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Old 02-03-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Incognito
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America's Best or Lenscrafters?
Do you have a better place to recommend?
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Boston area
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I found Pearl Vision to have the best selection at the lowest prices. I found a pair I liked and they're comfortable and sturdy.

I also got a pair at Target. I really liked the selection of frames but they seem flimsy, they're not that comfortable, and I've had to take them in twice in about 6 weeks for random scratches. No reason for the scratches, I keep them in their case when not wearing them, and only use that special cleaning cloth on them.

So I would recommend Pearl Vision.

I'm not looking forward to the point where I'll have to wear glasses full time. What a pain.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Hot-Houston Texas
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I used to use Sears till they started getting the prescription wrong. I've been using Lenscrafters for four years and had not problems.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:07 PM
 
Location: WA
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I've used Costco, Walmart, and Lenscrafters. Walmart has been surprisingly good for the low price, and seems to have sales often. Definitely shop around and see what frames you like and what kind of deal you can get. If you just walk into a store not having a sale you can easily spend over $200 on glasses...eek.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I went to America's Best last August and had a very good experience. I spent just under $300 on 2 pairs of glasses and an exam (I probably could have spend less, but got suckered into taking that extra test). I love one of my pair of glasses, the other is nice looking but just a tiny bit flimsy, but that's mainly b/c I had to go w/ a either a plastic pair or a metal/plastic combo b/c I'm apparently allergic to metal glasses (my old glasses were metal and left visible dark marks on my face). plus I'm super picky and it took me almost 2 hours to find another pair I liked (the person who helped me out had the patience of an angel to put up w/ my second guessing!). pretty satisfied overall (though I admittedly have no other place to compare it to), may go back to check out contacts
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Right where I want to be.
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We get our eye exams locally but we've been going to ZenniOptical.com for the glasses. There are several on-line sites but we haven't been able to beat the prices at Zenni. It may take some getting used to the idea of ordering eyeglasses on-line but starting at $8 bucks a pair you aren't risking much.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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We get our eye exams locally but we've been going to ZenniOptical.com for the glasses. There are several on-line sites but we haven't been able to beat the prices at Zenni. It may take some getting used to the idea of ordering eyeglasses on-line but starting at $8 bucks a pair you aren't risking much.
Are you happy with the quality, fit, etc.? I'm considering ordering from them next time I need glasses. My last pair cost over $600 locally--high index lenses, progressives, Transitions, etc.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Right where I want to be.
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Are you happy with the quality, fit, etc.? I'm considering ordering from them next time I need glasses. My last pair cost over $600 locally--high index lenses, progressives, Transitions, etc.
Yes to all. Several in our family have Zenni glasses and we've been pleased so far. The eye doc had a fit (because we didn't spend hundreds of $$ in his shop) but the Rx was spot on. DH and I have always worn glasses so getting a suitable style and size wasn't too hard. The kids had to try on glasses IRL and then compare styles and sizes on-line so it was a bit riskier since it was their first pair. We traced the lens shapes they liked (with the stores permission) and then found similar on the site. If you want more info you can dm me and I'd be happy to answer any more of your questions.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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I saw this thread and was going to recommend Zenni Optical, but I see somebody has already done so. My lenses require the High Index because of my horrid vision - which drives up the cost of my lenses. The last pair of glasses I bought in an actual store was at Lens Crafters:

Frames from the Kid's Department - $69.95 (Free with insurance)
High Index lenses with scratch resistance and anti-reflective coatings- $325 (Insurance paid $100)
Plus the exam! Insurance paid for it all except for the contact "fitting fee" that doctors charge the consumers who have vision insurance, I found out.

Through Zenni, I can get cute frames with the lenses I need for under $100 using no insurance. I had my glasses exam with my contact exam ($60 total without insurance). I dropped my vision insurance after finding Zenni.
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Old 02-04-2009, 11:02 AM
 
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honestly walmart has surprisingly really good frames, and depending on how bad your vision you might be able to get away with an hour wait for them, i had a pair from walmart that i used for over 3 years, and that was with my brothers stepping on them, and one of my friends who wieghed over 300 pounds at the time had sat on them accidentally once... bent them back and they were fine
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