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    • fitnessguy1
    • By fitnessguy1 7th Mar 17, 4:06 PM
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    boots opticians. does anyone know the cheapest pair of glasses would cost?
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    • 7th Mar 17, 4:06 PM
    boots opticians. does anyone know the cheapest pair of glasses would cost? 7th Mar 17 at 4:06 PM
    i have booked an eye appointment online for next tues. i haven't had my eyes tested for the last couple years (i know i know, i have neglected my eyes and kept putting off booking an eye test).

    i am curious whether any of you know if i could get a pair of glasses for cheap. i do wear contact lenses majority of the time, so don't want to spend a fortune on a pair of glasses.

    i can't spend too much money as i don't have too much to spend anyway. my last pair were £49, and that was because i was on the contact lense plan. not sure if they still do the deal though.
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    • By Pop Up Pirate 7th Mar 17, 4:24 PM
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    Specsavers are the cheapest on the high street. My last pair from there were £45 and I got another pair free.
    • fitnessguy1
    • By fitnessguy1 7th Mar 17, 4:28 PM
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    yeah was wondering whether to go to specsavers. i have been a customer at boots for years, and have been happy with them. are specsavers good for contact lenses too?
    • jazzy
    • By jazzy 7th Mar 17, 5:03 PM
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    Boots carried out a very thorough eye test with me, much better than Specsavers. The only disappointment was the price of the new glasses, which they only disclosed at the very end of the examination after choosing the glasses and being measured up, very sneaky!

    There's nothing stopping you having the eye examination with Boots too get the eye prescription and then go shopping around, or alternatively just have new lenses fitted into your current frames.
    • Undervalued
    • By Undervalued 7th Mar 17, 5:43 PM
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    Or, once you have an up to date prescription, order glasses online. Any number of perfectly reputable companies to choose from.

    You will also need to know the distance between your pupils which the optician is not obliged to tell you on the prescription.

    However, if you have an old pair, you can send them to the online firm and they can measure the distance.

    Another possibility is to find a fairly local spectacle manufacturer, many of whom will deal direct. Pretty much all high street opticians put their work out to these type of companies then put a hefty mark up on what they are charged! Try Google or Yellow pages for your area.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 7th Mar 17, 6:07 PM
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    You should be able to get a pair for £25 (including standard lenses - no coatings) from Boots or Specsavers. There certainly are major chain type places that do them this cheaply. The frames available should be displayed in price brackets and you just look for the cheapest range.

    As a glasses wearer myself I've given up on varifocals and have ended up having 3 pairs of glasses (ordinary - ie long distance and a reading pair and a computer pair). That works okay for me. I buy whatever ones I choose and disregard price for the Main Pair (ie the long distance ones I normally wear) - but I'm pretty much the only person that sees my reading or computer ones and so I just choose a £25 pair (without any coatings) for those 2 pairs of glasses.

    edit; Just checked their websites. Boots cheapest ones currently seem to be £35. Specsavers cheapest are £25.
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    • theoretica
    • By theoretica 7th Mar 17, 6:54 PM
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    Have you read the guide on the main site? http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/cheap-glasses
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    • whistler-alison
    • By whistler-alison 9th Mar 17, 11:35 AM
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    Hi. Me and my OH had eye tests with Boots the other week and we both had to ask for our prescriptions rather than giving them to us as a matter of course. I had to pipe up and ask for them before we left He bought glasses and I didn't because mine are expensive and I need to think about it more and decide how I am going to pay for them! So make sure you get your prescription if they do the same to you and don't be ushered into buying if you are not ready to yet.

    BTW if you just want a cheap pair, I have got my last pairs from Asda. I am trying to decide whether to carry on with them because on my last prescription I needed varifocals and I am not convinced they have been fitted very well (and the Boots optician said they had the varifocal bit in the wrong place). On the other hand if I do go there I will save several hundred pounds because they include things like varifocals and thin lenses in their price if your prescription warrants it.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 11th Mar 17, 1:02 PM
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    The only disappointment was the price of the new glasses, which they only disclosed at the very end of the examination after choosing the glasses and being measured up, very sneaky!
    Originally posted by jazzy
    To be fair it's impossible to predict the total price until you have chosen the frames and lenses you require.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 11th Mar 17, 4:15 PM
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    You do not have to buy your glasses at the same place you have the test.


    As Asda are not enabled to do retinopathy screening, I have my tests at Specsavers, but buy glasses from the former. Four pairs with all thin lenses with antiglare coating for the price of two pairs from Specsavers with antiglare coating but only one thin lens in each frame. Asda include thinner lenses free, if your prescription indicates you need them, but Specsavers charge a lot for all their extras.
    • jazzy
    • By jazzy 21st Mar 17, 8:53 PM
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    To be fair it's impossible to predict the total price until you have chosen the frames and lenses you require.
    Originally posted by pmduk
    The other opticians that I had visited in the past always quoted a final price when I had selected the frames.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 22nd Mar 17, 8:27 AM
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    If you are still on the contact lens plan, you will get a discount on glasses.
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