Originally Posted by Tippytoe
Optometrists and ophthalmologists should not be allowed to sell eyewear in their offices just as we can't sell medications on the premise that it's unethical to sell what you prescribe. Discuss.
OD and OMD should not be allowed to sell eyewear, yet retail opticals that hire people with very little training should be able to? This does not make any sense to me. I don't see anything unethical about the doctor selling " a product" if it is recommended to the patient that actually needs it or if the doctor thinks it will help the patient.
On the other hand, if the doctor just prescribes it and tries to force it upon the patient to increase their revenue when they know that that product is useless for the patient, then it becomes unethical.
The doctor can best make the necessary recommendation for the patient based on their visual/health condition and if you know you can provide them with the best product, the patient will be the winner and that's how it should be.