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By emberinc
#21419
They have machines that do your blood pressure for free, so why not a machine that is for people who have trouble seeing and buy over the counter glasses? Yes, you can go to the eyeglass place and get a free eye exam, but then you have to pay outrages prices for frames. Why can't they have a machine that people can go up to and do a short eye test to see what strength of over the counter glasses they need?

The reason I thought of this is because my husband wears prescription glasses and we can't afford to get another pair right now and medicaid only pays for 1 pair every 5 years for adults. We are not sure what strength of glasses he needs and it would be neat if we could go into a lets say Walmart and he could do a short eye test and get a 5 dollar pair of glasses. This could benefit kids and adults who are rough on glasses and do not want an expensive pair of glasses.
By Manic1
#22414
As usual the answer comes down to money. I myself have gone down to the flea market and purchased two identical framed sets of reading glasses - one that fits the right eye and one that fits the left. Then I pop out the lenses and make a custom pair. The eyeglass industry is big business and that is why they make such a big deal about keeping it a prescription by a doctor. There is much money to be made so they keep it that way. It is a good idea but unlikely that the medical doctors will allow it.
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