From "Four Eyes" To "Gramps"
October 7, 2012 8:16 AM Subscribe
I walked away from my last visit to the optometrist with a prescription for bifocals. All for the low low price of $20. The bruises on my ego were free.
posted by jason's_planet to health & fitness (22 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Since then, I have been shopping around for good prices on progressive lenses. The term "good prices" is proving relative as the best quotes I've been able to rustle up have been $300 for polycarbonates and $380 for the new-fangled high index variety. This is uncharted territory for me so I'm turning to you all for help. Here are my questions:
1. Is it worth the extra money to get the high-index lenses rather than the polycarbonates? Will this make a difference in the quality of the lenses and my vision? I have polycarbonates now and they're fairly thick but not coke-bottle thick. I also have some astigmatism in the right eye. I'm just wondering what exactly it is I'm getting for my eighty bucks.
2. The stores where I've been shopping are in Chinatown. Specifically, the Manhattan Chinatown. How much room for negotiation is there in these prices? How much bargaining power do I have?
3. I'm considering getting an extra pair of monofocal glasses with the reading prescription. Would using these impede my efforts to acquire the motor skills and habits involved in learning how to use multifocal lenses properly? The analogy that comes to mind is learning how to type. If you do 85-90% of your work on the QWERTY keyboard and a little bit of your work on a Dvorak keyboard, would that trip you up and confuse you?
4. Any other tips, anecdotes and advice concerning my transition to the wide and wonderful world of multifocals, being addressed as "sir" and the Early Bird Special at Denny's would be welcome. Many thanks in advance.
Oh, before I forget -- purchasing eyeglasses online is not an option I'm interested in pursuing. My unique set of optical issues does not lend itself to care from half a world away; I need to deal with these in person.