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Old 02-03-2017, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Bay Area California
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Thanks, all. The material that I spelled wrongly, lol, was brought up at the start due to the frames I chose. They have to have it. Rimless on the bottom. It's America's Best so I can get two pairs like that for $469.00 I guess that isn't bad, considering.

I think I want my first pair of progressives to be from a brick and mortar place that I can go to if the script isn't right or whatever to replace them, and then once I'm sure of my script I can later do things like Zenni.

And I don't have to have those frames, I just really like them. I felt rather sure that progressives are worth the money, just not sure about the material for the lenses. Whether the upgrade from plastic is worth it.

I think it's a $135 difference on two pairs and then some more because I'd be stepping down on the frames.

I don't have a thick script, plastic lenses have never bothered me, but IDK if progressive lenses are heavier.
I think you've made the smart (and necessary!) decisions all the way around.

I have two pair of glasses - one semi-rimless, the other is full rimless. You're right, they both require polycarb lenses. It's been many years since I've worn glass lenses. I did like them a lot but do find that the polycarb is substantially lighter. You do have to be more careful with cleaning them though to prevent scratches. And I don't care what coating they put on them, they will scratch if you're not careful. With mine, as long as I clean them with a glasses cleaner (may be supplied by your optician) or even a mild liquid hand soap and dry with a soft cloth (NOT a napkin or paper towel), I've been fine. My glasses are probably four years old and I haven't a single scratch.

Re: Zenni - I've seen the raves about it here but I too am leary. I had one pair of glasses years ago that made me dizzy to look thru the side of the lenses. It took quite a few trips back to the opticians and quite a few discussions and they finally determined that the curvature of the lense required for the frame just wasn't compatible with my perscrip. They switched frames and replaced the lenses at no cost. I wouldn't want to think about having to deal with that by mail order.

I think too you'll really enjoy progressives. I know that I do - that's all I've ever really worn. A word of possible warning though - my husband went from "regular" bifocals to progressives and had a bit of a hard time with the switch. He was told that if you change from regular to progressive it takes a bit more getting used to than it does if you start with progressives.

Enjoy your spiffy new look!
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Thanks, all. The material that I spelled wrongly, lol, was brought up at the start due to the frames I chose. They have to have it. Rimless on the bottom. It's America's Best so I can get two pairs like that for $469.00 I guess that isn't bad, considering.

I think I want my first pair of progressives to be from a brick and mortar place that I can go to if the script isn't right or whatever to replace them, and then once I'm sure of my script I can later do things like Zenni.

And I don't have to have those frames, I just really like them. I felt rather sure that progressives are worth the money, just not sure about the material for the lenses. Whether the upgrade from plastic is worth it.

I think it's a $135 difference on two pairs and then some more because I'd be stepping down on the frames.

I don't have a thick script, plastic lenses have never bothered me, but IDK if progressive lenses are heavier.
Yeah, the rimless frame is the issue, because the lenses are held in place by fishing line-type filament, so they're made to work with thinner, lighter materials.
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:56 PM
 
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I think you've made the smart (and necessary!) decisions all the way around.

I have two pair of glasses - one semi-rimless, the other is full rimless. You're right, they both require polycarb lenses. It's been many years since I've worn glass lenses. I did like them a lot but do find that the polycarb is substantially lighter. You do have to be more careful with cleaning them though to prevent scratches. And I don't care what coating they put on them, they will scratch if you're not careful. With mine, as long as I clean them with a glasses cleaner (may be supplied by your optician) or even a mild liquid hand soap and dry with a soft cloth (NOT a napkin or paper towel), I've been fine. My glasses are probably four years old and I haven't a single scratch.

Re: Zenni - I've seen the raves about it here but I too am leary. I had one pair of glasses years ago that made me dizzy to look thru the side of the lenses. It took quite a few trips back to the opticians and quite a few discussions and they finally determined that the curvature of the lense required for the frame just wasn't compatible with my perscrip. They switched frames and replaced the lenses at no cost. I wouldn't want to think about having to deal with that by mail order.

I think too you'll really enjoy progressives. I know that I do - that's all I've ever really worn. A word of possible warning though - my husband went from "regular" bifocals to progressives and had a bit of a hard time with the switch. He was told that if you change from regular to progressive it takes a bit more getting used to than it does if you start with progressives.

Enjoy your spiffy new look!
I am making a bigger jump than that. I've never worn bi-focals. I've only worn contacts and glasses for distance. My eyes used to be able to see up close with distance glasses on but the eye doc said you can't anymore.

