Buying eyeglasses at Lenscrafters, JCPenney, Sears... have you done it?

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Posted 1/21/2011 by jenjie in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 1/21/2011 9:59:50 PM
I need glasses. I'm always seeing these great-sounding coupons for glasses at the national chains. For instance, Penney's has a coupon right now for 2/$88. Is it too good to be true? Is there a catch? Will I be able to choose the glasses I want or do you find these offers good only for the not so popular frames?


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Posted: 1/21/2011 10:02:51 PM
I've had glasses for about 20 years and have only ever gone to Sears - same as my mom who's gone probably all her life. I go to the same dr there and never had any problems.


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Posted: 1/21/2011 10:03:57 PM
Those deals are not for the top designer frames. They are also only for the basic prescription lenses.

Yes, I have bought from Lenscrafters before.




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Posted: 1/21/2011 10:14:35 PM
I don't need a strong prescription so that would be a non-issue. I have a stigmatism. And I'm just looking for a cute pair of stylish plastic frames. So hopefully they would be included.



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Posted: 1/21/2011 10:14:56 PM
That deal will get you very basic glasses. If you want a scratch resistant coating it will cost you more. If you want anti-glare coating, etc. it will cost you more. They find lots of ways to add on to that $88!

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Posted: 1/21/2011 10:26:32 PM
That's what I'm afraid of. We really have excellent health insurance but vision coverage isn't so great. We each get $100 every 2 years for glasses.


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Posted: 1/21/2011 10:42:47 PM
My last pair of "glasses in about an hour" from Lenscrafters took 9 separate visits over the course of over 10 weeks so I won't be going back there anytime soon!


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Posted: 1/21/2011 11:04:13 PM
I've had success with Lenscrafters for the past few years, but I've never walked out of there with a pair of glasses (even with the best of their sales) for less than $100. Good luck!!! It's usually more like $300 for me.









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Posted: 1/21/2011 11:10:13 PM
My last two trips to the eye doctor were at JC Penney's. My last trip I got glasses & contacts. It wasn't cheap, but given the wackiness of my prescription, it never is.

I would go back, but now I have decent vision insurance, so I will probably find and independent eye doctor.



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Posted: 1/21/2011 11:26:05 PM
My insurance worked at Sears, than LensCrafters.

Very pleased with both.

Now I have to go to Wal Mart. We'll see what happens...



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Posted: 1/21/2011 11:26:24 PM
I have a SUPER simple prescription, so I do go to Lenscrafters. My vision insurance is decent, but not fabulous, so while the sales don't bring my portion down to $0, they do bring it down to more like $100-$200 (because I always want way more expensive frames than insurance will cover). I've always been happy with my glasses from there, but if you want to stick to those sale prices, you'll be limited to a very narrow selection of frames.



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Posted: 1/21/2011 11:29:16 PM
I have gone to Lenscrafters for years. Our insurance only pays for the exam.

My last pair of glasses (bifocal, special coating on the lens) cost me $530. That included a 33% AAA discount. They were Prada frames but that only was $200 of the $530.

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Posted: 1/22/2011 1:38:31 AM
I bought from JCPenny 4 years ago. Mine is not a strong prescription and at that time I had eye insurance that was giving me free eye exam + 200 for frames. JCpenny was under the insurance's approved list of places. I ended up paying $150 over the insurance $200. I can' remember what frame I picked.

My prescription hasn't changed in recent years and I just buy mine online now. The one frame I wear regularly and get compliments on is from an online site and with shipping it was $18 .

I bought prescription sunglasses from costco few months ago for $80



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Posted: 1/22/2011 2:49:07 AM
I got some real nice sunglasses at Penny's this past summer. Absolutely LOVE them. Costly but worth it! I looked around lots of places never found any I abosolutely loved. :} Plus they took my insurance so i got a little discount! Totally worth it!


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Posted: 1/22/2011 2:56:02 AM
I believe mine are from Lenscrafters and that I spend about $350 on them (without insurance).


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Posted: 1/22/2011 3:05:36 AM
Lenscrafters did not stand behind a very expensive pair of frames. When I called Costco, the first question they asked was did I buy them there. I love the way they stand behind everything.

I liked the doctor there really well, too. (He's independent - not an employee, as are most of them at places like that.)

I've had good experiences at Walmart, too.

I'll never go back to Lenscrafters.

