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@GardenGerty (99154)
United States
March 12, 2018 7:30pm CST
So, as soon as we could this morning we headed out to see about an eyeglass repair. Since we pass Wal Mart coming in to town I decided to try their optical department. Ooops, not open until 9. So, off to my optometrist office. Optician says she will try. A few minutes later she came to me with bad news. Her super glue would not hold, and my frame was discontinued, so she had none like it, and could not order it. I knew what that meant. Time to fork over money for new glasses. But wait!!! I was supposed to see the eye doctor next month, but there was a cancellation. At the price of new glasses I wanted to know I was getting an up to date prescription.There was a cancellation, I could see the eye doctor at 9:40. Back to Wal Mart on the off chance they could fit my lenses. Technician just opening up, says she will look, would I leave the broken ones? Of course, I could not use them so I may as well. I did pick up some readers for $10 that helped with my distance vision. Back to see the eye doctor while Becky at Wal Mart searched. Eye doctor said the readers were a good choice. He gave me a good exam. My eyes have not significantly changed. My prescription was updated, and I ordered eye glasses, to the tune of over $600 and they will not be in before we go on vacation. Paid $130 for the exam. Back to Wal Mart. Becky at Wal Mart had worked her magic. She found some discontinued frames that would hold my lenses. Cost was $9.00. They are not perfect. The frames are good, but I feel the lenses might eventually pop out. So now, when the new ones come in, I will retire these to the jewelry box for safe keeping, in case this ever happens again.
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@cintol (6264)
• United States
13 Mar
I hate having to get new prescriptions for lenses, they are so expensive anymore. Good thing the girl at Walmart was able to help you out. I have given up on optometrists as I have never been able to get the correct lenses, now I just deal with readers.
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@GardenGerty (99154)
• United States
13 Mar
I cannot use just readers. I have been blessed to find good optometrists who have good dispensing practices. I will try some online glasses later as well, I think.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
13 Mar
Do you remember the good 'ol days when that price was nowhere near what we would pay for glasses?
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@GardenGerty (99154)
• United States
13 Mar
As far back as I remember I have paid more than $400 for my lenses alone.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Mar
I would really hate to be without my glasses now. I would be really battling.
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@GardenGerty (99154)
• United States
13 Mar
First thing was the headache from it.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar
@jaboUK (53917)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar
Wow $600 dollars?? That is so expensive. Eye tests are free for seniors over here, but we pay the regular price for prescription glasses. My last ones cost me £98 which equates to $136.
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@GardenGerty (99154)
• United States
13 Mar
I think once I am on Medicare my exam will be paid for. My prescription is a bit complicated, I have lineless bi focals and lots of correction and then a special coating on them to resist scratches and to cut the glare.
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@Courtlynn (66048)
• United States
13 Mar
I'm glad they could both help you. And that your eyes aren't much worse.
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@GardenGerty (99154)
• United States
13 Mar
Yes, I am glad too. I have one more thing off my "to do to stay healthy" list. Sometimes diabetics have a lot of vision issues but he says my eye health is good.
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@Courtlynn (66048)
• United States
14 Mar
@GardenGerty oh thats news to me, thanks for telling me
@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
13 Mar
At least you have eyeglasses to use until the new prescription lenses are ready.
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@GardenGerty (99154)
• United States
13 Mar
Yes, I am very relieved about that.
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@jstory07 (66907)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Mar
I hate when that happens at the cost your glasses or frames should never break.
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@GardenGerty (99154)
• United States
13 Mar
There is a two year full replacement guarantee on the lenses. My other frames had lasted for four years and through numerous drops, etc.
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
13 Mar
That is crazy your glasses are $600 and the exam was $130 as well. I assume you do not have insurance?
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@GardenGerty (99154)
• United States
13 Mar
I think I do actually. I need to find the card. The cheap version of my glasses came to $609 and then tax. When I have had vision insurance before it never did much good. The real kicker is that Medicare may pay for the exam, but not for the glasses.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
14 Mar
@GardenGerty ahh yeah insurance can be worthless at times but if it even covered your exam it would save you some money!
@BarBaraPrz (19798)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
13 Mar
I need new glasses, too. The lenses are starting to get scratched. I actually got new glasses a couple years ago, but I just couldn't focus close up, even though they were supposed to be progressive, so I went back to the previous ones.
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@GardenGerty (99154)
• United States
13 Mar
I know I have had the same prescription for at least four years. They get it right. The other doctor I went to one time, not so much.
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