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  Reply # 1040832 9-May-2014 13:47
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Do clearly do lenses that counter astigmatism as well?



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  Reply # 1040834 9-May-2014 13:50
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Firstly, NZ optimitrists can be reluctant to hand over your prescription - have heard of some people who have had to demand that they hand it over. But it is something they cannot hold from you.



Correct. I can't say I've had this issue myself (there is always a lot of guilt-tripping prior to handing it over) but always worth remembering. Myself and 2 others I know have been trying to sort our glasses. Another common theme I've noticed in respect of the lack of transparency is the difficulty of so many optoms in even answering (or wanting to answer) requests for approximate prices of lens when all of us can provide exact prescriptions AND what lenses we want. I accept and understand that you must make clear nothing is final until your optometrist confirms that I can really wear what I want etc but for people to ring in normal business hours and to generally NOT get any useful answers other than "Bring your frames and script in" is pretty hopeless. Most optoms aren't open late on weekdays and are only open till around midday on Saturdays. People really can't afford to go around physically visiting random optoms to get quotes. With the prices these people charge, the least they can do is hire staff who are qualified enough to give such approximate quotes or be helpful by, for example, getting the optometrist to e-mail back.

So far, the only people willing to give transparent (and sane) quotes on the spot (or are willing to assist by e-mail) are Albany Optometrists, Visique Milford, Visique Henderson, and Visique Silverdale.



 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1040848 9-May-2014 14:22
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Tzoi: Do clearly do lenses that counter astigmatism as well?


Yes, I have two pairs from them. They compare well with my expensive pair I got from an NZ optometrist. The lense aren't as thin but then I didnt pay for the super thin lenses.

BTW my degree of astigmatism means my lenses fall out of the "standard lense" clause the optometrists here put on their glasses deals. I found that out after I got one of those daily deals for eye test & glasses only to find out I had to pay another $200 for non-standard lenses.

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  Reply # 1040850 9-May-2014 14:26
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http://www.ezyglasses.co.nz/

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sed them several times, NZ based, home trial available. Great customer service too.

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  Reply # 1040851 9-May-2014 14:27
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dejadeadnz: 
So far, the only people willing to give transparent (and sane) quotes on the spot (or are willing to assist by e-mail) are Albany Optometrists, Visique Milford, Visique Henderson, and Visique Silverdale.



Funniest thing I had regarding quotes was from Visique in Porirua for my sons glasses.

Conversation went something like this.

Me: Whats the price on these frames with this prescription?
Them: $200
Me: Ok, what's the price if you just put new lenses in his existing frames? (bear in mind the old frames came from Visique)
Them: Oh that'll be $300

Needless to say we went to SpecSavers for the eye test and ordered from Clearly.

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  Reply # 1040862 9-May-2014 14:54
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jonathan18:

I was interested enough after reading this to check out their site; I've created an account, found some interesting frames and then... haven't been able to upload a photo to 'try them on'. I've tried via Chrome, Firefox and IE on my laptop - on all browsers the link from the first page to add one's photo (https://www.zennioptical.com/myAccount/myAccountFrameFit?_requestid=3784125) is blank other than its logo and a black bar across the top of the screen. I've tried on Safari on the iPad - got to the point of uploading a photo, but it won't go past the point where one is supposed to move the crosshairs to line up with the pupils (can't move the crosshairs, nor accept the computer-set location of them).

Has anyone else had the same problems, and does anyone who has successfully navigated the site got any tips? (I emailed the site yesterday to ask for help but expect any response, if any arrives, will take some time from such a siite).

Alternatively, what other mail-order sites offering similar "value for money" but ok quality glasesses have other users ordered from? My sisters used one Chinese-based site that was apparently ok, but I can't recall its name... Given the possible low cost these sites offer, it'll be useful to get spare pairs of both glasses and prescrition sunnies based on a current script (eg, so I can leave a pair of sunglasses in the car).

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I've uploaded a number of photos to Zenni and haven't had to do anything special. It has just worked very straight forward.

If you can't get it to work you could just use http://www.ezyglasses.co.nz/ that someone else linked to earlier. They appear to sell exactly the same product as Zenni (even right down to having the same product description) but just at a slightly higher price point.

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  Reply # 1040867 9-May-2014 15:00
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Clearly has a free offer going on

 


https://imgur.com/J6A5OqD




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  Reply # 1040871 9-May-2014 15:06
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farcus: I've uploaded a number of photos to Zenni and haven't had to do anything special. It has just worked very straight forward.

