Optical dispensing: the science of vision or blind faith

Glyn Walsh

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The evidence for the basic optometric function of optical dispensing is discussed in terms of the basic principles of scientific debate. The degree of rigour applied to product testing and evaluation of most other medically related areas is lacking in the dispensing of spectacles. There has been much debate on the place of religious faith in our society. Religious belief masquerading as science has come in for particular scrutiny. However, little attention has been paid to the equally contentious issue of non-religious belief, within scientific disciplines, masquerading as science. It could be argued that optical dispensing is, to a significant degree, such a case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalOphthalmic and Physiological Optics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • optometry
  • vision sciences
  • optical dispensing


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