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Topic # 60349 25-Apr-2010 01:20
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Are there any optometrists in auckland that can give you an eye exam and make the lenses and fit them into a frame within one day? Most of the places i contacted are going to take about one week.

You don't need eye drops in your eye exam to get lenses made right?

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  Reply # 322537 25-Apr-2010 07:26
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As most places as far as I know just do the exam and get the info to send to the people who make the lenses I don't think you will find someone who will do it "on the spot".

Eye drop? I've never had them do it when I get my eyes checked.

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  Reply # 322557 25-Apr-2010 08:55
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You might be able to get contact lenses that quickly, but a physical pair of glasses gets sent to Hoya or a similar place for the lenses to be custom ground (which is why they're so expensive).

Bear in mind that optometrists always say "within a week" but they are giving you a conservative estimate. Last time I got a pair cut, it took 2 days.

On the spot is not possible though.




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  Reply # 322581 25-Apr-2010 10:16
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LennonNZ: As most places as far as I know just do the exam and get the info to send to the people who make the lenses I don't think you will find someone who will do it "on the spot".


Eye drop? I've never had them do it when I get my eyes checked.


 

A proper eye health check involves more that checking what sort of magnification you might need. They should be checking for eye health and a full exam takes around 30 minutes.

The eye drops bit was new to me the last time I got checked (and no I dont need glasses just yet). They used a very yellow eye drop solution that causes the pupil to dilate a bit - I think it also had a mild desensitiser in it as well. Opening the pupil allows the optician to look into your eye easier and I think it may have made it a bit easier for them to do the glaucoma check as well. They seem to use some little blue light thing that measures eyeball pressure now rather than blowing a puff of air onto your eye. All I can say as it doesnt hurt.

I dont recall that the eye drops gave many any vision issues afterwards.




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  Reply # 323146 26-Apr-2010 17:58

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LennonNZ: As most places as far as I know just do the exam and get the info to send to the people who make the lenses I don't think you will find someone who will do it "on the spot".


Eye drop? I've never had them do it when I get my eyes checked.


 

A proper eye health check involves more that checking what sort of magnification you might need. They should be checking for eye health and a full exam takes around 30 minutes.

The eye drops bit was new to me the last time I got checked (and no I dont need glasses just yet). They used a very yellow eye drop solution that causes the pupil to dilate a bit - I think it also had a mild desensitiser in it as well. Opening the pupil allows the optician to look into your eye easier and I think it may have made it a bit easier for them to do the glaucoma check as well. They seem to use some little blue light thing that measures eyeball pressure now rather than blowing a puff of air onto your eye. All I can say as it doesnt hurt.

I dont recall that the eye drops gave many any vision issues afterwards.


I would doubt anyone does it that quickly. Mine took a week. Have you trried spec savers, as they are a lot cheaper than your traditional optomistrists, and they are good quality glasses, and it also only takes about a week to get them.

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  Reply # 323150 26-Apr-2010 18:11
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My partner is an optometrist and realistically she says unless the store has a lab, it is not possible to get it on the same day. A week is usually the quickest you can get it done.

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  Reply # 323868 27-Apr-2010 20:46
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OK, nowhere near same day, but for the price you can't knock it: www.zennioptical.com - I've bought two pairs of glasses from here using my prescription: quality is exactly on par with any you find anywhere in NZ. Prices range from US$8 (yes, you read that right, $8: quality glasses, includes frames, lenses, case & cloth) + P&P up to US$40-50 for top-of-the line (titanium, memory titanium, stainless, etc) and they ship to NZ for a fixed price (around US$9 from memory) regardless of the number of pairs you purchase. At least 7 others I know have used them and we all rave about it to everyone we know with glasses.

My glasses (titanium frames plus high-RI lenses, my prescription is around -9.00) cost me almost NZ$800 when purchasing a few years ago. All up a similar pair came to around NZ$80 delivered to my door from Zenni (included added extras: high RI lens, anti-reflective coating, polarized clip-ons, which is why it cost more than a mere US$8). Had them for months now and they have been as good as any pair I've ever had.

I'll never buy glasses from the optometrist again, not SpecSavers, not anyone. Period. heavenly_wild: please apologise to your partner for me, but I'll only be coming in for a regular checkup from now on, no more glasses purchases :)

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  Reply # 323941 27-Apr-2010 23:10
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most of the opticians these days (Specsavers, OPSM etc) are just shops. The actual making of the glasses isn't done on site any more, so it makes it impossible to get them same day.

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  Reply # 323959 28-Apr-2010 00:58
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yea glasses in NZ is just d@mm expensive......
the last time i bought glasses from NZ was 10 years ago..... I would never buy any glasses in NZ....

I will just buy it online -- like some NZers - in the stats 1.4 M shopping online :)


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  Reply # 324007 28-Apr-2010 08:37
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pih: OK, nowhere near same day, but for the price you can't knock it: www.zennioptical.com - I've bought two pairs of glasses from here using my prescription: quality is exactly on par with any you find anywhere in NZ. Prices range from US$8 (yes, you read that right, $8: quality glasses, includes frames, lenses, case & cloth) + P&P up to US$40-50 for top-of-the line (titanium, memory titanium, stainless, etc) and they ship to NZ for a fixed price (around US$9 from memory) regardless of the number of pairs you purchase. At least 7 others I know have used them and we all rave about it to everyone we know with glasses.

My glasses (titanium frames plus high-RI lenses, my prescription is around -9.00) cost me almost NZ$800 when purchasing a few years ago. All up a similar pair came to around NZ$80 delivered to my door from Zenni (included added extras: high RI lens, anti-reflective coating, polarized clip-ons, which is why it cost more than a mere US$8). Had them for months now and they have been as good as any pair I've ever had.

