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Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: DewGuy
Date: June 22, 2021 07:16PM
In the past I've had two experiences with optometrists (different doctors/offices), one was mediocre and the second was bad. In both cases I wasn't entirely satisfied with the service or the glasses received.

At present, I desperately need to see an optometrist as my eyesight has gotten much worse and I don't know where to turn or how to make sure I get a satisfactory pair of glasses.

How does everyone here go about finding an optometrist and getting satisfactory eye-wear?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: June 22, 2021 07:42PM
Is the optometrist not doing a good job measuring your vision, or not getting a good set of glasses that fit you right?



San Antonio, TX (in the old city)


"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Eli Weisel

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

"I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it." - Billy Graham 1981

"Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise" - Barry Goldwater
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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: Michael
Date: June 22, 2021 07:46PM
I go to an optometrist every year or so. I've never really worried about who I go to and I've always gotten a script that works (save 1 time 20 years ago). I do check the script and be sure that it's much like the last one but perhaps a bit stronger.

I buy my glasses from Zenni Optical. I use bifocals and they run somewhere around around $65. I've been using the same frame for 15 years and it's a simple process to update my prescription with them. If you need just regular glasses, they start at $7 plus $5 to ship an order. It's a pretty small investment to try them out.

My wife just recently went to bifocals but before would buy a dozen pair from Zenni, half distance glasses and half reading glasses. They would run about $125 for all of them. She'd scatter them around the house and cars so she could always find glasses. Now she just wears her bifocals all the time.
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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: DewGuy
Date: June 22, 2021 08:10PM
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Rolando
Is the optometrist not doing a good job measuring your vision, or not getting a good set of glasses that fit you right?

I don't really know.

The first time (in the 1980s) I was told by the optometrist that I was too young for bi-focals, and he would only prescribe single vision glasses.

The second time (2014), which is documented somewhere on here, I got progressives that were a nightmare, then a second pair of lenses, followed by a third. Either they weren't made right or I couldn't adapt, but in the end they wouldn't give me a refund and would only offer single vision or bi-focal lenses as a replacement. I didn't think that either would be viable.

I still have the glasses with the last set of progressive lenses. I've been using them as expensive ($450) reading glasses. My eyes have gotten much worse and I need to do something. Whatever it is I can't really afford it, so I don't want a repeat of my past experiences, especially the last one.



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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: June 22, 2021 08:34PM
If you live in SoCal check with Roski Eye Institute. Top notch.
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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: DewGuy
Date: June 22, 2021 08:46PM
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RgrF
If you live in SoCal check with Roski Eye Institute. Top notch.

Thanks, but I'm in Michigan.



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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: June 22, 2021 08:52PM
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DewGuy
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RgrF
If you live in SoCal check with Roski Eye Institute. Top notch.

Thanks, but I'm in Michigan.

It'll be a long drive but they do validate parking.
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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: June 22, 2021 10:11PM
1. Try yelp?

2. Go with an ophthalmologist with an in-house optician?
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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: June 22, 2021 10:35PM
Ask someone wearing glasses.

Are there any particular challenges with your vision?

Did you make additional trips when you were unhappy with the result?



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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: jdc
Date: June 22, 2021 10:51PM
We have used Costco for years, never ever an issue.

Recently, my oldest dropped into a target, cause she saw frames in the window she liked. Eye exam, fitting, insurance handling and speed were all *excellent*.



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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: June 22, 2021 10:56PM
Your optometrist should be able to check your glasses to make sure they match your prescription.



San Antonio, TX (in the old city)


"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Eli Weisel

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

"I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it." - Billy Graham 1981

"Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise" - Barry Goldwater
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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: DewGuy
Date: June 22, 2021 11:06PM
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mattkime
Ask someone wearing glasses.

Are there any particular challenges with your vision?

Did you make additional trips when you were unhappy with the result?

Everybody that I talked with about their glasses has been happy with them and the service they received. This includes my significant other who previously went to the same place that I went to and received exceptional service.

I don't know if there were/are any particular challenges with my vision or not.

Yes, I made additional trips. They remade the lenses three times. The final solution they offered was to switch to either single vision or bi-focals, which I didn't believe would have corrected my vision adequately and I didn't accept. They wouldn't refund my money. If I wore them all the time, I had to move slowly and purposefully or else I would become dizzy and nauseous. Either I couldn't adapt to the progressives, or I had issues because they weren't made correctly, I'll never know. I gave up on trying to adapt to wearing them all the time and used them as reading glasses which was my most pressing need.
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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: June 22, 2021 11:10PM
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RgrF
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DewGuy
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RgrF
If you live in SoCal check with Roski Eye Institute. Top notch.

Thanks, but I'm in Michigan.

It'll be a long drive but they do validate parking.

smiley-laughing001



San Antonio, TX (in the old city)


"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Eli Weisel

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

"I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it." - Billy Graham 1981

"Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise" - Barry Goldwater
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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: Diana
Date: June 23, 2021 01:09AM
DewGuy,

I’ve a confession to make: I’ve worn glasses since I was three years old; this year I turned 60. I don’t remember when I started wearing bifocals, sometime in late elementary school I think. I have a “lazy eye” and the remains of astigmatism that has largely cleared up. I have cataracts building in both eyes, but as my vision is still correctable to 20/20, my doctor won’t do the surgery (yet). My dad was far sighted, mom is nearsighted and things are blurry no matter the distance. I still wear bifocals (and yes, I know my glasses are “cracked”).

I get my vision checked every year, just another yearly doctor visit. I choose to go to an ophthalmologist for my eye care. I could go to an optometrist, as they are similar. I feel that the ophthalmologist has a better understanding since I seem to be one of those individuals who have multiple vision problems; put the wrong glasses on me (or make them just a little off) and it will trigger balance and nausea issues that don’t go away with just taking the glasses off a few minutes. I’ve had a few pairs made that caused problems that didn’t clear up with “just getting used to them”, and when the problem couldn’t or wouldn’t be fixed I have had to go back to the old glasses. It’s rare, but it does happen.

Oklahoma City is quite a distance for you to have to drive; additionally they don’t validate parking either smiley-signs006 so I can’t advise who to go to. I have had my glasses made at a location near my house, but lately I’ve not received good service from there so next time I’ll go elsewhere. As they say YMMV. The Costco just up the street opened last week… big grin smiley

Take heart: you WILL find someone you like and you can relate to. Ask around to those you see wearing glasses. Tell them what you are looking for and ask if they have had problems with the glasses they got from wherever they got them from. Solicit advice. Folks who are happy with their providers will be happy to tell you about it. Those who have had poor service will also be happy to tell you about it, as well. rolleyes smiley

Diana
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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: June 23, 2021 08:49AM
To find an optometrist, try searching previous posts on social media (Nextdoor is great for that). I guarantee that has been asked before - start reading and you'll likely see the same few names come up repeatedly.



“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”
-- François de La Rochefoucauld

Growing older is mandatory. Growing up is optional.



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Re: Choosing an optometrist/receiving satisfactory eye-wear?
Posted by: DewGuy
Date: June 23, 2021 09:20PM
Thanks everyone.
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