Optometrist Response to Atlantic’s Article on The Eye Exam “Scam”

Your eye exam is not a scam. Glasses and contact lenses are medical devices.

When you notice a change in your vision, it can be caused by a host of other things. For example, I’ve seen…
– patients who were unaware that they had diabetes, but were diagnosed based on the appearance of the retina at the back of their eyes
– patients who didn’t know they had high blood pressure, but again were diagnosed after an eye exam
– a patient who thought she had dry eye, and was using drops suggested by the pharmacist, but it turned out to be an inflammatory eye condition linked with thyroid disease
– patients with retinal holes which required laser surgery to prevent retinal detachment
– 2 patients that came in for a routine exam, but ended up having an eye tumour 🙈

On the less “scary” side, I’ve seen plenty of people after they tried to order a higher powered contact lens themselves, thinking they needed something stronger, but they did it incorrectly and ended up giving themselves a headache. Or they ordered glasses online after modifying their glasses prescription a bit and couldn’t see out of the new ones. I’ve seen TONs of people with burning, itchy, red eyes who tried to self-medicate with over-the-counter antibiotic drops, which didn’t help. Do you really trust yourself to know what you need without going to the doctor? Your optometrist is not just a barrier to getting glasses… we’re here to help you take care of your eyes and catch preventable causes of vision loss! 👀 Eye exams might seem simple when everything is going well, but it takes years of training for me to rule out eye disease and other more sinister causes of a prescription change.

This author as simply upset because he was too unprepared to have spare glasses or contact lenses. If you use medication, it’s your own responsibility to have a supply wherever you go. It’s NOT a local doctor’s job to give it to you, sight unseen. Don’t be a statistic in preventable vision loss!

The main takeaway from this should be to make sure you always have a backup pair of glasses 🤓

Yascha Mounk – It is very irresponsible to encourage people to risk their eye health like this

 

(This is a response to the article The Great American Eye-Exam Scam  in the Atlantic )

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Patient Appreciation Day! Glasses SALE!

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Our 3rd annual Patient Appreciation Day on Monday November 25 8am-8pm! Discount package pricing on designer eyewear, full selection of frame lines AND enjoy 20% off your first pair and 50% off your second pair! Sunglasses included!! Stop by anytime during the event. Outside prescriptions welcomed!

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Vision Therapy Helped Eye Turn

We’ve had a ton of VT grads this year, so we have to get back into the habit of sharing their success! 🥳🎉

N came to us because he was diagnosed with alternating exotropia, meaning both of his eyes took turns turning outwards. N had poor control over his eye movement skills and tended to move his head along with moving his eye, instead of being able to separate the two.

After vision therapy, N’s family members said they didn’t notice his eyes turn nearly as much as they used to, and N was much more aware of it. If it did happen, he could now have the awareness and control to realign them. Congratulations N! We will miss you and your love of hockey and playing new games!

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