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Glasses in Konstanz

Is it worthwhile going to Konstanz to buy glasses, as in is it much cheaper there than in CH? If so, any recommendation for a good optician there? I do remember seeing quite a few of them the last time I was there.
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Old 02.05.2013, 23:11
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Re: Glasses in Konstanz

Assuming you have health insurance here, you can go to a Swiss eye
doctor, and then take the prescription to Konstanz, probably Fielmann?
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Old 02.05.2013, 23:15
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Re: Glasses in Konstanz

The only thing to think about is you would (usually) need 2 trips - first one to order and second pick up and fit. If this isn't an issue, then should be doable. But is Fielman that much cheaper there than here? i haven't looked. I'm still in shock I spent over 1100 Chf for my glasses at my optician, although they are quite nice - glasses and the people at the shop
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Old 02.05.2013, 23:20
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The only thing to think about is you would (usually) need 2 trips - first one to order and second pick up and fit. If this isn't an issue, then should be doable. But is Fielman that much cheaper there than here? i haven't looked. I'm still in shock I spent over 1100 Chf for my glasses at my optician, although they are quite nice - glasses and the people at the shop
On that basis even with 2 trips it is easily worth it you will find loads of places in Konstanz and likelihood is that they will cost 200-300euros compared to 1000CHF plus in CH. In fact at that price an airfare to the UK and back with glasses purchased will be less than CH price
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Is it worthwhile going to Konstanz to buy glasses, as in is it much cheaper there than in CH? If so, any recommendation for a good optician there? I do remember seeing quite a few of them the last time I was there.
http://www.fielmann.de/filialen/konstanz/

As the Euro still is heavily UNDERvalued, Fielmann in Konstanz should be clearly cheaper there than in Switzerland

and not very far from them is

http://www.hotel-graf-zeppelin.de/de/restaurant.html

not exactly cheap, but absolutely excellent, with a great ambiance

and as documented here
http://www.hotel-graf-zeppelin.de/de/geschichte.html
with an interesting history

while the lake with its many beer gardens is not far away

and the

http://www.shamrock-konstanz.de/inde...ontact-kontakt

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Re: Glasses in Konstanz

I have a GA so no problem with needing 2 trips. Actually I want to get 3 pairs of glasses - one regular pair, one pair for sport and one pair of sunglasses.
I do want to get very good quality but in total would not like to pay much more than 500 euro - is this realistic? Over 1000 CHF for just one pair of glasses seems very expensive indeed to me.

I'm not sure but it may be possible to reclaim any VAT paid in Konstanz on glasses also.
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Re: Glasses in Konstanz

Depends on what glasses you need. If you have simple straight forward glasses without bifocals or other items, then that should be reasonably prized.
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I have a GA so no problem with needing 2 trips. Actually I want to get 3 pairs of glasses - one regular pair, one pair for sport and one pair of sunglasses.
I do want to get very good quality but in total would not like to pay much more than 500 euro - is this realistic? Over 1000 CHF for just one pair of glasses seems very expensive indeed to me.

I'm not sure but it may be possible to reclaim any VAT paid in Konstanz on glasses also.
Three pair of "very good" quality for 500 isn't so impossible, but isn't likely either - it all depends how you want to put them together, as well as what your vision requirements are.

As roegner says, if you need something other than single vision lenses, the prices can hike considerably. Many people though (especially in early stages of needing multifocals) go with just single vision for sport and sunglasses, that of course depends on the intended activities though (as example it would be silly for a fly fisher who needs help both far and near to get glasses just for far).

I would say for three pair of "very good" quality, estimate 200 - 300 per pair - and depending on your needs / wants for sport and sun, more like 400+ each. (YES, I am sure you can go less expensive than that, but then we're not talking about "very good" )
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Re: Glasses in Konstanz

Spectacles are not VAT exempt in Germany so you should be able to claim it back although you'll probably have to pay a bit of Swiss VAT.

I might go to Konstanz and get some there too.

Please excuse my ignorance, but if you need a new pair of glasses (I do), do you just go to an optician, do an eye test and then get them ordered? Can you generally walk in or do you need to make an appointment?

This is for presbyopia so nothing special I think but I can't read any more with my current ones which were my first and are three years old.
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Old 03.05.2013, 11:09
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Spectacles are not VAT exempt in Germany so you should be able to claim it back although you'll probably have to pay a bit of Swiss VAT.

I might go to Konstanz and get some there too.

Please excuse my ignorance, but if you need a new pair of glasses (I do), do you just go to an optician, do an eye test and then get them ordered? Can you generally walk in or do you need to make an appointment?

This is for presbyopia so nothing special I think but I can't read any more with my current ones which were my first and are three years old.
From the few places I stopped in when I do some scoping around (and pointed questions regarding employment options in the field), it seems that in places like Visilab and Fielmann, you can just walk in - which is pretty standard for those type of businesses in the US as well.

If you go into more private opticians though, you may need to schedule an appointment ahead though.
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Three pair of "very good" quality for €500 isn't so impossible, but isn't likely either - it all depends how you want to put them together, as well as what your vision requirements are.
I don't need anything special like bi-focals. I would hope that buying three pairs in the same place at the same time would get me a discount on the regular price.

My budget is flexible in that I'm willing to pay for quality and I consider having top quality glasses to be very important. Still, getting good value is always nice.

Is there any optician in Konstanz that you would recommend as offering better service?

What price do you reckon I would pay in CH for 3 very good pairs of glasses?
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Re: Glasses in Konstanz

Would the price of 200-300 for a pair of glasses be realistic for a strong prescription? Or are we talking lots more?

