I got an eye exam and a new prescription. They priced out a pair for me at about $150, which is net after insurance. The frames were $200, insurance covers $160. Lenses were 120, insurance covers 100. Add $23 for polycarbonate. Add $61 for anti-reflective and UV coating. Add $25 for co-pay, just to add some more money. Total $148.20 out of pocket. I thanked them and left with my prescription and pupillary measurements.
I checked out Zenni and ordered a pair for $30, without insurance.
- How can they sell glasses so cheap? Is this another example of stuff made in China with cheap labor?
- How is the quality? I can easily assess frame quality once I get them but I have no idea how to objectively assess lens quality.
I have a pair of sport sunglasses that were a bargain price through Amazon, but I can tell the optical quality is not as good as the high-end stuff. I can see internal reflections in the lens and there is something off with the polarization (a reflective object at road level looks different in the two eyes), but for under $30 they are great and fine for cycling. But with prescription glasses I want to be a little more discerning.