This is going to be a HUGE change. Trifocals, really. The middle section is extremely light, but it is different than the top and bottom

I never have worn actual glass. I always wore plastic with coatings. That is why I am unsure about spending more for polycarb. Plastic never bothered me, but these lenses might be heavier IDK.

I guess my script for even just distance will be stronger than before. I forgot to ask. I was bamboozled by NO MORE CONTACTS and BI-FOCALS!
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Polycarbonate lenses are extremely light.
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Old 02-04-2017, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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Also?

If you have an up-to-date prescription, go Zenni, online.

My glasses typically run $400-ish, through brick and mortar retailers. Through Zenni, I've not paid over $65 per pair, and that's with some premium add-ons.
Zenni for sure! Zenni Optical | Affordable Rx Eyeglasses Online The last time we bought, 2 pair of progressive with the better frames and a high powered polycarbonate for our son with DS and it was buy 2 get 1 free. I get the thin lenses and mine run around $100.00. We have buying from them for about 10 years. I shopped around town and online and Zenni cannot be beat.

Signing up with Zenni will get one notified of special offers, percentages off and sometimes the buy 2 get 1 free (my personal favorite).

We have never had a problem with a prescription with them, however, I did have one with the last place I purchased in town where we were living. I still think they were no line bifocals instead of progressives.

With progressives, it is best to get a bigger frame rather than a smaller one as the transition just seems easier.
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Old 02-04-2017, 04:41 PM
 
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Zenni for sure! Zenni Optical | Affordable Rx Eyeglasses Online The last time we bought, 2 pair of progressive with the better frames and a high powered polycarbonate for our son with DS and it was buy 2 get 1 free. I get the thin lenses and mine run around $100.00. We have buying from them for about 10 years. I shopped around town and online and Zenni cannot be beat.

Signing up with Zenni will get one notified of special offers, percentages off and sometimes the buy 2 get 1 free (my personal favorite).

We have never had a problem with a prescription with them, however, I did have one with the last place I purchased in town where we were living. I still think they were no line bifocals instead of progressives.

With progressives, it is best to get a bigger frame rather than a smaller one as the transition just seems easier.
Thanks. Zenni is great to know about! I just don't want my first pair from there. Nowhere to go to if the script isn't right or whatever.

This is my first time to wear progressives. I'd use Zenni in a heartbeat if I was buying what I used to and knew my script was right.

I'm pretty sure I'm getting the frames I like with the polycarb for regular, but I have yet to decide on sunglasses. Maybe they don't need all that. I've never had a problem with plastic lenses. I have to find out if the progressives will be heavier than what I was used to.

Sunglasses are just for driving. Unless I also get some cheap ones from Zenni - then I'd have a pair to wear everywhere in the summer, maybe. Not sure. Gain, big changes. Never worried before because I'd wear contacts and just plop regular sunglasses on and off at will, not having to change between two.
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Old 02-04-2017, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I don't have a thick script, plastic lenses have never bothered me, but IDK if progressive lenses are heavier.
I'd get a second opinion. I have worn progressive polycarb/rimless for 10 + years but learned during my most recent examination that hi index plastic was a viable option. My sister has vision similar to mine and she was prescribed plastic. Because of increased smudges and increased cost, I want to try the plastic.

I don't believe progressive lenses are necessarily heavier than single lenses.
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Old 02-04-2017, 07:23 PM
 
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I'm having to get glasses for night vision while driving...the lights look like a Mickey Mouse hat lol.

Not sure where to go, may try Walmart, after reading here, or Costco.

My question..is my sister was telling me if I already have frames that I like, I can use those. Is that true?

And, I don't know whether to get glass or a plastic lens.
They will be progressive too.
Sorry, I'm kinda jumping off your post...But I"m also learning alittle too.
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Old 02-04-2017, 07:44 PM
 
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I'm having to get glasses for night vision while driving...the lights look like a Mickey Mouse hat lol.

Not sure where to go, may try Walmart, after reading here, or Costco.

My question..is my sister was telling me if I already have frames that I like, I can use those. Is that true?

And, I don't know whether to get glass or a plastic lens.
They will be progressive too.
Sorry, I'm kinda jumping off your post...But I"m also learning alittle too.
I went to America's Best. I like the place. Exam is $45, becomes free if you buy two pairs of glasses. I paid $20 extra for field of vision test and something that took pictures of my eyes for health. He found a thing I have to see a specialist for. For medical, not vision script.

I don't see why you can't use your frames. I've never worn glass so I can't speak to that. I always wore plastic.
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:27 PM
 
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Thanks. Luckily, I've already taken an eye exam from the eye doc.
Just need to fill the 'script.

Ok, so plastic will do. And I'll dbl check abt using my own frames.
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