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Can I bring the eyeglasses frame to an optometrist to insert the lens into it?

Can I bring the eyeglasses frame to an optometrist to insert the lens into it?

Unlikely: An optician will make your glasses for you. If you have a frame you love, you can have new lenses inserted into it. But lenses are fabricated by using the old lens already in the frame as a template to cut the new lens to fit. If you just have a frame, it is very complex to put a lens in with the proper fit and most optical shops will not do this. ...Read more

Optometrist (Definition)

Optometrists or doctors of optometry are primary eye care providers along with ophthalmologists. They can prescribe glasses and contacts and diagnose and treat various medical eye conditions. They cannot perform surgery on the eye, only ...Read more


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Can I bring the eyeglasses frame to an optometrist to insert new lens into it?

Usually yes: If the frame is not damaged and has a contemporary design, then usually lenses would be able to be cut by the optician to fit the frames. There are some older frames where it can be very difficult to fit lenses. ...Read more

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Are optometrists able to tell what my contact lens prescription are by just looking at your glasses?

Are optometrists able to tell what my contact lens prescription are by just looking at your glasses?

No: Fitting of contact lenses involves more than just the power of your corrective lenses. The corneal curvature, size of your cornea and general health of the anterior surface of your eye are taken into consideration. How your eye tolerates a specific contact lens is determined during the followup phase of your fitting. ...Read more

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If you buy reading glasses at a normal store, can your optometrists change the lenses in them?

If you buy reading glasses at a normal store, can your optometrists change the lenses in them?

Probably not: Otc eye wear is for convenience. The quality of the eye wear is not the same. You eye care professional may advise you to simply continue with otc glasses but may prescribe you glasses that are more correct for you, better quality and more acceptable. If you are over 40 and just need readers, otc's are probably what you need. If in doubt, see your eye care professional. Picture clearer? ...Read more

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When going to a eye specialist to have an eyeglasses made, is it possible to bring my own eyeglass frame to use?

When going to a eye specialist to have an eyeglasses made, is it possible to bring my own eyeglass frame to use?

Yes: Yes, in my practice we need to inspect them and then have the client release liability for the frame and any possible defects that we can not detect but if the frames are in adequate shape we will agree to place lenses in them for you. Some dispensaries will not let you use your own frames. They do not know the contdition of them and do not want the responsability if they break, and lost income. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to purchase eyeglasses frames at one store and get lenses at another place?

Is it advisable to purchase eyeglasses frames at one store and get lenses at another place?

Yes: The second store will probably not be thrilled about this but they will put the lenses in based upon your up to date prescription. Why not get the whole thing in one place? ...Read more

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I bought new frames, but I'm wondering if I can take them to the optometrist and for them to put new lenses in, since I'm also getting an eye exam.

I bought new frames, but I'm wondering if I can take them to the optometrist and for them to put new lenses in, since I'm also getting an eye exam.

Usually: Most will accomodate you and provide new lenses to put in your frames that you like. A few hold out for the additional profit of supplying you the frame as well. Find an optician who will do this by shopping around. ...Read more

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One of my pairs of eyeglasses frames got bent b/c somebody sat on them. Now the right lens is closer to the eye than it should be. Is this harmful?

One of my pairs of eyeglasses frames got bent b/c somebody sat on them. Now the right lens is closer to the eye than it should be. Is this harmful?

Bent glasses: No it is not harmful
Your vision however may not be as sharp because the actual strength of the glasses also depends on vertex distance. Vertex distance is the distance from the surface of the eye/ cornea to the prescription lens ...Read more

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Can I buy glasses frames and go to to the opticians for just lenses?

Can I buy glasses frames and go to to the opticians for just lenses?

Glasses -yes: Opticians take an ophthalmologist's prescription and make lenses to fit in your choice of eyeglass frames. In a few jurisdictions they can prescribe and fit contacts but most cannot do this. In many areas they can take a prescription for contacts and apply them to the eye, or sell the lenses based solely on that prescription. ...Read more

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How do I get eyeglasses from optometrists?

