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Old 10-18-2018, 10:26 PM
 
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I'm a huge Costco fan. But my experience - several years ago - with their optometry prescribing and dispensary unit was less than satisfactory. To this day, it's the only service of theirs that I wouldn't recommend.
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Old 10-19-2018, 05:14 AM
 
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Online eyeglass places are usually more accurate if the prescriptions are simple. I still recommend a brick and mortar optical, even the cheapest there is, over an online place. Glasses are a custom prescription item that are designed to fix your vision, and many people have to wear them all the time to be able to legally drive. I am amazed that some people are so frugal they will try to save a buck on something that necessary. Glasses aren't t-shirts or earrings; they aren't even one size fits all antibiotics in which ordering online is extremely reliable. Costco's hi-index progressive lenses with anti reflective coating are only $189. That's a fantastic price, and their patient satisfaction is good. BTW, I have never worked for Costco; I am simply going based on reports from my patients who are no longer members and friends.
I have gotten many online glasses and have been extremely satisfied with them (not the most simple prescription). With Zenni, if your prescription is too complex, the ordering process tells you that what you want is not even possible. Other places will also charge much more for more complex prescriptions. I have not gotten progressives from there, but I have gone to Warby Parker and found them to be quite good other than the lack of anti-reflective coating. I will probably try Costco next time since they have the coating and it sounds like the price is comparable. I have gotten a non-progressive lens from Costco and am satisfied with them. My mom also has a few pairs from Costco and has generally been satisfied but my dad also had the problem with Costco that they do not sell trifocals.
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Old 10-19-2018, 06:48 AM
 
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DH spent ages looking for a frame at Costco, then they said it would not fit progressives. Not much choice after that, and he has never been pleased with the frame or the quality if the lens.

My mom had glaucoma, so I go to an ophthalmologist. I buy my glasses at their optical shop, V expensive, but I love the quality. I hate cheap glasses. I’ve been to WM and LC before - but always too heavy, or the lens pop out.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:56 AM
 
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I've used Zenni for multiple pairs with different scripts and never had a problem. Price and turn around delivery were great.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:59 AM
 
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I, and my family, have found online places like https://www.zennioptical.com/ great places.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:37 AM
 
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We believe that the best part of using Costco for eyeglasses is that they will fix any problem we might have with frames or lenses, without having to have an appointment; we can simply drop the problematic piece(s) off, go about our shopping, and come back after whatever time they tell us, and pick them up again.

We especially like that we don't have to pay $400-plus for frames & lenses, per person. Using an outside optometrist and optician, we'd easily spend over $1000 for eyeglasses and sunglasses for both of us.
Granted, the selection of frames leaves a little to be desired. This last time we ordered new prescriptions and frames, the total cost for both of us to have separate eyeglasses & sunglasses, was nearly $700.
I can't complain about that savings ($300+!!) at all!
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:39 AM
 
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Most people here get their eyeglasses from COSTCO and I've gotten my contacts there for two years. You have to learn their system (the optician and the optometrist are different businesses) but the end result is good.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:46 PM
 
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I tried Zenni twice with bad results. I guess I did not learn about "fool me once ..." Anyway, last two prescriptions were at Costco and I have progressives with all the bells and whistles. Out of pocket was only $71. I am happy.

ETA: Private doctor where I get the annual exam wanted $300+

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Old 10-19-2018, 01:50 PM
 
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I tried Zenni twice with bad results. I guess I did not learn about "fool me once ..." Anyway, last two prescriptions were at Costco and I have progressives with all the bells and whistles. Out of pocket was only $71. I am happy.

ETA: Private doctor where I get the annual exam wanted $300+
I've had good experiences with Zenni. I'll probably use them for my new glasses in 2019.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:29 PM
 
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My progressive tri-focals from Costco are the best I've ever had!
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