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    • loulou41
    • By loulou41 1st Oct 17, 6:45 PM
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    New glasses
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    • 1st Oct 17, 6:45 PM
    New glasses 1st Oct 17 at 6:45 PM
    Big difference in prices between boots and spec savers. Are boots glasses quality are better than spec savers.? I wanted to regulate but was told it would be cheaper if I buy new frames. Need some specs with decent varifocals. Thanks
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    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 1st Oct 17, 7:36 PM
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    Worth having a look at Asda too.
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    • antenna
    • By antenna 2nd Oct 17, 7:21 AM
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    I was more than impressed by the quality and service i received from Goggles4U and at £16 for TWO pairs why would anyone pay retail prices anymore?
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    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 2nd Oct 17, 8:48 AM
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    I was more than impressed by the quality and service i received from Goggles4U and at £16 for TWO pairs why would anyone pay retail prices anymore?
    Originally posted by antenna
    Not quite so easy with varifocals unfortunately.
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    • alanq
    • By alanq 2nd Oct 17, 9:10 AM
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    • 2nd Oct 17, 9:10 AM
    Not quite so easy with varifocals unfortunately.
    Originally posted by Enterprise 1701C
    Indeed. See Which? article
    http://www.which.co.uk/news/2012/05/10-things-to-watch-when-buying-glasses-online-286294/
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    • Biggles
    • By Biggles 2nd Oct 17, 9:33 AM
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    • 2nd Oct 17, 9:33 AM
    Check out your local independent optician too, they are much more competitive these days and usually much better personal service.
    • luvchocolate
    • By luvchocolate 2nd Oct 17, 9:50 AM
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    Another vote for Asda, I have worn varifocals for 25 years and paid a lot of money in the past but for the last 7/8 years have used Asda.
    • queengoth
    • By queengoth 4th Oct 17, 2:44 PM
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    Asda without a doubt. At the One nearest to me the offer at the moment is varifocals at the same price as single vision. The online stores like specs for less are great for single vision but I think that varifocals need to be measured up correctly. (Depth of frame etc).
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    • missile
    • By missile 4th Oct 17, 4:04 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 4:04 PM
    I think the quality of service varies depending on the staff. I have tried Specsavers, Boots two local independent and one online retailer.

    I prefer Vision Express.
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    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 4th Oct 17, 8:47 PM
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    I was more than impressed by the quality and service i received from Goggles4U and at £16 for TWO pairs why would anyone pay retail prices anymore?
    Originally posted by antenna


    They only serve a limited prescription range.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 4th Oct 17, 8:55 PM
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    I use Asda too and actually got my husband to have lighter lenses, as he won't pay extra for them.


    I've mentioned before but for a few pounds more I had 4 pairs from Asda,compared to two from Specsavers. This was with light lenses in all frames whereas, because of price, I only had one light lens per pair at Specsavers.


    Having said that I do like the local Specsavers owner/optician as she has sorted possible hospital treatment for an eye condition that,thankfully didn't need it, so I have sight and retinopathy tests with Specsavers and buy glasses from Asda who can't do retinopathy tests.
    • melbury
    • By melbury 7th Oct 17, 5:09 PM
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    I recently bought quite an expensive pair of glasses from Boots and paid extra for thinner lenses. Very disappointed with them - they are way heavier than my previous ones, although the prescription has only changed very slightly - so I have left them in the cupboard. I did actually complain and go in an see the manager, who said they would send them off to have extra thin lenses fitted at no additional cost to me. When I got them back I couldn't see or feel any difference at all in the thickness and they weighed exactly the same.

    As a result, I will never buy glasses from Boots again, but I will continue to have my eye test done there as they are definitely better for that.

    Does anyone know who does the lightest lenses?
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    • Hengus
    • By Hengus 10th Oct 17, 8:46 AM
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    but I will continue to have my eye test done there as they are definitely better for that.
    Originally posted by melbury
    How exactly is a Boots' optician better than any other? Opticians are professionally qualified outwith the opticians that they work for, and even the smallest opticians now have such items as OCT scanners. If you are happy with Boots then that is your choice. I was happy with Specsavers for many years but I now support a local optician as it is easier for me to access them. I cannot say that I have noticed any difference in the quality of the sight and associated tests.
    • venison
    • By venison 15th Oct 17, 10:41 PM
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    We get first class service from Tesco and good value as well, and usually free eye test.
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    • tealady
    • By tealady 19th Oct 17, 5:30 AM
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    Another vote for TESCO. At my latest test the optician mentioned a harmless problem with my eyes but insisted I be referred to a specialist "just in case". Specialist confirmed opticians diagnosis, much to my relief.
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 19th Oct 17, 8:33 AM
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    Does anyone know who does the lightest lenses?
    Originally posted by melbury
    I don't like heavy specs either. I buy good quality lightweight frames separately (off Ebay, for example) and get them glazed by "reglazemyglasses". Despite having a low prescription I specify thinner lenses, not the thinnest, and have been very pleased with the result. They are barely thicker than the frame.
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