Regulation of the sale of Ready-made Spectacles in SA – effective 12 March 2018

Please be advised that there is legislation pertaining to the sale of ready-made spectacles in South Australia. The purpose of the legislation is to remind the purchasers that a change in their vision could be due to eye disease, which if diagnosed and treated early, is more likely to be resolved successfully. It cannot be assumed that the need for readers is just because they have reached that “certain age” and can no longer read the small print.
Under Health Practitioner National Law (South Australia) Act 2010 & Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) Regulations 2018
A retail outlet can only sell “ready-reader” type glasses if:

• The glasses are designed only to alleviate the effects of presbyopia (inability to read close-up);
• The glasses comprise 2 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 is 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 read:

WARNING
These glasses are for near-vision and reading use only.
The lenses in these glasses are NOT prescription lenses. They are not intended as a substitute for glasses specifically prescribed for you.
These glasses are not suitable –
for use whilst driving or operating a vehicle; or for use as eye protection.
Poor vision may be the result of a disease of the eye and a regular examination by an optometrist is recommended to ensure that any eye disease is detected early.
Please be aware that the sale of ready-mades will be monitored and sale contrary to the legislation reported to the authorities. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me
Libby Boschen
CEO Optometry SA