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Eyesight (Might need Varifocals)

(9 Posts)
SlaaartyBaaardFaaast Fri 21-Apr-17 18:13:42

This is my first post after lurking for a little while.

This year, I will be turning 40 and I have always worn glasses for long-sightedness since I was 2.5 years old. Recently I have noticed that I am straining more, particularly with reading or anything small and close up (E.g. checking the kids hair). My eyesight is already over 9.75+ in both eyes and I have a mild astigmatism. I already pay a small fortune for 1 pair of glasses due to the weight of my lenses. I choose a basic frame and have my lenses thinned out as much as possible. I don't normally qualify for the Specsavers BOGOF due to cost of my lenses and would have to stump up even more. Its never worth it for me so I only ever buy 1 pair.

Tomorrow I have an eye test and I think I am going to need new glasses. I am worried about the cost as mine already cost me nigh on £300 for the 1 pair. Please can someone reassure me regarding prices or Varifocals?

Many thanks.

redannie118 Fri 21-Apr-17 19:52:32

Hi I am very short sighted -7 in both eyes and like yourself have astigmatism. I needed complex varifocals 2 weeks after my 40th bday. My lenses with specsavers would have cost 350 pounds so I took my prescription to one of these big glasses warehouse type places. I ended up with lovely frames and lenses all in for 200. Please shop around, specsavers cosy a fortune!!

SlaaartyBaaardFaaast Fri 21-Apr-17 21:53:22

Thanks Redannie, someone else said just that to me today.

Do they still take account of pupil position, etc?

Thanks for your encouragement x

gleam Fri 21-Apr-17 22:12:40

Have you tried an independent optician rather than one of the chains?

whereareyousleep Fri 21-Apr-17 22:19:14

Asda do free thinner lenses in their glasses so this could be an option for you.

redannie118 Fri 21-Apr-17 23:06:22

Yes,the place I went to fitted my glasses in the same way specsavers do

Thinkingblonde Fri 21-Apr-17 23:20:49

Varifocals are great...I'm very shortsighted with astigmatism and also glaucoma.

I got two pairs of variofocals on a bogof offer at a local independent optician last week, the main pair have the thinnest lenses they offered. I opted for the other pair to be sunglasses.Couldnt have thinner lenses in that pair but I am not bothered as they'll be my secondary
Cost 230.00 for two pairs.
My last pair cost 340. 00 for just one pair.

SlaaartyBaaardFaaast Mon 24-Apr-17 17:25:41

Wow thanks everyone! Very grateful for the replies and your insight. I actually don't need varifocals yet 😊 In fact it turns out that I was right in the my prescriptions have change up by 1/4 to 1/2 a dioptre per eye. I am on the very cusp of needing reading glasses but its so marginal so not worth the extra glasses just yet. Optician thinks the next appointment in 2 years time will be the one. I have opted for a new pair of glasses and actually found a gorgeous frame 😎 The total for the 1 pair with the thin and lights came to £139! 😁 I feel very good about that, however I will definitely look in Asda and the like before my next appointment.

Thanks ever so much ladies xx

CMOTDibbler Mon 24-Apr-17 19:33:51

I was going to say Asda too - I have ridiculously complex lenses and was dreading having varifocals added to that (previous glasses had cost over £300 when the price of frames and single vision lens was £75). I went to Asda mostly as they had prescription sunglasses in a style I wanted. £99 later and I had two pairs of glasses I loved (and the optician was excellent with my weird eyes). Will go back soon as its 2 years on and I've been so happy with them

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