July 8th, 2008

anime - amatsuki - smile - summer

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)