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February 4, 1911

The Fitting of Glasses by Unqualified Persons

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Kansas City, Mo.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(5):367. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560050053029

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Your comment on "The Fitting of Glasses" in 10-cent stores was read with interest. That refractions of this kind cannot be in any way accurate and that the glasses of this kind do lots of harm cannot be doubted. But in my opinion the harm done by a "fake" device of any kind is measured by the reliance put in it by the user.The 10-cent stores do not pretend to have any great amount of skill as refractionists and charge a low price for their glasses. Their patrons will, as a rule, soon find that the glasses purchased are not right and will discard them. But the optician, "eye specialist" with his handsomely decorated "office," his prevaricating advertisements and his fee of from $10 to $20 for his services and glasses does command confidence. Therein lies the danger. His hypermetropic "patients" will continue to wear the

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