Twice in 25 years, my optician has gotten lenses back from the "lab",
installed them in the frames I already owned, put them on me, and said
"These are not quite right." He was correct. They were weird. He gave me
the option of putting the old ones back in and coming back when the
replacements were done, or living with the "rejects".
It's worth a few hundred bucks to some people to know that what they're
getting is perfect the first time.
You suggested taking imported glasses back to the person who wrote the
prescription. In many cases, that person also sells glasses, so essentially,
you're doing this:
- Buy $200 lawn mower from Wal Mart
- When it has problems, take it to a locally owned specialty shop and ask
them to "check it" for free.
You never actually said "free", but if the optometrist said he charged $35
to check them, you might balk.
Well you paid your optometrist to check your eyes. My optometrist doesn't
sell glasses so I don't see why it would be an issue. They have all of the
equipment to check the lenses as well. There is a shop next door that they
refer business to, but you don't have to get it made by them.
Yes, optometrists are professionally bound to check your fit. They are not
in the business of selling eyeglasses or profiting from their sale. Kind
of like how medical doctors don't sell drugs or care where you get your
prescription filled. Think about why it has to be that way, ethically and
You're both right. The 1 hour places stock a bunch of lenses and cut to fit
frames as needed. Not a big deal. If, however, you have more complex needs,
progressive lenses, etc, you won't get them in an hour. Those will be sent
out and the stock lenses are modified to your particular prescription.
There are many labs that do this on a regular route basis. They pick up at
the optometrist and drop them off a few days later.
The lenses are mostly plastic today. They are molded as a round lens and
cut to shape as needed and the optic center is placed as needed. The same
was done with glass lenses years ago but they make a tiny percentage of the
market today. Plastic is optically clear, safer, cheaper, lighter, easier
to work with. They are not "ground" as glass was years ago, but molded to
the proper diopter. Most of the work is done by machine and it takes but a
Before they moved out of town, I used to sell lens trays to American
Optical. The glass making sections of the factory were being replaced by
molding machines. They make the lenses for pennies.
Two pair cost me about $70.00 USD to order (shipping stays the the same,
$4.95 USD, no matter how many pairs you order!)
Even if he is fibbing, maybe it will work out. At least at that price,
I won't be disappointed longer than a couple of hours. <LOL>
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