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Old 03-13-2016, 09:43 PM   #21
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I use Zinni, 39dollarglasses.com and replacealens.com. All good for at least 8 years now.
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When working, I use to purchase my prescription glasses from the local Sears, and always got a quality frame and lenses, including my strong prescription, toughening, extra coatings etc for ~$150. Over 10 years later, the last pair I got from them is still going strong. They are still my daily wearers.

Then one year, my employer added vision insurance, so I decided to try it out, figuring that because it was insurance, I'd get a better deal. Visited an optometrist on the plan who was in a fancy building on Sunset Blvd in LA (it was the CNN building, IIRC). I did get a quality pair but even with the insurance, they set me back significantly more than my Sears glasses. Next time, I went straight back to Sears. The lesson I took from that experience is that vision insurance isn't worth it, and is possibly an even worse deal than dental insurance. If I had a Costco membership, I'd think seriously about using them.

My friend uses Zenni and loves them. Although I haven't looked closely, her frames don't seem to be of the highest quality though, at that price, they don't need to last as long to be worth it. She likes having different pairs in different colors and styles, so the low prices allows her to do that.

For the folk here who use Zenni, my question is - what is your opinion of the quality of the frames?

Aaron, unless there is some extra information we are not aware of, I think you paid far more for your glasses than you needed to.
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For the folk here who use Zenni, my question is - what is your opinion of the quality of the frames?
I ordered a pair of computer glasses (bifocals with a slightly different prescription than my reading glasses) from Zinni in December of 2012. The metal frames were $6.95 and are still in good shape after three years of heavy use.

They worked so well that when my prescription recently changed I ordered the same frame again. Still $6.95 and appears to be the same good quality.

While I don't fully trust customer reviews, I do note that the individual frames on the Zenni site have a wide variability of ratings. The frame I've been ordering has 5 stars while some others have lower ratings. Based on my limited experience I'd suggest sticking with the frames others rate well.
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For the folk here who use Zenni, my question is - what is your opinion of the quality of the frames?

Aaron, unless there is some extra information we are not aware of, I think you paid far more for your glasses than you needed to.
I can't say the frames are as sturdy as some I have had. But they feel great on my face and look just as nice. I bought this pair to wear around the house for reading and watching the tube(bifocals). I found that I like them so much I wear everywhere except the golf course. I wear single lens there. Oh yes.....my bifocals are the bendable type, maybe that is why they don't seems as sturdy as some. Ha!
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I could tell I was in need of a new prescription so I went and got an exam. I was right and the change was pretty big. I ended up getting new regular glasses and new sunglasses with the new prescription. Total cost was nearly $800. They said it'll take two weeks to get my new glasses. What do other people do to keep prescription eye glass costs down?
We recently got our eyes examined. On the way out, they wouldn't give us our written prescriptions without going through their sales office. When they figured out we were not going to buy from the optometrist office, we got the scripts.

Shop around before buying your glasses/contacts and there will be a big savings.
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My Zinni frames are of the $7-$12 range. I have broken the center brace on two pair. (I have ordered 6 pair over the years with multiple rx) I use the same frames, so I ordered new frames with clear glass. I think they charged me $3 a frame! That was four years ago, so things may have changed.

DW got glasses at Costco. When they measured her pupillary distance I ask them to check mine. It was the same distance I had come up with using Zinni's methods. By the way, my new glasses come with case, cleaning cloth, and device to measure pupillary distance.

This is the frame I use. It is Half Rim Bridge and Temples Bendable (Memory) Very light. $12.95
With bifocal about $38



My sun glass frame is similar to my Air Force sun glass frames. They were $9.95.Glasses: Bifocal without polarized lens $14.95! With polarized lens $67.95.
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While I don't fully trust customer reviews, I do note that the individual frames on the Zenni site have a wide variability of ratings. The frame I've been ordering has 5 stars while some others have lower ratings. Based on my limited experience I'd suggest sticking with the frames others rate well.
That's a good bit of advice REW - thanks. 3 years of heavy use from such a reasonably-priced frame is great. At this point, they don't owe you anything.

