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Subject Topic: Cheap specs? Or a waste of money?
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Message posted by Jax365 on 01/2/2014 at 2:12pm
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Well they have arrived!

Now, being a person who thinks you get what you pay for, and these specs were only £15 inc. postage, well.... WOW!

I have to say I'm pretty impressed. The frames are very nice, I chose gold coloured squarish metal frames. From what I can see these are very similar in quality to the ones I have from the opticians. They seem sturdy enough, and should last a while.

The lenses were distance and complex; -6 and -7 plus levels of astigmatism numbers 6 one side, 10 the other if I remember correctly(also noted on my prescription and put into the right boxes.)

I opted for the free lightweight lenses and I am amazed to say that these lenses are lighter and thinner than the ones I paid dearly for. There was an option for superlight lenses at £30 extra, but for a first time buyer, I didn't select this option, I just went for the free lightweight option. And I'm impressed with this. I'm also impressed with the free non-reflective coating (was £20 extra in the opticians) and also the free scratch resistant coating.

Yes the arms are a bit too long, so I will need to have them adjusted at the opticians for me, they need turning down a bit at the ends, but I've had worse in the past put right, so no problem there. They sit well on that bump on my nose I mentioned earlier, the nose rests/pads are much smaller, so I'm hoping that there will be less pressure to lead to headaches and sinus trouble.

Now, the only problem I have is that I didn't know the PD distance (that's the measurement between pupils) so I opted for the standard. So when looking through the lenses, they seem ever-so-slightly 'off-centre'. So I think it might be important to get that measurement correct. They do offer to send you a little ruler thingy at very small cost so that you can make that measurement correct, so I shall do that if I ever have any in the future (or bully my optician into giving it to me!).

However, it may just be that until the glasses are adjusted (mainly the arms, as I have one ear higher than the other!)to fit my face, they just seem a little bit out. I shall take them to the optician and see what's what.

For a spare pair of specs to keep in the car, they are excellent!

My final comment is, if opticians can offer two for the price of one in a certain price bracket and still make a profit by charging what they do, then the specs you buy from them are exactly the same quality as these bought on-line, as obviously they can afford to lose £15 for a 'free pair' if you bought your first pair at £50 or above. To be fair, the online places don't have the same overheads as do the opticians, but still I think the second are definitely overpriced when you think what they cost online.

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Message posted by Bob61 on 01/2/2014 at 2:23pm
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 Convinced me!

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Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 01/2/2014
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Just off to the opticians to get them fitted properly.

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Et - viola! Been and had them adjusted at the opticians (and the lady there warned me that as I hadn't bought them from there, then if they broke them whilst altering 'we don't know what quality they are you see...' they weren't responsible). So adjusted so that I could see straight! So maybe the PD thing was correct after all. These are just as good my original pair which cost seven times as much from the opticians!

The plus is that they are not as heavy (and I have pretty thick lenses!)
The minus side is that you can't try them on before you buy. I would have bought a slightly smaller pair if I had known.

But ok for a spare pair!

Next time I need a new prescription, I know where I'll be going to buy them!

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I f you go to glasses2you website you can upload a photo and try different frames to see what they look like on you.
If you look on the arms of your original specs from your optician the frame,lens and arm size is normally on there.
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I have checked out the Selectspecs website and it looks very good with a huge selection of nice looking specs at very reasonable prices. There is also a lot of information on how to measure up and do the PD etc. I am impressed.

However, like you, I think I would prefer to try on some specs before committing myself. I know there is a website which will send some samples for a small deposit and perhaps that might be more appropriate. However, I am glad somebody has highlighted these online websites as I had been wondering if they were reliable...it seems they are and hopefully will save me a fortune in future.

Just have to persuade the wife to buy online now



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Well done for giving this a go. It was worth the risk though for £15. I changed from my optician who I had been going to since I was 18 as their prices and styles seemed fit only for the mega rich and not newly retired.

So found Asda fine and prices OK. But if more people go down your route then maybe it will bring about a change in prices reflected on the high Street. I have twice got verifocal specs with single vision second pair free and have never ever worn the single vision as the varifocals are much better for me. Would prefer a reduction on one pair.

Hope to see your new specs soon.

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Quote: Originally posted by Romaway on 02/2/2014

....Hope to see your new specs soon.





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Glad its worked out. Convinced OH to try it and she has ordered a couple of pairs from Glasses Direct after getting 4 to trial first. If it works out then after Quidco they will be under £40 for two pairs, with as you say anti scratch and anti relection coatings free

Measured PD with a ruler for her so hopefully close enough.

What you can do on that site is put in your current glass size and it will suggest similar width frames

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