*sigh* Going to buy new glasses, tips?

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  1. DaggersRage

    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Well, my old glasses, which I've had sense 2000 are either damaged or I'm just getting worse. The lenses have a few dents and scratches which is why Im suggesting they're somehow disfigured. I've never done this before, is there anything I should be looking out for? I've done some searching on the internet but about how much should I paying for?

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. funkatron101

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    Yeah, find out your prescription and then buy your glasses online. You'll save a lot of money.
     
  3. pscoop

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    I don't like Nationwide. I bought 2 pairs of glasses from them. Right after my 1 year warranty expired one of my lenses went cloudy. They wouldn't do anything about it without paying for another exam, and buying new glasses.

    Another company (Lens Crafters I think) offered to replace the lens with no exam for me, even though it wasn't thier work.

    BTW the other pair I got from Nationwide now has a cloudy lens also.
     
  4. Bryan

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    Wow, and definitely get your eyes checked more than every 7 years.

    Far as buying glasses, if you don't have insurance, funkatron's right. Online isn't a bad way to go.

    But contacts can be even cheaper if you use Wal-mart or 1-800-Contacts. Have you considered trying those?
     
  5. Talathia

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    Uh... I think my doctor's visit was somewhere around.. eh.. I think 75.oo. Then I ordered glasses with Costco. Two pairs, sunglasses and normal ones. Although I am just a hair near sighted. So I didn't need a heavy duty prescription. As far as glasses go, I say try Costco (if you have a membership) or Sam's Club I guess, if they have a optical department. It was only 120.oo total for both of mine.
     
  6. DaggersRage

    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Im not too keen on contacts. My regular vision isnt bad but at times like driving, copying notes from the chalk board or watching a movie in the theatre things get hazy and I'm tempted to squint if Im not wearing my glasses.

    EDIT: Oh yeah, and my marksmanship in airsoft isnt good anyways, but gets worse without my glasses.
     
  7. funkatron101

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    Even with insurance 2 pair of glasses costs me around $250. There are fairly reputable sites that can offer similar glasses for under $20.
     
  8. Methusalen

    Methusalen Not good enough for G1!

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    Vision World has eye exams for $40, I'd recommend checking around to see who might have the cheapest rates for the exam before just *going* somewhere...

    I made the mistake when my glasses BROKE on me a week ago... I had no options, so I went to Lenscrafters (the glasses in an hour place). The eye exam cost me $80, which I could've saved if I'd gone somewhere else to get my prescription! Not to mention that the cheapest frames there were $150... All-in-all, my glasses (an unexpected expense) cost me a $335+the $80 exam! While I'm not thrilled by it, I chock it all up to 'convenience', getting my glasses in a couple hours, opposed to waiting a week to get them...

    As others have said, check around & see who's got the best rates before committing to one place, if buying them online is cheapest (*and you can wait, unlike my example*) then why not?
     
  9. KnightSaberAmi

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    I usually go through the wally world to get mine and for petes sake unless you plan on replacing them in 6 months go with the "classic" frames
     
  10. ShortCircuit

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    The only "tip" I would give is that, when the doc says "number 1 or 2?" take your time, and get the right prescription......don't let him hurry you out of the exam. One thing I hate most is pushy optomistrists.
     
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    I have needed glasses since I was like 7. The best thing I ever learned was that I could say "they look the same to me" if they did. Yeah, my eyes suck. :( 
     
  12. Lance Halberd

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    Whatever you do, don't get the gold wire rimmed glasses with the extra bar across the bridge that were popular back in the 80s. You know, child molester glasses.
     
  13. funkatron101

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    I think I need an illustration of the glasses. Preferably with a child molestor attached to them.
     
  14. Smasher

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    I second the Wal-mart notion.

    I got my glasses there for about $150.
    They have scratch resisitant lenses that tint in UV light.

    A similar pair was twice that much at other stores.

    They have a surprising range of styles there.
    I get complimented on my glasses all the time.
     
  15. funkatron101

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    http://zennioptical.com/cart/home.php

    Why spend $150?
     
  16. Smasher

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    Those are great prices.
    I just liked being able to try them on first.

    When I got this pair my little girl had trashed my two previous frames.
    Now that I have a working pair, I may order from them for my next pair.

    I know I sound silly, but I just like the reassurance of walking into a store if there is a problem -at least for some things.
     
  17. DevilzFan

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    Got my eyes checked last year, first time since 1998 or 1999. Eyes are still the same thankfully. No worse, no better.

    Still though, listen to the squirrel. Get them eyes checked more than once a decade!
     
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    Wow. Not have your eyes checked for years? That's crazy.

    With my absolutely crap-TA-stic eyesight I only go to specialists to measure my sight about twice a year. I got my last pair of glasses in Sept '06 (just before BotCon!) and it took a few weeks of re-fittings and re-cuts before they were good enough for me to actually see perfectly.

    Since I wear glasses 95% of the time, I make sure to find a pair of snazzy, even slightly bold frames, to countereffect the visible thickness of the lenses themselves. Am currently sporting this fine pair of Versus in pink:
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    These infamous spectacles have even been modeled by board celebrities like Boardwise and Draven! :lol 

    And the whole affair only cost me about $1000...special cut lenses cost an arm and two legs at least, the frames themselves are peanuts compared to that.
     
  19. 333HE

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    I got my glasses at Dr. Tavel. I'm only able to get what the insurance pays for... :p 
     
  20. rattrap007

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    This is right up my alley as I work in an optical lab.

    First off you should get your eyes checked about every 2 years.

    Second I'd get them done at a local place or a chain like LensCrafters. You can get the stuff remade right there if there is something wrong with them. Can't do that online I don't think. Also you will get them faster.

    Is your prescription really high (really bad eyesight)? Then you may want to get Thin and Light. They are a high index plastic that really cuts down on the thickness on the edges and hides it. It is a good bit more, but it looks nicer. Avoid Polycarb lenses. They scratch really easy. They are used for kids because they are a lot more shatter resistant.

    Avoid Drill Mounts (ie frameless glasses). They would be a special order and can break easily.

    Do not get AR coating. They are a bitch. You have to use a micro fiber cloth to keep them clean other wise it just goes to crap. Not worth it.

    Scratch Coats are more or less a store warranty. Not bad for about $10 or so to have, but lens already have scratch coat warranties.

    If you do have high prescription lenses a plastic full frame will hide the thickness better than a metal. Also avoid a Safety Frame unless you need one. They will bee even thicker so they are OSHA approved.

    If you got any more questions ask me. I guess I'd kinda be the local expert here. But I do suggest shopping around a bit. Look for specials stores might have. Our store (Eye Mart) has a deal: Two pairs of Glasses for $79.99. This is for single vision (ie non bifocal) plastic lenses with $29 frames only. More expensive frames cost more (we have level pricing) and any upgrades like Thin and Light, Poly, Tints, etc are extra)
     
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