Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I have been fighting it for years, but I finally broke down and ordered bifocals (actually progressives) on Saturday. My eyes do not focus on near stuff, they do not focus on far stuff, and some days are worse than others. I was to the point that I could not take it anymore so I went to Lens Crafters and had my eyes examined. As far as glasses goes, Lens Crafters did not have anything I liked (and they were not amused that I decided not to get my glasses there). So I went to Target optical. After my eye care insurance, my out of pocket on my glasses was about $225. If I had gotten the glasses that the sales person at Lens Crafters wanted me to get, I would have spent about $500 out of pocket. Yes, I have to wait a week for my glasses, but I found a pair that works on my face (I can't wear square lenses - they look hideous on me), they have a magnetic clip on sunglass, the frame is titanium (I react to nickel), and the frame did not cost $320. I was really disappointed in the selection at Lens Crafters, Target optical was about 1/5 the square footage of the Lens Crafters I went to, and had a better variety of frames to choose from. Plus the woman at Target did not hit me with serious attitude when I was looking through the selections.

Sometimes getting one's glasses within an hour is not worth the extra money.

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