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Old 16th May 2019, 14:34
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What is the matter with my maths?

Went for an eye test yesterday to a well known opticians and was offered new glasses.
options;
1. new lenses in my existing franes, called reglazing over £400
2. buy one new frame with lenses and get a second pair completely free around £360
3. buy one new fame and lenses but without the second free pair around £255
(prices not exact but from my memory)

well I can’ work that out. anything wrong with my maths?
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Old 16th May 2019, 15:01
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High Street opticians will charge you the earth (though to be fair, their overheads are high - rates etc). However, they certainly have a big mark-up and of course, 'designer frames' are a real money spinner.

We have a no-fuss 'optician' locally who doesn't do the eye tests, but just sells the frames and lenses. My wife took her prescription in and got the glasses and lenses for £25. You can't argue with that and they also look good too.

Whilst some of the more complicated lenses would have cost more, they would still have been significantly cheaper than the usual suspects.
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Old 16th May 2019, 17:31
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Nothing wrong with your maths.

A pair of glasses will cost you £255. Another (marketed as 'free' to entice you) pair will set you back £105, and they really don't want to put lenses in your old frames, but will fine you if you insist on it.
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Old 16th May 2019, 17:49
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Opticians hate reglazing frames, especially frames from high street companies. The frames frequently break when removing the lenses, as they are so cheap.

So reglazing us more expensive than glazing a new pair, as the cost of finding a replacement for those broken.

However £360 for two new pairs, one of which is free, but then charging only £255 for one pair makes no sense.
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Old 16th May 2019, 17:56
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Last year I had one new pair and new lens for the old pair. They ran the maths and although they thought 2 new would be cheaper they weren't.

Got the new pair of reactive glasses, went for a coffee and they changed the lens on the old pair. They had changed a scratched lens a few months earlier.
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Old 16th May 2019, 18:01
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I only go to the opticians for an eye test now, and buy glasses on line from Glasses Direct. They've always been well-made and are a fair bit cheaper than the High St people. The High St opticians I used to use were very good until they got taken over by one of the big chains. After that they started to use high-pressure sales techniques, made excuses not to just fit new lenses in perfectly good frames, etc, so I stopped using them. My wife's done the same.
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I buy 2 x three-packs at 10 pounds each. Different vision right/left. Then I change glasses and end up with three pairs fully functional at 20/3 pounds.
Works for me. Dunlop brand.
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Old 16th May 2019, 18:15
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VP, how do GD manage to establish the bifocal line, pupil centres, not to mention bridge size and arm length?

Do you get to try a selection before ordering?
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VP, how do GD manage to establish the bifocal line, pupil centres, not to mention bridge size and arm length?

Do you get to try a selection before ordering?
It seems they give you 7 day trial on varifocals. At the prices on offer (about 25% of high street retailers) I may just take a punt to see how they compare
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
VP, how do GD manage to establish the bifocal line, pupil centres, not to mention bridge size and arm length?

Do you get to try a selection before ordering?
They have boxes on the order for these, and I managed to get them from my old frames and prescription. My normal glasses are varifocals, and I can't tell the difference between the GD ones and the ones from the High St opticians.
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Should have gone to "you-know-who". I went there last Sunday, I got a free eye test with a coupon printed out when I booked online, and they're fitting my new lenses to my old designer frames for £69.
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Back in 2006 after double cataract surgery within six months I was recommended by a pilot colleague, Apollo Optical in Ringwood for new lenses. I also have astigmatism in one eye. All the checks and balances pupils etc. done, very professional, thoughtful and caring; well they are the manufacturers!
Amazingly good value, they also have a wide range of frames for browsing. No hard sell, if you want to have new lenses in existing frames, then that's OK by them. New script this week, so it's a return visit. Frameless Varifocals/Varilux plus a pair for distance, coated for night driving. Will report back on cost, yet it will be much less than the opticians quote and far quicker too.
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Old 16th May 2019, 20:28
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I am returning to the opticians next week to pick up said new specs. I plan to tell them that this subject has been the subject of a discussion channel and the general opinion was not in their favour. See their reaction, if any!
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Old 16th May 2019, 20:53
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I am returning to the opticians next week to pick up said new specs. I plan to tell them that this subject has been the subject of a discussion channel and the general opinion was not in their favour. See their reaction, if any!
Probably a franchise and populated by wage slaves - yes sir, ty sir, nfi.
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Old 16th May 2019, 23:34
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We were talking about specs at our club meeting. I said I couldn't understand why anyone would spend hundreds on a flipping pair of specs when the cheapo ones I wear do the trick ok. Our chairman said that his, which looked for all the world like mine, had cost him £350 (lenses nothing fancy, the money was all in the frame). When I asked him why he paid that much he said he was fussy about what he looked like and wanted to look good in his specs. Well I couldn't see it myself (see what I did there? ) but seriously I think the whole business of designer frames is just a huge con.
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Old 16th May 2019, 23:50
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I recoiled at the news that pilot's glasses, Instruments, infinity, and overhead, could cost so much. I got a large pair of tortoiseshell / plastic ones for a fiver. I then used my Dremel to cut a slot out mid height. Fine.

Charming lady FO said, what on earth are they?! (the cut was rather ragged as the plastic melted on the wheel) Me, being me, said, Oh, I was told I looked good in glasses, but I couldn't see where the hell I was going, so I cut a slot in them.

She gave me one of those looks I've become so used to.
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Old 17th May 2019, 06:07
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More to this glasses business than meets the eye!

Luxottica controls 80% of the major brands in the $28 billion global eyeglasses industry. This monopolistic structure of the market leads to profits that are “relatively obscene,” says Tim Wu, a professor of law at Columbia University and the author of The Master Switch.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/anaswan.../#11554076b66b
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Old 17th May 2019, 06:41
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Why not take a quick trip to Bangkok with your prescription. You could pay for progressive coated lenses in a good frame about$150. They will put in your own frame with the same for about $50. You can get good for $100.
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Old 17th May 2019, 07:20
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TTN, I prefer frameless if possible and few glasses in the military opticians fit me. A couple of years ago I found a pair of titanium, no hinges, just flexible arms. Had them reglazed last year and do not intend to change those frames.

However I also got a pair of reactive lenses but the glass is too thick for the frameless so I settled for a pair of semi. Wear this pair all the time though not so good for driving in sunlight. This year I will get my sunglasses reglazed and the reactive ones if needed but I doubt it.

That's it, 3 frames I like, why change?
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Old 17th May 2019, 07:31
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Why not take a quick trip to Bangkok with your prescription.
Or India - SWMBO paid less than half the UK price in Goa.
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