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Southern Jewel's Fab Finds:
Has anyone purchased Prescription Glasses Online?
Ok...I enjoy having many different styles of glasses.
And would have lots (an embarrassing amount of lots) more if my glasses didn't cost as much as they do.

I've received 2 websites from trusted friends who've purchased at least 10 pairs of glasses between them.
Both peeps received their prescription glasses, they were just as described AND the prescription was what they ordered.

My problem?
Both are located outside the good ole U S of A and I'm still vascillating.
I'd feel better if there were a Paypal type service involved for payment.

Anybody have any reviews or recommendations on sites that they have purchased from?

biggfredd:
Duuno what glasses cost, but there are places in the US with discount prices, including Mal-Wart, K-Mutt, Sears and private plaes.  What do you take, single, bi, progressive, and what do they cost now?

Southern Jewel's Fab Finds:

--- Quote from: biggfredd on May 15, 2012, 05:54:49 PM ---Mal-Wart, K-Mutt, Sears and private plaes.  What do you take, single, bi, progressive, and what do they cost now?

--- End quote ---
I'm talking MAJOR discounts.
My last pair of glasses were close to $275.00.

The places you mentioned aren't really that much of a discount as they nickel and dime extra's such as no-line bifocals, non-scratch, etc.

In the end the total round-about the same all around.

I'm talking a MAJOR discount from the online stores bringing the cost of my prescription glasses down to $50.00 a pair.
Progressive (no line) bifocals. 

For that price, I could have lots and lots of pairs of glasses to prissify myself.

ITSDF:
I have not tried it myself - but I am like you - I like lots of frames - and the least expensive place I've found for quality glasses is Costco.  I have had pairs made at BJs but thier lens' are made of some materila that seems to distort for my eyes. Not awful, but enough to annoy and I wouldn't do it again.  My average pair is about $250-$275 depending on the frame.  I also have progressives - so if you decide to try it - let me know. 

The one thing I would wonder is how you know the measurement they take when they measure the center of your eyes - not sure what its called - but how do you get that measurement to send them? It isn't part of a prescription it is always something the glass place does.

Southern Jewel's Fab Finds:

--- Quote from: ITSDF on May 16, 2012, 09:44:50 AM ---I have not tried it myself - but I am like you - I like lots of frames - and the least expensive place I've found for quality glasses is Costco.  I have had pairs made at BJs but thier lens' are made of some materila that seems to distort for my eyes. Not awful, but enough to annoy and I wouldn't do it again.  My average pair is about $250-$275 depending on the frame.  I also have progressives - so if you decide to try it - let me know. 

The one thing I would wonder is how you know the measurement they take when they measure the center of your eyes - not sure what its called - but how do you get that measurement to send them? It isn't part of a prescription it is always something the glass place does.

--- End quote ---

I found a website listed on SlickDeals.com and I'm in the process of checking them out.

My b/friend has tri-focals as she does so much work on the 'puter. (an accountant) And she told me I should give tri-focals a try.

Geesh...I have a hard enough time with my bifocals.
<smile>

Anyhoooooo...the last frames/lens I picked out...Come to find out, the lens were too small to correctly "work" progressives.

And these aren't some teeny tiny lens either.

I'd not had a pair of bifocals before and when I picked up my glasses and tried them on, the tech told me it would take a few days to a week to get used to them.

I went back two weeks later to tell them...Uh huh...I'm not having success with these progressive lens and what's the prob? Is it me or is it the glasses?

Tech tells me...Oh, the tech that worked up your glasses order should've told you that the smaller the lens the harder it is for the progressive "line" to be found by the eye.

Meaning: The reading area is small and hard to keep in focus, so your eye(s) are working overtime. 

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Spoke with the office manager and then the doc.
I was given a 50% off for my next glasses order that's good for 2 years.
<shrug>
Big Whoop!
I noted to both that I should've been told this before I ordered my glasses and trying on the bazillion pairs of glasses to see which pair I liked the best.

Ellen, the sites that I've found shows you how to get the measurement where you want the center to be.

I have my prescription in hand and ready to be the "guinea pig" of the group.

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