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Old 09-03-2010, 06:58 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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I'm curious if anyone else has had a similar experience.
I'm between work and home and in need of a contact lens (lost one). I stop at a "Vision Center" and explain that I'm miles away from home or work, but I have an expired prescription and desperately need a lens because I can't see all that well for driving. The woman tells me that she can lose her job if she sells me a lens (or a box of lenses). I reply that I can lose my life if I drive into something or somebody.
I don't know if this is a rule or not, but it does defy common sense.
I didn't get the much needed lens and she told me to go to Costco (which was closed at the time). I drove away and luckily didn't kill myself or anyone else today.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Contacts are by prescription only and they wouldn't write you a prescription without an exam. You wouldn't go to Walgreens and ask for a Lortab because of the situation so I don't get your outrage.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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I don't know what a Lortab is, but I can't get high on a contact lens. Having a contact lens allows me to drive safely. This doesn't make sense to you?
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: square thing with a roof
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It's illegal for them to fill it with an expired prescription. The main reason is, if your vision has changed since the last time your eyes were checked and they fill it with an expired prescription, if some damage occurs to your eyesight as a result, they can be held legally liable.

It's illegal in every state in the US to have eyeglasses/contact prescriptions filled using an expired prescription. The practitioner could be fined, or lose their license.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I get her outrage. The law is stupid............it's not like she is going to overdose and die because she has access to an unprescribed contact lens.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:13 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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So it was safer for me to go out driving than have a potentially dangerous contact lens for a day?
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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It's illegal for them to fill it with an expired prescription. The main reason is, if your vision has changed since the last time your eyes were checked and they fill it with an expired prescription, if some damage occurs to your eyesight as a result, they can be held legally liable.

It's illegal in every state in the US to have eyeglasses/contact prescriptions filled using an expired prescription. The practitioner could be fined, or lose their license.

People buy "cheaters" all the time.................no harm done.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:19 PM
 
Location: square thing with a roof
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I've been blind for more than 10 yrs now so it's been a long time since I've had to wear glasses or contacts. But I have run into that before too. I was at work, lense tore and needed a new one. They wouldn't fill it with an expired prescription.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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Something similar happened to my son when he was visiting schools. He forgot to bring extra contacts and tore one. We had to jump through some hoops, but his eye doctor contacted a Sears Optical on his behalf, and was able to fax a copy of his prescription down to them.

OP, don't you travel with glasses to back up the contacts? My son had them, but didn't want to wear them on his school tour. But, if it was just a question of being able to drive, why not?
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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So it was safer for me to go out driving than have a potentially dangerous contact lens for a day?
Not saying it was...but if you have a restriction for corrective eye wear on your drivers license you shouldn't have been driving in the first place. Lortab is a prescription pain killer.
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