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I would say for three pair of "very good" quality, estimate 200 - 300 per pair - and depending on your needs / wants for sport and sun, more like 400+ each. (YES, I am sure you can go less expensive than that, but then we're not talking about "very good" )
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I don't need anything special like bi-focals. I would hope that buying three pairs in the same place at the same time would get me a discount on the regular price.

My budget is flexible in that I'm willing to pay for quality and I consider having top quality glasses to be very important. Still, getting good value is always nice.

Is there any optician in Konstanz that you would recommend as offering better service?
You are right, it is common for there to be multi-pair discounts (which is part of why folks encourage the Easy-Jet to UK route, many options for "Buy One Get One"). I googled "optiker konstanz" to get an idea of prices in that area before my post - and saw that some of the opticians there do offer discounts, including coupons to print from their websites. You may want to have a peek around yourself.

All of my browsing through opticals here have been in Basel, sorry, I am not familiar with Konstanz area to recommend a place. Hopefully someone who is can though.
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Would the price of 200-300 for a pair of glasses be realistic for a strong prescription? Or are we talking lots more?
Going by prices I've seen on websites, the Euro prices seem to run fairly similar amount wise to what I was accustomed to seeing in the US. Whether it's $299 for a pair, or 299 for a pair, there seems to be some "psychology of value" in play - aka, people consider such an amount a fair value, regardless of the currency. (Similar thought to there being 99p menu at McDonalds that matches the $0.99 menu)

Going with that thought, it depends how strong you're meaning, what type of lenses will work, what your frame needs are. Frames I've looked at here also follow similar pricing (perceived value in number, rather than currency), so a titanium frame I'd expect to be around $139 - $199 runs similar, even here in Switzerland.

Lenses, on the other hand, is where some difference comes into play - the lens prices I've seen here tend to be for "high end" product - Zeiss optics (a name you will also see on medical equipment, binoculars, telescope lenses, etc) will run higher, but are higher quality as well.

After being complicated about it... yes, you probably CAN get glasses for around that, but for best lenses and high quality frame (think difference between metal jewelry that turns your skin green on a hot sweaty day vs not, the metals are the same), around 500 or $500, or 500 seems to be the internationally agreed figure people see as "value".
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Re: Glasses in Konstanz

Strong is in the -9 range but I need an eye test & new glasses. I normally need high end lenses that are made thinner & lighter though I have found the last couple of times I got new ones this seems to be more standard now rather than the special orders I've had to make in the past which of course have been ridiculously expensive. In the past I've paid over 1000 pounds for glasses; I would rather not have to spend that much again.

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Going by prices I've seen on websites, the Euro prices seem to run fairly similar amount wise to what I was accustomed to seeing in the US. Whether it's $299 for a pair, or 299 for a pair, there seems to be some "psychology of value" in play - aka, people consider such an amount a fair value, regardless of the currency. (Similar thought to there being 99p menu at McDonalds that matches the $0.99 menu)

Going with that thought, it depends how strong you're meaning, what type of lenses will work, what your frame needs are. Frames I've looked at here also follow similar pricing (perceived value in number, rather than currency), so a titanium frame I'd expect to be around $139 - $199 runs similar, even here in Switzerland.

Lenses, on the other hand, is where some difference comes into play - the lens prices I've seen here tend to be for "high end" product - Zeiss optics (a name you will also see on medical equipment, binoculars, telescope lenses, etc) will run higher, but are higher quality as well.

After being complicated about it... yes, you probably CAN get glasses for around that, but for best lenses and high quality frame (think difference between metal jewelry that turns your skin green on a hot sweaty day vs not, the metals are the same), around 500 or $500, or 500 seems to be the internationally agreed figure people see as "value".
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In the past I've paid over 1000 pounds for glasses; I would rather not have to spend that much again.
when was that?
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Spectacles are not VAT exempt in Germany so you should be able to claim it back although you'll probably have to pay a bit of Swiss VAT.

I might go to Konstanz and get some there too.

Please excuse my ignorance, but if you need a new pair of glasses (I do), do you just go to an optician, do an eye test and then get them ordered? Can you generally walk in or do you need to make an appointment?

This is for presbyopia so nothing special I think but I can't read any more with my current ones which were my first and are three years old.
I did get some glasses from Fielmann in Konstanz - kind of bifocals so I could look at computer screens and read with them on.

But, they're now six months old and totally useless and have been for a month or so.

I can see this getting expensive. Is it normal for eye sight to deteriorate so
quickly?

At the rate I'm going, I'm going to be off the scale soon.

I'm using reading glasses to chop food so I don't cut my fingers off!
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Would the price of 200-300 for a pair of glasses be realistic for a strong prescription? Or are we talking lots more?
I paid 196 just to have the lenses changed in my existing (also from Fielman) pair of glasses; I have a slight astigmatism and -2.0 / -2.5. I believe I paid 260 for non-brand frame / lenses when I first got the glasses and was told that stronger lenses were more expensive, not sure if this is true.

I have since been to Vision Express in the UK and bought two pairs of branded (Guess and Superdry) glasses with all the special coatings etc for just over GBP 400, so I was quite happy with that.
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I can see this getting expensive. Is it normal for eye sight to deteriorate so
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Get thee to an Augenarzt!

It might just be normal presbyopia - but change at that rate should be investigated nonetheless.

(Mine change rapidly as well, so I've reverted to single vision lenses to keep the costs down. My far vision is fairly stable, it's only the near that needs changing twice a year. And yes, while the rate of change is unusual, it is indeed just normal presbyopia.)
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Get thee to an Augenarzt!
That's what my wife says but if it's probably normal then why bother?
(I did go three years ago and there was nothing unusual, just the inevitable age-related long-sightedness).

I guess I could go for single vision lenses for use with a monitor etc and wear cheap reading glasses for reading, writing etc.
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