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Stinking Glasses

Stinking Glasses - optoblog cartoon #16

This is what I wish I could say to patients when they ask about private practice glasses prices. Do you ever feel like we’re being sold out by the very lens companies that say they’re looking out for us? For example, Wal-Mart sells lenses for cheaper than I can buy them from my lab. How does that happen?

What if a whole bunch of private practices started a co-op lab so that all profits from the lab go to the doctors? Or is Red Tray Optical the answer?

I like the consignment deal that VSP offers with their line of glasses. Why should I have to pay for frames that haven’t sold? Since frames now days look so freaking wacked, I think all frame vendors should work on consignment.

All I know is that doctors seem to be getting the short end of the stick while the frame and lens makers are assured their cash. I don’t see a profit motive for Big Lenses to help out private practice docs since commercial makes them more money overall.

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Written by David Langford, O.D.

David Langford is a graduate of PUCO 2003, worked as a USPHS/IHS optometrist, then as fill-in commercial, then solo private practice, and now works full time as an independent doctor of optometry inside a Wal-Mart Vision Center.

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