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    prescriptions online

    just checked out one of the online prescription companies - just wondering

    how do those companies get away with filling a prescription online when the optician on the phone is not licensed to dispense in the state im in??

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    Because states don't have eyeglass police and the FBI says they have more pressing matters

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    So we can ship and dispense out of state but we cant dispense without a license within the state?? Any one familiar with the regulatory covenants can chime in on this?

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    Are the operations bound solely by the laws of the state they operate in? So if i am from An optician free state i can ship all over creation with no boundaries?

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    When I complained to an inspector about a convenience store (they since have stopped selling them) selling contact lenses I was referred to this site:


    https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/article...contact-lenses

    I find it very frustrating that I will be fined a $100 if an inspector comes in to the office and I am not wearing a name tag with my license number on it- but our board of professional licensing here in Massachusetts has no power to to do anything about internet glasses adhering to standards required of me.

    https://www.mass.gov/doc/235-cmr-5-s...dings/download

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    In Mass General Laws, opticians follow the rules on the books set forth by optometry for eyeglasses and contacts care. This is on the books: You cannot get an Rx in Massachusetts for eyeglasses or contacts without being examined with a biomicroscope, or slit lamp. That is one of the core components to eye care and contact lens care for licensed professionals in Massachusetts.
    I have had only 1 on-line Rx presented to me. The patient was told it was not valid in Mass.

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    Two-tiered system:
    1. Protects consumers
    2. Doesn't

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    Quote Originally Posted by drk View Post
    Two-tiered system:
    1. Protects consumers
    2. Doesn't
    Exactly. And, wastes taxpayers money.

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    There is a major factory in far east that is now supplying specs online. Retail price $10 - quality of frames poor - lenses + centres - take your chances - but it is having effect

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    Quote Originally Posted by jarralad2 View Post
    There is a major factory in far east that is now supplying specs online. Retail price $10 - quality of frames poor - lenses + centres - take your chances - but it is having effect
    In other breaking news, water is wet.

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    There was an article a few months ago about the FDA recalling the online exams offered by Opternative aka Visibly. https://www.optometrytimes.com/news/visibly-formerly-opternative-recalls-online-vision-test



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    So how is it that 1-800-contacts still offers an on-line contact lens exam at their website???!!! I have sent emails to the FDA about this but have not had a response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kittyeyes View Post
    So how is it that 1-800-contacts still offers an on-line contact lens exam at their website???!!! I have sent emails to the FDA about this but have not had a response.
    I think this was the latest: https://www.aoa.org/news/advocacy/1800-online-eye-test
    Vitor Pamplona
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    Come check our autorefractor, lensometer and phoropter.

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    And yet there it is: 1-800-contacts online contact lens exam is there today at their website for all to use. I again reported this to the FDA today and did get an email saying they received my email.

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    Thread Necro:

    https://invisionmag.com/1-800-contac...351H6930023I4U

    "state of the art"- reading rx out of pt's lenses to make new lenses in a patients own frame.

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    Smart buy glasses are advising an app that reads the Rx from your glasses. No idea how they're getting away with it
    https://twitter.com/SmartBuyGlasses/...771051524?s=19

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert_S View Post
    Smart buy glasses are advising an app that reads the Rx from your glasses. No idea how they're getting away with it
    https://twitter.com/SmartBuyGlasses/...771051524?s=19
    An app that can neutralize an Rx? Correctly? That just doesn't seem reasonable.

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    It is called ray tracing, and easy to do, And very accurate with these devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmcdonald View Post
    It is called ray tracing, and easy to do, And very accurate with these devices.
    Maybe with one of the latest high end devices. You would need a powerful SoC not to use the typical shortcuts in the math and excellent optics not to screw it up. I can see how it could be done but you'd need a truly top-notch programmer. If the device wasn't perfectly planar, relative to the lens, and steady, you'd need to compensate using the internal gyroscope and accelerometer to account for the position and movement of the device.

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    1-800 Contacts is partnered with Liigo Eyewear which also has an app and online system to measure your glasses Rx. I tried it, perfectly accurate.
    https://www.liingoeyewear.com/prescription-reader-app

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Fester View Post
    When I complained to an inspector about a convenience store (they since have stopped selling them) selling contact lenses I was referred to this site:


    https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/article...contact-lenses

    I find it very frustrating that I will be fined a $100 if an inspector comes in to the office and I am not wearing a name tag with my license number on it- but our board of professional licensing here in Massachusetts has no power to to do anything about internet glasses adhering to standards required of me.

    https://www.mass.gov/doc/235-cmr-5-s...dings/download
    been there , seen that , done that in Ontario - the answer in my humble opinion would have been to vote out that administration and quit paying fees to them.

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    The problem is, that as old school opticians, you were erroneously led down the garden path to belief that “you can’t do this, it’s illegal “, however you are all now learning that your years of paying fees bought you nothing. You are also now learning that those who were not so brainwashed, have displaced you and make their own rules, without any fees attached, they are not restricted by your thought patterns and beliefs.

    So tell me, why keep voting in the same and paying the same to get the same old results ? Your license money buys you nothing.

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