In recent years, a variety of new online eyeglass retailers have emerged, offering lenses and frames at prices significantly lower than those found in opticians’ offices and traditional eyeglass stores. But are these online businesses reliable? In this video, Marc Grossman, OD, LAc, holistic developmental/behavioral optometrist and licensed acupuncturist, concludes that it is possible for consumers to get trouble-free eyeglasses from these outlets, but they also may also encounter problems with their new glasses or lenses. Dr. Grossman considers eyeglass prescriptions to be medicine for the eyes, and, as such, glasses must be created and fitted correctly. He recommends having lens prescriptions filled by the doctor who initially wrote them. This will help prevent complications and make dealing with any potential issues easier. Frames can be purchased anywhere—it is the lenses that require special attention. The more complex your eyeglass prescription is, the more important it is to be filled by your doctor, so if you are dealing with progressive lenses or severe astigmatism, work directly with your doctor when purchasing new glasses for best results.

For more valuable information from Dr. Marc Grossman, visit his website, or check out his latest book Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision and Healing.

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