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Old 30.08.2016, 16:26
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Opticians query - granny glasses

Time to renew my glasses. Last time I said I wanted purple frames & metal. The optician (or sales person - whoever sells them in the opticians) handed me a pair of frames. I said ok as they are indeed metal & purple.
When the glasses were made up (varifocal lens) I was quite surprised to see the lenses were much thicker than the frame. Is this normal? I didn't react or complain as I thought it was probably just me not knowing the lenses are so thick now I am advancing in years.
Do you think she should have known & advised me not to take these frames (the ones she recommended) & advised me to go for plastic instead or does this look normal?
I am intrigued to know what other people think before I go to order some new glasses & whether I should go to a different place this time.
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Re: Opticians query - granny glasses

That looks fine to me. The lens is not really too thick for the frame, had it been much thicker I would have said she should have advised to to choose different frames or go for the extra thin ( aka horrendously expensive) lenses.
Unless you have virtually no correction at all it's almost impossible to have the lenses narrower than the frames if you choose metal frames.

The assistant have always advised me on the best style of frame for me based on how thick the lenses are but mine are much thicker than yours.
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Re: Opticians query - granny glasses

AFAIK there are expensive lenses available which are not so thick. I paid around CHF 165.- at Fielmann for lenses. I should add it was my first spec buying experience.

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Time to renew my glasses. Last time I said I wanted purple frames & metal. The optician (or sales person - whoever sells them in the opticians) handed me a pair of frames. I said ok as they are indeed metal & purple.
When the glasses were made up (varifocal lens) I was quite surprised to see the lenses were much thicker than the frame. Is this normal? I didn't react or complain as I thought it was probably just me not knowing the lenses are so thick now I am advancing in years.
Do you think she should have known & advised me not to take these frames (the ones she recommended) & advised me to go for plastic instead or does this look normal?
I am intrigued to know what other people think before I go to order some new glasses & whether I should go to a different place this time.

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Time to renew my glasses. Last time I said I wanted purple frames & metal. The optician (or sales person - whoever sells them in the opticians) handed me a pair of frames. I said ok as they are indeed metal & purple.
When the glasses were made up (varifocal lens) I was quite surprised to see the lenses were much thicker than the frame. Is this normal? I didn't react or complain as I thought it was probably just me not knowing the lenses are so thick now I am advancing in years.
Do you think she should have known & advised me not to take these frames (the ones she recommended) & advised me to go for plastic instead or does this look normal?
I am intrigued to know what other people think before I go to order some new glasses & whether I should go to a different place this time.
Yes I think she should have looked at your prescription and the proposed lens type and helped you find suitable frames based on this information as well as your wishes. I personally do not like lenses to be thicker than the frames of my specs. I don't like how it looks and I would be concerned about the fit. Is there a "thinking"period (or similar) regarding your new glasses? Can you how back and explain?

Good luck.
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Duplicate post somehow.
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Attached is photo of my own granny glasses, as you can see they're curved the other way to yours (my correction is +10), but you can see that the overall thickness is similar to your own.
And this is using very expensive japanese lens, they really would be bottle-bottoms without that and weight a ton!

PS; following on from simpleperson's post... these lens cost over 6oo francs each about ten years ago, I'm too scared to back to the opticians and change them!

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Thank you Anjela. Your photo shows it more clearly. The lens on mine sticks out both back & front. I didn't know +10 existed.
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Thank you Anjela. Your photo shows it more clearly. The lens on mine sticks out both back & front. I didn't know +10 existed.
So does mine and it's +7.5 and with the really expensive ultra thin lenses.
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Re: Opticians query - granny glasses

The other lens sticks out more evenly front and back, it's just the way they've set them into the frame I think, rather than for any other reason.

Remember that when lens are ground they're made from discs that are quite a bit wider than the finished frame, then they're cut to fit into the 'hole'. So the larger the frame the more of the curved bit will be used and in really strong lens the visual distortion around the edges will be greater.
Any optician worth their salt should be able to advice you on which frames are suitable for your particular prescription and choice of len... plastic lens for example are thicker than glass, but tends to be lighter as well as cheaper and are almost always used for childrens glasses because of the risk of breaking them.

Sadly +10 does exist....I actually need them to be stronger now but with age I also require different prescriptions for reading and middle distance, triple-focals are almost impossible with lens this thick (as well as obscenely expensive) and due to brain damage that affected my sight I couldn't cope with varifocals.

Saving up to invest in three pairs of specs!
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Re: Opticians query - granny glasses

Hi neddy,

Sales person doesn't mean always optician There could be some really incompetent advisors outthere, who instead of helping are capable of doing wrong, trust me... Concerning frames and colours I usually prefer to save my time running around the shops but have a look online http://www.edel-optics.ch/Brillen.html Here I usually choose preferences like colour, size and form of the glass, etc.
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Update: I now have new glasses & am . In the end I decided to go to another opticians. They don't make me look like Sharon Stone but I can at least see more than a blur again. My new ones fit my face properly & are much more comfortable than the old ones.
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