Americas Best and High Index Lenses

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Robert C. Bosworth, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. Hello -- I have worn glasses for pretty much my entire life (I'm 22) and
    have always spent quite a bit of money on frames and lenses. My last pair
    was purchased from an upscale boutique and was over $650. That pair finally
    reached the end of it's life and I decided to check out Americas Best and
    the Two Pair for $69 (or whatever it is).

    I was very pleasantly surprised that the exam, although rushed, was as
    professional and thorough as any that I've had. The doctor was fairly young
    and told me he had just moved here from out of state and was working there
    until he could afford his own clinic. He did a great job. The rest of the
    service was poor, but I did find that the manager was very helpful and I was
    able to schedule appointments to deal with her to help with frame selection
    and fitting. They did break a pair of frames while they were adjusting
    them, but she took very good care of me, and I was content with the glasses
    that I received.

    I knew that it wasn't realistic to receive 2 pairs for the advertised amount
    and I was right -- the brand name and good looking glasses were slightly
    more, and I paid more money to receive the highest-index lenses that they
    offered (although they couldn't tell me exactly what brand/model that they
    were...grrr). After all was said and done I paid aprox. $250 for 2 pairs of
    eyeglasses complete and a pair of cheap sunglass lenses for a frame I
    already had. I am very happy with what I received for that price, but have
    become self-concious about the thickness of the lenses. My best guess is
    that they are polycarbonate and the last ones that I had were 1.6 or 1.66

    I know this has become quite a long question, but we're getting there. With
    my prescription (about -5.5) is there a noticable difference between the
    polycarbonate lenses and the high-index ones -- or am I just paranoid
    because I spent so much less money and I am tricking myself into thinking
    that I made a major downgrade?

    Thanks for any ideas.

    Robert C. Bosworth, Feb 5, 2006
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  2. Robert C. Bosworth

    Mark A Guest

    Polycarb is about 1.59 index (rounded).

    I assume you can compare your previous lens thickness with your new ones.
    Mark A, Feb 5, 2006
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  3. Robert C. Bosworth

    dragonlet Guest

    for a -5.50 prescription
    the difference between a Polycarb 1.59 index to a 1.67 index lens is
    actually not much difference. I would say a fraction of a millimeter
    max? for -5.50's I usually use a 1.59 Polycarb or a 1.60 index lens.

    IMO paying for a 1.67 index is a waste of money
    dragonlet, Feb 8, 2006
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