If you can't get it to work you could just use http://www.ezyglasses.co.nz/ that someone else linked to earlier. They appear to sell exactly the same product as Zenni (even right down to having the same product description) but just at a slightly higher price point.


Cheers for confirming that. Is there any chance you could try to do so again in your own account to see if it's a general problem or just a problem affecting me? Would be much appreciated! I find it strange that it would affect only me given I've had problems on three different devices and four different browsers.



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  Reply # 1040872 9-May-2014 15:08
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tchart:
Funniest thing I had regarding quotes was from Visique in Porirua for my sons glasses.

Conversation went something like this.

Me: Whats the price on these frames with this prescription?
Them: $200
Me: Ok, what's the price if you just put new lenses in his existing frames? (bear in mind the old frames came from Visique)
Them: Oh that'll be $300

Needless to say we went to SpecSavers for the eye test and ordered from Clearly.



Oh yes, don't get me started on this. I don't even get why ANY of these shops have the temerity to make things more expensive if you just want lenses on new/existing frames that you didn't buy from them. Is the massive mark up on the lenses not enough? In my case, all most of these idiots need to do is read my script, press a few buttons on a computer, and send my frames away. I haven't taken up staff time/resources to choose my frame and basically don't need any service. And all for passing my stuff on to the middleman (the lens lab - which of course won't service retail customers) these people probably make $150 - $200 minimum yet this is apparently not enough for many people.

My respect for the optometry "profession" is this country has basically nose-dived into four digit negatives after these experiences.



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  Reply # 1040882 9-May-2014 15:15
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jonathan18:
Cheers for confirming that. Is there any chance you could try to do so again in your own account to see if it's a general problem or just a problem affecting me? Would be much appreciated! I find it strange that it would affect only me given I've had problems on three different devices and four different browsers.


Just gave it a  spin. Seems to be working fine.
Logged into my account and uploaded image, positioned etc.
Using Firefox 29 on openSUSE (Linux)

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  Reply # 1040894 9-May-2014 15:38
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farcus:
jonathan18:
Cheers for confirming that. Is there any chance you could try to do so again in your own account to see if it's a general problem or just a problem affecting me? Would be much appreciated! I find it strange that it would affect only me given I've had problems on three different devices and four different browsers.


Just gave it a  spin. Seems to be working fine.
Logged into my account and uploaded image, positioned etc.
Using Firefox 29 on openSUSE (Linux)


Thanks so much for checking that out; clearly something weird my end, or at least with my account. I may try creating a new account and/or doing it on a different machine to see I have any better luck, as I'm keen on accessing these cheap prices!

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SteveON: In my case I have only ever seen smaller private stores. I am glad I no longer need glasses, contacts are king. Being neg 15.75 in both eyes makes my glasses like bottle caps.


Holy crap, that was like my dads script. So not a candidate for lazik then? I was -6 and on the border of being a good candidate for lazer surgery, had it done but now -1 so going short sighted again, not sure how.

Guess contacts are pretty expensive for you and glasses would look like Jam Jar bottoms.



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  Reply # 1041675 11-May-2014 12:44
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Random laughs and observations on topic:

1. A certain optom in Mt Eden has an offer on its website that if you mention their website, you get 20% off. Thanks for confirming for all that you're over-priced.

2. Many optom practices no longer even try to disguise the fact that they are retail first and eye health second. I mean, make an effort to tell me who your optometrist is on your websites, please.

3. Clearly has been bought out by the French lens manufacturer Essilor since February this year. In the short to medium term I think it will be a good thing for consumers. This just about guarantees that Clearly will use high quality lenses and since this buy-out is an obvious attempt at vertical integration and to compete in the retail market, the good prices should last for a while yet. But in the long term, given the way Essilor is slowly buying into other lens manufacturers/technology holders (they own Transitions, for example), lens labs everywhere, and are now getting into retail, one suspects they aren't in this to be nice to consumers.



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  Reply # 1041950 12-May-2014 07:48
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The two best places are 39dollarglasses.com and zennioptical.com

Based on customer experience.

I bought my last pait at 39dollar and will never buy in NZ again now.
Prescription dead accurate, choice of frames, and I upped the lens type too, as I have a large difference between the 2 and all the NZ opticians would always say they couldn't make both lenses the same thickness.

Well 39dollar could.

They have to give you the prescription, whether they like it or not.

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  Reply # 1042021 12-May-2014 10:27
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Implantable contacts are the way to go

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