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Yeah, eyeglasses are too expensive. Let the market, not government, solve the problem

Yeah, eyeglasses are too expensive. Let the market, not government, solve the problem
A patient undergoes a vision examination. (Getty Images)

To the editor: Thanks to David Lazarus for his column on the high-priced, near-monopolistic market for eyeglasses. The fundamental question is whether this situation requires government regulation, or if competitive market forces can make the correction.

I have recently noticed a number of new players offering what appears to be great values. Having purchased most of my glasses from Costco, I know that retail pricing is certainly competitive.

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Couple discount retailers with new discount specialists, and the market will figure this out far better than government regulators.

Craig Campbell, Palos Verdes Estates

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To the editor: It should be noted that health insurance companies aren’t helping when it comes to patients who’d rather not buy from eyewear behemoth Luxottica.

I had hoped to use a discount retailer such as Warby Parker, but I cannot receive insurance benefits if I do. Even though Warby Parker and other discounters have frames that cost less than those sold at covered vendors such as Luxottica’s LensCrafters stores, I have no choice but to reward the monopoly or punish myself.

I can pay for insurance while also paying full price for glasses and lenses, or get my glasses for free or nearly free while rewarding the monopoly.

Timothy Hood, Greenwich, Conn.

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