                          Under current GOC regulations, a prescription for glasses is not required to provide one crucial piece of information: the Pupillary Distance or PD
                          One of many crucial pieces of information actually. Moreover, the OC position is frame dependent, so that the PD is not sufficient unless the lens is non-PAL or low and equal powers.

                          If you want to DIY, then do it, and quit whining. And don't wear them when driving unless you want to go to jail when you hurt someone due to your incompetence.
                          Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. - Richard P. Feynman

                          Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test before the lesson.


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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Barry Santini View Post
                            Craig, my position is that *any* where a person gets examined, the PD should be made part of the RX, upon request. Our industry should not impede consumers in this regard. Our office is primarily no exams, and we take no insurance.

                            People come because they *want* to.

                            What a novel idea!


                            Clearly, consumers are increasingly reacting to optical businesses witholding PDs in an emotionally-negative manner.

                            I would be *very* careful about fanning the flames of a negative emotional response. If you doubt me, ask the Susan Komen Foundation.


                            B
                            +1.

                            I have turned completely around on this issue. I'm now the one in the office agitating for us to come up with some way to monetize servicing online eyewear orders.
                            I'm Andrew Hamm and I approve this message.

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                              #15
                              My opinion is very basic!

                              I will do whatever I am paid for!

                              So far I dont see any procedure billable for PD measurements!

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