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Old 18.08.2009, 10:25
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Re: Price of glasses!

I can remember the time in the UK when glasses were so expensive it was cheaper to take a weekend break in New York, buy 2 pairs of glasses, and still save money !
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Old 18.08.2009, 10:25
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Re: Price of glasses!

Contact lenses are the best alternative, because they actually can slow down myopia or hypermetropie by relieving the stress on the eyes. Now that toric contact lenses exist for people with astygmatism too, it's a blessing.
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Contact lenses are the best alternative, because they actually can slow down myopia or hypermetropie by relieving the stress on the eyes. Now that toric contact lenses exist for people with astygmatism too, it's a blessing.
The only problem with contact lenses, in my case, is that I work in a Chemistry Lab and there contact lenses are forbidden for security reasons.
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Old 18.08.2009, 13:00
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Well, all I can say is I have never had any problems and have saved a lot of money by buying glasses directly online. At the end of the day the manufacturer of the glasses simply uses the prescription to produce the lenses so I cannot see any difference to paying over-inflated prices of high street shops. OK, you get the service, but is it worth paying 10x the price?!


like I said, I have basic distance glasses with correction for astigmatism. Everything I needed (including the pupillary distance) is on my prescription. If its not you can ask the optician for it (its simply the distance between your pupils (not rocket science).


are you an optician?


OK, I'll give you that ... for more complicated glasses I guess you have no choice but to get screwed by the high street optician's prices .

I have never had any problem with my online glasses (I have had several pairs) and know of numerous other people who say the same... but if you really want to pay 10x the price for exactly the same thing I can't stop you .
One of my main points about getting glasses over the internet have to do with whether or not they ask for those specific measurements (like PD or bifocal height). If there is a place for that, fantastic!

The next thing is how well a specific frame would work for the patient and their prescription. Not all frames fit the same (even if the size seems to be the same) and not all frames work with every prescription. Thankfully, huge frames (circa 1985) are not so much in fashion so the Rx / frame match-up isn't quite the issue it was 20 years ago but it still is a consideration.

Most opticians do adjustments either for free or for minimal charge (the shops I've stopped in here all did it free as near as I could tell) so "service" isn't so much the issue in my mind as "accuracy."


IF wherever you are getting your glasses via the internet IS doing their job and ensuring they have all the measurements they need to truly make a pair of glasses correctly for you... good for you! My message is to be extremely leery of any provider of optical goods who does not.


And yes, I am (was?) an optician, the job in the US for opticians is slightly different than here (and sounds like UK also) though.
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Old 18.08.2009, 13:21
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We both agree Richdog, I'm speaking about specialist lenses. Depending on what you need medically, the lenses can be very expensive. If I bought normal lenses with my prescription, I'd have glasses so thick I'd be wearing a looking glass. To get extra thin lenses which create a more acceptable appearance (unless you find really small eyes or owl eyes appealing) you have to dish out a pretty penny.
Same here, Sky, I have -10 on both eyes and got lovely lenses about 1,5mm thick, it's awesome. I paid about 500chf for both lenses and lovely frames (teenage size, they are lighter, flexi and smaller, right for my face) back home and am really worried now, since I need a new pair ( I fell asleep too many times with them on while putting my kid asleep, they always somehow end up under me or her) and don't think I can get the same deal here. I would try in France or Germany but have no experiences, where to go..

I can't wear contacts, they are actually not recommended to me, too much strain on my eyes, in and out, dust, etc, dehydrating the eyes, allergies. In fact I can't stand the feeling of sumfin in my eye. Glasses kick as*! It's good for all the fashionistas and geeky creatures. My myopia does not progress, it stopped when my head stopped growing so contacts would be only handy if I take up that fencing or want to get cheap sunglasses.
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Old 19.08.2009, 08:08
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Re: Price of glasses!

Yes I'm with you MusicChick, glasses can be really chic and appealing and can give a girl quite a personality !!
I can't use them all the time though because when I do for long periods my myopia gets worse. Only contact lenses seem to keep it in check.
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Re: Price of glasses!

Most things are a rip off in CH if you have experience with US prices. Try 39dollarglasses.com . Perfectly adequate glasses. Have them shipped to a friend outside CH and then forwarded to you in plain packaging labelled "return of lost glasses".
Good luck.
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Old 19.08.2009, 09:26
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Most things are a rip off in CH if you have experience with US prices. Try 39dollarglasses.com . Perfectly adequate glasses. Have them shipped to a friend outside CH and then forwarded to you in plain packaging labelled "return of lost glasses".
Good luck.

Out of curiosity, why label the package "return of lost glasses"?



Secondly, looking at that website, as an optician, it gives me pause. They say they use polycarbonate lenses but I know from experience that they are not asking for adequate information to actually craft polycarbonate lenses correctly!

The measurements they ask for are fine for glass lenses but any "thin and light" material needs much more specific information than they give place to enter. For a polycarbonate specifically (since that is what they use), you need to have measurement for each eye (monocular PD... from bridge of nose to each pupil) as well as height! The material is not "pure" (lots of distortion) enough that it will give you eye strain (and possibly headaches) because your eyes automatically seek the "sweet spot" (area of best vision) in the lens.


Finally, the "service" part.
The lens selection area gives a very nice range of choices... this is (mostly) great!
The reason I say "mostly" though is that they do not restrict you from selecting lenses that simply will not work with specific frame choices... which an optician who you visit in an actual store would do.



