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Old 02-28-2012, 06:58 PM
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So, I went to the eye doc today, first time in 3 years or so. Found that I probably have early stage glaucoma, which runs in the family, have to go back & have a good many more tests to see if/how much damage there may already be. But, I think it was caught early enough that the drops for the rest of my life will be all I have to do. Thank God for the Optomap machine! that thing is pretty awesome.

Anyway, I ALWAYS end up dropping between $600.00 and $800.00 on prescription glasses with new frames & another pair of RayBan polarized sunglasses with my current prescript. Today, I decided, to keep my old frames, becaus ethey are still good as new (I take great care of my glasses) And I really like them, plus, I just don't want to drop an additional $200.00 plus on frames. Also, if I were to buy new sunglasses (The last time, the frames were not comfortable, they didn't do right by me where I USED to go..LENSCRAFTERS, turns out the frames are a bit too small, but hell, I didn't know. They assured me it was the particular style...NOT) it's be another $350+.

I'm not ashamed to admit, money has been tight the past year or so, just the way it goes. So, I asked them to install the new prescription lenses into my old frames, and picked a pair of magnetic polarized attachment lenses that are to be custom fit to my frames...an additional $130.00

HERE IS MY DILEMMA; I sometimes listen to Clark Howard on the radio. I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with Mr.Howard. He offers pretty solid financial advice, money saving tips, product reviews, etc. I've heard him rave about ONLINE PRESCRIPTION glasses. He's already purchased several pairs over the past few years, NEVER has he had a single problem. He said he gets the new prescription from his eye doctor, gets all the proper measurements, and then shops online. He buys new frames, and gets the new prescription lenses, and, to date, has been 100% satisfied.

He had HIS doctor check the glasses he bought online against the prescription, and, much to the frustration of his doctor, the prescription has ALWAYS been dead-on. I briefly discussed this option with my eye doctor. She didn't jump on the band wagon with a lot of other optometrists & bad mouth the online glasses. She told me I may very well end up with a decent pair of glasses that will work for me...or I may end up with something that MAY chip or scratch more easily, etc.

She went on to say, that, while she can purchase lenses for 10 cents, or 14 cents EACH (???) then re-sell to her patients, she would never do that, because she only offers the very best quality to her patients. Without coming right out & saying so, she implied that, anything I may purchase online will be very inferior to what I would get from her selection, or, from another local store, etc.

When I was going through what options I wanted in my new prescription lenses, I opted for the AF (anti-reflective) coating, something I couldn't do without. The lenses alone, were $130.00 The NON GLARE ANTI-REFLECTIVE coating cost $110.00!! The TOTAL cost for my new prescription lenses & magnetic sunglasses attachment came to $464.00 That just seems to be a lot ot pay considering I'm using my old frames. In the past, just as short as a couple years ago, I wouldn't think twice about ti. Now, things are different, and I have to be a lot more conservative how I spend my money.

goodness, when I have to purchase my sons glasses every year & mine as well, I would spend over $1,000.00 between the two of us!!! Even then, it didn't hurt in the wallet like it now does...yeah, the economy is getting better every day.

So, if anyone has any experience with prescription glasses purchased ONLINE, please, let me hear about your overall satisfaction with quality, how well the prescription ,matched the doctors, online price VS local cost, etc.
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1. Make sure you see an ophthalmologist to confirm your diagnosis. Lots of us have great machines which help us, but the best glaucoma detector is still a full exam by an MD.
2. The lens prices you are quoting are considerably higher than ours.
3. I see no problem with glasses online except for progressive lenses. To accurately fit the height of the near vision portion of the lens, measurements should be made with the specific frame on the face. We haven't had a patient ask us to check their glasses purchased online or fix a problem, but that will be interesting. When we started our optical shop, we used a virtual fitting system which had some problems and the company failed.
4. I always start glaucoma treatment in one eye first to see the true effect of the drops and help separate it from normal fluctuation.
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I've had to wear glasses since I was 3 years old and have always felt glasses are the biggest rip off of the American public. I remember 20 years ago paying $300+ for my glasses, now I can get 2 pair for $150!

If you need to order glasses check out Zenni Optical. You fill out the form with the RX numbers you get from your doctor, pick out your frames, pick out any options you want and they ship them to your house. I have a high RX so it costs me a little more but am still usually under $60/pair.

Check out the magnetic sunglass clip on's, they are great. I have a clip on in both boats and all my cars. I don't have to screw around carrying an extra set of sunglasses.

www.zennioptical.com

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Old 02-28-2012, 10:15 PM
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Holy crap Russ, two weeks ago I dropped $180 for just lenses, reading lenses. If I bought the frames I wanted (half readers - old fart glasses that rest low on the nose and the person can look over the top - no frame on the top of the lense) they would have cost me another $250 and change on top of the price of the lenses. And the part that Really Pissed me off was they damaged my old frames and denied it!
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If you want really cheap glasses go to the local Salvation Army.

