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Old 07-26-2008, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Default best place to get inexpensive eye glasses and exam? (no insurance)

my glasses are nearing the end. the paint is all worn off, the lens are scratched, and recently, possibly due to the heat, green gunk has been oozing out from where the lens attach to the frame and has been staining my skin green! I've had these glasses for years (3-5) but just never really had the money to get them replaced. I don't have any insurance, and don't even know how much this will cost. I'm hoping not to spend more than $300, though can spend a bit more. not looking for Gucci frames or special tinted lenses that magically adjust into sunglasses when you go outside, just want some decent, durable glasses and a quick, no hassle eye exam. should I go to a chain place like Lenscrafters or (gasp!) Walmart? a private office? I live in Pilsen and am around the Loop a lot, but can go anyway that's L/bus accessible. advice appreciated.
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Old 07-26-2008, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago
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Default walmart

I have gotten my last two pair of glasses at walmart. It is cheap but they have tons of selection with regards to frames. There are some name brands.
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Old 07-26-2008, 01:21 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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You might also try Sam's Club if you are a member. Walmart is pretty cheap but if you need bifocals they are still going to be pretty expensive. Walmart or Sam's will have the best price for an exam. Stay away from Lenscrafters or Pearle if you are looking to save money.
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Old 07-26-2008, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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Lenscrafters is super expensive, so unless you're looking to spend some coin I wouldn't go there.

Are there America's Best's here? They are dirt cheap...

Oh good they do have a bunch. Check out their Web site: America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses - Changing the way America buys glasses!
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Old 07-26-2008, 02:58 PM
 
Location: NW Burbs
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Costco if you have membership is also a nice place, if you can get an eye exam and get your prescription, you can order from many online places and get a deal.
the other place is America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses - Changing the way America buys glasses! they might have a location near you.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:16 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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My daughter used an online place to order glasses; they were terrible!
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Old 07-26-2008, 04:37 PM
 
Location: chicago
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America's Best hands down. There's one right downtown on Wabash. The exam is free as long as you don't take that exam option where they dilate your pupils and all that stuff. I paid $240 for 2 pairs. Not even designer. But keep in mind, I'm blind as a bat so glasses will always be expensive for me because I get thin lenses so I won't have to wear coke bottles. So, if you need thin lenses, just prepare to pay that extra cost no matter where you go or what frame you buy.
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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wow, guess I'm gonna have to check out America's best! I've always hated the part where they dilate your pupils, so I'll gladly not pay for that torture! thanks for the advice!
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have 2 cute pairs of glasses from America's Best, and including the eye exam and all the extras it was only like 275 or something.
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Old 07-30-2008, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Chicago and Santa Barbara,Ca.
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Walmart..My exam was $40,I got contacts for around $100 ish....
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