How do I get eyeglasses from optometrists?

Pay them: Optometrists are very happy to accept your money for their measurements for glasses and for the cost of the eyeglasses. So if you pay them, you can get your eyeglasses. ...Read more

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Why are some optometrists bad at prescribing astigmatism glasses?

Why are some optometrists bad at prescribing astigmatism glasses?

Sure: And some pilots aren't great at landing airplanes. Every profession has different degrees of skill amongst the people in it. ...Read more

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Can I buy prescription glasses online if I go to my optometrist to get it prescribed?

Can I buy prescription glasses online if I go to my optometrist to get it prescribed?

Yes: There are sites through which you can order eyeglasses, some at amazingly low prices. You will need to supply the prescription + a term called the pd which is the distance between your eyes so the eyeglasses can be optically centered. Most ophthalmologists are happy to supply this information since they are interesting in eye disease and surgery. Optoms may resist this since eyeglasses= income. ...Read more

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Is it possible to buy non-prescription glasses online and go to my optometrist to get it prescribed?

Unclear: You will need a proper prescription (best from an ophthalmologist), to order glasses on line. An optometrist is unlikely to to check them after you obtain them although ophthalmologists are more generous in this respect since they are not threatened by online prescriptive glasses. ...Read more

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Have 2 diff. Glasses- near and far glasses. Near vision getting just as bad as far vision. Optometrist says too young (20yr) for bifocals. Presbyopia?

Have 2 diff. Glasses- near and far glasses. Near vision getting just as bad as far vision. Optometrist says too young (20yr) for bifocals. Presbyopia?

Who is who in eyecar: Are you Hypermetropic? Write your Rx if you need a correct response. In Hypermetropia both near and far vision can change. Do you have astigmatism? Best advise see an Ophthalmologist. I wonder why you did not choose to go to an Ophthalmologist in the first place? Just asking. ...Read more

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How often should an? Optometrist check? Your eye? Glasses and contacts?

How often should an? Optometrist check? Your eye? Glasses and contacts?

Optometrist: Optometrists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, and are better qualified to refract and prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses. Most ophthalmologists have technicians who generate the rx for glasses. Good optometrists will refer you to ophthalmologists when you need surgery. See your optometrist once a year, unless you have a condition which requires more frequent visits. ...Read more

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How do optometrists know if a baby needs glasses?

How do optometrists know if a baby needs glasses?

Retinoscopy: Using a retinoscope and handheld lenses, they can accurately determine the baby's refraction and then determine if it is appropriate to prescribe glasses. This is also used in the mentally handicapped who can't participate in the refraction process. ...Read more

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If I were to go to the optometrist and got glasses would the glasses come out the same day?

If I were to go to the optometrist and got glasses would the glasses come out the same day?

Not usually: Although there are places that do same-day glasses, most places that sell glasses take more time to do so. The time for this is variable but 5-10 days is typical. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I see an optometrist will I need glasses while driving?

Can you tell me if I see an optometrist will I need glasses while driving?

Possibly: Optometrists are focused upon selling glasses and are well known for prescribing eyeglasses even when the need is trivial. If you have some visual blur and have never had an examination before, it is best to start with an ophthalmologist who can comprehensively deal with all of eye conditions. ...Read more

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My optometrist prescribed to.25-0.50x160 to.25-0.50x010 /+75 what does this mean? Do I need glasses? Can it skip having glasses?

My optometrist prescribed to.25-0.50x160 to.25-0.50x010 /+75 what does this mean? Do I need glasses? Can it skip having glasses?

Optional: This is a small prescription and you no doubt are seeing fine without glasses. This is an attempt, which is common, by an optometrist to sell you a high profit pair of eyeglasses. He could have shown you in his device to compare your naked eye, to the correctiion above, the difference in clarity of the eyechart and it would have been small. Save your money. ...Read more

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If someone had bad eyesight and wears glasses, can they become an optometrist?

Yes: As long as your vision is corrected with glasses or contacts you can become an optometrist. Lots of eye doctors wear corrective lenses. ...Read more

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