by Dave Smith
21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer
1/13/2016 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- For
those who find the number of frame choices for military prescription
eyewear somewhat limited, there is an opportunity for more options
during a demand test running through late February.
Peterson Air Force Base is one of only 10 Air Force bases selected to
participate in the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity test.
The purpose of the exercise is to determine which frame styles are most
popular. Peterson was selected because of the number of frames of choice
ordered in the 2014-15 year. Other military installations are
participating as well.
There are typically about 16 frames to choose from at the Peterson
optometry office, but with the additional models during the test more
than 30 frames are available to choose from, said Lt. Col. Melissa
Simmons, 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, optometry flight commander.
"Sizes are limited to the sizes on hand for the test," Simmons said.
"The lab has a big stock of them, but during the test they are going for
style rather than size."
Simmons thinks the test is timely. To her knowledge there has been no
demand test for frames of choice before and adding more frames to choose
from is a positive thing. After the demand test is completed Feb. 26,
NOSTA will analyze the results to determine the most popular models.
Once the results are in and approved, it will take several months for
supplies to be stocked at necessary levels.
Active duty members who have not ordered a frame of choice within the
last eight months, and who have a glasses prescription less than two
years old are eligible to order new glasses. Orders can be made on a
walk-in basis at the optometry clinic, located in the Peterson Clinic.