Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Well, after filling out all the forms and a FAST - express like fast - eye exam. I was ready to begin!
I walked into the sea of frames displayed on the three huge walls before me and an hour later...I tried on a lot of frames...the fun begins!
I needed bifocals ... they call them "multifocal lenses". Extra
I needed no-line, I'm too young to look old they said... they call them "progressive lenses". Extra
They suggested thinner lenses...they call them "verithin". Extra
I asked for non-glare...they call it "never glare advantage". Extra
When they start to have their own languare, my red flag goes up. Be very very careful.
What happened to the 2 pair offer for $69 with free eye exam???
Those are for single-vision, coke bottle lenses with the "nutty professor" frames. Oh, I didn't know.
Bifocals, no multifocal lenses with no lines are $192 A PAIR. Non-glare add $35. Exam fee $45 - they wavied it, oh goodie for me! So I paid for my designer frames with "Polycarbonate lenses", which means plastic lenses, and a one year warranty for $306. Pick up in 5 to 7 days. Oh boy, I can't wait!
By the time I drove home, I felt I'd been had, roped, duped, conned! I called my optomestrist of 20 years who takes care of my contacts. He has a small office with a very small selection of frames, but a whopper of an exam fee; that's why I went to the retail eyeglass store. I spoke to one of the technicians and she tried to give me an "apples to apples" price comparison. The same lenses would have been around $300 plus my exam fee and the frames. So she said it sounded like I got a good deal.
I still don't think so. I am hoping the "Progressive", no-line lenses work for me. Some people have a hard time getting adjusted to wearing them. We'll see....I hope.