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Sandy

3/19/2008 7:36:44 AM
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eye exams & specs

It's time for an eye exam.  
 
I'm thinking of 'transition' lenses this time around....for those days when I'm not wearing contacts and sunglasses.  
 
I'd like to try a new optometrist and dispensing optician as I've been going to the same business for years....any thoughts?

 
 
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Brenda

3/19/2008 7:46:37 AM
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optometrists

I just recently changed to Dr. Ferguson at Eye Outfitters, on Richmond Ave. He was very pleasant, on time (that's a biggie for me), and explained everything as he was going along. As for glasses I have gone to Carolyn at Cristall Opticians for years. Never had a problem and great service. I had wanted to try something new on the market in "bi-focal contacts" and she actually talked me out of it and said just to wait, because something new and better was always coming out, and she had tried them and didn't like them. She could have just sold them to me, but was nice enough to tell me about the draw backs. Very happy with service at both places.

Robert Booth

3/19/2008 7:51:32 AM
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Frames

I got my frames at Wal-Mart, I went to three stores that sell glasses, and they had the best styles and a reasonable price.

na

3/19/2008 9:52:08 AM
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Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart sells exactly the eye glasses lenses and contact lenses as every other optometrist/optician in Brandon. The big difference is that there are some places in Brandon that sell the same glasses and contacts as Wal-Mart for three times (or more) as much as Wal-Mart.  
 
Don't let your eye doctor or his/her staff tell you that the stuff they sell is better than the stuff you can buy for much less at Wal-Mart. It isn't. It's exactly the same stuff.  
 
Don't let your eye doctor or his/her staff tell you that you have to buy your glasses at your doctor's office, because you don't. They can't force you to buy your glasses at their office.  
 
Your eye doctor or his/her staff shouldn't make you feel guilty for wanting to get the best deal on your glasses or contact lenses. If they are the ones charging you $500 for identical glass that you can get at Wal-Mart for $150 (and there are plenty of examples of that), then they should be the ones who feel guilty.  
 
Some of Brandon's optometrists have been getting away with hosing their patients with outrageous prices for years. It's as if they think their patients are totally stupid. Or maybe their patients would rather brag that they can afford to spend $500 on a pair of glasses, even though they could have purchased those same glasses for hundreds of dollars less at Wal-Mart. It boggles the mind.

Melissa

3/19/2008 10:15:51 AM
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clearlycontacts.ca

clearlycontacts.ca has name brand frames and contacts for way less than any of the places in Brandon - they also have a sale going on until March 31.  
 
The only thing is that they only do single vision lenses. They will send you a 'trial pack' of 4 frames that you choose then you can pick the ones you like the best and order them.  
 
It is definitly worth checking out!

The Real Mike

3/19/2008 10:21:18 AM
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I too would highly recommend Carolyn at Cristal Opticians. Been seeing her for my glasses for years now, and she is awesome!! Every 2 years I walk in there to get new glasses and book an eye exam, and she always recognizes me by name. They also book eye exams there, although the optometrist they use is a couple of buildings down from them - Dr Dressler's office. Been happy with their exams there. Very throughal, and explains everything well as they go.

SJK

3/19/2008 11:42:44 AM
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Picked out my new glasses

  
Mike said "I too would highly recommend Carolyn at Cristal Opticians. Been seeing her for my glasses for years now, and she is awesome!! Every 2 years I walk in there to get new glasses and book an eye exam, and she always recognizes me by name. They also book eye exams there, although the optometrist they use is a couple of buildings down from them - Dr Dressler's office. Been happy with their exams there. Very throughal, and explains everything well as they go."

yesterday at Wal-Mart. I finally surrendered and am getting the progressive bi-focal lense. I was quoted (at my optometrist office) a starting price just for the lenses of $400.00. I would have added to that the compressing of my lense, scratch resistant coating, frame. Would have cost me over $800.00 with taxes. Got all that plus the sunglass clips, 2 year warranty for $533.00 including tax at Wal-Mart.

username_required

3/19/2008 12:05:23 PM
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On the same

Theme, back in the days when the government covered the eye exam, every 2yrs was the guideline for frequency, now that the Gov. ceased paying for eye exams I believe for the group between 18-70yrs, the time seems to have decreased to 1yr. I say this because if you have an exam you have one year to correct or change your lenses and/or frames. If anything happens after that time including scratches ( after the warranty) the opticians will not replace a lense without your paying for another exam. I have had no change in my vision for the last 10yrs at least yet if I decide to change my frames I must pay for another exam! I am talking about regular exams not screening for glaucoma tec. I believe Walmart will honour a prescription for 2yrs.  

