Target Opical - Too good to be true?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by MrkCrwly, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. MrkCrwly

    MrkCrwly Guest

    Target optical is running a "Profile Ovation Progressive Package"
    special that provides no line progressive lenses and $99 off any pair
    of frames for $199. In other words if the frames cost $130 then the
    total will be $229.
    They say it is their best lens package, but lets just say I'm skeptical
    that I would be getting as good a lens as the $370 quote from other
    opticians. The regular lens price for just the Target progressive
    lenses was said to be over $230 without frames.
    Anybody know what kind, quality, 1.60, 1.67, they sell in this package?
    Up to now I have purchases every pair of glasses I have owned from a
    OD or from Gerry Optical.

    Thanks for any help
    Oh, and I'm an idiot about this topic.

    Mark
     
    MrkCrwly, Apr 9, 2005
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  2. MrkCrwly

    Mark A Guest

    The Ovation is a mid quality PAL design from Essilor. The Essilor premium
    PAL line is called Varilux (Comfort, Panamic, Liberty). Whether or the
    Ovation is the best lens design available at Target is irrelevant.

    In order to know whether a mid-level design is sufficient, it would help to
    know exactly what you wear now and what your exact Rx is. If your Rx is
    mild, the Ovation may be sufficient, especially if you a similar design now.

    Keep in mind that the markup on frames is astronomical, so these kind of
    deals are not unusual.

    Regarding the lens index for this "deal." why don't you call up Target and
    find out?

    Among discount stores, I have found that Wal-Mart, Sams (at to lesser extent
    Costco) carry "some" premium PAL lens designs.
     
    Mark A, Apr 9, 2005
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  3. MrkCrwly

    MrkCrwly Guest

    Thanks. I talked to a different person today and got better info.
    Ovation is Essilor polycarbonate probably 1.60
    They also sell Seiko Proceed? 1.67 for $270 plus 1/2 off frame price.

    I'm looking at 1/2 rimless frames so probably want as thin as I can
    get.

    Distance
    Right - 450 sph
    Left -275 -275 030

    Near
    Right +200
    Left +200
     
    MrkCrwly, Apr 9, 2005
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  4. MrkCrwly

    MrkCrwly Guest

    Thanks. I talked to a different person today and got better info.
    Ovation is Essilor polycarbonate probably 1.60
    They also sell Seiko Proceed? 1.67 for $270 plus 1/2 off frame price.

    I'm looking at 1/2 rimless frames so probably want as thin as I can
    get.

    Distance
    Right - 450 sph
    Left -275 -275 030

    Near
    Right +200
    Left +200
     
    MrkCrwly, Apr 9, 2005
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  5. MrkCrwly

    Mark A Guest

    Polycarb is about 1.586 index.

    Seiko Proceed is a very good high index lens. The higher index the index of
    the lens, generally the poorer the optical quality (measured as abbe value),
    except for polycarb, which at 1.586 has a lower abbe value (30) than even a
    1.67 lens.

    Essilor Ovation comes in other materials besides polycarbonate, including
    regular plastic 1.50 (aka CR-39 or hard resin), and 1.67.
     
    Mark A, Apr 9, 2005
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  6. MrkCrwly

    Brian Guest

    At Target you will get a Poly-c Essilor Ovation lens. A good mid
    quality lens almost the same as the Varilux Comfort. That lens sells
    for 99.00 every day at Costco, and a better quality high index 1.67
    Essilor Ovation would be only 129.99.
     
    Brian, Apr 10, 2005
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  7. MrkCrwly

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    In my shop, I try different, and then make my recommendations based on
    my first hand experience. Then, I make sure that I employ experienced
    opticians who know how to fit lenses. Finally, I worry about price.
    For those whom price is a primary objective, I recommend that they go
    to Target, Costco, Walmart, or Sam's.

    DrG
     
    Dr. Leukoma, Apr 10, 2005
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