I'll never buy glasses from the optometrist again, not SpecSavers, not anyone. Period. heavenly_wild: please apologise to your partner for me, but I'll only be coming in for a regular checkup from now on, no more glasses purchases :)

Wow!  If I'd known about that I might have stuck with glasses instead of spending nearly $10K on surgery!  My eyes were as bad as yours and the expense of high-RI glasses (and lack of frame choice actually) finally got to be too much for me.

P.S. How did get titanium (I'm assuming thin) frames?  Even with the highest index, my lenses were always so thick at the edge.  Perhaps you don't mind the look?

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  Reply # 324021 28-Apr-2010 09:00
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bazzer:
pih: OK, nowhere near same day, but for the price you can't knock it: www.zennioptical.com - I've bought two pairs of glasses from here using my prescription: quality is exactly on par with any you find anywhere in NZ. Prices range from US$8 (yes, you read that right, $8: quality glasses, includes frames, lenses, case & cloth) + P&P up to US$40-50 for top-of-the line (titanium, memory titanium, stainless, etc) and they ship to NZ for a fixed price (around US$9 from memory) regardless of the number of pairs you purchase. At least 7 others I know have used them and we all rave about it to everyone we know with glasses.

My glasses (titanium frames plus high-RI lenses, my prescription is around -9.00) cost me almost NZ$800 when purchasing a few years ago. All up a similar pair came to around NZ$80 delivered to my door from Zenni (included added extras: high RI lens, anti-reflective coating, polarized clip-ons, which is why it cost more than a mere US$8). Had them for months now and they have been as good as any pair I've ever had.

I'll never buy glasses from the optometrist again, not SpecSavers, not anyone. Period. heavenly_wild: please apologise to your partner for me, but I'll only be coming in for a regular checkup from now on, no more glasses purchases :)

Wow!  If I'd known about that I might have stuck with glasses instead of spending nearly $10K on surgery!  My eyes were as bad as yours and the expense of high-RI glasses (and lack of frame choice actually) finally got to be too much for me.

P.S. How did get titanium (I'm assuming thin) frames?  Even with the highest index, my lenses were always so thick at the edge.  Perhaps you don't mind the look?


Oh damn, last week Clearlycontacts.co.nz had for Welly, the first 500 people to sign up get free glasses + $9.95NZD to ship them

I got some Scandanavian Eyewear in Titanium with plastic hardened lenses, anti-glare and anti-scratch

There prices aren't bad either, NZ based(ships from overseas) so easy to contact if you have trouble with your order too :)

They do glasses ranging from about $48NZ - expensive.  Mostly designer frames too 




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  Reply # 324022 28-Apr-2010 09:02
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bazzer:
P.S. How did get titanium (I'm assuming thin) frames?  Even with the highest index, my lenses were always so thick at the edge.  Perhaps you don't mind the look?


Pretty sure you need to get the titanium frames with the nylon threads round the lense...although that's what I currently have, semi frameless, because the frames are thing.  Mine overlap the edge by about 1-2mm near the bridge, but apart from that look good 




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  Reply # 324041 28-Apr-2010 09:24
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vinnieg:
bazzer:
P.S. How did get titanium (I'm assuming thin) frames?  Even with the highest index, my lenses were always so thick at the edge.  Perhaps you don't mind the look?


Pretty sure you need to get the titanium frames with the nylon threads round the lense...although that's what I currently have, semi frameless, because the frames are thing.  Mine overlap the edge by about 1-2mm near the bridge, but apart from that look good 

But what is your prescription?  With the highest index and quite small lenses, the edge (usually outside edge is biggest) was about 7mm, so not really ideal for thin frames.

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  Reply # 324065 28-Apr-2010 10:27
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pih: OK, nowhere near same day, but for the price you can't knock it: www.zennioptical.com - I've bought two pairs of glasses from here using my prescription: quality is exactly on par with any you find anywhere in NZ. Prices range from US$8 (yes, you read that right, $8: quality glasses, includes frames, lenses, case & cloth) + P&P up to US$40-50 for top-of-the line (titanium, memory titanium, stainless, etc) and they ship to NZ for a fixed price (around US$9 from memory) regardless of the number of pairs you purchase. At least 7 others I know have used them and we all rave about it to everyone we know with glasses.


+1

For me and two of the kids. Had to replace the kids glasses twice already (sport/lost) and that was easy too. The only downer is the 2-3 weeks delivery.




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  Reply # 324070 28-Apr-2010 10:39
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bazzer:
vinnieg:
bazzer:
P.S. How did get titanium (I'm assuming thin) frames?  Even with the highest index, my lenses were always so thick at the edge.  Perhaps you don't mind the look?


Pretty sure you need to get the titanium frames with the nylon threads round the lense...although that's what I currently have, semi frameless, because the frames are thing.  Mine overlap the edge by about 1-2mm near the bridge, but apart from that look good 

But what is your prescription?  With the highest index and quite small lenses, the edge (usually outside edge is biggest) was about 7mm, so not really ideal for thin frames.


ouch, yeah mines only -4, -3.5 so my current lenses are roughly 4-5mm at the outside edge, 7mm is insane, the inner bridge of my glasses are 3mm so hold them well but they stop going round hte lense halfway round and the rest is held on by nylon line, so it breaks it up,  but yeah with 7mm it might look a bit different

Actually looking at mine side on makes me wonder what people think about my glasses now, oh god haha, oh well, Geek and proud :) 




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  Reply # 324072 28-Apr-2010 10:41
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oh and Bazzer, just wondering, was that $10k for two surgeries on each eye? because the first one didn't quite work?

What's your current vision?

I was thinking of doing the same and hopefully get 20-15 or 20-10 vision down at the Wellington Eye Centre, but I know the cost is going to be at least 6k, more if they have to do another op




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