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I can't say the frames are as sturdy as some I have had. But they feel great on my face and look just as nice. I bought this pair to wear around the house for reading and watching the tube(bifocals). I found that I like them so much I wear everywhere except the golf course. I wear single lens there. Oh yes.....my bifocals are the bendable type, maybe that is why they don't seems as sturdy as some. Ha!
Those were my thoughts too - that even if the frames I will eventually get from Zenni aren't quite as sturdy as my former pair, considering the lower cost, I don't need to get as much service from them in order for them to represent good value.
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My Zinni frames are of the $7-$12 range.
$7-$12? That much? Shocking!
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I purchased my last pair from Costco, progressive lenses, thin line, coated, and with nice frames for $225 IIRC. Quality was good, and if there is a problem, you can deal with Costco locally to resolve vs a webstore.
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Total cost was nearly $800.
Yikes.

So glad that the VA provides me with this eye care. Thank you fellow taxpayers.
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I purchased my last pair from Costco, progressive lenses, thin line, coated, and with nice frames for $225 IIRC. Quality was good, and if there is a problem, you can deal with Costco locally to resolve vs a webstore.

Da*n. I was hoping for about half that. Maybe I'll get the everyday specs from Costco and the sunglasses from Zenni.
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^ What he said.

I buy prescription bi-focals from Zenni for $40.

You can measure your pupillary distance by punching a couple of small (notebook paper size) holes in a piece of paper. Keep varying the distance between the holes until you can hold it up to your face and see clearly out of both holes, then measure the distance between the center of each hole.
Since both eyes are not always equal distance from your nose wouldn't you also have to know those numbers too?

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Since both eyes are not always equal distance from your nose wouldn't you also have to know those numbers too?
Those numbers aren't available - protected by HIPAA.
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Just got an email from 39dollarglass.com, and you can get $15 off each pair of glasses this week. Code = LUCKY15 and good through 3/18
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I just got 2 pair Zenni glasses, $87 for progressive sunglasses and $49 for progressive metal frame reg. glasses. My wife got her 3rd pair of Zenni glasses today also, $60 reg progessive. So far, they seem every bit as good as the Sears, Walmart, and private glasses shops I've used the last 20 years at maybe 1/3 to 1/4 the cost. My wife has had her 1st pair of Zenni's for 1 1/2 years with good luck. More work to learn and order online, but next order will be much easier. I would recommend checking them out.
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A friend recommended zenni.com, altho I thought she said denni.com. I texted that website to my daughter who needed new eyeglasses. Within minutes, i received back, OMG, Mom! I was cooking dinner so my husband Googled it and told me it was a porn site.

Anyway, my daughter has yet to try zenni. She likes glasses.com. Seems they will get your prescription information from your dr.

Our youngest ordered from zenni and really liked the eyeglasses. The frames broke within a month. He says he will try zenni again.
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Da*n. I was hoping for about half that. Maybe I'll get the everyday specs from Costco and the sunglasses from Zenni.
My Rx is for coke bottles, so I wanted the thinnest and lightest plastic lenses. Also, it was a fully coated progressive lens, so these are more expensive. Compared to what you would pay at lens crafters or eye doctor, its a real bargain as far as I'm concerned.
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My wife tried getting hers from Costco, and they couldn't make them. Her prescription is about -19, and Costco can only make to -15. So if you have REAL Coke bottle lenses, Costco might be out.
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Did any of you progressive wearers switch from varilux? I have worn varilux progressive's for 20 years. I've tried others and even Costco's but I never could get good results from them. I've always had to go back to the expensive varilux. Even with the varilux, last time, I had to go back 3 times before I got the right fit. I sure would like to be able to wear something less expensive but now not so sure anything else will work.
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Sounds like I am the only person here who has worn glasses for over half a century and never had the slightest problem with any of my frames. They are all as sturdy as anyone could ever want. But then, I haven't been, you know, STANDING on my frames, using them for pole vaulting, or putting them through the heavy duty cycle in my washing machine. I can't imagine what you all are doing with your glasses to result in these problems.

The frames I got from 39-dollar-glasses seem perfectly sturdy to me. I need to donate them now, along with all of my other glasses. Since my cataract surgery, the only glasses I have used are $3 readers from Amazon. No problems with those frames, either.
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