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So my glasses broke

noir_bloodnoir_blood Registered User regular
edited May 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Well actually, it's ear part, so I can still wear them until I get them replaced, but I'm wondering what's the best place to get glasses. I don't have an eye doctor, and this glasses were almost four years old, so I'm thinking I should get an eye test as well. Do people recommend lens crafter and the like, or are those more expensive than if I went elsewhere?

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2008
    Do you have insurance of any sort?

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    PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2008
    If you don't want fancy coatings or whatever, Hakim Optical probably has a store in your city and you can probably find a cheap pair of glasses there that will look good on you.

    If you have insurance and you want to look good, eschew the chains completely. When you're looking at designer frames, you'll find better deals at independent shops every time. They'll do shit like give you free lenses, free coatings, whatever to get you in there as a customer for life because they know that every two years, you're gonna give 'em $200-$400. You'll also find you get much better service and you're supporting local, small business.

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    noir_bloodnoir_blood Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Doc wrote: »
    Do you have insurance of any sort?

    Sorry, I should have mentioned that, but no I don't.

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    buzzard0627buzzard0627 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I would recommend an eye exam unless you can't afford one. Also, you can get pretty cheap frames and lenses from costo (if you have one near you), but it can take like two weeks to get them. They didn't take my insurance and it still ended up being significantly cheaper than most places i checked.

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    supertallsupertall Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    It's been awhile since I've had to buy glasses, but won't most places give you an eye test if you're buying new ones?

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    PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2008
    supertall wrote: »
    It's been awhile since I've had to buy glasses, but won't most places give you an eye test if you're buying new ones?

    Yes. And they'll also charge you for said eye test.

    Typically the optometrist working out of a glasses store isn't an employee of the store, he's entered into an agreement with the store such that he gives eye exams and then customers are already in a store where they can buy glasses, which is typically enough to prevent them from properly shopping around.

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    Sky DemonSky Demon Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    A longshot, but are there any technical colleges with optometry classes near you? That's where I got the set I'm currently using for about six years now. Cost me about $150 including eye exam.

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    tofutofu Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I bought my glasses for $30 online and they're fantastic. I forget the website but there are quite a few reputable prescription glass retailers online for cheap.

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    AceedAceed Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Prescription from Walmart, glasses from http://www.zennioptical.com

    You'll never buy glasses anywhere else.

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    noir_bloodnoir_blood Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Something else I meant to ask. What's the dif between single vision and bi-focals?

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    KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Aceed wrote: »
    Prescription from Walmart, glasses from http://www.zennioptical.com

    You'll never buy glasses anywhere else.

    Some of the frames are pretty nifty. I may give that website a shot.

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    VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    If for some reason you can't afford new glasses or don't want to get them, you could look into the following (depending on how/where it broke):

    If it broke where the metal hinge is:

    1) Metal to Plastic or Metal to Metal epoxy, or superglue. You'd no longer be able to close the glasses, but you could continue using them. Superglue won't hold for as long, but could work. You can get epoxies at any auto parts store.

    2) Do you have any thin wire/cord? Depending on how the hinge was formed and how it broke, you may be able to poke a very thin wire/cord through the remaining hole in the hinge and wrap both ends a couple of times around the ear piece itself, then tie it together to hold it in place. This also works if the problem is that you're missing that screw-type piece for the hinge, or if for some reason it refuses to stay in place any longer. (I suppose you can buy another one of those pieces too, but this seems to function almost as well in practice)

    If the plastic part broke and not the hinge, a plastic to plastic epoxy will work well.

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    grungeboxgrungebox Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    noir_blood wrote: »
    Something else I meant to ask. What's the dif between single vision and bi-focals?

    Bifocals are for people who need glasses both to see distance and to read. They contain two separate lenses (well, sort of) in each lens slot of the eyeglass frames, so they just move the glasses up and down to read or see distance. Most younger people only have one or the other, usually near-sightedness. All things being equal, I'm guessing you don't need bifocals. But I'm not doctor.

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    Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I used Lens Crafters/Eye Exam 2000 for quite a few years and was reasonably pleased with the service/quality. Kinda expensive though.

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