Why does it cost less if I get my glasses from an optometrist?

An optometrist is governed by a regulatory body and as such is not allowed to charge a mark up on the eyewear. They are allowed to charge a dispensing fee that is determined by the Ontario Association of Optometrists. This means that usually the same product elsewhere will be more expensive.

Remember the choice of where you purchase your eyewear is your own. However, when you make your decision to buy glasses or contact lenses, go to the professional who fully understands your ocular condition, and who can obtain the best quality eye wear quickly and cost-effectively.