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Old 01-13-2015, 05:38 AM   #1
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Re-lensing glasses

Anyone here use an online company to put new lenses in old frames and paid a reasonable cost? I have a big difference between each eye, so I was hoping to find a decently price on higher quality lenses.


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Old 01-13-2015, 05:44 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure Zenni Optical will use your frames, though it's a long turnaround. 39dollarglasses might as well. For sure the brick and mortar optical stores will gouge you on this.

Edit: zenni doesn't but 39dollar does, link here http://www.39dollarglasses.com/help/...own-frame.html
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:08 AM   #3
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I did research on this, for brick and mortar at least, and almost everyone said Costco. I then had a good experience with them. But it was about $90 for a pretty easy near-sighted prescription (no bi-focal, etc., just near-sighted lenses)
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You might want to check out Replace A Lens. Eyeglass Lens - Replace Prescription Lenses - ReplaceALens
I have used them a couple of times for glasses prescriptions. I wear contacts most of the time, but always have glasses for when I need them. Their service is good and they are helpful in answering questions.
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Certainly cheaper to buy lenses than an entirely new pair of glasses. The markup on quality frames (both online and brick-and-mortar) is ridiculous. Based on the responses here, seems like the going rate for decent lenses is around $90 if you have your own frames. Not bad if you assume a quality frame is also around $100 (probably more if you want titanium or some kid-resistant material).
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I think you can re-lens glasses, though they might charge a bit extra. So make certain it is a good quality frame and not one of the cheaper ones you can get for 'free' from the online lens company.

I recently purchased a pair of prescription reading glasses from an online company for less than the cost of ordinary reading glasses bought at my local drugstore. This Rx glasses included a fix for my astigmatism. Very nice!
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You might want to check out Replace A Lens. Eyeglass Lens - Replace Prescription Lenses - ReplaceALens
I have used them a couple of times for glasses prescriptions. I wear contacts most of the time, but always have glasses for when I need them. Their service is good and they are helpful in answering questions.
I like this site. I went through their lens selection process and it gave me the cost of each item and a running total. I have an item-by-item cost that I can compare to Costco. They are also located in Denver so I have the option of stopping by when I am in Denver. I have two identical titanium frames so I can send in the oldest and get new lenses.
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Not quite the same as the OP question, but I had an old pair of regular glasses re-lens to be prescription sunglasses. I did it through the place I got the new regular glasses, but it was still pretty reasonable.

I tried the transistions type that change, I hated them. So having a dedicated pair of sunglasses is a good option for me, when I wear them.........
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Costco charges $18 to use your old frames.
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Costco charges $18 to use your old frames.
That's cheap!
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That's cheap!
I've had new lenses put in old frames and I don't recall there ever being a charge for using my old frames.
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Anyone here use an online company to put new lenses in old frames and paid a reasonable cost? I have a big difference between each eye, so I was hoping to find a decently price on higher quality lenses.


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I reused a pair of frames for my new glasses prescription at Costco. They did a good job. I think there was a charge of $18 on top of the charge for the new lenses.
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I've had new lenses put in old frames and I don't recall there ever being a charge for using my old frames.
Ah, sorry. I misunderstood that there was a service charge of $18, thinking that was the baseline cost of new lenses ().
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Costco charges $18 to use your old frames.
Not to try and defend the charge, but maybe that is extra to cover removal of your old lenses?
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Not to try and defend the charge, but maybe that is extra to cover removal of your old lenses?
And clean up the frames or whatever. That $9 per lens didn't bother me.
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Last month, DW went into Walmart and had them install new lenses in an old frame. The cost was (Bifocal) - 2-SV Plastic Lenses $14.50 each and a "Lens Processing Fee" of $10.00 for a total of $39.00.

Interestingly, this was less than the Co-pay required by our Medicare Advantage plan so we paid "full price."

EDIT: It took less than a week for them to deliver the "new" glasses.
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Not to try and defend the charge, but maybe that is extra to cover removal of your old lenses?
I called Costco to try to compare prices. It's hard to nail down just what you are getting over the phone, but I think the total price is maybe a little less than the price on a comparable on-line lens at replace-a-lens. It would be nice if Costco also had their prices on-line.
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For completely new glasses does Costco also fit the frames if you go into the store? The cost difference for Costco glasses might make the membership fee worthwhile for us.
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For completely new glasses does Costco also fit the frames if you go into the store? The cost difference for Costco glasses might make the membership fee worthwhile for us.
I have never gotten glasses there, but it looks like a full service optical center to me. You can probably find out on line or you can go to Costco and tell them you want to check out the store.

I buy tires there and the service has always been very good at a good price.
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Costco charges $18 to use your old frames.
Is this done 'while you wait', or do they send them out? Turnaround time in that case?

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