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#1 Sep 10 2013 at 7:37 AM Rating: Good
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I had an eye exam a couple weeks ago. It had been a couple years and my eyesight had gotten old since the last visit. My regular prescription for a tidge of near-sightedness was still the same, with one eye being worse than the other. My near vision has continued to degrade with age.

One of the things that had prompted me to get my eyes checked was my need for reading glasses for computer use. This is a fairly new phenomena for me, but it had been getting hard to read my computer for awhile - the ctrl/+ command was getting heavy use. I was only using cheap reading glasses though. They're fine for a bit of reading here and there, but an hour session gaming and my eyes felt like imploding.

So anyways, the point of this here thread is that I took my prescription and ordered a pair of perscription computer glasses from eyebuydirect. They were less than twenty bucks with shipping. I love them. They're perfect. My eye doc said the difference in vision between right and left eye was probably the biggest cause of eye strain from using drug store reading glasses. That's taken care of, but also these are made to my focal length and to fit my other measurements. They have thin glass lenses and are really lightweight. I'm so far impressed - specially when I think of the cost of my 'progressives' that I mostly only use for driving.

Anyone else order prescription glasses via the interwebs?
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#2 Sep 10 2013 at 7:42 AM Rating: Good
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I have tinted safety glasses that cut glare so they're good during the day and night, for whatever reason I might need them. That's about it.
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#3 Sep 10 2013 at 11:15 AM Rating: Good
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I've been buying glasses online since 2009. It's great. I've bought about 15 pairs for $6 a pop, and a handful of better quality ones for $10-20 each. Some I wear daily, some I wear for novelty, some don't fit well and I throw them away. The most I've ever spent was $40 on a pair of prescription sunglasses with a mirrored finish add-on.

It's also a bonus to be able to take a needle-nose pliers to them to make adjustments without worrying about scratching or breaking. Or to be able to throw an extra pair in the car, in your luggage, whatever.
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#4 Sep 10 2013 at 11:31 AM Rating: Excellent
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How do you get your prescriptions? Visit the eye doctor and tell him "Just jot that down on a napkin and I'll take it with me"? Online vision test?
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#5 Sep 10 2013 at 1:01 PM Rating: Good
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My eye doctor wrote the info on a form that translated right over to the online form that the glasses site had me fill out, with the exception of the distance between my eyes. I had to measure that.

My daughters bf had been buying glasses from this online site ever since he struck out from home many years ago. He's of the type that has to wear coke bottle bottoms or he's blind as a bijou. It's almost a necessity that he has an extra pair. They only make single prescription lenses (no bifocals, progressives etc) - so it is a limited service. still the price difference is enormous. I shudder when look at the prices of just the frames at my eye-doc shop.




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Groovy. It occurs to me that I've only been to an independent optometrist once in my life. The rest of the times have been mall chains designed around the practice of selling me frames and lenses.
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#7 Sep 10 2013 at 2:36 PM Rating: Good
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I have been going to Sears Optical. I'm sure their business is centered on selling frames, but I asked for my prescription and they wrote it on a special card. I don't think they can't legally withhold it from you anyway.

The one thing you might have to ask for special is PD (pupillary distance); it might not normally be on the prescription card. But I was able to measure my own pretty accurately using directions online (look into a mirror real close, use a marker to make a dot on your glasses lenses at the center of your pupil, then take em off and measure to the millimeter.) I also messed up my first pair because I didn't see the negative sign on my cylindrical correction number, but it's all good now.
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#8 Sep 10 2013 at 4:58 PM Rating: Decent
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I just got new glasses a couple months ago, even after my insurance I still ended up spending nearly three hundred dollars. I don't wear contacts though, so I tend to go for the higher end stuff. My glasses get more abuse than they really should, I would usually end up breaking the frames in less than a year until I started going with the memory wire ones. You can do just about anything to them and they just pop right back into shape. My current script is fairly strong, so I also go for the ultra thin lenses, the basic plastic ones would be uncomfortably heavy. If I wore contacts, I'd probably just order a cheap pair online, but since I'm wearing the things all the time, I don't mind spending a bit to make sure they hold up and are comfortable.
#9 Sep 10 2013 at 9:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Nexa's vision plan = free glasses every 2 years, so I can't imagine bothering to buy them. I point at a pair on a rack and grunt and they call me when they're ready. I did read something relatively recently (Freakonomics maybe, I'm not looking it up?) studying eyeglass recycling. The thesis was that polycarbonate prescription lenses are, at this point, virtually costless to manufacture (pennies per pair of glasses) and that matching prescriptions to those in need is fairly time consuming and expensive relatively, hence we'd all be better off just throwing old eyeglasses away and just buying new ones for the poors.
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#10 Sep 11 2013 at 6:19 AM Rating: Good
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Nexa's vision plan = free glasses every 2 years, so I can't imagine bothering to buy them. I point at a pair on a rack and grunt and they call me when they're ready. I did read something relatively recently (Freakonomics maybe, I'm not looking it up?) studying eyeglass recycling. The thesis was that polycarbonate prescription lenses are, at this point, virtually costless to manufacture (pennies per pair of glasses) and that matching prescriptions to those in need is fairly time consuming and expensive relatively, hence we'd all be better off just throwing old eyeglasses away and just buying new ones for the poors.

My insurance offers 'free' eyeglasses every two years also. The lenses cost nothing, but I'm only allowed $150 for frames - you'd think that would be enough to buy silver-plated frames, but it's not. There is one ugly old frame (one size fits all!) priced at $150.00 just to satisfy this 'great' insurance deal. The lenses are covered - except for any coatings or tintings. My last 'free' glasses cost me over a hundred bucks.

i didn't need the progressive lens though for computering. The time I'd spend going to the optical store is worth more than the twenty bucks I paid for my new wonder-glasses.
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#11 Sep 16 2013 at 3:39 PM Rating: Good
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Mostly need glasses for driving, so I've ordered a prescription windscreen for the car.

They as popular in USA as they are here in UK?
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#12 Sep 17 2013 at 5:37 AM Rating: Decent
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They as popular in USA as they are here in UK?


Aside from a patent dispute with Billy Connolly, most tests in the US show that the lack of near constant cloud cover causes interiors to burst into flames when the sun is at certain angles. This will likely be overcome shortly by the use of asbestos upholstering techniques.
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#13 Sep 17 2013 at 5:43 AM Rating: Good
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Or they can just use the same Transition coating they use on glasses for the windshield.
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#14 Sep 17 2013 at 5:44 AM Rating: Good
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Have to eliminate the laws against tinting windshields first. And we don't eliminate laws in NA, we simply write more.
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#15 Sep 17 2013 at 5:47 AM Rating: Good
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That's the thing, Transition coating can be easily adjusted to local state laws.
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#16 Sep 17 2013 at 7:21 AM Rating: Good
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That's the thing, Transition coating can be easily adjusted to local state laws.
You'd need a specially formulated security coating to transition into Canada.
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Smasharoo wrote:
Aside from a patent dispute with Billy Connolly, most tests in the US show that the lack of near constant cloud cover causes interiors to burst into flames when the sun is at certain angles.
I guess the answer is to angle the glass in a way that creates a laser that shoots forward.
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