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Old 05-15-2018, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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I no longer have vision insurance. In Texas, a new prescription is required yearly to purchase glasses. I have a good optometrist that does a comprehensive eye exam, but I only want to see him every other year. I found the Opternative website and wondering if anyone has actually used it to get a prescription and if so, how accurate was it?
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Mill Boulevard, yes that's right!
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Following. I had a falling out with my eye doctor and have been looking at this as well.
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Following. I had a falling out with my eye doctor and have been looking at this as well.
Well, there's a Groupon right now for $39. I went ahead and sprung for it so Iíll let you know how it goes.
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Old 05-15-2018, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Mill Boulevard, yes that's right!
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Awesome, thank you!
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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There is no state or federal law anywhere in the USA requiring an up-to-date Rx, nor even any Rx at all, to dispense eyeglasses. That is an internal "rule" established by opticians, who usually have an in-house optometrist.

It is perfectly legal for a lens seller to fill an order based on the verbal declaration of the patient. The optician tells you it is the law, but that is a lie, there is no law, in any state, to that effect.

In fact, if you have had cataract surgery, it is medically impossible for your prescription to change, and what you have will be correct for the rest of your life. But opticians will still tell you that you have to get a new Rx.

If you don't want to keep paying an optometrist over and over again forever, just go to an online dispenser like zenni, type in what you think your Rx is, and wait for them to come in the mail, no questions asked.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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There is no state or federal law anywhere in the USA requiring an up-to-date Rx, nor even any Rx at all, to dispense eyeglasses. That is an internal "rule" established by opticians, who usually have an in-house optometrist.

It is perfectly legal for a lens seller to fill an order based on the verbal declaration of the patient. The optician tells you it is the law, but that is a lie, there is no law, in any state, to that effect.

In fact, if you have had cataract surgery, it is medically impossible for your prescription to change, and what you have will be correct for the rest of your life. But opticians will still tell you that you have to get a new Rx.

If you don't want to keep paying an optometrist over and over again forever, just go to an online dispenser like zenni, type in what you think your Rx is, and wait for them to come in the mail, no questions asked.
Interesting because at one time Texas did have a state law mandating that a prescription could not be over a year old for glasses. I tried looking it up and could only find where that was relevant to contact lenses. It's a moot point however because most consumers have been led to believe it's the law and no eyeglass place will fill a prescription over a year old (trust me I've tried).

I may have to resort to buying them online with the Opternative Rx, we'll see what happens. I just don't know how you measure and fit a pair of glasses properly over the internet! I have a very small head so not all frames fit me very well.
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Old Today, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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Interesting because at one time Texas did have a state law mandating that a prescription could not be over a year old for glasses. I tried looking it up and could only find where that was relevant to contact lenses. It's a moot point however because most consumers have been led to believe it's the law and no eyeglass place will fill a prescription over a year old (trust me I've tried).

I may have to resort to buying them online with the Opternative Rx, we'll see what happens. I just don't know how you measure and fit a pair of glasses properly over the internet! I have a very small head so not all frames fit me very well.
The way that I always got good fitting frames online, from both Zenni optical and other places, is to take a pair of frames that fit you well, measure them, and order a pair with similar measurements. The online retailers always list the measurements of their frames.
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