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ozonehole
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   Posted 9/1/2010 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

Normally I wouldn't make a post like this (and risk being accused of spamming), but I really think that this article would be helpful to people here:

Wow -- the Eyewear Industry Is an Incredible Ripoff

The article is about how you can buy prescription eyeglasses online for around US$10, rather than paying about 10 times that amount from a retail store. The author of the article does mention two online retailers, but I don't doubt that there are others that could be found with a little Googling. I'm not endorsing any retailer myself, and note that I have not bought glasses online yet, but I might well give it a go next time I need them.

There is a blog devoted to this topic:

http://glassyeyes.blogspot.com/

That's all I have to say on this topic, but if anyone has any experience doing this, I'd be interested to hear your comments (either positive or negative).

best regards,
Robert[url]

Post Edited (ozonehole) : 9/1/2010 2:00:58 AM (GMT-6)


Lizard99
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   Posted 9/1/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't recommend it.  I worked for an eye doctor for five years.  When the optician measures you for glass they measure the distance between your pupils, and then center the lenses in your frame depending on that measurement.  When perscriptions get stronger and say bifocals are needed, the bifocal has to be measured in relation to your eye and frames.  Just my two cents:)

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 9/1/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Bookmarked.

I wish I had known about this two years ago, when I paid hundreds of pounds for a new pair of glasses. The price of glasses absolutely disgusts me; definitely getting my next pair from the internet.

ozonehole
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   Posted 9/1/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Lizard99 said...
I wouldn't recommend it. I worked for an eye doctor for five years. When the optician measures you for glass they measure the distance between your pupils, and then center the lenses in your frame depending on that measurement. When perscriptions get stronger and say bifocals are needed, the bifocal has to be measured in relation to your eye and frames. Just my two cents:)


Hi Lizard,

I won't doubt your expertise, since I never worked for an optician. However, I did get glasses just a few months ago and all the optician did was measure the degree of correction on my old prescription glasses - he didn't take any measurements of my head, nor did he measure the distance between the lenses on the old glasses (I was standing there as he did it - he wrote down my prescription and then handed the glasses back to me). So, I don't know, but the new glasses turned out fine - I'm wearing them now. Just too bad I paid US$100 for them.

With bifocals or astigmatism, it's another matter. I have no experience with that, but I'm sure it's much more complicated than correcting for straightforward nearsightedness.

Anyway, the online frames are so much cheaper that it pays just to buy the frames even without lenses, or with lenses and throw the lenses away if they're not comfortable. I see eyeglass frames in the upmarket shops selling for US$100 and more even without lenses, and I honestly can't understand why a small amount of wire or plastic should cost so much.

best regards,
Robert

Post Edited (ozonehole) : 9/1/2010 6:19:51 PM (GMT-6)


MaryS
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   Posted 9/1/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My Daughter used the online route for buying glasses. She manages to lose her retail store glasses too often which is a big waste of $$$. She was quite happy with her online purchase.
She is single vision but does have astigmatism. She had the fit adjusted for free by walking into a retail eyewear store.

I would love to save $$$ on my glasses. I might consider buying the frames online but with progressive lenses I would need my regular eyewear retail store to handle the lenses.
Mum of an IBDer since 1999. Daughter diagnosed at age 17 with Crohns/Colitis. This disease s*cks!!

janicea
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   Posted 9/2/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I've used coastalcontacts.com and 39dollarglasses.com with great success. I like the 100% gaurentees. My eye doc thinks the glasses are great. I have him check them. I only use single purpose lenses -- distance or reading. No bifocal/progressive experience though.
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