Post by Michael Chare Post by GB
I have my optical prescription, and I eventually found a frame that
works for me.
The snag is the optician wants £200 for the frames, and Â£350 for
some varifocal lenses.
I'd happily settle for something similar, with a good height for
the lenses of at least 40mm.
Or, better still, I'd buy the Rodenstock frames and lenses, but
without the obscene mark-up. There's nothing to justify that, as
the optician hasn't even done an eye test.
Anybody have any suggestions, please?
My glasses are Flexon Titanium. The frames will withstand bending
and can be bent back, and cost less than your £200, maybe about
£135. The lenses are a good brand of varifocals and were more like
£500. I wish I could remember the brand of the varifocals. I think
the optician has to cut the lenses to fit the frames, probably
something that can quite easily be got wrong, especially with
I avoid Boots ever since they tried to fob be off with some lenses
that were wrong, by telling me that I would get used to them. At the
time I only wore glasses to drive my car.
I struggle to understand how varifocals lenses can justify a cost of
£350, never mind £500. I accept there a tricky compromises in their
design and manufacture and I do understand the need to carefully match
them to the wearer ... but £500 for lenses alone?
Maybe you have a very unsual prescription, chosen absolute top end
custom-made lenses (such as Zeiss Smartlife), then added optional
features (like a Duravision Platinum coating) and used an optician who
charges handsomely for his time. I'm not saying you're not pleased
with the outcome but you seem to have gone into high end luxury with
By total contrast, Asda do an extremely creditable set of varifocals
using quite decent coated lenses for £110 including a reasonable
frame. A tinted pair as sunglasses is an extra £70. Two sets of
decent varifocal specs for £180 is almost a giveaway. When your
presciption changes in a couple of years, throw them away and get new