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Should I Buy Prescription Reading Glasses or Drugstore Reading Glasses?

Question: Buying Prescription Reading Glasses or Drugstore GlassesJuly 19, 2010My eye doctor gave me a prescription for eyeglasses and stated that I could either get "reading" glasses or bifocals. My insurance does not cover the frames he has available and I was wondering since I only need glasses for reading could I purchase a pair of reading glasses from a drug store or any store that carries reading glasses? I also heard that the Dollar Store carries them. What do you advise? By...

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Are an Overdue Solution

My patient sat in front of me, head down, with a growing expression of defeat. “So, you’re telling me I can’t do anything about my hearing,” he muttered. I explained again that this was not true, that hearing aids would help tremendously, that they would allow him to understand his loved ones around the dinner table, that they would help him stay social and productive into later life. “But I can’t afford them, and I don’t want to look like an old man,” he dejectedly replied before shuffling...

Blurry Eyes, Clarity of Vision

July 25, 2017For 10 years now, my father’s vision has been severely diminished in the left eye. And for 10 years now, rare is the visit or phone call when my dad doesn’t voice his frustration with a situation that has curtailed his driving and taken an ax to his once-avid reading habit.Each time he mentions it, I try to sound sympathetic. “That’s gotta be hard.” “I feel for you.” But sometimes what goes through my head is an impatient phrase like, “Dude, you’ve told me that, like, a million...