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Can I buy contacts and glasses from opticians?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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