Now, I think it is pretty neat that such a service is offered over the internet, I truly do.

BUT!!!

You really REALLY really need to know (as a customer) what you are doing to do a proper job of it so that you don't wind up with a pair of garbage glasses that you'll have problems with in short order.
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Re: Price of glasses!

Useful info, Peg A. Will keep it in mind. Thanks!
The site does ask for PD measurement in the ordering pages before checkout. My comment about labelling the package for entry into CH is that,first, I don't think the company actually ships to CH, and, second, I can well imagine zealous Swiss customs applying their own ideas of what prescription glasses must "certainly" cost in determining your customs charge. This has happened to me on very simple items such as baby clothing!
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Old 19.08.2009, 19:18
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Useful info, Peg A. Will keep it in mind. Thanks!
The site does ask for PD measurement in the ordering pages before checkout. My comment about labelling the package for entry into CH is that,first, I don't think the company actually ships to CH, and, second, I can well imagine zealous Swiss customs applying their own ideas of what prescription glasses must "certainly" cost in determining your customs charge. This has happened to me on very simple items such as baby clothing!

Sorry if I tend to come across as maybe a bit "overzealous" on this topic but as I've seen how miserable the complications can be if glasses are not made correctly, I try really hard to help steer folks in the direction of quality even when it is of no benefit to myself.
(I've not worked in optics for 6+ yrs now... I miss it some days but most certainly do NOT miss the "hard sell" tactics that were being encouraged in the US.)
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Old 19.08.2009, 20:49
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I've used Fielmann and found the service good.
If possible go over to Germany and get them done there - you can claim the 19% VAT back (and can normally get away without paying the 7.6% Swiss VAT as the glasses case is so small ;-) which makes the price even more exceptable. My health insurance still paid out the small contribution towards the glasses even though I got them done in Germany.
But as Castro says, you quite possibly will be cheeper getting them in England (if you're planning a trip soon it might be worth waiting...)

Tina
And, according to Fielmann in Germany, their warranty is good at the stores in Switzerland also in case of breakage or the like even if you purchased the glasses in Germany.
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Having to buy my 1st reading glasses (aging is a b****) and absolutely no clue about prices and all such. Are people still going to Germany for glasses, and if so any recommendation for something in/near Konstanz?

And since they are reading glasses I really don't care about huge choice of diff frames, real glass, plastics etc.
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Having to buy my 1st reading glasses (aging is a b****) and absolutely no clue about prices and all such. Are people still going to Germany for glasses, and if so any recommendation for something in/near Konstanz?

And since they are reading glasses I really don't care about huge choice of diff frames, real glass, plastics etc.
You can buy reading glasses in the pharmacy, or just go to Otto's or similar where you should be able to find them for 5-10 francs a pair. Assuming you have no other issues with your sight just go for the lowest number prescription that works for you - I have several pairs at +1.5 and a couple for close-up work at +2.0, for example.
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You can buy reading glasses in the pharmacy, or just go to Otto's or similar where you should be able to find them for 5-10 francs a pair. Assuming you have no other issues with your sight just go for the lowest number prescription that works for you - I have several pairs at +1.5 and a couple for close-up work at +2.0, for example.
Ah nice, and no should not have other issues, it is just the ingredients on the packages in the supermarket that I have problems with which sucks because my wife has allergies.
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Ah nice, and no should not have other issues, it is just the ingredients on the packages in the supermarket that I have problems with which sucks because my wife has allergies.
Even with reading glasses, the ingredients are written in mice type. How else will they have room for all the languages?? If one has allergies, as we do, you do need to read them. It can be quite the challenge

Some shops have a magnifying glass on the grocery cart which I think is precisely for this purpose.
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Even with reading glasses, the ingredients are written in mice type. How else will they have room for all the languages?? If one has allergies, as we do, you do need to read them. It can be quite the challenge

Some shops have a magnifying glass on the grocery cart which I think is precisely for this purpose.
LOL, very true.

Those magnifying glasses on the carts - which were cool indeed - have somehow all disappeared (to private households, most likely).
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Even with reading glasses, the ingredients are written in mice type. How else will they have room for all the languages?? If one has allergies, as we do, you do need to read them. It can be quite the challenge

Some shops have a magnifying glass on the grocery cart which I think is precisely for this purpose.
True, they can be very small, bigger problem I think is that some color combinations of font and background make them almost unreadable even with perfect eyes.
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Has anyone bought new glasses in Switzerland lately? I nearly fell off the opticians chair when he told me the price of lenses today. According to his advice the type of lens I'd need is 450 CHF EACH. When I questioned this he said this was not even in the top range.
Add frames etc and I'm looking at 13-1800 francs!
Anyone got any good tips?
Yes. Very expensive. Try Fielmann . And sometimes Visilab. They had a discount according to your age in procent so I got a very BIG discount. Or go to Konstanz
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Those magnifying glasses on the carts - which were cool indeed - have somehow all disappeared (to private households, most likely).
I seem to recall that they were removed from the carts by the supermarket chains, because some silly parent took too long to unpack their groceries, outside, while leaving their small child sitting in the full sun, in the trolley. The sun shone through the magnifying glass and the child's clothing caught fire.
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Re: Price of glasses!

Next time back home, buy them at HEMA, Etos or Kruidvat. Just try out which ones work for you.
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