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Thread: Old eyes; bifocal question
02-20-2011, 11:40 PM #11
At least I'm not alone!
Now I just have to nip down to Montana and find an optician...
For $90 bucks a pair I can have a whole wardrobe of glasses! (Vs. $900 a pair)...
Seriously though...it's such a pain...you know how your eyes feel when you've done an all-nighter? Mine always feel kinda like that...55 g Goldfish Tank - 2 Fancies, 2 Comets
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02-21-2011, 03:27 AM #12
I wear glasses be/c I have a problem with a weak right eye. If I hadn't gotten glasses I'd be totally blind on the right side by now. But mine are normal glasses (albeit with a thick right lens to make the eye work). And apparently that particular eye has a scar on the back of it.
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02-21-2011, 12:47 PM #13
0Originally Posted by johndoe222
10 years ago mine were $350. That was a plain pair of wire frames. Not even tinted and with no insurance on them.
02-21-2011, 02:27 PM #14
You're right Hobbs! I just got my new pair of glasses back. Now, I'm severely myopic.. and one eye is worse than the other. Throw in severe astigmatism and I'm as blind as a person who cant see very well at all.
My frames cost about 250 dollars and I opted for the cheapest polycarb lens I could buy. I wanted glass, since I think polycarb lenses are a scam. But whad'dya know.. they no longer offer glass.. hmmm
They tout polycarb lenses as being soo light and strong, and yes thats true..but they also get scratched very easily. Even if you take good care of them, they will get scratched.. microfibre cleaning cloth and all. And there lies the scam. Even all the expensive options aren't worth it. Transition lenses become permenantly discolored after a couple years and anti glare coatings become hazy and start flaking in the same timeframe. The solution? get your lenses changed of course (with all the options you are made to believe you absolutely need)
With glass lenses, yes theres a danger of them shattering upon impact, but Ive had glass lenses for many years and they were quite impact resistant. Not the ticking time bomb they would have you believe. Also, high refractive index glass lenses are quite thin and therefore not as heavy as you are made to believe. You get used to the negligible extra weight very quickly.
Glass lenses are also very durable. I have never gotten a scratch on a glass lens even after my glasses tumbled down some rocks. Finally, the optics are just superior. If polycarb lenses are so wonderful, how come all the superior optical equipment use glass?
Of course, why would they want you to buy something that would last you many years when they could sell you something that will ensure you come back in quarter the time
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02-21-2011, 03:00 PM #15
I agree the plastic lenses scratch too easily...my last pair were horrible. I've been more careful with the ones I have now and they're in much better shape.
I never thought of it as a money grab though...I have a fear of wearing 'outdated' frames (thanks to my relatives never changing their frames until they had to because they broke...they'd only change out the lenses if the frames were still good...then the frames get discoloured, the nose pads turn yellow and green, and the grime just doesn't come out anymore...never mind the style! )...so I don't like to go more than 3 years without new frames...and yes, we have insurance that covers most of it or maybe I'd be hanging on to frames forever too...
But...with my prescription, glass is too heavy and thick (they'd make permanent groves on the side of my nose)...I still have a pair of amazing 'coke-bottle' lenses (those were plastic to make them lighter) - they got me a LOT of attention (er, none of it good...children would point at me and cry)...so I am quite conscious of the frames.
I don't want trendy, stand out frames either! Just something quietly in-style...55 g Goldfish Tank - 2 Fancies, 2 Comets
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02-21-2011, 05:37 PM #16
Well, I guess that means my glasses with the packing tape holding one bow on is not cool any longer. Only now and then does my hair get stuck to the tape and chunks get ripped out of my head.
I was reading an article once about these smanzy frames we get. Most come from China and cost the eye clinic $8 a pair. *sigh
02-21-2011, 05:46 PM #17
I recently bought glasses at walmart. All my insurance covered was part of the appointment and not anything for glasses. I only payed $80 for the pair of lenses and the frame. I tried contacts before and loved them but kept getting eye infections so I went back to glasses.
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02-21-2011, 06:30 PM #18
IME bifocals are more trouble than they are worth, I also had a hard time adjusting to look through the different parts of the lens. I use a regular near-sighted scrip for everyday, and soon I will have to pick up a pair of reading glasses, but for now its easier to just take them off to read a book. Both my parents do the switching between the two as well.
In the end though its best to go with whatever you are most comfortable, you are going to be wearing them a lot of course.
I know a guy so I get my glasses at cost, and yes they are very cheap for them to buy and make the lenses, they way overcharge average joe imo.
02-21-2011, 06:34 PM #19
02-21-2011, 09:36 PM #20
Just a comment that I've read in Detroit papers.
Thin glass lenses are available, in Canada. Breakage is always a danger, but the coke bottle bottom can be replaced with what will appear to be just a standard lens.
Also, nose pads are easily replaced. Generally a dollar or two for fresh flexible silicone.