Buying spectacles online?

iamaspinner

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That explains why, when I go to Specsavers, every two years for a free eye test, and just ask for my free social welfare pair of glasses, I am treated so badly by the sales staff. No profit or commission from me.

The last time I went. The sales person all smiles.....until I said that I wanted my free pair and nothing else. Her whole manner changed and I was basically shown two pairs and told take your pick....didn't even measure to see if they would fit.

Dreadful service altogether but I expect it every time. Maybe the social welfare money that they get is not considered real money.
I have used 2 different Specsavers (I think they are franchised), never paid for anything and they were both very good. Maybe try a different franchise?
 

Cervelo

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I just reordered my varifocals last Friday, in Specsavers.
Just for comparison I got new varifocals in June this year, I didn't go to Specsavers but rather to my local optician who happens to stock Lindberg.
And also does the Zeiss and Essilor lenses, I prefer Essilor but went for Zeiss this time
So just for the lenses as I have a few pairs of Lindberg frames that will probably see me out
Full Eye test €100, fully refunded by Laya
Lenses including Transitions Gen 8 €650 of which Laya refunded me another €100
So all in €550 for a set of Lenses
I would presume if I was to add in Lindberg frames I be adding at least the same again if not more :oops:
 
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Slim

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Just for comparison I got new varifocals in June this year, I didn't go to Specsavers but rather to my local optician who happens to stock Lindberg.
And also does the Zeiss and Essilor lenses, I prefer Essilor but went for Zeiss this time
So just for the lenses as I have a few pairs of Lindberg frames that will probably see me out
Full Eye test €100, fully refunded by Laya
Lenses including Transitions Gen 8 €650 of which Laya refunded me another €100
So all in €550 for a set of Lenses
I would presume if I was to add in Lindberg frames I be adding at least the same again if not more :oops:
Interesting. May I ask which Laya plan you are on?
 

Cervelo

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Interesting. May I ask which Laya plan you are on?
We're on the "Control 300 Create", which allows you to claim €100 per year on optician expenses less the excess of €1 (which I forgot to mention)
My policy renews the beginning of June so end of May got an eye test and submitted a claim
First week in June went to the Optician and ordered the lenses and submitted another claim
Then in May 2024 will do another eye test and if needed will order lenses in June
 

WaterWater

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I got a text yesterday from Specsavers and today an email reminding me that my appointment is now due. It isn't.

Almost harassment at this stage.
 

Scoobydoobydoo

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We're on the "Control 300 Create", which allows you to claim €100 per year on optician expenses less the excess of €1 (which I forgot to mention)
My policy renews the beginning of June so end of May got an eye test and submitted a claim
First week in June went to the Optician and ordered the lenses and submitted another claim
Then in May 2024 will do another eye test and if needed will order lenses in June
Similar...… I have a Laya "SimplyHealth Choice" policy which gives 50% back. I purchased 3 single vison lenses (im very hard on them) from SmartBuyGlasses for €100 and got 50% of that back from Laya. It was my first time buying online, the quality is excellent and I easily saved myself €200-300.
 

Slim

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We're on the "Control 300 Create", which allows you to claim €100 per year on optician expenses less the excess of €1 (which I forgot to mention)
We're on the same. I'll dig out the receipt tomorrow. Many thanks, Cervelo, and happy cycling!
 

Cervelo

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We're on the same. I'll dig out the receipt tomorrow. Many thanks, Cervelo, and happy cycling!
You're welcome, glad to be of assistance :)

Just thinking this forward, I'm not eligible for the free eye test but for someone who is I don't see why their prescription glasses can't be purchased in two separate transactions like I do to avail of a bigger refund, ask your optician I'm sure they would be only to happy to oblige

With regards to buying glasses online I've been doing this for years for my cycling sunglasses and the optical inserts that I use
The sunglasses I use (Rudy Project) can be up to 50% cheaper than a retail shop here and that's if you can find a stockist here
but the lenses are as cheap as chips, the last time I enquired my optician was looking for €250 just for a pair of single focus lenses
while Vision3K in the UK were £80 for lenses and the optical clip to attach them to the sunglasses and I find the perfect for what I use them for

But when it comes to buying my everyday glasses they have always been bought from an Irish optician mainly because of the brand of frames and lenses I use couldn't(I think) be bought online and now that I've reached the milestone of needing varifocals I just wouldn't risk using an online retailer even with the high prices charged here and I freely admit that when I heard the cost first, it took me a few days to get my head around it
Which back in 2018 was €750 for the first pair, €250 for a second and third pair and that's just for the lenses no frames!!!
 
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Tiiiiip

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I don't know, I probably wouldn't risk it. You have to measure them, how they fit, whether they will not fall or vice versa. As for me such things are better to buy in person. Dishes, sofas, food, even sometimes clothes can be ordered online, but not glasses. But of course everyone decides for himself. It also depends on the price, if inexpensive, you can take a risk.
 
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