Reading glasses prescription

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by Fidelis K, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. Fidelis K

    Fidelis K Guest

    I know this is a dumb question...
    But do I need a prescription from my ophthalmologist to get a custom-made
    pair of reading glasses? Or, can I just order one without a prescription?
    Fidelis K, Aug 16, 2006
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  2. Fidelis K

    Mark A Guest

    This is governed by state laws, but I believe in every state you need a Rx.
    But you can get an exam and Rx from an OD (optometrist), and you do not need
    to get one from an MD (ophthalmologist). Generally, you are better off going
    to an OD for a Rx because they have more experience giving exams (unless you
    have a serious eye problem that warrants that you visit an MD).

    The optometrist is required by federal law to give you a written Rx (upon
    request) that you can take to an optical shop, or you can usually purchase
    lenses and frames from your OD.

    There are some on-line websites that operate overseas that might let you
    order without a Rx. However, you should be able to get a decent eye exam
    from an OD for about $50 (some other services may be extra).
    Mark A, Aug 16, 2006
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  3. Fidelis K

    otisbrown Guest

    Dear Fidelis,

    Not a "dumb question". But the issue is "custom made" -- and
    what you mean by that exactly.

    You can get "reading glasses" almost anywhere in the USA -- and
    the cost is low.

    You can get a written "prescription" from an ophthamologist
    or optometrist.

    If you wish, you can log onto zenniopical, and type the
    numbers in and get your plus-lenses from Zenni.

    How you choose to obtain plus lenses for reading
    is up to you.


    otisbrown, Aug 16, 2006
  4. Fidelis K

    A Lieberma Guest

    Dear Fidelis,

    Please disregard Otis's postings. He is not in the medical profession and
    not in any position to give medical advice.

    Thank you!

    A Lieberma, Aug 16, 2006
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