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What's the cheapest place to buy spectacles?

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franch Wed 18-May-05 22:26:04

I'm a contact lens wearer so hardly ever wear my specs but DD has just broken my only pair so I need to replace them. Where should I look?

Aero Wed 18-May-05 22:27:38

I got 2 pairs for £99 at vision express. They also have economy ones too cheaper than that for one pair.

tiffini Wed 18-May-05 22:28:16




deegward Wed 18-May-05 22:28:38

on the internetm will look for address, bought my bed glasses from this site for £25 (could have got a pair for £15) and they are great. Prescription right etc. Now going to look for site for you...

CountessDracula Wed 18-May-05 22:31:44

dh told me of an online shop that some mate of Prince Harry's (I think) has set up, go to an optician, choose a pair and look on the website and they send to you at a fraction of the price

Will ask if he can remember name

CountessDracula Wed 18-May-05 22:32:18

aha just googled

is here

Milliways Wed 18-May-05 22:37:08

I saw that ASDA have opticians now - somewhere else to try when DD's prescription changes.

deegward Wed 18-May-05 22:38:02

Yes, that's them, fab

deegward Wed 18-May-05 22:40:16

Actual site cheapglasses hope this works

franch Wed 18-May-05 22:46:01

Fabulous! Thanks! You can even upload a photo of yourself and 'try on' the specs!

deegward Wed 18-May-05 22:48:12

ooohh hadn't tried that!

Milliways Wed 18-May-05 22:52:17

Are these online shops as good as the high street for service/fitting? When DD gets hers they always measure her eyes/nose bridge etc. Is that not necessary?

deegward Wed 18-May-05 22:54:03

I have only used them for my bed glasses, I don't think I would trust for ds1. But if were buying to wear out, i would measure, as they do give the measurements, you could try against other glasses i suppose

Milliways Wed 18-May-05 22:57:21

Maybe it's like shoes - ok when you've stopped growing - had a stable prescription etc.

franch Wed 18-May-05 22:57:29

I see you can also order 'trial' pairs at a fee of £4 per pair and try them on at home

I think Specsavers have an online service too

franch Wed 18-May-05 22:58:59

Just checked - Specsavers do offer glasses online, but they start at £30 (twice the price of Glasses Direct) and their cheapest styles aren't as good as GD's I'd say

franch Sat 28-May-05 12:58:10

deegward/CD: thanks so much for the tip about glassesdirect - ordered a pair for £25 and they're fab! It must be the cheapest place by far

MarsLady Sat 28-May-05 13:04:02

I love this place you find out so much info!

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