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Time for new glasses - anyone know CPR?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
It was time for me to get an eye exam and new glasses - the old ones were scratched, epoxied and screws replaced. My old glasses had the magnetic clip for sun glasses - I didn't like them so I got a seperate pair this time. For both pairs of glasses (cheapy sun glass frames) was over $500.

And my presecription is not overly strong, bifocalled or anything like that - and that was WITH a promotion that saved me $200. Only thing thing special is that they are scratch resistant and anti-glare (too much computer time to not have it!) - sun glasses are polarized.
post #2 of 21
Ouchy! That's why I continue to wear my disposable contacts ($15USD for a 6 pack) and use cheapy drugstore reading glasses. I would really like to get a new pair of glasses and go the bi-focal route for those times when I'm not wearing my contacts (chiefly when I get up in the morning and just before bed) but I really don't feel like spending $$$$ on glasses!
post #3 of 21
Wow... I think i wouldve waited for a deal to come around first! Sears just ended a sale where you could get 2 pairs for $99 as long as the frames were under a certain price.
post #4 of 21
Wow Trace, that is expensive......where did you go?
post #5 of 21
Thaty doesn't sound too far off from what I spent last year for new glasses and contacts. I didn't even get polarized sunglass and spent over $400. The anti-glare, if the same as mine were anti-reflective, lenses were probably $200 or just over right? I was advised later though that Costco believe it or not has very good deals on contacts and glasses...
post #6 of 21
Yeah, they're pretty steep these days, aren't they? We get reasonable deals from the guy we go to. He's an independent. He does single vision lenses for $99, progressives for $198 (important for us old fogeys ), and always has good deals on frames. My current ones, which I got in about April I think, were $327 total (that's Canadian dollars, so discount it by 25-30%). He also gives awesome service, so we don't look elsewhere anymore.
post #7 of 21
Yow! They are very expensive, aren't they? Seems like it would be easier to put up with the crappy ones and save up what you would be spending to get Laser eye surgery. I'm seriously thinking about that except I like my glasses - think they make me look more intelligent...lol

Definitely a great idea to get your sunnies polarised - that makes a HUGE difference. Do you have any private insurance that can cover some of the cost?
post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 
Went to Lenscrafters and yep the lenses where the most expensive part in both. I always get the anti-relfective anti-glare, etc - since I have my headaches have cut waaaaay down. Lenscrafters had this new lens that just came out yesterday - with a "scotch gaurd" coating that repels dust and fingerprints - it also comes default with all the anti-everthing. Since smudges dust, rain are my principle problems (I hate cleaning my glasses) I decided to give it a go - and they weren't really that much more than the other anti-everything I usually get added up with it.

The polarized are a must - otherwise I squint way to much, and as an almost old fogey I want to keep the squinting and lines to a minimum!
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Oh and the insurance - yes I think my insurance will cover some - didn't have all the details with me (on vacation this week) but I will check next week as Lenscrafters has a 30 day return policy - and that includes insurance adjustments. Plus I have a medical spending plan - money that comes out of my paycheck before taxes each month - and I budgeted for both hubby and I to get new glasses this year. Those medical spending plans are a pain for the receipts - but they do save LOTS of money that would normaly go to the tax man.
post #10 of 21
I have both contacts and glasses and my last pair cost about $100. I like to go to places like Lens Crafters or Pearl Vision. They usually have some cheap but decent looking pairs or some sort of deal going on.

I would love to get the laser surgery. I love my glasses too but it's too much of a hassle when I'm trying to lay down or anything. I have such horrible eye sight! Last time I got my eyes checked (year or two ago, atleast) they were -5.00.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
I am going to have to wait a few years for surgey - if I get it. I need to work up the courage. << Big chicken!
post #12 of 21
I got new ones this past spring. I went to one of those buy one/get one free places. By the time the guy finished adding everything up - lenses, frames, coatings, etc. - we were well over $300.00! I think I must have been in shock. I wrote the check and then my brain kicked in. I changed my mind and told him to forget the whole thing. To make a long story short, he ended up giving me the 45% off employee discount! I was stunned, but am now the owner of two new pair of glasses.
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Talon
I am going to have to wait a few years for surgey - if I get it. I need to work up the courage. << Big chicken!
My baby brother got it a few years ago and couldn't be happier.
I'm with you, though. Don't shoot lasers into my eyeballs, please!
post #14 of 21
Ouch.. my brother just got two pairs of glasses, one transition lenses, one not... lens and frame for $118. bought them online.. all you had to do was enter your prescription, and he received them by mail in a few days.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by rapunzel47
Yeah, they're pretty steep these days, aren't they? We get reasonable deals from the guy we go to. He's an independent. He does single vision lenses for $99, progressives for $198 (important for us old fogeys ), and always has good deals on frames. My current ones, which I got in about April I think, were $327 total (that's Canadian dollars, so discount it by 25-30%). He also gives awesome service, so we don't look elsewhere anymore.
Lol Fran....watch out about those "old fogeys"! I've had bifocals since I was in my early twenties!
post #16 of 21
I peeked in here only bec I actually do know CPR, lol I wonder if you can get them cheaper at Sears or WalMart or somewhere like that. I am considering Sears for my next glasses or contacts.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by CyberKitten
I peeked in here only bec I actually do know CPR, lol I wonder if you can get them cheaper at Sears or WalMart or somewhere like that. I am considering Sears for my next glasses or contacts.
That's why I peeked in, too!
post #18 of 21
For years, I got my glasses at WalMart - 2 pairs for $79 and they tinted one pair, free. My last pair (and first pair of bifocals) cost $98, with my casino insurance.

Five months after getting the bifocals, I had LASIK surgery and now use drugstore reading glasses. Its been 4 years and I'm very pleased. I had been wearing glasses, since I was 9 and had to upgrade every 1-2 years. My vision is now 20/20.
post #19 of 21
I can totally relate to all of this! I got some glasses this spring, and with the half off sale, I still paid $250! I'm also thinking of going with some contacts, but I have some dry eye problems. I tried the "hydroclear" ones, and like them enough. I think I might order some online, they're WAY cheaper than my eyeglass place.
post #20 of 21
My sister just got glasses that were about $800 NZD!

I'm lucky I have such great vision
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Talon
Went to Lenscrafters and yep the lenses where the most expensive part in both. I always get the anti-relfective anti-glare, etc - since I have my headaches have cut waaaaay down. Lenscrafters had this new lens that just came out yesterday - with a "scotch gaurd" coating that repels dust and fingerprints - it also comes default with all the anti-everthing. Since smudges dust, rain are my principle problems (I hate cleaning my glasses) I decided to give it a go - and they weren't really that much more than the other anti-everything I usually get added up with it.

The polarized are a must - otherwise I squint way to much, and as an almost old fogey I want to keep the squinting and lines to a minimum!
That's where I went.
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