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Old 02-02-2017, 07:45 PM
 
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I got thrown for a loop. Saved up for contacts, and two pairs of glasses. One regular, one sunglasses for when I don't have my contacts in.

I can't wear contacts anymore. AND I have to wear bifocals.

So, now I'm up to $400 for one pair of glasses and I'm rethinking the poly-bicarbonate part. I think I am sold on the need for progressive lenses, but maybe not this.

It started with the frames I like. 'Those require the upgraded lenses'. I think it's $90, but I'm not sure anymore. Because it just kept going up with the cost of good progressive lenses.

Anyway, I am completely lost. I think I always got plain plastic before. I certainly don't remember ever discussing poly-bicarbonates before.

The sunglasses are basically $10 after the discounts you get for the second pair. so the total isn't horrible, but ......

anyway. Anyone worn both? What say you?
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:10 PM
 
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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I hate to say it, but - I buy mine from W*Mart. They have a whole section of decent-looking $10 frames.

It's the lenses that count. Progressive lenses are worth every penny.
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Old 02-03-2017, 05:54 AM
 
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I go all out every year. The less weight/possible scratches the better.
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I tried progressives at one point and had to return them. Poly-carb (I don't think it is poly-bicarb unless you want an upset stomach) can be important if you have big lenses, because of the weight issues. Otherwise - meh.

I do Wal-mart as well, but because of the outstanding optician there. If you know your prescription and interocular distance, you can buy online inexpensively. In Alabama, it is a law that you have to be handed a copy of your prescription.
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Old 02-03-2017, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Depending on your prescription, thinner/lighter material may be required for a given pair of frames to effectively hold the lenses in place.

It's actually polycarbonate, not bicarbonate.
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Old 02-03-2017, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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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.
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Old 02-03-2017, 10:24 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Sometimes it is a requirement, to fit the frame, not a sales pitch. Ask, or try on the above options. We have a pair on order from Walmart & 2 pairs came in at over $500, that includes the progressives, light adjustments etc. Glasses can get costly, but when you think that you wear them every day, it makes them seem less so.
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I am very happy with the deals at 'Zenni Optical'
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:57 PM
 
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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.
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