The Potential Pitfalls of Shopping for Spectacles Online
The Internet has fast become one of the most influential global forces. While it has helped open people up to amazing opportunities throughout the world, it has also demonstrated similarities to Pandora's Box. Some things are better left unopened; or at least reserved for a trained professional to open. This is especially true of the burgeoning online health and medical industry. Specifically, online consumers and Internet shoppers now have virtually unfiltered, unrestricted access to prescription spectacles with a critical gap in safety standards and compliance regulations. Because of this, we'd like to highlight the following study's investigative observations: Safety and Compliance of Prescription Spectacles Ordered by the Public via the Internet (The authors of the study are: Karl Citek, O.D., Ph.D., Daniel L. Torgersen, MBA, MS, Jeffrey D. Endres, ABOC, and Robert R. Rosenberg, O.D.).
This study explores the process of ordering prescription glasses through Internet vendors as well as the actual delivery of these items to public consumers, primarily measuring compliance with the optical tolerance and impact resistance requirements for eyewear dispensed in the United States.
In total, 200 eyewear orders were purchased through online vendors by 10 different participants in the study. The orders were evenly divided to account for important variables such as lens and frame materials, lens styles, and refractive corrections. Ten individuals ordered 2 pairs of spectacles from each of the top 12 highest traffic-ranking spectacle-vendor websites in order to best replicate the average consumer experience for online spectacle shopping.