(Closed) Glasses snapped in half… new glasses or contacts?!

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Glasses or Contacts?




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  • Post # 32
    6887 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Personally I would get contacts, but then again I wear contacts and hate how I look in glasses

    Post # 33
    1328 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    My vision insurance is crap and doesn’t cover much, so a lot of times I just don’t use it and pay out of pocket when the store is having a sale.  In my experience contacts are WAY cheaper than glasses.  Depends on brand of course.

    Usually a years worth of contacts runs me about $200-250, where as glasses with lenes is closer to $400.  So I say use your insurance for glasses.  You can also ask at your eye doctor what their prices are, or look around online.

    Post # 34
    1603 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Sunnyday278:  Get the contacts, and then go to coastal.com for FREE glasses. I paid $20 for a pair of glasses, only because I upgraded them with anti glare and scratch coating. 

    Post # 35
    953 posts
    Busy bee

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    @FutureMrsGG: +1. Lasik changed my life. My second choice would be contacts.

    Post # 36
    11507 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @Sunnyday278:  Even if you get contacts, you probably still will need glasses.  Very few people are able to wear their contacts ALL of the time that they need to see (early mornings, late nights, while sick, etc.), and if you really need lenses to see, you’ll need both.

    I have found that it makes most sense to use my limited vision benefits for my glasses, which, with high-index (i.e. thinner) lenses, progressive lenses, anti-reflective coating, and UV coating can cost between $500 and $800 just for the LENSES themelves, without insurance.  Contacts, on the other hand, cost me about $75 without any insurance for a six- month supply of lenses.

    Post # 37
    718 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I’d use the insurance for new glasses and pay contacts out of pocket.  I get my glasses online from warbyparker and with my insurance I think I payed $40 last time? Even without insurance they’re so cheap and well made.  In comparison, my contacts cost me $30 from 1-800-contacts without insurance per box. 

    Post # 38
    617 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    not sure if anyone suggested this but check out zennioptical.com  – they have glasses that start out at 6.95 no joke!


    I found myself in the same position I wanted new glasses but realized as an adult my insurance only covered one! I was completely skeptical of zenni and thought for sure it had to be some type of scam – but I was rather desperate and figured whatever I am out less than 20 bucks if it is.  However, a year later my 10 dollar pair is still holding up great.   It looks just like my old ralph lauren pair which was closer to 200 dollars.  I have ordered 2 pairs now from zenni and my dad ordered a pair of sunglasses also.  Only thing is they take about a month to come but if you ask me thats an easy trade off!

    Just looked through the thread and a lot of others have suggested zenni – sorry for the repeat!

    Post # 39
    2513 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Sunnyday278:  I pay out of pocket for eye care. One box of 6 lenses costs me $20. So, $40 for both eyes. They are Acuvue 2. It’s supposed to be 2 weeks per lens, but I wear them until they start to feel uncomfortable. That could be 2 months. I’ve been doing that for probably 10 years. I have very healthy eyes. Before Acuvue 2, I wore non-disposable lenses for about 7 years (not the same pair!). Obviously, my replacement schedule is not what an eye doctor would recommend, but contacts are very cheap for me.

    I did contacts only up until about 3 years ago. I give my eyes a break from contacts now and then. I have two pairs of cheap, plastic frames with cheap, plastic lenses. I got them through America’s Best for around $60 or so a pair.

    My vote is both if you go through an eye doctor with these rates. Also, not everyone likes contacts. I wouldn’t get yourself locked into contacts via your insurance until you try them for a few weeks.




    Post # 40
    227 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012


    Post # 41
    2529 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I am ordering this round of glasses online!

    I will ask my eye dr for my pupil distance (you need an accurate measurement for online glasses) as a wedding favor LOL

    And then I’ll order the “special” wedding glasses online – probably from one of these great websites bees suggested! THANKS BEES

    After I get those, I’ll send out my other pairs to replacealens.com to get new lenses put in – my mom uses them and they’re great. I love my old specs, so I REALLY want to keep them!

    Post # 42
    213 posts
    Helper bee

    I agree 100% with everyone who reccomended zennioptical.com I just ordered a replacement pair of glasses from them and they will cost me less than $20, my Fiance orders much more stylish pairs regularly and never spends more than $40. I will never buy glasses at a retail store again.

    If you want to get glasses from your insurance then you may still be ablt yo get contacts online relatively affordably. Mine are $160 for the year and I wear a middle of the road brand. SOme are more but if you don’t have any eye problems that require specific types you can probably get them for a simmilar price.

    Post # 43
    2836 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Sunnyday278:  Get contacts.  If you want glasses also (which I recommend) check out Warby Parker.  Almost every pair there is $99, and for each pari sold, they donate a pair to someone in need.  Best part?  They are high quality.  When I took mine to a local optometrist to have them adjusted, she commented on how awesome the quality is since most places onine use cheap plastic that breaks when they are adjusted.  She was so estatic about them that she asked for the website so she could check them out herself.  

    They have a excellent customer service, and you can order 5 pair of frames to try on at home. They arrive fast 🙂  

    I had to switch a pair out- and everyone I talked to was friendly and professional.  

    Post # 46
    242 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Glasses. Even if you have contacts, you can’t wear them around the clock. You need glasses too. If you get some irritation or an infection, you need to stop wearing lenses immediately. What would you do of you didn’t have a pair of glasses to turn to? My office requires new contact wearers to show they have a pair of glasses before we go through with a contact lens fitting. 

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