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[24 May 2009 | 3 Comments | 370 views]

I was happy with my $57 online eyeglasses from Zenni Optical back in 2007 (see also parts 1, 2 & 3). They weren’t perfect, but saving $350 was really nice. Since then, the cheapo magnetic shades have broken (I wish I’d gotten a couple of spares at $5/ ea) and I got tired of the arms sticking out too much.
I was going to wait until we moved to Costa Rica to get a new prescription, since I figured it would be cheap (~$7 was the high quote so far) and …

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[22 Jul 2007 | 14 Comments | 1,669 views]

I’ve had about 10 days with them – I got them last Monday, but they may have arrived sooner since I hadn’t checked the mail in 3-4 days. This fits with the timeline provided by Zenni Optical:
Most orders will be delivered within about two weeks , orders which require some extra,special or custom lab work like progressives, bi-focals, custom suntint, or extra strength prescriptions can take three to six days extra.
I ordered my my glasses on June 19, and due to my stronger prescription, the additional 3-6 days count. …

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[19 Jun 2007 | Comments Off | 686 views]

It’s been a few weeks since I went to the opthalmologist, and I’ve finally gotten a moment (or decided to give myself a moment) to take the next step. From the doc I got my prescription, but she was unable to measure my pupillary distance (PD) because she had nothing to measure in millimeters, which sounded terribly careless and half-assed to me. Measuring that isn’t rocket science, and I don’t think she or her optician is any better at making a rough measurement using nothing but their hands, …

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[7 Jun 2007 | Comments Off | 171 views]

Here are my glasses.  The arms aren’t supposed to be spread outlike that – the frames had some nifty mechanism to keep them in place, which was great.  Until they broke, of course.  The arms then cost $75 to replace.  The frame, I presume, was pretty expensive.  They’re ‘Hugo Boss,’ some overpriced fashion victimizer, but I got them for free as I traded a wool overcoat for them.  My friend whose glasses they were got them for free from his vision plan.
The arms have been broken for awhile, so they …

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[2 Jun 2007 | 2 Comments | 525 views]

I’m going to buy eyeglasses online. It sounds bizarre, not trying on frames and stuff, but the last pair I got (7-8 years ago) was so expensive (almost $400) that I haven’t gotten a pair since. My back up pair is my bent glasses from … high school. That’s better than Trish though – she has no backup. It’s a bit risky for two people who can’t function without them, but we never considered possible alternatives and assumed that the next pair we got would cost …