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Does anyone else on here wear glasses? I'm allergic to the plastic contact lenses and my doc recommended I stay away from the others with my penchant for accidents and current vision issues. So, I needed new glasses, again. It hasn't been a whole year since my last new rx. My astigmatism just keeps rotating. Insurance only covers glasses once every two years. Why are glasses so expensive? I always go for the cheapest frames and my doc knows I'm broke, so they let me see all the discontinued frames first. It's less than America's best or the other discount vision retailers.

Does anyone here know what really goes into making glasses? I'm just curious. I know about the frames, the people involved, and the shipping, but not much about the lenses. Does anyone know?
 

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I do wear glasses but don't know much about the lens art. Contacts dry out my eyes very badly and wearing my glasses makes my astigmatism worse it seems (maybe it's age :unsure:). I wish they weren't so expensive too.
 
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I do wear glasses but don't know much about the lens art. Contacts dry out my eyes very badly and wearing my glasses makes my astigmatism worse it seems (maybe it's age :unsure:). I wish they weren't so expensive too.
Do you get separate sunglasses, or the transitions? Or skip sunglasses? (My eyes are very light sensitive and I had bad luck with transitions, but I've heard they've improved vastly in the last few years).
 

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I wear glasses occasionally. But I don’t know the science behind it, HOWEVER my brother has worked for an optometrist for 15ish year and is now studying to work with rehabilitation for the doctor so I have sent him your queries and we shall wait for his answer. :)
 
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I wear glasses occasionally. But I don’t know the science behind it, HOWEVER my brother has worked for an optometrist for 15ish year and is now studying to work with rehabilitation for the doctor so I have sent him your queries and we shall wait for his answer. :)
You're awesome! :xmashug:
 

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Do you get separate sunglasses, or the transitions? Or skip sunglasses? (My eyes are very light sensitive and I had bad luck with transitions, but I've heard they've improved vastly in the last few years).
I have never tried the transition glasses. I usually just get a second pair that's a really good price. I got polarized this time and I can see so clearly in them.
 
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I have never tried the transition glasses. I usually just get a second pair that's a really good price. I got polarized this time and I can see so clearly in them.
I ordered the polarized. If I'm going into debt for them, I might as well, right? I found that I really need the anti-glare coating, too. Something about my double vision and complex migraines, I can't read street signs without the anti-glare on all my glasses. Luckily, there's a two year warranty on the sunglasses and one year on the normal ones. That's through my doc. It helps a great deal if you get a scratch. My girl is old enough now that I haven't had to worry about that for a while.

Off story, my girl headbutted my nose when she was about 8 months old. She broke it. I couldn't wear my glasses for about a month. It was awful.
 

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Does anyone else on here wear glasses? I'm allergic to the plastic contact lenses and my doc recommended I stay away from the others with my penchant for accidents and current vision issues. So, I needed new glasses, again. It hasn't been a whole year since my last new rx. My astigmatism just keeps rotating. Insurance only covers glasses once every two years. Why are glasses so expensive? I always go for the cheapest frames and my doc knows I'm broke, so they let me see all the discontinued frames first. It's less than America's best or the other discount vision retailers.

Does anyone here know what really goes into making glasses? I'm just curious. I know about the frames, the people involved, and the shipping, but not much about the lenses. Does anyone know?
I don’t wear glasses but I was just thinking maybe they could put the new lenses in your old frames? So that you don’t have to get new frames every time your prescription changes
 
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I don’t wear glasses but I was just thinking maybe they could put the new lenses in your old frames? So that you don’t have to get new frames every time your prescription changes
I usually do that! It makes it easier to keep a pair of frames I like, too. This time, I couldn't go the five days with an older rx, so the new frames were needed. I love keeping frames that I like, though, so yes this is usually the perfect cost cutting option. Now that I have two frames I like, I might just switch between them. :) :coolpony:
These are my new ones. They just arrived today! (Not as fun as pony mail, but I can see! :D )
 

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I wear glasses. I have another pair for sunglasses as I turn my old glass into sunglasses. I have to get high index lens it’s so I don’t walk around with coke bottle glass. It’s a special way they are cut my frame can be super cheap but my lens will run me at least 200. I don’t have vision insurance either which is why I only get new glasses every so often vs every two years. I just got some this year.
 
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@Tak this is what my bro had to say:
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So, gust of it is you pay for the craftsmanship, skill and “medical deviceness” of your glasses. Unless your bougie and you want the Louis Vuittons frames your price is mostly in your lenses and whatever the eye glass place you buy from.

I’m not sure if it’s available to US, but I used to buy my glasses at Clearly Contacts and they had good prices. You just need your prescription from your eye doctor.
 
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I've worn glasses constantly since like... second grade (about 7 or 8 years old)... I think? It's been so long I absolutely do not remember (and can't be bothered to ask/look it up right now). I'm nearsighted (meaning I can see stuff that's right in front of me, but anything further away is blurry), so I have to have my glasses on pretty much at all times. I've worn glasses for so long, I feel weird when I'm NOT wearing them! :lolpony:

I've wondered what it would be like to wear contacts, sometimes, and the 'freedom' to do things (like swim without needing something like special goggles, etc) they'd allow... but I don't like anything even coming near my eyes, and I just don't think I'd actually be able to wear them and take them in + out. MAYBE I would eventually get used to them, but... I dunno. It'd probably take a long time to get used to, for me. :unsure: I'm pretty comfortable and familiar with my glasses, as is.

