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Old 03-10-2012, 02:53 AM   #21
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:52 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by ERD50 View Post
So how does one best approach this? I have progressive lenses, so I'm a little concerned regarding some people's experiences with those. I know that my optometrist's assistant is very detailed about getting just the right fit and measurement of my pupils.

Here's what I'm thinking -

1) Get an up-to-date prescription, exam, and order my frames/lenses as usual.

2) Ask for a separate prescription for reading, computer distance, and driving.

3) Order one or more of the separate glasses on-line.

4) If they seem good (I expect they will), take a chance on the progressive pair.

This might provide some advantages. For one, I'll have some backups. The separate functions could work better for some things than the progressives (esp computer distance).

The biggest savings could be, I usually find my frames are still fine at the time I need a prescription change, but my optometrist can't seem to just order lenses to fit my old frames. They say I have to give up the frames and have them sent out for fitting (can't frames be made in standard sizes?). So, even if the on-line progressives aren't great, I could use them while my old frames get re-fitted. That would probably save big bucks for me.

Or maybe for step one, just go to Costco for the prescriptions only, and try on-line steps from there? I've been tempted to get computer-distance glasses anyhow. My current progressives are close enough for me now, so I could get frames on-line and be ready if I do need to go to my optometrist (or Costco) and give them up for fitting with new progressive lenses when the time comes.

I'd say just go to Costco (or wherever) for the prescriptions only, and do the online steps from there. When you get your written prescription, make sure it includes the Pupil Distance (PD). This is needed when getting your glasses online, and from what I understand, your doc usually doesn't write the PD on your prescription, but will if you ask for it - that was my experience exactly.

Also, when I ordered from, I saw that you could send in your existing frames if you wanted them refit with new lenses.

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Old 03-10-2012, 07:58 AM   #23
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I saw a JC Penney ad today with thier new pricing says March $99 complete frame and lens and I think you could get no line bifocal for zero extra.
Worth a look.
Just for comparison, one can get complete frame & glasses at for $40. Progressives cost about $80.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:15 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by JoeDreaming View Post
Also, when I ordered from, I saw that you could send in your existing frames if you wanted them refit with new lenses.
That's what I'm thinking as well. When I got my spare one at Walmart, I was surprised how long it took me to find that new frame which feels just about right. I have been wearing my current titanium frame for 15 years, and 3 set of glasses have been through it. I definitely don't want to ditch it just because the optometrist is not happy that I don't buy new frame from his/her.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:36 PM   #25
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I have used Zenni Optical for years. Most of the glasses are good! It is a great place for glasses, especially when you need bifocals and progressives. They provide these two types of lenses at incredibly cheap prices.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:30 PM   #26
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I'm going to give Costco a try. They seem to have a pretty good selection, and as usual, good prices.
I have vision insurance and it is cheaper to go to costco optical than a place covered by insurance. I've been very satisfied with the exam / glasses. The main difference with costco is that you don't get much selection in frames and they don't have some of the higher end designer frames.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:46 PM   #27
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I learn something new on this site almost every day. DH got new glasses last month. Retail was about $1,000. After insurance discounts the glasses were still >$500. He will definitely check out Costco next time!
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:43 AM   #28
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I went back to Costco yesterday to get my new glasses adjusted as they were pinching my head and giving me a headache. I learned you have to be a member to purchase glasses ($55 per year) but not to get an exam. I didn't think you had to be a member to purchase glasses but you do.

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