Sandy

3/19/2008 1:40:18 PM
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glasses

My youngest son is in this equation for an eye exam and new specs. He really isn't happy with his present optician ....all he wanted was a repair of his current glasses but was given a real runaround and told he needed a new eye exam etc.  
Since we are both now in the market for exams & glasses I think I'll stay with our present optometrist and take the prescriptions elsewhere. I'm going to check Cristal Opticians & Walmart.  
Thanks.  

Sandy

3/19/2008 1:42:50 PM
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exam

  
ThinEdge said "Theme, back in the days when the government covered the eye exam, every 2yrs was the guideline for frequency, now that the Gov. ceased paying for eye exams I believe for the group between 18-70yrs, the time seems to have decreased to 1yr. I say this because if you have an exam you have one year to correct or change your lenses and/or frames. If anything happens after that time including scratches ( after the warranty) the opticians will not replace a lense without your paying for another exam. I have had no change in my vision for the last 10yrs at least yet if I decide to change my frames I must pay for another exam! I am talking about regular exams not screening for glaucoma tec. I believe Walmart will honour a prescription for 2yrs.  
"

Does the government not cover eye exams anymore? Is that was I am reading? I am so behind the times! Tell me it isn't so.

Brenda

3/19/2008 1:46:13 PM
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Sandy

I think the government pays for exams for students, and seniors and anyone who may have a disease that can affect eyesight - (diabetes, etc.). My eye exams are not covered as I am in between that age and have no concerns with diseases. My insurance through work covers the eye exam, but only to a maxium of whatever their book says. I know that someone from work went to one local outfit and the whole cost was not covered. When I went to another local outfit, mine was all covered. So they can charge extra here and there.

Brenda

3/19/2008 1:50:47 PM
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cost of lenses

Also, my lenses at the optometrists office (not Eye Outfitters, but one I used before) were over $300.00, as they a progressive bi-focals. At Cristall opticians the lenses were $99.00.

na

3/19/2008 1:56:36 PM
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Wow

  
Curler1 (Brenda) said "Also, my lenses at the optometrists office (not Eye Outfitters, but one I used before) were over $300.00, as they a progressive bi-focals. At Cristall opticians the lenses were $99.00."

What a price difference. It sounds like you managed to avoid a total rip-off. It sure pays to shop around. Good for you.

Brenda

3/19/2008 2:07:15 PM
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Examination Cost

should have mentioned that the eye exam cost at Eye Outfitters was $80.00.

Sandy

3/19/2008 2:22:07 PM
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$$$

I'll need an eye exam, new frames with compressed lenses, possibly progressive bi-focals. Plus I want transition lenses that are scratch resistant.  
Sure happy I put the word out here on eBrandon.  
Thanks.

G-Man

3/19/2008 2:57:46 PM
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Wal-Mart

To Deveryn,  
 
The Brandon independent business community should just love the comments you've posted here. It's pretty disappointing to see such comments from someone who was/is so interested in city business.  
 
For you and others who are not more aware, eyeglasses or contacts may cost more at places other than Wal-Mart due to certain plans, options and certainly because of after-sale care and follow-up.  
 
I don't know (and I'll admit this) what Wal-Mart offers in these specific areas, but perhaps you might do a little research in the future before you use words such as "hosing" to describe the care and service offered by local Brandon business people.  

na

3/19/2008 5:09:59 PM
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Facts

  
G-Man said "To Deveryn,  
 
The Brandon independent business community should just love the comments you've posted here. It's pretty disappointing to see such comments from someone who was/is so interested in city business.  
 
For you and others who are not more aware, eyeglasses or contacts may cost more at places other than Wal-Mart due to certain plans, options and certainly because of after-sale care and follow-up.  
 
