I just got some new glasses, and my prescription has changed sufficiently
that using my old ones as spares (and wearing for DIY!) is no longer an
option, so I just called my optician and they want £240 to relens my old
frames. Gulp. (OK, they're Varifocal Transitions with antiscratch and antiglare
coatings, but £240!)
A (very) quick Google leads me to http://glassescomplete.co.uk , but they want
Can anyone recommend anywhere cheaper to do this? The new ones were expensive
enough as it is, without spending another £240 on the spares. And they want
£150 to relens my prescription sunglasses, too!
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On Thu, 02 May 2013 11:51:42 +0100, Martin Brown wrote:
And for distance? Varifocals implies that the OP needs glasses for
distance (myopia?) as well as close up (presbyopia?).
Compromise by dropping all fancy coatings, just have plain lenses. They
are spares FFS they aren't going to get much use! I bet you can halve th
price by doing that. The plain blank lenes are still going to be at the
£50/each mark being varifocal.
Or two sets of single vision specs may well be cheaper, nowhere near as
convient but again they are spares. Or a single vision distance and £1
shop close, ask the optician what strength for the close pair.
The quality of varifocals varies greatly. Are you sure you're comparing
like with like?
You could check with your optician that the prescription has changed a
great deal. Did you compare the new prescription with your existing
glasses, and was there a big improvement?
I went the other way and reframed my existing lenses. That cost around
£40. The lenses, which are complicated, cost about £200.
Depends where you go. If you insist on genuine titanium designer frames
with coated NIkon lenses then I am sure you can drive the price up.
The cheapest offer I have seen recently were 2 pairs of boring ordinary
glasses for about £60 on a run down shopping precinct near Manchester.
ASDA do mine in fully coated hi index lenses for no extra charge. they
do up to about 10 diopters cylinder + sphere before any extra charges
Last time I looked you could have a pair of varifocals for £90 or two
for £150 IIRC. I can't find any internet shop that will do the same for
less and ASDA fit them too.
If all you need are spherical lenses then the internet is quite cheap,
anything you need to be measured for and they aren't as cheap.
Complex lenses are, by definition, more than 10 dioptres. I also suspect
that ASDA high index is more probably around 1.7, rather than the 1.85
or 1.9 that my prescription needs, to keep the weight down.
On line, I can find 1.9 RI lenses at £186 each, plus £50 for
Transitions. My optician is cheaper than that.
I have complex lenses (more than 10 dioptre correction). There is a very
limited range of suppliers of those. In order to prevent the weight
pulling the glasses down my nose*, I need to choose small lenses using
high refractive index plastic. High refractive index lens need
anti-reflective and anti-scratch coatings. That all adds to the cost
and, as it is cheaper than having separate sunglasses, I also get
Transition lenses. £120 a lens is quite cheap for that combination.
* With my level of correction, I can adjust from perfect distance vision
to perfect reading vision by a fairly small amount of change in position
up or down my nose.
In the mid 80's I was studying 18 hours a day for 6 years. During this
time my eyes deteriorated and I was in need of glasses. A friend advised
me to 'diy' with the glasses I was about to buy.
He urged me to buy a good sturdy frame off the sunglasses counter and
present them, along with my prescription, to a local optician. And so I
did. Frame costs; £6.
For his own needs my friend went the step further and took his
prescription direct to a lens maker. After a little chat and money talk
he came away with the lenses he wanted.
So, I offered the prescription and frames to my local optician. The
look on his face told me he was not at all happy. Particularly as he was
displaying from up and above £80.
I went back a week later to pick up my glasses and was met with the
same discord as before. He spoke no words. He went under his counter
picking up a coarsely bubble wrapped bundle and dropped it onto the
counter where it bounced it's way across to me. He snorted £37 at me. I
paid and left.
OK, I have to fit the lenses myself. No problem. I have made a saving.
In has anger the optician hadn't even bothered to unwrap the bundle as
it came from the lens manufacturer leaving the receipts inside. The cost
to the optician? 1 lens @ £2.70, the other £3.50!
No wonder these robbing ******* try to make Vision Therapists seem like
One click voting to change the world.
OOI how are Varifocal Transitions different from "normal" Varifocal?
I have (or according to the optician - need) Varifocal with my current
script (because the correction for long distance usage over-focuses for
close up viewing, not because I need correction for both long distance and
reading), turned out to be a complete waste of time and money.
The hazy bit in the middle makes them CFU at correcting my long distance
sight at nighttime and they don't work at all for close up work, so I end up
taking them off, just like I had to do before I got the VF.
(and I deliberately didn't use near-sight and long-sight because that's
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