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HomeminewsReady-made Spec Sales Under Scrutiny

Ready-made Spec Sales Under Scrutiny

Optometrists in South Australia have been advised of legislation (effective 12 March 2018) pertaining to the sale of readymade spectacles in the State.

The legislation was introduced because some consumers may assume a change in their vision is purely age-related whereas it could be due to eye disease, “which if diagnosed and treated early, is more likely to be resolved successfully”.

Under the Health Practitioner National Law (South Australia) Act 2010 & Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) Regulations 2018, a retail outlet can only sell ‘readyreader’ type glasses if:
• The glasses are designed only to alleviate the effects of presbyopia;

• The glasses comprise two lenses of the same power, being a power of +1 dioptre or more but not exceeding +3 dioptres; and

• The glasses are manufactured to the prescribed standard;

and A prescribed warning must be attached to every pair of glasses (not just the stand or display) in a way that it will not detach from the glasses in the ordinary course of inspecting and selecting the glasses.

The warning label must advise that the glasses are for near-vision and reading use only and that they are not prescription lenses or intended as a substitute for glasses specifically prescribed for the wearer.

Additionally, it must advise ready-mades are not suitable for use while driving, operating a vehicle or as eye protection. The sale of ready-mades is monitored and sales contrary to the legislation reported to the authorities