I don't know (and I'll admit this) what Wal-Mart offers in these specific areas, but perhaps you might do a little research in the future before you use words such as "hosing" to describe the care and service offered by local Brandon business people."

1. Wal-Mart is a major employer in this city, offering quality products and services to people at reasonable costs. It contributes millions of dollars annually to the Brandon economy, in the form of payroll and substantial charitable donations. The wages paid by Wal-Mart are, in many cases, higher than those paid by local businesses for similarly-skilled staff. On top of that, the Wal-Mart medical plan is outstanding - something that few local businesses even try to match.  
 
2. Many people who shop at Wal-Mart can't afford to shop at other stores. Wal-Mart enables ordinary people to purchase the things they need, at the prices they can afford. If there was no Wal-Mart in Brandon, prices for many products would much higher.  
 
3. Supporting local business doesn't obligate me or anybody else to condone what is obvious price gouging. When a Brandon business charges significantly more for the identical product (for example, eye glasses) than a major store like Wal-Mart charges, who could be blamed for wanting to pay the lower price and spending the extra money on their kids? There is no credible justification for somebody being forced to pay hundreds of dollars more for glasses from a "local" optometrist than they can pay at Wal-Mart, Cristall or other opticians.  
 
4. Your assertion that "eyeglasses or contacts may cost more at places due to certain plans, options and because of after-sale care and follow-up" is nothing more than the kind of mumbo-jumbo that is used by some businesses to justify gouging the customer. It is the same thing as telling someone that the car they purchase in Brandon (for thousands more) is better than the identical car they purchase elsewhere (for thousands less). The fact is that Wal-Mart and other opticians offer exactly the same plans and after-care. Misleading customers in order to justify charging hundreds of dollars more for the identical pair of eyeglasses is reprehensible. Actually, it's bad business, because the public eventually finds out.  
 
5. I have done plenty of research in this area. If local business people are hosing (yes, "hosing") their customers, there is no justification for looking the other way and accepting that kind of conduct. Local businesses do not have the God-given right to gouge their customers, and Brandonites are under no obligation to support local businesses that treat them that way. Loyalty and respect is a two-way street. Successful local businesses understand that.

Adam

3/19/2008 6:08:11 PM
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Thoughts

I would suggest that the market pays what the market is willing to pay to get what it perceives as the product and service it needs to get. Are you suggesting Deveryn that Brandonites aren't shopping around, comparing their options and deciding to shop at certain businesses by their own free will? IMO nobody is under some magical spell that forces them to buy anything they don't want.  
 
If one chooses to make their purchase at Wal-Mart and they manage to save a few dollars while doing it, all the while getting a product and after-service that they are confident will meet their needs then good for them. If one feels there is a local place that is more interested in and capable of taking care of their needs, I don't know if it's fair to lambast them for making that decision.

Paralyzer_Girl

3/19/2008 7:09:20 PM
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I have always gone to Carolyn at Cristall Opticians and absolutely love her. In fact, I just went to her 2 days ago and got an eye exam and new glasses. I wanted to try the transitions lenses and love them!! I had called Pearlevision in the mall because they had a 2 or 1 sale on: I asked them how much their transitions lenses were and they quoted me $349 plus your frames, plus eye exam & taxes. Just about fell over....but she says, you can get 2 pairs of glasses for just over $500. So, I called Carolyn and asked her about an exam $82, and how much transitions lenses were and she quoted me $180! Wow, what a difference. Anyway, Cristall opticians has a deal on right now...$50 off one complete pair of glasses or $120 off 2 complete pairs. I went in to Cristall Opticians with the plan to get 1 pair with transitions lenses and one with just regular lenses, and Carolyn told me that she would not spend the money, that I would absolutely love the transitions and would never wear the regular lenses again. And so far, she is right! Also, I have an astigmatism so I need toric lenses...and I was telling her that I have tried a few other brands of torics, but they never seem to work for me (as i have dry eyes) and she told me to just wait until the middle of April and she will let me know if the new toric has come out with more hydration! She is just so great! She could let a person spend, spend, spend (I could have wasted money on a second set of glasses, toric contact lenses and fitting fees)...but she doesnt..she really cares about her customers...I will always go to her...she is so accomidating.

charlotta

3/19/2008 7:18:20 PM
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Cristall

Dr.Dressler owns Cristall.I know because he charged my band for an eye exam he didn't perform so I had to pay for my own exam. Then I went to Cristall for new glasses and when they brought up my file they told me they couldn't help me because I had filed a complaint for Dressler ripping me off.  

