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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 26th October 2009, 11:43 Thread Starter
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Is it me or are glasses stupidly expensive. Had an eye test on Saturday that came back with the results that I am long sighted and require glasses for computer work (which is daily). After going through the price options they tried selling me glasses at £185.00 per lense yes thats £370.00 for just the lenses. After telling him didnt require anti glare as not used for driving got them down to £145.00 for the lenses (total). Then came the hard part, the frames. Black made my face look uber fat and if you ever go to an optitions all the frames are black, so I went dor a pair of white frames. I managed to get a discount from £109.00 to £80.00 for the frames after moaning that i just spent a fortune. Now it gets worse, the lads in office have now nicknames me Gwok!!! Feel like I have been properly rodgered and the money i spent on my glasses has prevented me going to buy an xbox 360 with Forza 3!!!!
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I have variofocals, titanium frames and coated antiglare lenses @ £420 (2007)
...so your price is about right.
If your not bothered with high quality frames..Go to Specsavers...half the price
BTW....your eyes are far more important than an X box!!
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its either glasses or getting corrective eye lasering (pew pew!) treatment.

Last time I looked it was about £400 - £500 per eye, but it will result in not needing glasses, never being called four eyes and an endless stream of beautiful women throwing themselves at your feet.

Ok maybe the last bit might be a bit far fetched but you get my drift.
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It still feels strange wearing them and never thought that i would need glasses and im only 23 lol! I know my eyes are more important hence why I had the test. I just got to get used to them and the nicknames ill incurr
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20 years ago, I changed from glasses to contact lenses from Specsavers.
The best thing that I ever did for £8 a month, with a 3 month supply delivered free to my door on the dot and a free examination every year.
Wouldn't go back to wearing glasses for all the tea in China, though I do wear £15 off the shelf ones of the correct prescription from Boots, when in the office:- drawing etc.
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Unless you are self employed then I believe the Health & Safety VDU regulations should apply and Employers are responsible for providing eye tests and may even pay for glasses if required.

My work puts £100 towards the glasses, if you want the Gock look you have to pay the balance.
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specsavers usually do a good deal im sure something can be got from that

but yea they are expensive..mine was near £200...for 2 though
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i goto spec savers to have my eye test then order my specs from Glasses from £5 - Prescription & Designer Glasses or Sunglasses

takes a week or so for delivery. loads of different frame type to choose from with different styles.
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It still feels strange wearing them and never thought that i would need glasses and im only 23 lol! I know my eyes are more important hence why I had the test. I just got to get used to them and the nicknames ill incurr
LOL, I've been wearing them since I was 4.... you do appear brainier though

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My glasses are about 180 for the frames ( http://www.visionexpress.com/glasses...akley/Male/all ) and around 350-400 for the lenses IIRC...... Being 'blind' is not cheap. At last count it was 5K an eye for Lasik..... and considering it's still a very risky procedure with instances of blindness & cancer, I'm gonna wait

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Nice specs...I think if I ever got laser eye surgery with the pew pew pewwww I might still wear glasses without lenses >_> Without my glasses I look extremely moody somehow >_> <_<

Oh please, thats not a slag being called Gok, when your being called the guy that slaughtered everyone in a university, then start worrying
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When I had to see an eye specialist a few years ago due to high eye pressure I asked about normal eye tests as I was now under his care and optician visits were banned.

He said (Harley street specialist) to go to Boots/Tesco and the like and use the self diagnostic charts.

If you find a comfy pair of glasses that work for you and they are less than 2.0 then there is no need to see an optician. Once you get to 2.5+ for reading then it is time to seek professional help.

I am also long sighted and I need help these days with small print in subdued lighting. I find that the Tesco £10 glasses rated at 1.0 are perfect as reading glasses.
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haha I just got mine when I went to Hong Kong for Holiday. more than half the price takes 3 days to prepare. got two pairs with lenses including all the anti stuff scratch..glare...etc and thinned down lenses....reaction...all for £160.

And about Kimo's laser eye for £400-£500 that is only for standard surgery!!! They work like lenses too, extra cost for more like anti glare and such. had two friends who got it done £2000 per eye from a big established company since I dont think you would want to risk your eyes on a company that is doing it for cheap.

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Found out this morning that work will pay for the eye test £22.00 and up to £60.00 for the spec so my £211.00 just forked out is going to be less woop woop!!!
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Nice that is a result!!!!
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If you take your prescription to any large Asda, you can get single vision spectacles for between £50 and £70. Varifocal are £40 extra.
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Contact lenses for me ... I'm short sighted, with some astigmatism ...

About £20 per month for 'disposable' \ daily use lenses, including a check-up twice a year - with the daily lenses, there is no cleaning and no worries about the cost of a lost lens, plus they are very thin and virtually unnoticeable in use ...

I also have a pair of varifocal glasses, that live in the car, for occasions when I haven't bothered to use (or lose) a lens or two - they cost some £300 about six years ago ...
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I got my new glasses from Tesco paid half the cost of Vision Express and thats with a high index (thinner) lense, I hate wearing glasses so I usually always wear contacts lenses at £200 a pair but due to quite a strong astigmatism I have real problems getting a good fit now with soft lenses

It is an expensive business but unfortunately one that cant be avoided if necessary - a bit like dentistry!!
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I got my new glasses from Tesco paid half the cost of Vision Express and thats with a high index (thinner) lense, I hate wearing glasses so I usually always wear contacts lenses at £200 a pair but due to quite a strong astigmatism I have real problems getting a good fit now with soft lenses

It is an expensive business but unfortunately one that cant be avoided if necessary - a bit like dentistry!!
Almost the same for me on the contact lenses front, except my astigmatism is so bad the lenses have to be heavily weighted, which still doesn't work fully... so no contacts for me

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Almost the same for me on the contact lenses front, except my astigmatism is so bad the lenses have to be heavily weighted, which still doesn't work fully... so no contacts for me

Tom

Mine are heavily weighted, Vision Express are in the process of having some made for me, if they dont work they said that I would have to have hard lenses but dont fancy that! The lenses i have now are ok but they keep rotating 2 degrees to the left which
blurs everything.
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