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Why prescription glasses are so expensive in US ($400+) vs here ($14 / $20)


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lamoe
35 minutes ago, GwapoGuy said:

Have been wearing glasses for a long time as well. Was getting my glasses at Costco for the last ten years and they were averaging $125 a pair for regular prescription with tint and anti-scratch coating. If you need an eye exam, it's around $100 more. Very good quality, imported frames which would last me a good five years. Of course you need to be a member.

Now my go to shop is Warby Parker, the best thing to ever happen to the eye glass business! If you are not close to one of their newly opened retail locations, they will send you up to five frames to try on at home. All their frames are first class acetate or titanium made in Europe. Coated polycarbonate lenses are standard. Progressive lenses are much more expensive but my last pair cost me $99.00.

On the other hand, the last time I was in town, stopped into Country Mall and had a look see at the optical shop. The clerk was a young guy in his early 20's who had difficulty helping me. He called the optometrist from the back, who sized me up and gave me a price around 17K for glasses that were fairly plain. :unsure:

Even with single vision and prisms (double vision) glasses total from Aces were less than 6K, I believe.

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13 hours ago, Dafey said:

Where did you get those?

BJ's. 

I would assume since it was so long ago that they are more prevalent now. 

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