They usually have tons of pairs of prescription and reading glasses.

I go through all the pairs until I find a pair that is pretty good.

When I break them I go try out other pairs until I find a close presciption.

They are .50 cents a pair.

More money for gold reels. Priorities men.
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For many years now I have used Costco. I see an Opthalmologist for the exam and take the rx to Costco.
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I got 5 pairs of prescription glasses at coastal.com for 7 dollars each. Follow them on facebook and wait for their free glasses give away, they do it all the time.

see links for deals. These were NOT cheap garabage frames, it's the real deal.

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I didn't have time to read your entire thread. However, short answer for me is yes. A colleague of mine in our office has bought several pairs online really cheap. So he gave me the website and I bought a pair too. I have no complaints. Obviously they aren't the same quality frames as my Oakleys but there is nothing wrong with them and I wouldn't hesitate ordering online again. Good luck!
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I use eyebuydirect.com. I have gotten numerous prescriptions through them.

You can get singtle focal point glasses for as cheap as $15. I did this 1st just to make sure they were legit. They were ugly glasses but worked great. I then got tinted glasses in nicer metal frames to use as sunglasses. I still have, and use these, although the Rx is a little outa date now. These were less than $50.

They have 100s of styles of frames, and you can get all of the same add-ons (coatings, etc).

Try them out with a cheap set just to see if you like. Keep in mind, just like the DR said, they can not tweak the lenses to your face, so progressive lenses may not be quite as good as a walk-in shop. However, for everyday use, you can not beat the prices. They even have 2 for one specials about every month or so. Last time I ordered a set of progressives, along with a set of tinted single focal style in nice wire-frames for less than $75. I wear these daily.

The funny thing is, with my last walk-in glasses ($700.00), the screws kept falling out, or the lenses would pop out with the slighted knock. I got the anti-scratch coating, which is what scratches over time. Not at all happy with them.

The next time you go for an eye exam, make sure the Rx has the pupilary-distance on them. This will make the Rx more accurate.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:02 AM
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X2 on Zenni. You can get some prescription glasses for under 10 bucks. Shipping is 5 bucks no matter how many you get. I recently ordered 7 pairs for various members of my family for a little over 100 bucks.
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DANG, dang, dang, dang, dang, DANG - well that settles that!
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When you go for your prescription, make sure the Dr writes down the measurement for your eyes center to center. Hard to do yourself. And its needed for the eyeglasses
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I use eyebuydirect.com. I have gotten numerous prescriptions through them.

You can get singtle focal point glasses for as cheap as $15. I did this 1st just to make sure they were legit. They were ugly glasses but worked great. I then got tinted glasses in nicer metal frames to use as sunglasses. I still have, and use these, although the Rx is a little outa date now. These were less than $50.

They have 100s of styles of frames, and you can get all of the same add-ons (coatings, etc).

Try them out with a cheap set just to see if you like. Keep in mind, just like the DR said, they can not tweak the lenses to your face, so progressive lenses may not be quite as good as a walk-in shop. However, for everyday use, you can not beat the prices. They even have 2 for one specials about every month or so. Last time I ordered a set of progressives, along with a set of tinted single focal style in nice wire-frames for less than $75. I wear these daily.

The funny thing is, with my last walk-in glasses ($700.00), the screws kept falling out, or the lenses would pop out with the slighted knock. I got the anti-scratch coating, which is what scratches over time. Not at all happy with them.

The next time you go for an eye exam, make sure the Rx has the pupilary-distance on them. This will make the Rx more accurate.
x2. My wife uses eyebuydirect for reading and sunglasses all the time. She probabaly get 5-6 pairs of glasses for the same price or less than what she would spend at Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision et al.
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Well, I'd say online eyeglasses win with OVERWHELMING support! I called & canceled the high dollar glasses about an hour ago. Going to go pick up my old glasses, the new scrip with all the measurements & pick out a pair online tonight! THANK YOU TO ALL!!! I didn't expect such overwhelmingly positive feedback, my mind has been eased TREMENDOUSLY!! I feel positively GREAT about my decision to cancel & order online. I'll return with my full report on my new online glasses as soon as I get them, in a couple weeks with shipping & all that good stuff!

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Garett- Don't feel to bad, I didn't know about buying glasses online until a few years ago. I am going to check out the other places mentioned but I really couldn't be more happy w/ Zenni. The quality is equal or better than any glasses I've even worn. The magnetic clip on sunglasses are freakin great. I think they are like $5 each and I have them on both boats and all 4 of our vehicles. They are a perfect fit to the glasses and you can't even tell they are clip on's.

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Tried the zenni - online. Tried them on, threw them away, and went and got fitted at a shop. Even at $350 its a small price to pay to see great. That's a buck a day. And I see 20/15.
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I have had a good experience using Zenni.com. You have to call and be sure of how to fill in prescription details. I use progressives with lenses that darken in sunlight. They would be $600 locally but $200 at Zenni.
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