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If you need glasses or someone in your family needs glasses, but you don't really need a new prescription, you can order glasses online for next to nothing compared to other places.
The nose pad on my glasses went bad. After failing to super glue it back on for any length of time, I started looking at options. When I took my mother to Sears Optical to get her eyes tested and possibly get new glasses, I asked the guy there if he could determine the prescription in my glasses. He said he could, but if the prescription was over 5 years old, he couldn't use it to get me glasses. I had to get an eye exam. While I was there, I also asked him if he could get my PD measurement (I'll explain in a moment). And he did.
Okay, at Zenni Optical, you have over 3000 frames to choose from and they can put any prescription in a pair of glasses you order from them. When I first went to their site, the question that threw me for a loop was the PD measurement. This is a measurement from pupil to pupil. My prescription was fine so with the info I acquired, I ordered a pair of glasses for $6.95 and paid four something for shipping. The total was under $12. I received the glasses in the mail last week and they are great.
It will probably cost a bit more for bifocals or any other "specialization". But for a plain pair of metal frame glasses, it is cheap.
The big task was getting them adjusted. Walmart didn't want to touch them because I didn't buy the glasses from them. So the task after getting them is to get them adjusted. You might be able to do that yourself.
Anyway, here is the URL. If you want a pair for sunglasses, a spare, or a replacement it is worth checking out.
By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN
When it's almost time to change my prescription eyeglasses, I start looking for specials so I can save money. Last time I got glasses, the special was 2 pair for $99.00 If the prescription changes slightly, just have the old pair turned into sunglasses. They will tint your old glasses for a small fee.
Another way to save if you can't find a special is to just use your old frames. Have them put your new lenses in them. I have used all of the ideas above and save lots of money!
By Dwedenoja from New Creek, WV
To help with reading "small print" on labels at the supermarket or just shopping in general, I have purchased several cheap pairs of magnifying spectacles. They are in various colours to match what I'm wearing or at least look trendy. I pop them on top of my head when not in use (like you do with sun glasses), a bit like a head-band or hair accessory. When I need to look at something up close, they are there, in seconds.
The best spectacles I've found are from Spotlight (similar to your Dollar Stores), they even have ones with a bayonet connection (tiny springs where the arms connect to the glasses) at the sides which allows for any size head without breaking from continual use. I have been doing this for years now. My prescription reading glasses stay at home (safely) beside the computer. They are too expensive to keep replacing if I lose them whilst shopping!
By Kay from New South Wales, Australia
When purchasing eyeglasses, do yourself a favor and buy a polycarbonate lens. This type of lens comes with ultraviolet protection built in the material. It also has a scratch protection as well. This move can save you anywhere from $30 to $50 dollars.
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To save money on your next pair of prescription glasses, especially if, like me, you're not wild about the thin titanium frames that are being pushed right now (I gave in one time, over protests, and broke them within 36 hours-sigh), go to Dollar General and get a pair of reading glasses in your intensity and remove the lenses. Take the frames to your eye doctor and he will fit your new prescription lenses to the frames. My recent cost for new glasses was only $59.00, and I got sturdier frames to boot! Hope this helps.
By Janet45101 (02/01/2005)
You can also get frames from resale shops like Salvation Army and Goodwill. The Salvation Army where I work glasses are 99 cents. You can get designer frames for a fraction of a fraction of what it would cost new. (02/02/2005)
I have found that it is better to not have vision insurance. The only optometrists on the plan often have limited choices of frames. Only the cost of the cheapest frame is covered and so most of the cost is out of pocket. Also, eye exams are covered by the insurance but the exams are inexpensive anyway at the larger outlets. I have to try on many glasses to get a pair that is both attractive and comfortable. At the outlets there are thousands and no one pressures me to buy or hovers over me while I look asking me, "Did you decide?" (08/31/2007)