Any decent big retail stores for glasses?

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by Fred, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Hi everyone,

    I am currently looking to buy new glasses (frame+lens) since my current
    ones are way too long (prescription wise). I would have a few
    questions since I know next to nothing about glasses/optics.

    I was wondering if there is any decent big retail stores for glasses?
    I had stores in mind like Sears, Lencrafters, I think even CostCo has
    glasses now.

    1) Should I avoid these big retailers at all cost? (Or can anyone
    recommend one?)

    Yesterday I went to 2 little 'boutiques' and to Sears Optical and from
    a first impression Sears seemed to be alot more upfront with me: they
    told me polys would scratch more then plastics whereas the 2 boutiques
    basically told me poly was THE thing to get. Most people on the
    internet seem to say that polys DO scratch quite a bit... so those
    little boutiques seem mostly after my money.

    2) Does Sears Optical have any decent lenses to offer?

    Thank you for your time,

    Fred, Jan 25, 2007
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  2. Fred

    JeffWise Guest

    I have not hat any problems getting both glasses and contacts at Costco.

    JeffWise, Jan 25, 2007
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  3. Fred

    Mark A Guest

    The answer depends on whether you want progressives or single vision lenses,
    and maybe how strong your Rx is. Sears does not usually carry high end
    progressive designs that someone with a moderate to strong Rx would want to

    Stay away from any optical shop that recommends polycarb unless you happen
    to need safety lenses (and even then they should at least mention Trivex).
    Polycarb not only scratches easier, but it has very poor optical quality,
    especially with a high power Rx.

    In my experience, Wal-Mart optical is the best large chain store, especially
    if you talk to the head optician. You can bring your own frame and have them
    fit the lenses (I think they charge $10 extra for not using their frames).

    To get the best advice on this forum, please post your exact Rx.
    Mark A, Jan 25, 2007
  4. Fred

    Fred Guest

    I only need single vision lenses. But it's been awhile since I've had
    an eye exam, so I can't recall all the details but this is what I know:

    1) -4 or -4.25 myopia
    2) minor astigmatism (I cannot recall exact number of this, but it's
    new, so pretty mild).


    Fred, Jan 25, 2007
  5. Fred

    Mark A Guest

    Costco only sells a very limited range of lens designs and lens materials.
    If they had what you wanted, that is fine, but maybe not fine for everyone.
    Mark A, Jan 26, 2007
  6. Fred

    Mark A Guest

    The big issue for you is how thin do you need the edges to be for cosmetic
    reasons. I would not get polycarb, but CR-39 regular plastic is probably too
    thick in that Rx.

    Other options are 1.54 Spectralite (Sola), 1.60 plastic, 1.67 plastic. The
    higher the index, the higher the cost, the thinner the lens, but the optical
    quality suffers slightly. An aspheric lens will be a little thinner, but
    requires careful fitting. Just about any optical shop should have decent
    quality solutions for you.
    Mark A, Jan 26, 2007
  7. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Thanks for the info. I have read quite a few posts in forums about
    badly adjusted aspheric lenses...Is this rare?

    Also how much difference can there be in the thickness between aspheric
    and spheric lenses? I usually like rather small glasses somethign
    ressembling the ones shown here
    (, so I'm kind
    of hoping thinking should be too much of a problem.

    What do you think?

    Thanks for your time,

    Fred, Jan 26, 2007
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    Ira Mitchell Guest

    Please take a look at ! You don't need to
    spend that much on eyeglasses. Order them online for as little as $20.
    Read the reviews and the poke around in the forums. I thought I needed
    to spend $400. I now have 6 pair that I spent a total of $206 for.

    I'm a -4.25 in one eye and if you're not in need of bifocals (big
    lenses), I've found that the standard CR39 lenses work nicely --
    especially in a stylish plastic frame. You'll notice the thickness
    when you get bigger. I typically aim for 50 x 25ish mm lenses and
    really feel ripped off for being talked into high index lenses for the
    past 20 years.

    CR39 is optically excellent too. Easiest on my eyes.
    Ira Mitchell, Mar 16, 2007
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