Moe Szyslak

3/19/2008 7:36:47 PM
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Another vote

For Dr Ferguson at Eye Outfitters on Richmond. The staff there are very nice and always quick to help when I need a glasses adjustment.

LadyWendy

3/19/2008 7:40:28 PM
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We

did everything at Total Eye Care. I have had transitions for over 30 years, they just were not called that back than LOL.  
 
Hubby got transtions for the first time last August and like me he Loves them. The only downfall with them is that they don't always go dark enough while you are driving as you are inside and windows are UV protected. So we each have a pair of clips-ons from Walmart. We don't use them often, mainly when we are traveling against the Sun when it is low such as early morning or evening.  
 
Warranty at Total Eye Care is great. Hubby had a chip in ones of his lense a few weeks ago and they replaced it free. In the first year they will replace each lenses once. We have been there many times for adjustments, new nose piece and so on and the staff was always so friendly.  
 
We did pay more than other places, but we are happy with the Service and Warranty coverage. We did both get our glasses at the same time last summer and when you get 2 pair like that, one was full price and the other was 30% off.

Sandy

3/19/2008 7:46:53 PM
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Transition lenses

  
Nicole said "I have always gone to Carolyn at Cristall Opticians and absolutely love her. In fact, I just went to her 2 days ago and got an eye exam and new glasses. I wanted to try the transitions lenses and love them!! I had called Pearlevision in the mall because they had a 2 or 1 sale on: I asked them how much their transitions lenses were and they quoted me $349 plus your frames, plus eye exam & taxes. Just about fell over....but she says, you can get 2 pairs of glasses for just over $500. So, I called Carolyn and asked her about an exam $82, and how much transitions lenses were and she quoted me $180! Wow, what a difference. Anyway, Cristall opticians has a deal on right now...$50 off one complete pair of glasses or $120 off 2 complete pairs. I went in to Cristall Opticians with the plan to get 1 pair with transitions lenses and one with just regular lenses, and Carolyn told me that she would not spend the money, that I would absolutely love the transitions and would never wear the regular lenses again. And so far, she is right! Also, I have an astigmatism so I need toric lenses...and I was telling her that I have tried a few other brands of torics, but they never seem to work for me (as i have dry eyes) and she told me to just wait until the middle of April and she will let me know if the new toric has come out with more hydration! She is just so great! She could let a person spend, spend, spend (I could have wasted money on a second set of glasses, toric contact lenses and fitting fees)...but she doesnt..she really cares about her customers...I will always go to her...she is so accomidating."

Nicole you say you love your transition lenses....do you find that they require little time or quite some time to clear when you go indoors? Do they darken in the car or do you need direct sunlight before you enter the vehicle?  
Are there various degrees of darkness that can be ordered? Also did you choose your tint?  
I'm so very curious about them.

LadyWendy

3/19/2008 9:23:16 PM
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I'm not Nicole, but

go dark very very fast within 2 to 10 seconds of walking outside depending on how much sun there is.  
They do not darken much in a car  
1. because you are sort of inside and  
2. windows have UV protection.  
They can take 5 min to become clear, but I really don't notice except for the first few seconds when I go inside, expecially if it is dimmly light and I just came from full sun.  
There are 2 different tints - one will go darker than the other.  
The degree of darkenss depends on how much light there is. They will automactially adjust the degree depending on full sun, part sun, cloudy day, etc.  
 
I have loved them for over 30 years and hubby has loved them since last August.  
I know several people that have them and everyone of them loves them.

