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Shop For The Best Deals On Eyeglasses

Feb 27, 2008
Most people who wear eyeglasses wish they did not. To add insult to injury, the cost of eyeglasses seems sky high to most wearers-they're nothing more than a few ounces of plastic, after all. There is no question that eyeglasses constitute a large purchase. If you opt for the highest quality ultra light lens, all the special coatings and tints, and costly designer frames, you may pay around $1000. If you are a person for whom price is no object and time is limited, you may not want to shop around.

For most people, it pays to do a little homework before you shop for eyeglasses. First of all, you should understand that even though your optometrist may have an optical shop as part of his business, you are under no obligation to fill your prescription there. Studies have shown that though these independent shops offer excellent care and an interesting selection of frames, they can be far more pricey. The same studies have found, surprisingly, that warehouse clubs and other big box type stores offer perfectly fine service and low prices. Also, if you have the time to browse around on the web, you can find great deals on frames and then purchase the lenses at a local shop. The cheap plastic lenses, CR-39, are suitable for most people and most often consistent in quality across the country, although the price can fluctuate crazily. In fact, some of the national eyeglass chains charge up to five times what warehouse clubs charge for the same lens.

Another area where you can save money is on special coatings. For most plastic lenses, UV protection is already there and even though some places will try to sell UV coating, you may not need it. There is a definite difference in frame durability. Plastic frames are more fragile than metal ones. If you are destructive on glasses, opt for titanium or titanium-based frames. Spring hinges are great if you are rough on glasses or take them on and off all the time.

Finally, knowing what shape frames look good on your face shape can help you find the most attractive frame for you. If you have difficulty seeing without your glasses, it is very helpful to take an honest friend or family member along you when you try on frames.

Finding a great deal on glasses is worth the time it takes to shop around and do some research. When you consider that shopping with care can potentially save you hundreds of dollars, it is time very well invested.
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