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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can you get prescription glasses without a prescription?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Mayers
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Yes: If your are nearsighted (myopic), have astigmatism, or have different prescriptions for your two eye you will need a prescription from your eye doctor.
Dr. Michael Mong
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
No.: Prescription glasses correct a specific persons specific refractive error and by definition requires a doctor to determine what the need is and write the proper prescription.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Where can I get non-prescription glasses?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Pharmacy: I assume that you have good distance vision and need glasses for reading and near work. Most pharmacies, and other retail outlets have racks of glasses that you can try before buying until you get the proper magnification for reading. These are inexpensive. Dollar stores have them for 1$ but they are a bit rickety. If you know your power need you can order them off the internet.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Where can I get prescription glasses other than from an optician?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
See below: If an optometrist or an ophthalmologist have an optical shop in/near their office, you can get it there.

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