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Buying glasses online, yeah or nay?
Particularly those with experience with Bifocals
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Date: 8/17/13 1:25 PM

I'm thinking of dabbling in the purchase of eyeglasses online. I was wondering if anyone has positive or negative experiences with purchasing progressive bifocals. It will be a first for me.
Any help would be most appreciated.
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Helen

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Date: 8/17/13 1:32 PM

At the VA, progressives for DH were a little cheaper the ones online, so I never did order them, and even locally, they're only a few dollars more so check that out because you may not save any money.

I do order mine and my son's glasses online, but as of yet, I need single vision.

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Date: 8/17/13 1:34 PM

I have used zennioptical.com and had no problems, but I get single vision lenses. I have ordered from reading glasses.com because I loved a frame. Then I take them to my optician to get lenses put in for distance vision.

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Date: 8/17/13 2:30 PM

My DD orders from zenni all the time and loves her single vision lenses. I have one pair from them with a heavy prescription and progressive bifocals. They take me a couple of days to get used to wearing and they don't fit under my sunglasses, so I haven't worn them too much. I suspect that the PD is not quite right and I will remeasure it (there is a place online where you do it with your web cam) a couple of times before I order again. My glasses are usually $1000 and my zennis were $100! I know they are frowned upon by those in the optical profession, but it is very hard to beat those numbers! DH will be ordering his first pair soon. He has never had "wear all day" glasses before and really doesn't want to spend $400 on something he may hate and/or lose within days.

The frames I bought are not the quality I get on my $1000 glasses but they are really cute and fun. I am sure they will not last the 5 years or so my current glasses have lasted. OTOH, I would not be forced to keep the same glasses for so long if I could afford to update them more frequently.

The only other problem I had was that I don't think I could get my progressives in the smaller lens size that I like. I have to go online and check that out before I order again. All in all - a positive experience from pretty much everyone i have spoken to.

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Date: 8/17/13 2:55 PM

I am watching this thread with interest because both my DH and I wear progressive bifocals.

Tourist - when you say that yours take a couple days to get used to, is this because it is a new and much stronger prescription, your first pair of progressive bifocals, or because the PD may be wrong? Having the wrong PD is one of my fears about ordering online. My other big fear is picking out frames that look great on the computer screen, but in real life don't look so great on me. Also, I am always surprised at how small the lenses can be for my progressive bifocals. Technology has come along a bit I suppose, but I always remember my mother having to get great big lenses because of her bifocals.

Besides measuring your PD on that online site, how does one get the measurement? Can the optometrist do it when he writes the prescription or do you have to go to a place that sells eye glasses to get it done in person?

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Date: 8/17/13 3:03 PM

How does one get fitted for progressives purchased online ? I've had bad fittings in person and don't go to those places anymore.

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Date: 8/17/13 3:52 PM

I have never purchased online and I now wear the progressive bi-focal.

Before that, I wore bifocal contacts.

Before that one lens for reading and nothing in the other eye.

As for the size of the glasses, the last pair I bought were men's. Everything for ladies were either too narrow in height or two "blingy".

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Date: 8/17/13 4:18 PM

Quote: tourist
I suspect that the PD is not quite right and I will remeasure it (there is a place online where you do it with your web cam) a couple of times before I order again.

Although I never buy new bi-focal glasses online,I make sure my PD is on every optical prescription,before I leave the optometrist or ophthalmologist office I visit.My PD has never changed,yet many optician's PD readings are different. LOL

I could write a book about bad lenses/glasses I bought at almost every place I visited,until the last place.I learned along the way how to check if the PD is right.Opticians protect each other where I live.They don't admit something is wrong with prescription glasses,when I take them to another optician to check out.I always take my new lenses/glasses to my doctor to get checked out.

I only want 3 things,# 1 that the prescription is filled exactly,not within the allowable,like most options told me when I complained.My doctors spend a lot of time with me,even make up lenses to make sure I can see with the prescription they write for me.I don't appreciate sloppy lab work at all.

# 2 the PD is right on and not one eye more or less.I can't wear progressive lenses,# 3 that the bi-focal lines are even and not one line lower or higher than the other.

Every place I visited assured me,yes,all their work is done at a good lab,or they do excellent work themselves. Not !

I'm so glad the last place I visited two years ago made the best lenses/glasses I ever had in almost two decades !


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Date: 8/17/13 6:12 PM

I was looking up the site where PD is measured online and found a better solution. The writer is an actual optician who figures if people are going to buy glasses online they should have an accurate measurement. Measure PD

I don't know what my old prescriptions have said my PD was, but I am going to measure my own and try online again, especially for a pair of single vision lenses, which will be cheaper and just for fun.

One of the reasons we went online to look for PD measurement is that DH's PD on his prescription was pretty whacky. It is the dual measurement and it says his right eye is 34 and his left is 27.5. No - he does not have severe eye problems and he is not cross eyed in one eye! He will be 60 this year and this is his first "real" glasses after using readers for 10 years or so. It is just dead wrong. I like the optometrist and opticians that work there (though I have never bought my glasses from them) so we are going to assume it is an error. But when he tried to input those numbers at zenni, they said they couldn't make glasses for him.

I have a close friend who works for an ophthalmologist and she is pretty convinced I will not get good results shopping online due to my astigmatism and heavy prescription, that the quality of the lenses will be bad etc. But honestly, I can afford to try it a couple of times and still come out ahead of paying $1000.

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Date: 8/17/13 7:21 PM

Tourist, I recently bought a pair of glasses at Costco. The PD measurement was written on the bill. You can see that I DO live in Canada! That PD measurement is hard to get. I don't have a strong RX for glasses. The reading part of the glasses would be about +2.25.
Thanks for your input.

Helen

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