Perscription Glasses

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by ParaMud, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    How do you guys get your glasses on the cheap?
    I have been looking online, but I can't buy glasses without trying them on. It is much cheaper to buy online though.

    Looking for regular and sunglasses. I have my prescription.

    My sister is in optometrist school, but wont graduate for a year :(.

    I currently have metal frame glasses, I do wear contacts and find plastic sunglasses are much more comfortable.
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  2. Lucifer Orange

    Lucifer Orange perpetually amazed

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    Find frames you like in a store, then buy them online. Take a picture of the mode/size number inside the temple for reference. Most independent optometrist shops will then fit lenses to the frames. Places like Lenscrafter won't do it because they want to sell you overpriced frames.

    Frames are ridiculously marked up in stores and can be bought for less than half through online sources.

    If you buy trendy frames and change frames often, and keep them in good condition, you may also be surprised what your used ones are worth on ebay.
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  3. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Last few years I have been buying my glasses on line. Zennioptical.com. I'm hard on my eye wear and frequently drop, bend, and break my glasses. These are ridiculously cheap. I usually buy 3-4 sets at a time.

    I did buy a set of riding glasses from riderseye.com. So-so. They are a little bulky and don't sit well depending what helmet i wear and the automatic darkening option isn't as pronounced as I would have expected. Still, a good way to blow the remaining dollars in my health savings account for the year end.

    VAC
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  4. fierostetz

    fierostetz Been here awhile

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    i started using costco for glasses on the recommendation of a friend. 40 dollar visit and the glasses are "inexpensive", though not nearly as cheap as you can order online. I pulled the trigger on the costco glasses vs. online because I wanted to be able to go back for adjustments, etc. Apparently I have a strange shaped head as all my glasses have to be bent :p
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  5. MaestroPNW

    MaestroPNW Me!

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    The only frames that survive me sticking them inside the helmet are titanium. They're not cheap, by definition.
    Glasses are one of the few things I don't feel like going cheap on, granted I wear them constantly. No contacts for me, unfortunately.

    For sunglasses (fit overs, actually), on a contrary, I use a Solar Shield brand. $20 bucks, not bad lens, polarized, fit (me) well, and can be found in most chain stores - perfectly disposable :) At any given point I probably have 4 or 5 pairs.
    Then again, I don't wear them with a helmet - I use a tinted shield.
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  6. hugemoth

    hugemoth Big Brother is watching you!

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    Zennioptical.com

    Super cheap and fast delivery.
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  7. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam

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    This is good advice, right up until the time you need to talk to someone, or visit a brick and mortor store . . . . . only to find it's gone.

    there are costs associatedc with everything . . . loosing the ability to access the knoweldge someone has may have no value to you, and that's your call . . . .

    There are some things that need input for a pro . . . .

    YMMV, of course.
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  8. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Im trying for the 1st time tri focals. Crizal Lens, HD, yada yada......
    Im am struggling to adapt to them. Distortion. My 1st time wearing glasses as I was tired of being out of focus with distance. But even though distance is clear now, it just weird. Not sure I can make this work. I spent a small fortune too. Frikin, $20 1.25 readers were easier for distance. Just hate changing glasses all the time.
    Im at my wits end
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  9. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam

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    It CAN be daunting, Pilot . . you owe it to yourself (and those around you) to keep on with it though . . . . seeing clearly is such a great reward . . . wait amonth or so, when the yound ladies are out and about in sundresses and the like. . .. you'll forget all about the trouble . . .
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  10. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    http://www.hidalgos.com/

    Have them send you a printed catalog. The eyeglass frames are pictured actual size so you can compare to glasses you already have. Handy when placing the bi-focal line. The catalog is worth reading, even if you don't order, as they offer a lot of excellent information about lenses/glasses that is good to know.

    For riding I use safety glasses with side shields that I order on-line as well.
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  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    www.firmoo.com I usually pay $8-16 for a set of single prescription glasses. Add $4 for prescription sunglasses. My last set were titanium, and work great!

    Jim :brow
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  12. fuelish

    fuelish Been here awhile

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    Pilot, do give them some time. They killed me when I first got, them but now it is great. I just put them on and can see distance, read, go out in the sun all with out changing glasses or carrying an extra tinted clip on.
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  13. Stan_R80/7

    Stan_R80/7 Beastly Gnarly

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    I am a Zenni Optical customer as well. It takes two weeks from order until delivery.

    FWIW:
    OS - oculus sinister (left eye)
    OD - oculus dexter (right eye)
    PD - pupilary distance (distance between pupils)

    The diopter (magnification) can be modified slightly from the prescription if you know the lingo. I think my last pair were $20.00 shipped (single vision). If (or when?) I need bi or tri-focals they will likely be purchased locally so they can be returned.

    Some (most?) local optical stores have staff who know little about glasses - but you are paying for them to show you frames and such. Contact lenses are different and online companies won't just sell them without a recent valid prescription. YMMV.
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  14. erkmania

    erkmania I'll take better everytime

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    I recently went back to glasses because of old Lasik and older eyes. I wanted the Flexon frames I used to use pre-Lasik. The best overall package for me came from Eyeglasses.com. The customer service was very good.
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  15. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Ok i will tough it out. Thanks for advise fellas.

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  16. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    I did the zenni thing once and it went okay, no real complaints. I had more money the next time I needed glasses and went back to my old optometrist, and he did his usual solid work, for a lot more cash. The only real difference was/is the frame quality--the frames I got from my local guy will last longer, but since a new set of lenses cost more than a complete set of glasses, the economics doesn't add up. The value, however, does--my glasses are more comfortable, and I can get them adjusted anytime for free. Service has to be factored in the price. Plus, the lenses get replaced if they're scratched, no extra charge. So what will I do next time? Simple--it depends on what I can afford at the time.
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  17. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Day 2.
    Still feel like Im in a funhouse,
    Oye

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  18. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    I used Zeni optical when I was going back to school full time. I measured the size of some glasses that fit well and got the closest frame. I worked well to save money at the time. The glasses that I got had a weak bridge and broke once, but I just ordered a new frame. Orders take about 2 weeks, maybe a little less. For riding, I recommend looking for glasses with a strong bridge as that seems to be where they break.

    Now that I'm working again I just get my bifocals from my optometrist, but I also get a prescription and I might get some single lens from Zeni as a second pair.

    For riding, I mostly use a Bobster Specktrax with custom inserts. I can ride with the visor open using riding type goggle-glasses and I think the thick plastic is less likely to break and safer in an accident. I have a prescription of around -4.5 with some astigmatism and there is a little distortion in peripheral vision with these kind of glasses which may bother some people.
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  19. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Like me.
    Man, how do you do it ?
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  20. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    It will take a little bit of time, give it more than a couple of days. I would guess that it took me a good couple of weeks for everything to be automatic for focusing and seeing clearly. Now its all good. I had 20/10 vision until my early 40s, then went down hill fast with up close vision. Lineless bifocals and transitions are my norm now!!! I cannot focus on the instruments or GPS without glasses and I can't do contacts, so mine are 24/7 wear for me now.

    One note on the transition (auto darkening) any kind of UV protection in a faceshield or windshield will greatly detract from the transition. UV is what activates the transition and they wont change or at least wont get as dark. I usually ride with a dark shield and keep googles or safety glasses handy for night time. IF I know I am riding at night then I do prescription sunglasses and the clear shield for daytime and then switch back to my normal glasses at night.

    Can't help on the reduced price, I have a regular eye doc and just use them. Not cheap, but they do me up decent and my prescription doesnt change so its new frames/lenses every couple of years. Same with the sunglasses.
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