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pdsterling
26 Jul 2019

I have been wearing prescription glasses for 63 years and would never consider trying to buy on-line. I feel that the prices at Walmart are reasonable, considering that I need four pairs - bifocals, computer, reading, and television ☺

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walter
26 Jul 2019

I've purchased 4 sets of eyewear from Zenni. Two pair are single-vision glasses for when I'm working on a computer screen. The other two pairs were progressive bifocals. I was happy with all 4 pair, and the prices were very good. The frame quality seems just the same as those selling for hundreds of dollars at stores.

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bfbrooke
26 Jul 2019

I would never risk having eye damage to save a few bucks online. It's very costly to treat it and a lot of eye damage is irreversible and you would have to live with that. Plus a good eye exam is essential for early detection of eye problems. If there is a problem with your prescription (this has happened to us before) you can go back to your doctor to get it corrected fast. There can be a big difference in the quality of frames and lens.

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James L Dent
26 Jul 2019

Optometrists are generally Doctors of Optometry, can write prescriptions and diagnose and treat certain eye diseases. Opticians can only fill a prescription written by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist.

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James L Dent
26 Jul 2019

So online eyeglass dealers are acting as opticians, not optometrists.

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Don Nitkin
26 Jul 2019

In Michigan, there is no requirement to be licensed as an optician. It is voluntary. There is a requirement for licensure to be a hairstylist. I made the mistake of going to Wal-Mart for glasses. The gave me glasses with the incorrect prescription. The person who fitted me was in Housewares previously. Finally, I was given an apology and a $25 gift card. I went to Costco where all the people who fit glasses are licensed. Buyer beware.

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Art F
26 Jul 2019

I've had excellent luck with glassesshop.com, having ordered from them around 4 times. Last time cost me $30 for 2 identical pairs, taking advantage of one of their frequent bargain offers.
Look for new user discounts and online coupons.

Posted by:

Nezzar
26 Jul 2019

Dear Bob,
Thanks for an interesting email. I have worn eye glasses for 50 years and have always purchased the frames and the lenses at privately-owned optical shops. Expensive? Yes. Problems? Never.

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JP
26 Jul 2019

I've bought 2 pairs of eyeglasses online. The first pair (GlassesUSA)was a little more expensive than the second, but that's because the frame is better made (titanium with spring hinges) and I got Transitions brand lenses. Even so, I saved over $100 as compared to just buying new lenses locally to be put into my old frames. The second pair, (EyeBuyDirect) cost a good deal less. However, the frames are very cheaply made (very poor, misleading description online) and I got a generic photochromic lens. Also, instead of providing a case, they sent a cloth pouch. After expressing my disappointment, they offered to exchange them, but I'd have to pay for a better frame. Since I thought I had picked out a good frame originally, I didn't want to take a chance on another one. These glasses became my TV watching glasses. ;)

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Linda
26 Jul 2019

First a couple of corrections: Online sellers of eyeglasses are opticians, not optometrists. And although ophthalmologists can (and some do) perform refractions (eyeglass exams), they are MDs who specialize in disease of the eye. Optometrists perform the majority of refractions.
My own experience: I have worn eyeglasses for about 69 years. I have been purchasing prescription eyeware online for several years0--from Zenni Optical (my favorite and least expensive), EyeBuyDirect.com, and Firmoo.com. Each has great prices, try-on ability, and guarantees. I would never buy from an optician at the inflated prices that are asked today.

Posted by:

Cheri
26 Jul 2019

My local Walmart charged me $20--not $10 to use a frame I bought somewhere else---she said it was to create a template for the lenses.

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Michele
26 Jul 2019

I have purchased seven or eight pairs of progressive bi-focal glasses from Zenni over the past 10-ish years. I've been happy with every single pair. In fact, it's time for a new prescription and a new set of glasses. I'll get my prescription from the optometrist contracted at my local Walmart; I'll shop frames in Walmart's Vision center; I'll take pictures and measurements of whatever pair I like and then buy something similar from Zenni. :-)

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Phil
26 Jul 2019

Walmart glasses bad.

