Dr Oz: Free Healthcare, Cheap Glasses & Senior Discounts

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Dr Oz: Free Healthcare, Cheap Glasses & Senior Discounts

By on October 4, 2010

Doctor Oz did a show called Insiders Guide to Getting the Best for the Least.  One segment Dr Oz did included the best places to get cheap glasses and senior discounts for eye checkups, plus help for Preventive Services like pap smears, colon cancer screenings, vaccinations and children’s check-ups.

Ophthalmologist Vs Optometrist Vs Optician

Dr Oz was joined by Dr. Mildred Olivier, an Ophthalmologist, who explained the difference between an Dr Oz Ophthalmologist vs Optometrist vs OpticianOphthalmologist, an Optometrist and an Optician.  An Ophthalmologist is an eye medical doctor who can do more complicated exams and eye surgeries.  An Optometrist can test if you are near sighted, far sighted, and give you glasses prescriptions.  Sometimes an Optometrist can do exams for eye diseases too.  An Optician just sells glasses and fills prescriptions, but cannot do any exams on your eyes.

UPDATE: Based on a request to update / correct the definition of an Optometrist by some readers, I would also like to offer the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s description of the nature of work of an Optometrist: “Optometrists, also known as doctors of optometry, or ODs, are the main providers of vision care. They examine people’s eyes to diagnose vision problems, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, and they test patients’ depth and color perception and ability to focus and coordinate the eyes. Optometrists may prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses, or they may provide other treatments, such as vision therapy or low-vision rehabilitation.  Optometrists also test for glaucoma and other eye diseases and diagnose conditions caused by systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, referring patients to other health practitioners as needed. They prescribe medication to treat vision problems or eye diseases, and some provide preoperative and postoperative care to cataract patients, as well as to patients who have had corrective laser surgery. Like other physicians, optometrists encourage preventative measures by promoting nutrition and hygiene education to their patients to minimize the risk of eye disease.”  Hope this clears up any confusion!

Dr. Olivier said that you can often find the best price on contacts online, but then if you go back to your provider with the price your find, they will often match the price.  Great tip!

Senior Eye Discounts

Dr. Olivier said that you can get Senior Discounts from doctors who volunteer to help by going to EyeCareAmerica.org.  You won’t have to pay a copay and they won’t charge you for a whole year, plus your prescriptions will be mailed for free to your doctor for you to pick-up apparently.  You can also find good deals through AAA and AARP often.

Cheap Glasses Website

Dr Oz showed a website called EyeBuyDirect.com where you can buy glasses frames for as cheap as $8 per frame, plus you can see how you look in the glasses by uploading a photo of yourself.

Affordable Care Act & Free Preventive Services

Regina Benjamin, the US Surgeon General, joined Dr Oz to explain how new insurance plans must cover preventive services under the Affordable Care Act.  This means that you can’t even be charged a co-pay for the following Preventive Services: Mammograms, Pap Smears, Colon Cancer Screenings, Vaccinations and Children’s Check Ups.

Plus, now your child in college can stay on your health insurance plan until they are 26 years old, which is great for kids who have a first job that does not include health insurance.  In addition, by 2014 there will be a change in health insurance plans so that they cannot discriminate against pre-existing illnesses.  If you have a pre-existing condition and have not been able to get insurance for 6 months, you can apply for an insurance program with your state.  Just visit HeathCare.gov and put in your zip code, and it will tell you exactly where to go and what to do.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Free Healthcare, Cheap Glasses & Senior Discounts

  1. sylvia hubbard says:

    Really enjoyed the information concerning eye glass frames and about
    the new health care plan. I wish there was more information in the media
    about the health care.

  2. Very upset says:

    This is an accurate definition of what an optometrist does. In 2010, its a shame that you would not do your research and discredit the optometric profession. Shame on you!

    The optometrist is a health care professional trained and state licensed to provide primary eye care services. These services include comprehensive eye health and vision examinations; diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and vision disorders; the detection of general health problems; the prescribing of glasses, contact lenses, low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy and medications; the performing of certain surgical procedures; and the counseling of patients regarding their surgical alternatives and vision needs as related to their occupations, avocations and lifestyle. The optometrist has completed pre-professional undergraduate education in a college or university and four years of professional education at a college of optometry, leading to the doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree. Some optometrists complete a residency.

  3. Sorry that you are very upset Nina(?), I did not mean to offend anyone or misrepresent anything, this is just the understanding that I got based on Dr Oz’s explanations. Thank you for your input!

  4. Very upset says:

    Please correct your “definition of an optometrist” on your website. Don’t put down a professional, and perhaps its wise to go over what people say before you broadcast it for millions to see. Basically, what you’re saying is like that a cardiologist who doesn’t perform surgery can’t diagnose and perhaps treat some cardiac conditions if he doesn’t operate? Please correct this on your website, so not to mislead many Americans. And also, it would be nice to hear an OFFICIAL explanation of what an optometrist does by the official definition. You got a lot of people very upset, by your ignorant guest.

  5. Nina, like I said, Dr Oz Fans just reports on things related to Dr Oz and the shows that Dr Oz does. I appreciate your concern over the potential confusion that Dr Oz’s guest caused though, so I have updated the post to include the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s description of the nature of work of an Optometrist.

  6. Thank you very much!! People need to understand that Optometrists are real doctors and not just people who check you for glasses
    I appreciate you changing the website! Thank you again!

  7. John Drake says:

    I’d like to add something with regards to getting eyeglasses online. EyeBuyDirect offers a good product, but they aren’t the only online glasses shop. There are many of them offering a variety of frame and lens choices at substantial savings to consumers.

    There is an excellent blog at glassyeyes.com, which was started by a man who was tired of paying too much for glasses and found out one could buy glasses online of comparable quality for much less than the place in the mall. He has articles on how to buy online glasses, reviews of online glasses shops, discounts, and more. It’s a great resource.

    Eyeglassretailerreviews.com offers profiles and some video reviews of internet glasses shops. I’ve started buying glasses online and have spent far less and gotten nicer looking glasses for my money. My wife had to get used to me wearing fashionable glasses since I can now afford them.


  8. Keep in mind also that the guy at glasseyes blog is also getting kickbacks from the companies he is so actively promoting on his site. There has been numerous complains from people who buy from the companies he is promoting such as 39dollarsglasses.. You can read the complaints right on his forum.

    As far as I am concerned when a person gets kickback it affects his ability to be unbiased. And this is exactly whats going on in his case. It started out as a good cause, but once money enters the picture thats the end of it.

  9. I am trying to to fine out where can I get cheap eye glasses frame I saw it on one of Dr Oz show but can’t remember the web site info at this time when I needed it please help me. Thank you.

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