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Posted: 1/22/2011 3:58:41 AM
I've only ever had good experiences at Lenscrafters. My last visit was for my first pair of bifocals, they were very helpful and even came up with a variation on the location of the bifocal that solved a problem I was having. I love that I never have a problem returning the glasses if I do not like them or have a problem with them. Once I had to return them because my eye doctor wrote my prescription incorrectly, they didn't charge me for the new glasses even though it wasn't their error, they just called my eye dr (who is located at For Eyes) to verify the correct script. I have even bought frames online or at Walmart and had the lenses made there without a problem. I dislike lenses made at For Eyes and Pearle.

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Posted: 1/22/2011 6:02:31 AM
My DD has great luck at Target. They have nice frames for good prices. I have had a good experience with Eyemasters. I checked out Lenscrafters and felt they were way overpriced. Check places that aren't on your insurance too. It may end up less expensive than using a place on their list.

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Posted: 1/22/2011 6:07:00 AM
I think those deals work for people who have uncomplicated prescriptions. Once you start adding things on, though, you might as well go where you want and get exactly what you want.

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Posted: 1/22/2011 6:17:40 AM
You can get glasses on the interent for as low as $12!

I've bought 3 pairs from Zenni Optical recently. I learned about the site from the Peas. Some frames are only $6.95. Anti-scratch is free. Anti-glare, if you want that, is only $4.95. Shipping is $4.95 Zenni Optical. You can upload your pic to try them on.

Just make to have your eye dr. write down your "PD number(s)" on your prescription. You will need that to order.

There are other inexpensive sites too:

39dollarglasses
costalcontacts (they have glasses too)
goggles4u
eyeglasses123
warbyparker.com (more expensive, but they will send you frames to try on)
eyebuydirect
optical4less

allaboutvision.com explains different coatings coatings link
glassyeyes.blogspot.com tells about companies/deals.

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Posted: 1/22/2011 6:29:16 AM
I've always bought mine at Lenscrafters or Pearle Vision. My Rx means they don't have it in stock, so it takes generally a week.

Never have had a problem and I've returned frames for new ones bc I didn't like the style (within 30 days) and no questions asked.

Just got DD new glasses at Pearle Vision. Hers were made in 24 hours. They have a "free lens" special going on now for kids. That was a great deal (better than our insurance or AAA).


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Posted: 1/22/2011 7:33:03 AM
I get my son's glasses at Lenscrafters, and I've always been more than satisfied with them. I got his last pair when they had a 1/2 off lenses deal. Saved over $100 on his. He has plastic lenses and the double coat of scratch-proofing.

ETA: I don't get his eyes examined there tho. I get them done at the opthomologist and bring in the script.

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Posted: 1/22/2011 7:59:47 AM
Years ago I got my glasses at Lencrafters when they were a special deal.. Base was $98.00 but with my Rx they did cost a bit more... So I went back the last time and they quoted me almost $500.00 with cheap frames. No way was I paying that.

I ended up at Walmart. They had a special for frames/lenses for $38 I think, but of course my Rx with biofocals was more, as it is everywhere. I tried on half the frames in the shop. I finally picked a frame and it was a $9.00 one.... So the total was under $150.00. I am thrilled with my glasses. I must get another pair, nowhere is my Rx a one hour deal. I am thinking of the mail order ones to have a pair and a spare, just so I can see if I should break my regular glasses! Glad there are good reviews on them here. TFS!

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Posted: 1/22/2011 8:34:17 AM
I once went to an independent eye doctor because I was getting frequent headaches. He said the way my eyeglasses were centered was causing it. He asked me right away - "Did you buy these on the highway?" And I sure had.

We even tried again, for dd's glasses - they were completely unhelpful and couldn't help us find frames that suited our needs. It's a bunch of teenagers working there in that part of the "store" - kwim?

Totally not worth it to me - I now stick with an independent doctor.


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Posted: 1/22/2011 9:31:43 AM
Thanks girls, you've given me a lot to think about!

Kellapea I appreciate all the links you've provided! I just spent way too much of my morning browsing.


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Posted: 1/22/2011 9:41:20 AM
I have to pairs of glasses from America's Best on one of their Buy Two deals (I want to say it was 2 pairs for $70).

I got cute frames... but since I was not upgrading at all my lenses are way thick. But I knew they would be since even with the thin lenses they are thick.

