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Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by JohnHammond, May 8, 2017.

  1. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    Fascinated by eyeglasses, since I'm pretty blind without them and hate paying close to $300 or more for glasses if you get them somewhere than Walmart or Costco. Used Zenni a few times, and found a U.S. frame manufacturers that is reasonable that also grinds lenses (less than $150 for frames you'd recognize,).

    Thoughts on eyeglasses and where to buy them. Used FramesDirect for my latest pair.
  2. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Zenni for life. Cheap shit is fine when you can replace it for $10
  3. cjericho

    cjericho Well-Known Member

    Get a job with a vision plan and it's much cheaper than $300.
  4. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    Guangzhou. Amazing glasses market. I had a pair for every day of the week. I stepped on one pair and broke it recently and was bummed. At $40, it was the most expensive pair I got while there. I miss it, especially since glasses are so expensive in Istanbul.

    That said, though, my Walmart pair is still my favorite
  5. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    Distance or reading glasses?

    Please don't tell me a lot of shitheads are on our nation's roads with Walmart distance glasses.
  6. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    What's wrong with Walmart glasses (not the OTC readers)?
  7. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Dollar store 1.50+ readers. My distance vision is still fine.
  8. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    I know they sell frames and some have vision centers, but you actually go somewhere else and get a lens prescription, right?

    What I'm driving at is that you just don't buy some pre-made distance glasses off the shelf like you do with reading glasses. I've got enough to worry about with drunks, users and texters on the highways.
  9. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    There are optometrists working in Walmart Vision Centers. All the lab work is done off site, though, so it's not like you get a prescription and buy glasses off-the-shelf. I think the glasses are already put into frames at the lab, so the in-store employees just do adjustments and repairs.
  10. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    My vision sucks. Can't see clearly more than a foot or two in front of me without my glasses. I'm at the age where I need progressive lenses.
    I don't mess with my glasses, I go to the local optometrist to buy my glasses, knowing everything is going to be done right.
    Roscablo and Vombatus like this.
  11. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I go through phases -- daily contact lenses vs. glasses. I got a pair of progressives a while back at Warby Parker. ... I had my eyes checked by my own guy, then brought the prescription into one of their stores in NY. I know that isn't an option everywhere, and I am not sure I would be comfortable buying glasses online (especially progressives) if you don't have a store nearby, but what I got was fine and reasonably priced for progressives (if you compare to a typical optometrist shop).
  12. Madhavok

    Madhavok Well-Known Member

    Current glasses are Etnias that cost around 220$ after insurance. I buy glasses once every few year and contacts every year. Sign up or promotive and buy glasses from Smith Optics.
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