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Old 07-27-2011, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Striving for Avalon
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I bought myself some Burberry frames off of ebay for $85 (new, verified genuine). Now I have to get lenses for them. What's the best B&M option for eyeglasses?

I'm a college student still under my parents' (divorced) insurance. Mom has been stricken with an ever less curable cancer, so I need to be creative in many aspects of life. Normally, we'd go to Wise Eyes and walk out spending $450+ ($200+ for contacts, $250 for lenses only for older frames). After educating myself...these prices are an inefficient use of my money (aka rip-off).

I've been speaking to my family (excellent asset) about riding with them to either BJ's (grandfather) or Costco (uncle) one day. My current Rx is rather strong (-5.50), so I need to thinner (usually high index) lenses. I could use the local Wal-Mart I suppose...

Does anyone have any experience with any of those three? I just need lenses (probably will spring for transitions as I'm outside frequently). Contacts are $13.88/box ($55.52 for a 6 month supply), which I'll get as well.

Any thoughts? Which would be the better bet?
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:45 PM
 
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If you already have frames, this is the cheapest place I know of:

Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses | America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses

Check to see if they have one near you. I don't know anything about the three you mentioned though.
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Wildside of Oahu
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I wonder if you could order glasses in the same size/shape from coastalcontacts. com and have someone switch them to the better frame? I bought a couple pair when they were running a sale and got 2 prs for something crazy like $25. The frames were total crap, but the lenses were OK.
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:53 AM
 
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I wonder if you could order glasses in the same size/shape from coastalcontacts. com and have someone switch them to the better frame? I bought a couple pair when they were running a sale and got 2 prs for something crazy like $25. The frames were total crap, but the lenses were OK.
The problem is that the machine needs the frames to cut the lenses into shape. All the lenses are prefabricated. To cut them to shape, you literally place the frame in the machine, and press go.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:02 AM
 
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We used Walmart last year, without complaints. They were cheap, but they work. After about 9 months, my dh sat on his frames, destroying them. When she heard Walmart was going to replace them for free, my dd admitted she'd done the same thing. Walmart replaced both pairs for free - without insurance, it doesn't get better than that.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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There has been a thread on ordering eyeglasses online. I've been happy with the $12 eyeglasses I ordered online from Zenni Optical.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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We used Walmart last year, without complaints. They were cheap, but they work. After about 9 months, my dh sat on his frames, destroying them. When she heard Walmart was going to replace them for free, my dd admitted she'd done the same thing. Walmart replaced both pairs for free - without insurance, it doesn't get better than that.
If you don't mind my asking, what did they charge for the exam & glasses? I wear contacts, but need a pair of glasses for times I want to read in bed and things like that and my old pair finally broke after 15 years.

We live in a pretty rural area so Walmart is pretty much the only option.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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zenni is supposed to be good. The exams at walmart are about $60, and the frames are relatively inexpensive, but they snag you on the lenses.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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If you get the exam at Walmart will they let you walk out with the perscription so you can get the glasses online?
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I had good luck w 39dollar (online) I tried Zenni with poor success.

I wish I could find a shop to FIT them. (VERY important role) I will probably use Costco next time.
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