Wondering why your glasses are so pricey? One company controls almost everything about them https://www.cbc.ca/radio/costofliving/the-cost-of-living-on-the-cost-of-stuff-payday-loans-baby-formula-glasses-and-modern-monetary-theory-1.5715939/wondering-why-your-glasses-are-so-pricey-one-company-controls-almost-everything-about-them-1.5721176
Comparing my purchase from 9 yrs ago (Lenscrafters) and today (clearly.ca):
Lenscrafters - 2012:
290 - Frame (Prada)
690 - Lens (SV 1.74 Premium AR Plastic)
-345 - 50% off lens promo
29.99 - Premium AR S43 (no idea what this is)
3.90 - Taxes
668.89 - Total
Clearly.ca - 2021
29 - Frame (Airdrie - cheapest one I could find)
135 - Super Thin Air Lenses
-54 - 40% promo "upgrade40"
12.95 - Shipping Fedex
122.95 - Total
JUST WOW! 😱💦
@snowdusk with Specsavers in Northern Europe its more like the second price (I think Specsavers have their own contractors to make lenses etc, I also need high index due to being very shortsighted, if I do not wear specs or contacts I cannot see even 5cm clearly in front of me..)
@vfrmedia wow! we are the same! I think mine is also about 5cm haha I am almost blind without glasses/contacts. All I see are colours floating around me LOL
@snowdusk my prescription and whatever specs/contacts I am prescribed over the years gets sent to NHS England (Moorfields Eye Hospital in London) for research purposes (I get a discount voucher from the NHS because of this high prescription).
In recent years I now have "near/far" prescriptions due to age, and rarely use a mobile phone for social media but always a full size laptop as its easier to see (contrast is important to me these days as well)
@vfrmedia Wow! That is great! I wish someone from Health Canada chose me for research as well! Sorry, I lied, i can read standard newspaper font about 3 inches from my eyes 😅 so I can understand why NHS is interested in your situation. Same here... due to aging, I am now both near and far-sighted 😢 I can still read books at regular distance with just a bit of difficulty -- but much clearer and comfortable with reading glasses.
Large fonts and high contrast do help a lot 👍 so I set my phone with larger than standard text size and my mbpro 15" is set to standard resolution 1680x1050, I can't go higher than that (scaled 1920x1200)... scaled 1440x900 is most comfortable but multitasking is challenging when one window takes over the entire screeen haha
@xmanmonk wow!! LOL is it subsidized by your gov't or insurance? that is waaay too cheap how can the company earn profit? LOL I also have very high prescription so my lenses are very expensive... i also need it to be super or ultra thin because of the high prescription
@snowdusk They're cheap Chinese frames and lenses, so you have to treat them delicately. But hey, for $6, I got 3 pairs for $18 plus shipping, etc. I don't know if they're still that cheap, but probably pretty close.
@xmanmonk that is incredible! LOL but hey, if it works why not?! TBH if you are careful, even the lowest quality frames can last you. I had a Prada and the frame broke last year... well, after 8 yrs (is that reasonable?). So I had been gluing my frame together everytime it falls apart. I wasn't buying new glasses because I thought I had to pay about 1K for a nice pair of eyeglasses.. .I had no idea I could buy glasses for so much less!!! Ha ha. Today my frame broke again... I have had it, and thought about this online store where i usually get my contact lenses, studied how to get my measurements (which have been on my old frame all along) and searched really hard for my original prescription. Voilà! I bought new pair of glasses for $123!! haha We shall see how it is when i get it in the mail in 3 days.
@xmanmonk that is dirt cheap considering my high prescription.. I am soooo happy .. .but still kinda nervous. I've never bought eyeglasses without professionals helping me, in person haha
@xmanmonk @snowdusk Zennis are nice! I got two pairs that together cost me $125.99, but I opted for the more expensive frames/lenses/coatings ($25 frames with blue light blocking lenses that also had an oleophobic coating). Still a million times cheaper than I would have paid anywhere else for the same thing
I like them! I don't wear them every day, but when I do it seems to help with eye strain. It also seems like it makes colors pop a little bit more -- completely opposite the yellow sunglasses things you can buy on Amazon that say they're for blue light blocking lol
My coworker also has them and she said it helps reduce her migraines under LED lighting. That's purely anecdotal, but maybe they're doing something!
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