And that was some very interesting information, Skybreeze! Thank you! :D
 
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@Tak this is what my bro had to say:
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So, gust of it is you pay for the craftsmanship, skill and “medical deviceness” of your glasses. Unless your bougie and you want the Louis Vuittons frames your price is mostly in your lenses and whatever the eye glass place you buy from.

I’m not sure if it’s available to US, but I used to buy my glasses at Clearly Contacts and they had good prices. You just need your prescription from your eye doctor.
My doc actually had cheaper prices than most of the discount stores. I just let them know that I need the cheaper frames or to reuse them. Aside from the rx itself, the different coatings cost. Thank you so much for finding out for me. I guess it makes sense with all the different shapes, my astigmatism, and, oddly, my pupils are pretty far appart. Putting that all together has to take skill or expensive equipment. Makes sense.
I've worn glasses constantly since like... second grade (about 7 or 8 years old)... I think? It's been so long I absolutely do not remember (and can't be bothered to ask/look it up right now). I'm nearsighted (meaning I can see stuff that's right in front of me, but anything further away is blurry), so I have to have my glasses on pretty much at all times. I've worn glasses for so long, I feel weird when I'm NOT wearing them! :lolpony:

I've wondered what it would be like to wear contacts, sometimes, and the 'freedom' to do things (like swim without needing something like special goggles, etc) they'd allow... but I don't like anything even coming near my eyes, and I just don't think I'd actually be able to wear them and take them in + out. MAYBE I would eventually get used to them, but... I dunno. It'd probably take a long time to get used to, for me. :unsure: I'm pretty comfortable and familiar with my glasses, as is.

And that was some very interesting information, Skybreeze! Thank you! :D
Most of my family got glasses by age 8. I'm the only exception. My graves disease precipitated a major vision change. I can't do contacts and feel rather naked without my glasses. I've only had them maybe 20 years.

My dad just got lasik because they couldn't make glasses to correct his vision anymore. It's so strange seeing him without them on! He even still has the dents over his ears
 

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I usually do that! It makes it easier to keep a pair of frames I like, too. This time, I couldn't go the five days with an older rx, so the new frames were needed. I love keeping frames that I like, though, so yes this is usually the perfect cost cutting option. Now that I have two frames I like, I might just switch between them. :) :coolpony:
These are my new ones. They just arrived today! (Not as fun as pony mail, but I can see! :D )
Oh right, I forgot they’d have to take them to swap the lenses out o_O well like you said since you’ve got two now you could do it. Those look great! And I don’t know being able to see probably makes the pony mail better so I’d say it’s just as good lol
 

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Call me 4 eyes too. I have terrible vision and have always worn glasses, as an adult I've gotten to the point of liking my look more with the glasses. I will wear contacts depending on the situation but I find the glasses more comfortable. I bought a frame I really liked about 10 years ago, they were a Anne Klein frame and were 200.00 for just the frame at the time. It was painful to pay that much but I did, telling myself I'd reuse the frames as long as I could. Which I did for several years, I'd just have the lenses replaced when needed. Then I also started looking for the frames on ebay, see a year or two after I bought the original pair they discontinued the style so I'd search for them on ebay and pick up additional gently used frames for super cheap. Then I just hang on to them until one breaks and I can pull out another. I've gotten about 6 frames over the years, for no more than 10.-15. each and I just have them tucked in my dresser and when I need to replace I just pull one out and have the lenses swapped.
 

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Call me 4 eyes too. I have terrible vision and have always worn glasses, as an adult I've gotten to the point of liking my look more with the glasses. I will wear contacts depending on the situation but I find the glasses more comfortable. I bought a frame I really liked about 10 years ago, they were a Anne Klein frame and were 200.00 for just the frame at the time. It was painful to pay that much but I did, telling myself I'd reuse the frames as long as I could. Which I did for several years, I'd just have the lenses replaced when needed. Then I also started looking for the frames on ebay, see a year or two after I bought the original pair they discontinued the style so I'd search for them on ebay and pick up additional gently used frames for super cheap. Then I just hang on to them until one breaks and I can pull out another. I've gotten about 6 frames over the years, for no more than 10.-15. each and I just have them tucked in my dresser and when I need to replace I just pull one out and have the lenses swapped.
You're brilliant!
 

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I wear glasses too, most of the cost is in the lenses. I have quite a high perscription and an astigmatism (and Graves as well as it happens). The Graves will predispose you to dry eye and glaucoma too, so glasses are much kinder to your eyes. I buy mine on line now as it is so much cheaper. About $180 AU compared to about $600. I am low income and medicare only covers an eye test every two years and health insurance in Australia is nothing like the US. I've worn glasses for 30 years, a set of frames usually lasts me a 3 to 6 years. Just be aware that your perscription will have some influence on the frames you can have as higher index perscriptions need stronger frames, though I have to say lenses have improved so much it's unreal. I use to have real coke bottle lenses, but these days the newer lenses are so much thinner and lighter.
 
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I'm supposed to wear glasses all the time and when I drive, but I don't there's something about wearing glasses that bugs me so I never wear them.

Also I'm apparently nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other, but it evens out between them so I've never noticed it.
 
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