Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Wasted Wednesday: Vision Shops

I recently received the prescription sunglasses I ordered from Zenni Optical for $37 including shipping. They are supercute and work perfectly. The frames I chose are similar to this and were $19 including the lenses -- the rest of the cost was for the tint, shipping, etc. If you just need a basic spare pair of glasses, they have plenty for $8. Since I tend to lose my prescription sunglasses at least once a season, I will probably be a repeat Zenni customer. There are a few other discount online vision shops out there, too.

I have rarely gotten out of a conventional vision shop for under $100, even with insurance, and even though I usually turn down fancy add-ons like special coatings or "ultralight" materials. On the Zenni Web site, I selected my frames, typed in my prescription from my last visit to a regular optometrist, and had my husband measure my eyes. The eye measurement was the most difficult part, but still only took a few minutes.

Of course, eventually I'll have to go back to an optometrist for a checkup and to get my eyes dilated. Speaking of which, has anyone ever been able to get eye dilation covered by regular health insurance by visiting an opthamologist instead of going to a shop. Since they are supposed to be checking for tumors when they dilate their eyes, it just doesn't seem fair that I should have to pay for that out of pocket.


jskell911 said...

I love Zenni! Tried them for the first time a couple of months ago and love, love love my glasses! I even got some prescription sunglasses for $20!

Anonymous said...

Come on, no more Zenni glasses. If you need some fashionable prescription glasses, I bet GlassesShop is the solution.

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