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Glasses for very high myopia in the Basel area

I used to buy my glasses in Italy for around € 1000 (I am extremely myopic) and would like to find a reliable local optician in the Basel area to buy a new pair, hopefully for a similar price. I am also open to cross the border: I have already tried an Apollo-Optik branch near Basel, but the result was not satisfactory.

Do you have any recommendations, nearsighted fellows? (Preferably English-speaking?)

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Re: Glasses for very high myopia in the Basel area

By very high myopia, what do mean. -20? -6? Are you astigmatic?
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A bit more negative than -10. Not astigmatic, at least.
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Re: Glasses for very high myopia in the Basel area

What about laser surgery, generally myops can be treated to fairly high diopters not so much hyperops.
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Re: Glasses for very high myopia in the Basel area

Basic health insurance pays part of glasses (only glasses, not frame) on regular basis. Mine I think was every two years. (No longer need any, lasered).
Did you check?
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Re: Glasses for very high myopia in the Basel area

Thank you for your answers.
  • Lasik was not recommended to me, given my extreme myopia.
  • Coverage for glasses is now a supplemental package and no longer covered by basic insurance.
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Re: Glasses for very high myopia in the Basel area

Like you I"m very short-sighted.... -10.
Laser surgery not advised at such a high level so stuck wearing glasses.....
last pair I bought came from Fielmann, who seem to have branches in most large towns in Switzerland. Extra thin japanese lenses, scratch resistant, anti-glare foating; cost was ~1200 francs excluding frame.
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Thank you for your answers.
  • Lasik was not recommended to me, given my extreme myopia.
  • Coverage for glasses is now a supplemental package and no longer covered by basic insurance.
1 yes, that was clear to me. Just mentioned mine to say why I'm not up to date re your no. 2, which was interesting info. Strange that they changed that.
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Re: Glasses for very high myopia in the Basel area

I guess price will also depend on how thin and which quality you want the lens etc. but at chains like fielmann or mcoptik it might be cheaper (at least the frames). However the main cost are the lenses and those are made in the same factories so I don't believe we are talking more than +-10% for those. For the rest it might be down to the ability of the optician.
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-10 is too much, not enough thickness would be left but also depends on the person I guess. I know some people had phakic intraocular lenses implanted instead.
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Re: Glasses for very high myopia in the Basel area

Fielmann was in fact an option that I considered. It is good to know that prices for lenses are not so different throughout European countries. I am just a bit skeptical of chains because Apollo-Optik did not prove satisfactory: their thinnest lenses were much thicker than my current Italian glasses (same prescription).


About intraocular lenses: in my case, the problem is that I am already at higher risk of retinal detachment. At the same time, they would be a better solution than Lasik, which would still make me wear glasses.

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Re: Glasses for very high myopia in the Basel area

The lenses I have were specially imported from Japan, cost ~30% more expensive than the other 'thin' lenses Fielmann carry as standard but well worth the extra week I had to wait.
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Thanks for the tip, @Anjela: I booked an eye test today
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Lasik was not recommended to me, given my extreme myopia.
Very wise. My wife, was -11 in one eye and had Lasik. Her cornea was thick enough. And it worked, but now she suffers from dry eyes, star bursts and can no longer drive.

Thin lenses are the way to go, but the thinner the are, the more expensive it is. Be glad you're not astigmatic - that limits frame choices. Intraocular lenses are a possibility and may well save money in the long run. I had cateracts in both eyes, so need lens replacement - paid for by my insurance as a medical necessity. Pseudophakic, since my original lens had to be destroyed.

I paid a little extra myself to handle my very astigmatic left eye, and reduce artifacts.

Anyway, as a result I went from -6/-2 (left eye), -3 (right eye) to middle distance left eye and long distance right eye. For small text I need reading glasses (+1.5), but for everything else, I don't need them. Including driving. I'd been wearing glasses for 44 years - since I was 7.

Optician? I always used Visilab on Freiestrasse.
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Re: Glasses for very high myopia in the Basel area

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Very wise. My wife, was -11 in one eye and had Lasik. Her cornea was thick enough. And it worked, but now she suffers from dry eyes, star bursts and can no longer drive.

Thin lenses are the way to go, but the thinner the are, the more expensive it is. Be glad you're not astigmatic - that limits frame choices. Intraocular lenses are a possibility and may well save money in the long run. I had cateracts in both eyes, so need lens replacement - paid for by my insurance as a medical necessity. Pseudophakic, since my original lens had to be destroyed.

I paid a little extra myself to handle my very astigmatic left eye, and reduce artifacts.

Anyway, as a result I went from -6/-2 (left eye), -3 (right eye) to middle distance left eye and long distance right eye. For small text I need reading glasses (+1.5), but for everything else, I don't need them. Including driving. I'd been wearing glasses for 44 years - since I was 7.

Optician? I always used Visilab on Freiestrasse.
Most of the modern excimer lasers lasers will treat up to -11, thing is laser Treatment may in some cases exacerbate even a mild dry eye. A Competent doctor will treat the dry eye prior to the laser procedure then it’s no issue.
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