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Price of glasses!

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?
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Re: Price of glasses!

Fly to Istanbul ...er, with Swiss, and get your lenses and frames ready in a few hours. Fly home. It's still cheaper.

Or, find out what you need and order online. Swiss opticians are ridiculous. Their showrooms - sorry - their stores are furnished at vast expense. My regular place has rows of glossy magazines and exotic plants on display: who the hell is paying for them?
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Fly to Istanbul ...er, with Swiss, and get your lenses and frames ready in a few hours. Fly home. It's still cheaper
Or fly to the Yookay and go to any high street Specsavers, Lenscrafters etc.. and get your eyes tested and glasses made up within a few hours... you might even get a free pair of prescription sunglasses etc.
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Re: Price of glasses!

Bought my glasses from VISILAB on Bahnhofstrasse two weeks ago. The lenses were CHF 169 each and the glasses were ready in 1 hour.
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Bought my glasses from VISILAB on Bahnhofstrasse two weeks ago. The lenses were CHF 169 each and the glasses were ready in 1 hour.
ZZZ were your lenses varifocal?
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Bought my glasses from VISILAB on Bahnhofstrasse two weeks ago. The lenses were CHF 169 each and the glasses were ready in 1 hour.
Did you have normal basic lenses? Usually it costs if they make them a bit thinner etc. But 169 chf each is a good price! How much was the frame? Was eye test included in the price?
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Old 27.02.2009, 16:32
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Re: Price of glasses!

I am short-sighted, need additional correction, due to my age, for reading. I also have astigmatism, the beginnings of cataracts and, having once had a torn retina, am in danger of having another. When my ophthalmologist asked me if I drive and I said ‘No’, she breathed a sign of relief. A great start!
I’m sure there are cheaper places to buy glasses than from my optician. However things like Varilux and choosing thin, non-reflective glass add to the price wherever you buy them.
Fortunately my memory is not very good so I cannot remember how much I paid last time. However, having an optician who knows me, who will see me whenever I turn up with a problem and is prepared to work out solutions, is worth a great deal too.
Long before you could buy swimming goggles with corrective lenses in them, he cut lenses for mine, glued them into goggle frames and checked them for seal (in his fish-tank)! When I lamented that in spite of the optimal correction I can no longer read railway or airport signs in anything less than 100% light, he suggested a clip-on with a different correction and anti-glare and gave me try-outs for a week to test in various situations. When I had trouble working at the computer for any length of time, he got me to measure the exact distance between my eyes and my screen and made a clip which I use just at the computer. Of course, I pay for the lenses, but when I work out the time he spendson me, I’m sure it is worth every franc to have my life made so much easier.
I was in a car accident, bent my frames out of true and thought I would have to have new glasses; he took a look at them, said he didn’t think that would be necessary and ‘unbent’ them for me while I waited (for free); when after catching them on something the frames were damaged, he said that they should not have broken so easily and replaced them (for free); when I scratched just one of the brown lenses of my Adidas sun glasses, I only had to buy one; when the side pieces of the pair of glasses I wear in chlorinated water get too discoloured, he replaces them (for free). Maybe the cheaper places do this sort of thing too, but I’m not changing my winning team!
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Re: Price of glasses!

Plan your summer holiday in Cyprus and get them there. You will more or less cover the price of the holiday with the savings!
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Re: Price of glasses!

I did get my last glasses in England but I had quite a few problems. Two days after I got back the lens fell out. I had it repaired twice (40sfr) but the problem was the lens had been cut too small. I'd taken out an insurance which listed a shop in Zürich that would do any repairs or replacements, however when I went there they informed me that they no longer worked together with this company.
To cut a long story short when I did get back to England the company did make me new glasses but didn't refund my insurance which couldn't cover me for Switzerland.

I was trying to avoid this kind of problem but the thought of paying £500 just for the lenses sort of sticks in my gurgler.
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Re: Price of glasses!

I haven't got the choice of waiting until I can travel as I've lost my glasses and the one's I'm wearing aren't strong enough so my head aches.
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Fly to Istanbul ...er, with Swiss, and get your lenses and frames ready in a few hours. Fly home. It's still cheaper.

Or, find out what you need and order online. Swiss opticians are ridiculous. Their showrooms - sorry - their stores are furnished at vast expense. My regular place has rows of glossy magazines and exotic plants on display: who the hell is paying for them?

Max do you get your lenses here? The opticians I was at also had plants and glossies!
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Re: Price of glasses!

No, sorry. I know glasses are hellishly expensive, that's why I've put off getting new lenses at the moment. My insurance only pays part of the cost every 3 years.
Try Fielmann (sp.?) - according to the TV-ads they should be a lot cheaper. I think they have a branch on the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich (towards the top near the station).
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Re: Price of glasses!

A monocle and an eye patch would half the bill!
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Re: Price of glasses!

Visilab is the cheapest. I get vouchers with my Manor card every now and then for free eye tests and 20% off lenses. Sometimes they have sales on frames - up to 50% off.

My basic insurance pays CHF 100 towards glasses, every 2 years. But you must use your franchaise first.
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Re: Price of glasses!

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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
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Re: Price of glasses!

Ok, looks like we were writing at the same time :-) I know the frustrations of buying in England and coming back here - try to get out to Germany if you manage and see what they quote you there...
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Re: Price of glasses!

I agree with comments above. The prices quoted would cover the return flight to any good location where you could get your glasses cheaper. There are two services I wouldnt do here in Switzerland i.e. optometrist and dentist. However once you know your prescription for spectacles (or contact lenses) you can place an online-order, which I did for my contact lenses and it wasnt expensive.
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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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Re: Price of glasses!

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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Re: Price of glasses!

I am having my glasses done in Prague next week, hopefully. It is so overpriced here, it is way more reasonable to forget the convenience of a local service for this thing.

But, Nyon has local Marche du Pringtemps and Automne when all the shops hang their goods in the stands on the streets and offer some kind of discount or a free service. I know our local http://yellow.local.ch/en/d/tN-eyoEc...ians%2C%20nyon offers second pair for free, or a pair of lenses for free? I can't exactly remember, I know they do free testing for sure.

I know that it is the only price reduction I could get at the moment and it's still worth going to Prague. You could also try to recycle the lenses into a new pair of frames. Mine worn out so badly I need to get everything new. I find the choice of the actual glasses lot more flattering back home.
 




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