I walked into the For Eyes Optical in Norwood the other day.
I used to go to the one on Newbury Street in Boston … I was friendly with the girl that worked there. She’s a few years older than me and real down to earth with that North Shore accent and attitude. It was like walking into the bar — she knew my name, what I was having, etc. She even offered a cigarette on a particularly stressful day. Newport box.
Anyway, she’s not there anymore and I moved to the South Shore, so I walked into the store in Norwood last week and I said “I’d like to order my contacts please.”
Would you guess what the lady said to me? She said no!
Apparently, in Massachusetts, contact lenses are considered prescription medical gear on the same level as Percocet and Xanax, and you can’t order them without a yearly full eye exam and prescription.
Now, on a scale of 1-100, 1 being blind and 100 being perfect vision, my eyes are about a 42. Even if, somehow, between being 23 and 24 years old my vision slipped to 41, why the hell should I have to pay $200 for an eye exam FOR THE PRIVILEGE of spending another $200 on contact lenses? Who made this law up, and why does it still exist!
I just want my contacts!