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Buying spectacles

In asia, I'd go to a shop and get my eyes checked, choose my frames and voila, they'd have my glasses ready in 24 hours. In the states we need prescriptions and I think prices are marked up with the idea that people's insurance is going to cover most of the amount spent. So it sucks for people who don't have insurance that covers eye exams et all.

The good thing about switching to AAA auto insurance is that members get a 20% to 30% discount on lenscrafters. Not sure if this covers eye exams though. I really want to get the cheapest possible one done. Looking online, Wallmart seems to do them for beween $40 to $60.

This awesome guide makes me wonder if it would be better to buy glasses online instead though. Especially since I wear rimless glasses so all I'm focussed on is the lens shape. There *are* other options like snap on frames like these...or I could just splurge on photcromatic lenses (especially is the frames are cheap enough)

I'd really like something I could wear while driving - I'm practically blind when the sun is setting and maybe I should just go to a local store like eyemasters and get pollarized lenses or something. The frames would be about $60 with the online coupon on their site. But their super speshul lenses may go over $100...

What I want: Rimless and screwless frames, with lenses that have anti-glare, are shatterproof and possibly either photocromatic or pollarized.

I don't know if I could get all that online, especially when I'm practically blind (number is about -6.00 on each eye). Considering I've been wearing glasses since I was 8 years old, I really don't care if they're designer frames or anything. I just want something that won't bankrupt me and will last.

Hmm, maybe I'll check for a store that can get me the specific lenses I want and fit them to my current spectacle frames (which are rimless and screwless). That would definitely save on the money spent on frames. Still, it would have been nice to get back to bronze/goldish brown frames after using black ( even if its only on the bridge and arms of the glasses)
I went to JC Penny's for mine. They were running a two for one special.

I don't know about getting glasses online. I don't know anyone who has done so.
Considering the need for shatterproof lenses, I'm probably going to need to buy it locally. Still, I wish there were some fabulous deals running ATM :(
How odd. You have insurance covering the cost of your glasses. Like you said, in Asia, you can just waltz into a store and get a pair. I'm not sure if it's wise to get glasses online. O.O
One issue I have with buying online I have is that you never know if the glasses suit your glasses will suit your face until you get them. However, the mark up on frames is heinous. No wonder my former optometrist could afford second homes :/
You can get any of that online. You might have to go into an eyeglass store and ask them to measure your pupillary distance, but they'll do that for free. Or just ask when you get your prescription and they'll do it there.

I ordered my last pair through http://www.go-optic.com and my experience there convinced me to go online from now on for glasses. My glasses would have cost me about $600 in all, including lenses, and I got them for $200. The mark-up on eyeglasses is horrid. Online shopping evens the score.

ETA: I agree that you need to see what they look like on you first. That's why I went shopping in the stores for glasses and then wrote down the serial number and brand of the pair I decided upon. Then I looked it up online and found it was three times more expensive in the store where I tried it on, as opposed to online.

Edited at 2008-07-08 11:56 am (UTC)
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I've been lurking on your lj, mostly benefiting from the extensive HD recs you have here. So just a small note to say thank you.
That is a very nice guide. =]
I've worn glasses since I was 8, tried contacts for a month when I was 18 and hated them. I've bought glasses in several places: Sears; private practices; Lenscrafter; WalMart -- but I've always been weary of buying glasses online.

Good luck
uuh, I know how you feel.
One of my LJ friend says the cost starts at $250.
In Indonesia, you can buy up to 10 pairs of glasses with that amount of money.

Though, in my hometown, I can have the glasses ready in two hours, but in the capital city of Indonesia, I have to wait like 24 hours! *le sigh*
I bought mine in Asia, and it cost me roughly $150 USD, which includes the eye-exam, and rimless+screwless frames with antiglare lenses +++ (pretty much topline). The frames were some nameless brand though, and some of the more 'branded' ones will cost in the hundreds.

ps. Who's that pretty emo girl on your icon *__*