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I used to get mine from the high street opticians, mainly Vision Express, and they are expensive!

I then started to get them online. Contact lenses are fine, but it’s very hot and miss for glasses, as they don’t alway fit right on the face

I now tend to get them when I’m away in the Far East, as they’re so much cheaper - I can get a complete pair of glasses (lenses, lens thinning if applicable and frames) for about £40 within an hour, and that includes the eye test

Where do you get yours?

hspexy
over a year ago
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PhilipMarc

Only £40? That's cheap. Dunno when it was, but I paid about £99 for my reading/driving glasses a few years ago and not going to upgrade, they're as good as day one.

Still have another pair prior (different store, and way pricier) to that which is all cracked up (fell asleep with them on), the lenses thingy are in perfect condition but needs a replacement which I've not bothered to get it done cause the Speccy glasses are more than enough.

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hspexy

£99 isn’t too bad, and as long as they last, that’s definitely money well spent. I’m very short sighted, so the glasses I need are usually very expensive, as I need the lenses to be thinned, and the frames need to be of a certain shape and size so the lenses can be supported. I’d have the laser surgery if I fully trusted it

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PhilipMarc

hspexy Haven't had issues with the glasses I own so I won't be spending any more money on glasses to come. That is, unless i somehow wreck them and need to get them fixed. lol

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ptenn00

I get mine from Asia too, as that is where they make a lot of the frames and lenses. I can also buy online too, as they have pretty good deals, and my eye sight isn't so bad

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hspexy

you're lucky. Mine have been bad since I was a kid, and there is no reversing it, unless I have surgery, of course

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ptenn00

hspexy yeah that’s definitely not the cheapest option, and perhaps not the safest either

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hspexy

ptenn00 I know, right? It can be quite unstable, and though I know people who have had it done, they might need to get it done again in 10 years or so

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ptenn00

hspexy I’ve heard the same too. And it depends who you get it done with too. Sone cowboys out there

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garygemmell

hspexy Forget surgery you really dont want to mess with your eyes at all!

So many lasik horror stories and it isnt permanent either you have to have it done again every few years!

Your eyes are your most important sense - lose your hearing or , taste, speech i could handle that but sight - thats just something i wouldnt want to lose!

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hspexy

garygemmell I agree. My sight is so bad, surgery isn’t necessarily going to make me glasses free, so I’ll just have to stick with it

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hspexy

ptenn00 Yes I wouldn’t want to run the risk. I know people who have had them done successfully but they had different prescriptions

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garygemmell

hspexy Yeah my brother has Kerataconus his eyesight is over 14 dioptres and his life is miserable - poor wee soul he is life certainly hasnt been kind to him!

Made me respect my eyes even more - even going to the local pool i wear goggles due to all the dirty people urinating in the pool - i used to know Roy the local bodybuilder he worked at my gym and the stories he told he said you wouldnt believe the number of people who walk naked into the pool forgetting their swimsuits lol or the number of people who m@sturbate in the jacuzzi and steam room - put me right off!

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hspexy

garygemmell oh dear, sounds like stories that’ll put me off going to pools in general! Definitely a breeding ground of all sorts...pun intended 😜

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garygemmell

Went to specsavers.

Used to go to optical express until they ripped me off for over £500 for a pair of designer Police specs with expensive Pentax lenses and mad insurance which when I claimed they refused to honour the insurance saying the lenses were examined by Pentax and they couldnt find a fault even though the protective layer had craquelured so bad i couldnt see out of them due to the hot weather in the location i was in!

Got a free pair from Specsavers as I was unemployed at the time;usually £39 with lenses 2 years ago and they havent had a problem!

My ex girlfriend used to work for a well known opticians in Edinburgh and she got me a fancy pair of CK glasses with lenses and sunglasses for £19 + £19 ie cost price They sold em in the shop for £300 and £150 respectively and that was 10 years ago - who knows what they charge now!

Also used a company called goggles4u and they were very cheap and lasted 4 years so it seems you can pay cheap and not pay twice.

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hspexy

Wow that’s a massive price hike! I’ve used goggles4u and I was so impressed with my first pair, I got a second pair straight away, but they weren’t as good, so I stopped using them. Apparently I’ve got a wonky head so I ought to get glasses fitted properly lol

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garygemmell

hspexy Yeah i have a wonky head too - people call me a loon lol

Got wonky leg, wonky eyebrow, wonky toe and a wonky willy - life just doesnt get any worse.

😱

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hspexy

garygemmell lol just as well you’re not alone 😜

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