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Eyewear Buyers Guide

BUYING NEW EYE GLASSES CAN SEEM COMPLICATED AND EXPENSIVE.

Here are my answers to some common questions that may help you when it comes to purchasing your next pair of eye glasses.

Question: Can’t I get a better price at the big chain store opticals (ie. Lenscrafters, Pearle, Cohens, etc.)?  It seems they are always offering coupons, having “sales,” etc..

Answer:  As you know, “sales,” coupons, 2-for-1 deals, etc. are all used as a way of increasing customer traffic.  However, of course “regular” prices are inflated, and lower quality is advertised. We guarantee to beat any "chain optical store" price on comparable-quality prescription eyewear.  And, don't forget the value of professional fitting services, as well as our one-year guarantee on new frames and lenses, at NO EXTRA COST.

Glasses 20Wall 20Display 201280x480Question:  There are so many lens types and options.  How do I choose what’s best for me?

Answer:  Ask your eye care professional.  Your doctor or optician should assist you in choosing a frame that fits and looks great, and recommend  the lenses that will work best for you.  From my experience, the big optical stores rely mostly on “frame stylists”  They are helpful with frame selection, but not as highly-trained as doctors or opticians.  We try to simplify your choices and provide you with glasses that don't just let you see well, but that you really like to wear!

Question:  I’ve heard that it can be difficult to adapt to progressive (no-line) bifocals.  Wouldn’t it be easier to buy separate pairs for Distance and Near, or even use lined bifocals instead?

Answer:  While progressive lenses can initially require some patience, they are the best option for most people, because they offer clear vision at ALL distances.  Also, the newer HIGH DEFINITION lens designs, many of which aren't even available at the chain store opticals, provide outstanding optical clarity, and make adaptation easier than ever.

Question: Do I really need those lens “extras,” like anti-glare, anti-scratch, hi-index, polycarbonate, etc?

Answer:  We’ve all seen the price Ads for “bargain” glasses.  Those prices are for the lowest-end frames and uncoated plastic lenses.  Almost nobody buys them because most people end up choosing a nicer frame and lighter, scratch-resistant, anti-glare lens options.  Choosing lens options such as polycarbonate, hi-index, anti-glare, can make a huge difference in overall visual comfort.  You want to be happy with your new glasses, and your eyes are worth it.  We offer the basics too, of course, but we don't advertise or recommend them because we feel your vision is worth more than that.

Question:  I have “vision insurance.”  Why doesn’t it cover the entire cost of my new glasses?clipart 011

Answer:  First, there is really no such thing as “vision insurance.”  The two major nationwide vision plans ( VSP and EyeMed ) include defined benefits towards the purchase of either glasses or contacts, along with a discount on frame and lens upgrades.  Typically, this type of benefit covers the cost of a low-end frame and uncoated plastic lenses. It is NOT designed to cover the entire cost of new glasses.  For instance, the retail price for a pair of digital progressive lenses in a fashion frame could be $700.  After vision plan benefit and discount, out-of-pocket cost might be about $300.   This savings of over 50% is the value of having a vision plan.

Question:  I'm one of the growing number of people who have no vision plan or insurance at all.  Is there any discount available to me?

Answer:  Absolutely!  Economic times are difficult, and Dr. Steadman feels the fair thing to do is offer a special discount to those who have no vision benefits or insurance, so before you spend your hard-earned money on eye glasses or contact lenses, please stop in and check with us.  For those without vision exam or eyewear benefits, we offer up to to a 25% discount, depending on the product.

Beware of bargain glasses or online deals - Eyeglasses should be fitted and all measurements must be accurate to insure the right level of comfort and vision. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.