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Why can’t New Yorkers buy prescription readers online?

New Yorkers opting to take the more convenient route of buying prescription reading glasses online may have to visit their eye doctor after all.

That’s because of regulations imposed by New York State, which you can read here. The law “prohibits the over-the-counter sale of readers if they exceed 2.75 diopters (how we measure the power of a lens),” said non-profit the Vision Council, according to News10NBC.


The Vision Council said the average customer spends $126 on frames. With roughly 165 million U.S. adults requiring glasses, New York is definitely the minority when it comes to regulations on readers. Most state don’t have restrictions on purchasing over-the-counter glasses.