Yesterday, I spent a total of $259 of my tax refund at Site for Sore Eyes. It was supposed to be a special of buy one, get one free, so I bought one pair of regular eyeglasses and (almost) got a pair of prescription eyeglasses free (they charged me $30 to tint them). I came back this morning at around 10:00 AM to pick them up after dropping Domino off to get neutered for free, only to find out that they forgot to tint my sunglasses and messed up my prescription to the point that it was worse with the glasses on than with no glasses. They were dislexic or something and tried to give me +1.50 for my left eye and +1.00 for my right eye, but it is actually -1.50, +1.00, respectively. I had to return both and ask them to fix it. I finally got back from picking up my glasses tonight, finally fixed properly. At least my cat seems fine after his surgery, but I don't think I'm going back to Site for Sore Eyes again for my eyeglasses!!!

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Comment by latvianchick on March 12, 2011 at 11:09pm
Oh dear. I can relate to that. I am unemployed and in the UK you can get a £49 voucher off the cost of your glasses. Unfortunately if you want reaction lenses (which I do as I am very light sensitive) you have to pay £186 for that. The £49 only covers the cost of the cheapest frames.

I then heard of a company that does not test eyes but makes spectacles for a half of the price - and takes the vouchers - but since I had already used the voucher I have had to cough up £98! Considering that I only get £170 for a fortnight I am having to live on tins and make sure that I am doing things where food might be available and quietly make use of that to keep eating this week! Today is the homeless soup kitchen thank God, so I will get something to eat. Get paid again on Wednesday! Needless to say blood sugars are swinging from one extreme to another!

After I had ordered the first pair of glasses - bi focals - I saw a programme on the television about the cost of spectacles and was shocked to hear that lenses cost about 25pence to make!!! And frames are also very cheap to make - I forget the figure - and opticians are making several hundred times mark up price!!! They have us over a barrel because people need spectacles and most are rather desparate to get them so will pay up without question. Diabetics get free eye exams but no help with spectacles! Unfortunately this time my eyesight had deteriorated so much in just 3 months that I too was left with no choice!

It is disgusting that they charge such exhorbitant fees that could be made for pennies!
Comment by pinkyspurse on March 13, 2011 at 1:20pm
The reasons why I decided to buy new eyeglasses even though my prescription is the same as last time is because my husband wants me to drive my family on vacation in April. I didn't have any prescription sunglasses and my old frames are getting rusty, so I thought it would be nice to take advantage of the buy one pair, get one free special since the eyeglasses at the opthomologist's office were $150/pair. I saved less money tahan I thought I was going to. I think next time I'm just going to get a $99 frame and lens special at Lenscrafters if they still have it. For Eyes used to have eyeglasses for less than $50/pair, but I don't think there are any offices near me, unfortunately.
Comment by Hismouse on March 13, 2011 at 1:23pm
Well in the end you got your glasses. I have to always remind myself that people are like me, we all make bo bo's and in the end if they fixed them for free than all is well. And you can see, that is bestest of all:)
And your doggie is fine too:) what kind of fur baby is yours?


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