Dr Oz: Free Healthcare, Cheap Glasses & Senior Discounts


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.


  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. says

    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. says

    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. Thanks! says

    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. says

    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. says

    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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