What would you do if a tornado or earthquake struck in the middle of the night, you couldn’t find your glasses on the nightstand due to the commotion, and your house was subsequently destroyed. Would you be able to get replacement glasses? Sadly, most of us rely on our local optometrist to know that information, but what would you do if their office was destroyed too? It serves as a good reminder to always have multiple copies of your prescription so you can spend the least amount of time possible without proper glasses.
Get your prescription
Unfortunately, many optometrists will keep your prescription unless you ask for it, because they don’t want you to buy cheaper glasses elsewhere. The markup on glasses purchased through your optometrist is huge, so many like to hold it close unless you specifically ask for a copy of it.
Make copies of your prescription
Put a copy with your emergency supplies, another with your important papers and then send another copy to someone who lives out of town. That way if services in your city were unavailable for some period of time, not only does someone have your prescription, they could take it somewhere and have an emergency pair made and get it to you much quicker than if you had to find a doctor in a strange city, have your eyes examined and then get glasses made.
Keep your old pairs
While it is great to donate eyeglasses to third world countries, save your most recent pair of replaced eyeglasses and store them in a hard case in your emergency box. That way if your emergency supplies were salvageable, you’d have your backup pair to wear. So as you get a new pair of glasses, replace the ones in your emergency box with your last pair, then you can donate the older ones to charity. You can drop off glasses at any Pearle Vision to donate them or check with the store you buy your glasses from.
In the event of an emergency, especially if you have very poor vision, having an extra pair of glasses and someone with your prescription can be a lifesaver. You don’t want to have to do what Sawyer did on Lost, and use two broken pairs of glasses and tape them together, unless you really have to!