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Old 10-19-2018, 09:08 PM
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Believe it or not, I use the local Walmart for glasses and contacts. I’m not really a Walmart fan, but I like the optometrist there, the prices are good, and they have a good selection of frames. Also, my prescription is difficult and they hit it spot-on, no issues.

I had a very bad experience at Costco, but, really, I think it depends on the store. The optometrists are independent contractors, not store employees.
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:59 PM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Hubby and I both need some new eyeglasses, but we want ALL of the following in each pair:

We each need:

Progressives in high index including anti-glare, Transitions II (or identical high-speed photochromic if there is another brand of photochromic that is as good)

• I also want a pair of computer glasses (ideally high-index, but might consider polycarbonate) that includes all of the above, except no photochromic/Transitions for the computer lenses.

We both like designer titanium frames from Europe or Japan (ProDesign, Cazal, for example), but we have many older pairs which we could use.

What would be the estimate of cost for the above at Costco?

Has anyone else ordered and been pleased with either of the above preferred eyeglasses from Costco?

We get our prescriptions done elsewhere, so need to use Costco's optometrists.
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Old 10-20-2018, 11:00 AM
Location: Full time in the RV
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Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post
I seem to recall hearing that if you already have frames you like, you can get just the new lenses at Costco. Does that sound right?
If the lenses are secured to the frame with the "ribbon" system then Costco can use the frames. At least that is what my experience has been.
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Old 10-20-2018, 11:14 AM
Location: Living rent free in your head
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Frames are reasonably priced at Costco, there were about 15 different frames in the size and style that I was looking for, I bought a Guess frame for $69.99 that was priced at $109 at the two optical shops I had looked at. I checked the price of the frame online and the lowest price it ranged from $152 to $94.
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Old 10-20-2018, 02:56 PM
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My daughter and I have gotten eye exams, prescriptions, and contact lenses from Costco for many years. Never had a single problem.

This year, my daughter needed new glasses, so we had them made at Costco. They were not right--there was severe distortion at the edge of the visual field, and colored halos around anything bright. She tried to get used to them, but they gave her headaches, so we took them back. First, the employee told us that these problems were "normal" for her "strong" prescription (she is nearsighted, but less so than I am, and I have never had those kinds of issues with glasses).

Then, when we declined having the glasses remade but asked to return them, we were told that we could get a refund this time, but my daughter would be put on the black list and never be able to have glasses made at Costco again.

Needless to say, that won't be a problem--we won't go there for glasses again.
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