Expensive Spectacles!

Bravepants
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edited 24 April 2021 at 8:46AM in Health & beauty MoneySaving
Good morning everyone,

I'm new to this part of the MSE forums but have been a member for many years, posting regularly on the "Savings and Investments" and "Pensions" forums.

I was wondering whether anyone else has had my experience with trying to purchase glasses for a quite strong prescription?

Briefly, my prescription is:

Right eye sph: +6.5, Cyl: -3.5
Left eye: sph: +7.5, Cyl -4.5

So at the extreme end of the spectrum of lens requirements.

If I go for the thinnest lens options, using the highest index material, my local optician who provided the eye test to determine my prescription has quoted me £816 for a pair of glasses!
I nearly fell off my chair. £816 !!!

The last time I bought a pair they were £500, four years ago, but apparently, I was given 25% off at the time because I was on their annual contact lens program too.

I have tried to look online at various providers, Specsavers, Glasses Direct, Glasses2you etc., and the online lens selector generally only goes up to a Cyl of -4.0. In the case of Specsavers (I seem to recall) the Cyl was not limited, but the Sph was limited to 6.0.

I am hopeful that if I find a good reputation online provider I can end up paying at least one or two hundred pounds less while not compromising on lens thicknesses. When I was a kid I pretty much had bottle-bottom glasses and I don't want to return to those days in my dotage. (I'm 53 by the way).

Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to read this.



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  • sue1976
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    Asda do the thinned down lenses as part of their price for lenses over a certain prescription. I was gutted as mine falls just under this level. 
  • Spoonie_Turtle
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    Some online companies do them over 6D but not all - I can't remember which though, as I'm slightly under so didn't take mental note. 

    £800+ is exceptionally expensive!  Your lenses aren't even complex, just strong.

    I can't imagine the high street providers don't dispense high prescriptions, but perhaps limit their online offerings because higher prescriptions need to be more precisely fitted (which I suspect is one reason other online companies don't do above certain limits).  Maybe you could phone up some high street opticians locally and see if they can give you a ballpark figure.
  • Bravepants
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    Apologies, I also meant to say that I need varifocals, so that makes the lenses more complicated.

    However, this afternoon I visited Vision Express in a Tesco Extra and ordered up a pair of Ray Ban framed varifocals for under £500, with the highest index offering, so their thinnest lens!

    I'm so glad I decided to shop around. At first I couldn't believe the price difference. Saved £300 so my GF and I had a pub lunch on the way home. :)





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  • millie
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    I would try Asda they do 1 pair for £80 or 2 pairs for £120 it says thinners lenses and advanced varifocal included if required. Not sure what they mean by if required. You have nothing to lose by asking them. I have had contact lenses and varifocal specs from them and they have been fine.
  • Tigsteroonie
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    I have had varifocals with a Sph of -8 from Asda and have been very happy with them (now on my third pair). 
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  • Bravepants
    Bravepants Posts: 1,482
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    I have had varifocals with a Sph of -8 from Asda and have been very happy with them (now on my third pair). 

    Thanks for that. I also have a high Cyl...astigmatism, so whether the numbers are compatible I don't know. I've settled for the ones from Vision Express. They should do me for a couple of years.

    Thanks everyone for your help.
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