TrevA wrote:cyclop wrote:TrevA wrote: That was £550 up the Swanny!
Excuse me!!£ 550!!!! for glasses,made of what exactly?
The replacements for the ones I broke were £550. There are Varifocals - not basic frames but not the most expensive either. I don’t think my prescription is particularly complex. This was from Boots Opticians. I’ve since become aware that this was a bit of a rip-off as my wife only paid just over £300 for hers, with a similar prescription, from the local opticians.
I have a high presciption (-7.5) and now also have varifocals, with high index. Boots (over the phone when I read the prescription to them) said roughly £400 each lens, and then add frames! I used a dispensing opticians lab that makes for the highstreet (ie cut out 'endman') for a number of years c£300. Then (on the off-chance) we were in Asda opticians to enquire about contact lenses for our Daughter. Sign said 'just pay for the frames, any lenses are free!' This included varifocal, high index, photocromatic (basically any) Because of my high prescription I need frames not too big, but deep enough for the varifocal, so we chose a suitable frame which we thought was £79 but was in fact £38. The frames aren't the best (but are acceptable) quality, the lenses are the best i've ever had. They are called 'freeform' made by a company called Shamir and are far better than the zeiss and other brand names i've paid fortunes for. Not 'constant radius' on the lenses and the inner/outer surfaces are computer formed to whatever shape to give the least distortions or cromatic issues (all explained on the Shamir website). £38 - the best lenses I've had in 40 years! beggars belief how much profit some opticians must be making.