Ok maybe the title here is a bit … bait-ey.
I get the dubious honor of seeing these kinds of initial “prescriptions” all the time.
It’s super frustrating that this is both legal and accepted general practice.
I wrote a bit of a post elaborating on what we all here know of course already: https://endmyopia.org/lens-subscriptions-massive-ridiculous-optometry-scam/
Creating a diopter ratio, making it uncomfortable to take off otherwise meaningless diopter correction glasses. Slowly inducing astigmatism. Literally creating this “condition” out of thin air.
Hospital administrators must be looking on with envy, not being allowed to break your legs during a routine exam, or pre-emptively give you cancer. (ok maybe that’s harsh)
How this is legal, it blows my mind. Especially considering on top of insult and injury, then selling $2 lenses for $200.
It’s a monstrous scam, stealing people’s eyesight and then hugely profiting off it. And somehow, in this must-be-alternate-universe, we’re the weirdos, we’re called unicorm farmers by the mainstream, we’re sitting in the Internet shadows of far fetched conspiracies. All while endlessly pointing at ophthalmology’s own science journals, while endlessly documenting cases of reversing diopter dependence, … anything we’re doing here not just obvious and way more sane than the lens seller scheme?
Must be some kind of cosmic joke.