Manufacturing our own spectacles?
The price of lenses seems to have sky-rocketed in recent years and it seems to me that we might be well-paced to manufacture our own spectacles after we are given a copy of the prescription.
We have cutting, grinding and polishing equipment equipment, and given a supply of acetate sheet could be well-placed to save ourselves a few shekels.
Perhaps those with XNX milling facilities would find it even easier?
Checking the truth of what we produce should be straighforward with the use of a laser pointer and a protractor to check the angles of refraction.
Those equipped with Tool & Cutter Grinders will already be in possession of necessary angular calibrations!
As for the frames, are we not already expert in producing miniature and rugged fabrications? Even the clock and watchmakers among us will have the necessary taps and dies for the hinges!
So, who has the necessary background to convert prescription numbers into radii of curvature for lenses?
Perhaps there are already CAM programs available for this application? What do commercial opthamologists use for this very purpose?