I took a prescription to local Walmart and ordered trifocal progressives. When I got them they gave me a headache and everything was bleary. Walmart said I had to go back to my optometrist to have them checked.

Lesson learned: if it is too cheap to be true, then it is.

Posted by:

Jkcook
26 Jul 2019

I bought prescription trifocals from glassesUSA because I couldn’t find a frame I liked in stores. They also have the virtual try it on thing. My glasses fit perfectly. The prescription is perfect. Very satisfied. I didn’t realize you could get current frames filled at Costco and Walmart. That’s a good solution for people who are worried about the prescription. However, glassesUSA will replace the prescription if it’s incorrect.

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Kenneth Mitchell
26 Jul 2019

My wife has had glasses from Zenni Optical for about 20 years; new ones every other year. In that time, she's received TWO bad pair of glasses, where the lenses were notably mis-ground. Zenni re-made the glasses at no charge, and the replacements were fine.

I get my glasses at J.C. Penney, because I need a fairly hefty prism correction (following a 2003 stroke) and Zenni can't do the prism correction.

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Bob
26 Jul 2019

Linda 4 posts up (as I start) appears to have a handle on the situation. Now 84, my experience includes everything from grinding lenses to dispensing and fitting and operating my own dispensary. I am an expert except on one thing. Having used Zenni for something like 6 years or more, it is obvious that very accurate and well finished progressive (no line) bifocals can be produced at a far lower price than is normally charged. My expertise fades here and should be investigated.

Today's process is drastically computerized and the saving has not been passed to the professions and, hence, the customers. Obviously the culprits are Essilor and Zeiss etc. As for frames, designer is simply a marketing ploy and inflates price and often impedes function.

This is getting long winded and I could go on with much advice including how to measure accurately your own interpupiliary distance with a flash camera (my idea), something some optometrists withhold to tie you in. This is a very complicated subject begging to be addressed.

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26 Jul 2019

Bob: Just an overall comment about the recent design of you your email newsletter.

- Perhaps I have not dug too deep into the lower sections or did not have a need, however, I really like the new layout and easy functionality!

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Posted by:

JR
26 Jul 2019

I have worn glasses for over 40 years and now need progressive lenses with a moderately strong prescription (around -3.5 to -4.25). I prefer rimless frames and high-index lenses (pricey) and until recently had no vision insurance.

I last shopped full-service stores about two years ago, and received quotes as high as $1,500 for something I liked, ended up purchasing at about $400 at Walmart optician. I then got a pair of prescription sunglasses from Zenni for less than half of that. The frames are super lightweight and just gorgeous, I have really liked these sunglasses.

My prescription recently changed so I went straight to Zenni and now have ordered three separate pairs in May-June 2019, and I could not see clearly out of any of them. I went back to my local optometrist to see if my eyes had changed and learned that they had not, that none of the Zenni lenses matched my prescription properly. Meanwhile Zenni insisted that they checked the lenses in the lab and they are good. I got my money back by disputing the charge with my credit card company, but Zenni's policy is to not give you a 100% refund even if the lenses are made improperly.

As much as I like the prices at Zenni I won't buy lenses from them again. I like the suggestion of buying frames from them and then getting lenses made locally, will try that.

Posted by:

Jim W.
27 Jul 2019

Not purchased online, yet, but next pair will be online. Glasses on the open market are a ripoff. Current pair are from Costco. Ok, but still too costly.

Posted by:

Steve Morehead
27 Jul 2019

So glad you brought this up. I have a very,very old pair or Ray Ban leather wrapped glasses I haven't been able to wear since the 90s. Now I'm on a mission to get lenses for the no longer available frame. Leather wrapped Ray Bans are all that.

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