I would go there again for glasses. They had a very wide selection of frames in my price point. And they were very attractive styles. And it wasn't too crazy to upgrade to the nicer lenses.


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Posted: 1/22/2011 9:43:31 AM
I used to but will never again. I went to a more traditional ophthalmologist (who gave an in depth exam, not just a 20 minute one) and found out that they have been WAY over-prescribing my lenses and do that on a regular basis to keep you coming in and getting more glasses while ruining your eyes.

Never again.



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Posted: 1/22/2011 12:32:16 PM

and found out that they have been WAY over-prescribing my lenses and do that on a regular basis to keep you coming in and getting more glasses while ruining your eyes.


I sincerely doubt this is true.


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Posted: 1/22/2011 1:07:17 PM
DH and I get our eye exams and contacts through Sears. We like the service and the prices are great when they run specials. The Dr. is an independent and we like him too.

I also took our DDs there because they both needed reading glasses. I got one pair of them, the polycarbonate (shatter proof) lenses AND frames for $50 *total*. I could not believe that price. She had about 30 different frames to pick from at that price, but you can't beat that.
My 15yo DD couldn't find frames that had that special, but hers were only $120 total, which I didn't think was terrible.

We haven't had any problems using Sears, and I plan on continuing to go there.




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Posted: 1/22/2011 1:10:33 PM

and found out that they have been WAY over-prescribing my lenses and do that on a regular basis to keep you coming in and getting more glasses while ruining your eyes.



I sincerely doubt this is true.


Believe what you want, but I was over-prescribed majorly and it was the cause of a lot of migraines and other issues for me.



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Posted: 1/22/2011 1:22:44 PM
Thanks Kellapea for those links. I love the Warby Parker plan that ships frames for you to try on in your home free, and their plan that gives a pair away free for every pair purchased. When they ever offer multi focal lenses or tinted lenses, I will seriously consider purchasing from them.




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Posted: 1/22/2011 2:11:15 PM
I have my eyes checked at my regular eye doctor, but I get my glasses at either Lens Crafters or JCPenney. I have had GREAT success with both of them. I LOVE the JCPenney 2 for $88 or $99 because I can get a variety of cute, stylish frames for very little money and change my glasses with my outfits. Ironically, the only frames I have ever had a problem with are the ones I "splurged on" from the eye doctor. They are TERRIBLE! At JCPenney, you have a limited selection of frames, but I have never had trouble picking out cute ones. I do add UV protection to them for an added cost, but it is only about $25/frame, still less than at my eye doctor. Good Luck!

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Posted: 1/22/2011 2:15:21 PM
As far as over-prescribing. I went for an exam last month and my eyes had gotten better so these new glasses are less strong. So it could have been a case where your eyes improved.

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Posted: 1/22/2011 2:22:49 PM


I used to but will never again. I went to a more traditional ophthalmologist (who gave an in depth exam, not just a 20 minute one) and found out that they have been WAY over-prescribing my lenses and do that on a regular basis to keep you coming in and getting more glasses while ruining your eyes.



I also doubt this. Are you sure you go an opthamologist and not an optometrist?






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Posted: 1/24/2011 1:39:07 PM

Believe what you want, but I was over-prescribed majorly and it was the cause of a lot of migraines and other issues for me.


I meant...I doubt that any doctor was purposely giving you the wrong Rx over and over again. Bad exams do happen, but for a doctor to do that on purpose over and over again? I doubt that.

I'm glad you got your Rx fixed though.


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Posted: 1/24/2011 1:41:15 PM
I'm wearing my reading glasses from Lenscrafters right now. No problems at all. I paid between $100-150 for them with my insurance.

I go to an independent doctor for my exams. I am also nearsighted and have glasses for that, but rarely wear them. Anyway, she said that my presbyopia was worse than my nearsightedness, so she didn't give me a prescription for bifocals.

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Posted: 1/24/2011 1:58:21 PM
I just ordered glasses from Visionworks (picking them up today, as a matter of fact.) This is about the third time I've used them. I have never gotten the special sale price.

By the time everything is all said in done, including the frames, (it's always cheap, no name frames that are on sale, never anything cute), the scratch-proofing, the tinting on the sunglasses, etc., etc., for two pairs, I paid $160 after our vision insurance kicked in. The last ones I got were about 2 years ago, when I didn't have vision insurance, and it was probably about $250-$275 (and that was also during one of their "specials".)





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