Johannah

3/19/2008 9:44:43 PM
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Pearl Vision

I happen to love Lynette in the mall at Pearl. She provides superior service. They have a great selection and variety of designer and non designer frames. Great sunglasses too! I took advantage of the buy one get one free sale a few months back. They do offer them fairly often. I got a designer pair of glasses with the best lenses you can get. They ran me @ $600 That is pretty high for a pair of glasses, but keep in mind that I also had a pair of designer prescription sunglasses. I don't shop for brand necessarily, but it just so happened the ones I loved and looked the best were Prada.

verna m mcdonald

3/19/2008 10:36:26 PM
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I agree

  
sugabeatz said "I happen to love Lynette in the mall at Pearl. She provides superior service. They have a great selection and variety of designer and non designer frames. Great sunglasses too! I took advantage of the buy one get one free sale a few months back. They do offer them fairly often. I got a designer pair of glasses with the best lenses you can get. They ran me @ $600 That is pretty high for a pair of glasses, but keep in mind that I also had a pair of designer prescription sunglasses. I don't shop for brand necessarily, but it just so happened the ones I loved and looked the best were Prada."

I've been getting my glasses from Pearle Vision [Shoppers Optical] for over 20 years and the people there have always looked after me. Could I have saved a dollar or two along the way...probably...would the other people have remembered my name ...probably not. I agree with sugabeatz the people at Pearle are more concerned with me being happy with my glasses than selling me something I don't need. Kim has been there for as long as I can remember and has always had a very professional staff. I would and have recommended Pearle to anyone. Regardless of where you get your glasses from, there are many choices and you should be able to find something that you are satified with

username_required

3/19/2008 10:37:17 PM
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Just as

business can charge whatever for whatever, I can choose to buy whatever whenever wherever I want. I don't owe a local business anymore than any other if they feel no need to sell to me with any corresponding courtesy.

prairie gal

3/19/2008 10:53:49 PM
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good thread

It's timely too, for me, as I should probably be shopping around for some new glasses.  
 
The last few pairs I bought from Larry at Scotia Optical on 10th Street (across from 7-11). Larry is such a kind and patient person. He makes every effort to fix your glasses until they're perfect. He's even stayed open late so I could make it in after work. They don't have all the latest & greatest styles, but their selection is pretty good.  
 
Prices... would definitely be in line with Wal-Mart & not the expensive places in town. My glasses are pretty basic, and I'm sure I paid less than $300.

Sandy

3/19/2008 11:09:05 PM
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Thank you LadyWendy

You have answered all my questions! Another?  
How do you find driving? Do the lenses block the sun when you are heading into direct sunlight or what about the glare from bright snow? Guess that's 3 more!  
 
I understand the 30 years...I've had contacts for around 30 years....and loved them.  
 
Have you ever considered laser eye surgery? Guess that'd be another thread.  
 

LadyWendy

3/20/2008 9:29:26 AM
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hmmm

I should add that my eyes are very sensitive to light. They still go dark, just not as dark as being outside. I have a pair of clip-ons from walmart I only use the clip-ons in situations where I am driving when the sun is low, otherwise for me it is fine. I guess there may be times that the bright glare off the white snow may also cause me to put on my clip-ons, but that is rare.  
 
Outside is no problem for bright sunny days or glare from the snow.  
 
I have never thought of lazer surgery, not at this time. It seems my eyes are at the stage where I need new glasses every 2 or 3 years, so I would not even think of lazer until they become more steady and are not changing so rapidly.  
 
Lazer Surgery will correct you vision to 20/20 for now, but you eyes will go back to their pattern of deteriation, so for me right now lazer surgery would only last for me 2 or 3 years.  
 
Even if my eyes get to the point that they are not deterating much more, I'm still not sure that I would do lazer surgery as because my eyes are so sensitive to light, I would need to wear sunglasses, even on a cloudy day so I'm thinking it might be easier to put something on in the morning the adjusts for me all day rather than have sunglasses going off and on all day.  
 
But that is just my opinon. I have 4 friends that have had lazer surgery and two of them are very happy with it and have been 4 to 5 years glasses free. For another is lasted 1.5 years before they were back to glasses and for another it last 6 months before she needed glasses for reading again.  
 
But even for my brother in law that it only lasted 1.5 years, he was very happy. He has wore glasses every since he was a little boy - the thickness of coke bottles and for him to go 1.5 years glass free was awesome and even though he is wearing glasses again, they are not near as strong.  
 

 
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