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September 16, 2008


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297$ for two pairs! You'll have to let me know where that was. By the time they get mine thinned down, anti-glared and everything, they usually charge me at least 450$ for one pair, and that's with inexpensive frames.

So at that price, I always end up picking the more conservative model, knowing I'll have to live with them for quite a few years. And then I look at people with very cool glasses and regret my choice. ;-)

Like most things, hugely less expensive than here in the UK! With custom-made lenses for astigmatism, thinned so they don't look like bottle-bottoms, and any kind of decent frames, a new pair of glasses for me costs at least 5 or 6 hundred pounds (c 1000 Canadian dollars). Which is why I've had the same pair for several years and they're now getting very bent and battered.

Do so agree with Jean's comment above. You nearly need a mortgage to get new glasses here in the UK. Theres frames, lenses, vari-focals, reactolite, all the add-ons. If they are under £400 you think you are jolly lucky. Yes they do have to last but we do have to look after our eyes, don't we?

Unfortunately, I have to say, though nonetheless stylish, the frames you chose are very Sarah Palinesque!

It never OCCURRED to me that "lunettes" means, like, little moon-slices. Cute.

Heh. I'm always paying through the nose for my glasses, for the insurance won't cover them, and I've learned that I can't live with unattractive ones (since I'll be seeing them everyday, all day, for several years).

Trying on new ones is an entertaining exercise, as my vision is quite poor without them (I've determined that my zone of clear focus only extends from 4 inches from my eyes to about 7 or 8 inches). I don't wear contacts, so I can't see how I look in them, beyond peering weakly at them from up close or getting a fuzzy sense of their general shape and color from a distance. Usually I take D. with me - he has good taste and an eye (hee) for what looks flattering on me.

I'm not looking forward to the day when my eyes start heading towards bi-focal land - with my luck, I won't be able to see ANYTHING clearly without lenses.

Thanks, Tori. I feel better now!

That was at Optique Laurier, Martine. Costco also has good deals, and the best prices I've seen on contact lenses, but much less selection for frames. I also got a cheap pair once at a Wal-Mart vision center in the U.S., but I've heard that prices tend to be better on glasses in Canada.

I'm shocked by the British prices! Yikes. Come on over!

Jaelin - I know it looks that way but if you saw the whole frame, they're very different. Kind of a wide, rounded rectangle, and narrow top to bottom. Hers are a lot trendier.

Vivian - that never occured to me either. Wow.

Rana - my sympathies!!

As Pat says of the UK, looking after the eyes requires parting with an arm and a leg, price-wise. I guess in your case, Beth, the astigmatism is a determining issue in terms of needing specialist provision. But for straightforward long-sightedness, I've managed to cater for my needs on eBay. I now own a modest but exclusive collection of vintage specs, purchased for peanuts. The pair I wear for daily use (as in not bumping into the furniture or the car in front) are Dickensian - oval lenses and straight wire sides with looped ends, probably from the late 19th century. They cost me £5.00 + £2.50 postage. Then for reading I have a pair of 8 carat gold, horn-rimmed hexagonal glasses. It's all a bit hit-or-miss and I have a shoebox full of interesting odds and sods that I can't wear. But I now have lots of grateful myopic and hyperopic friends!

Yes, Dick, it's the need for custom-made lenses that's the killer! On the other hand, I'm very grateful that the kind of eye problem both Beth and I have no longer requires correction by lenses half an inch thick on one side.

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