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ASDA Opticians - the cheapest glasses EVER if you require super-thin lenses - they are FREE - 2 pairs £99.00

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Hi Folks, just a heads-up to other glasses-wearers out there who have to have super thin lenses due to their specific prescription. I'm long-sighted, around +5.5, and to get even a single pair of … Read More
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Hi Folks, just a heads-up to other glasses-wearers out there who have to have super thin lenses due to their specific prescription.

I'm long-sighted, around +5.5, and to get even a single pair of glasses from Vision Express, Specsavers etc. I am quoted well over £100 a pair and up to £200 for designer pairs.

This is because I have to pay for their super-thin or equivalent lenses. Even when they have offers it never works out well - 2 for 1 offers require payment for the super-thin lenses on both pairs - or offers on reduced thin lenses mean full price payment for one frame with no other offers.

Well I've now discovered that ASDA Opticians permanently offer FREE super-thin lenses if requested!! And this INCLUDES their 2 for £99 designer frames. The refractive index of their FREE thin lens is just slightly worse than the 3rd level up of thin lenses from the big-name opticians (e.g. Specsavers Ultimate thin and light) - the ones that cost £90-£120 upgrade per pair.

So to be clear, if due to your prescription you require super-thin lenses, ASDA opticians include these for FREE, even as part of their 2 for £xx offers.

In my case one pair from Specsavers worked out at £180. Two of the same pairs were £99 from ASDA. As far as I can see this is a permanent offer (been on for over 6 months).

Hope this helps another long-sighted HUKDer... ASDA Opticians are a hidden gem for us! :)
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1 Like #1
Good to know if a bit specific but aren't they all :)
1 Like #2
Just to say, hopefully I've got this across, in Asda one can purchase TWO pairs of designer-framed glasses with super-thin lenses for less than the price of a super-thin upgrade to ONE pair at the high street opticians, roughly speaking.
1 Like #3
Nujol
Just to say, hopefully I've got this across, in Asda one can purchase TWO pairs of designer-framed glasses with super-thin lenses for less than the price of a super-thin upgrade to ONE pair at the high street opticians, roughly speaking.

Could you explain this a bit more?

"The refractive index of their FREE thin lens is just slightly worse than the 3rd level up of thin lenses from the big-name opticians (e.g. Specsavers Ultimate thin and light) - the ones that cost £90-£120 upgrade per pair."

So I'm -3.5 in both eyes.... What would this actually mean to me, compared to having my lenses from Specsavers?
1 Like #4
Thanks. Good spot.
3 Likes #5
Firefly1
Nujol
Just to say, hopefully I've got this across, in Asda one can purchase TWO pairs of designer-framed glasses with super-thin lenses for less than the price of a super-thin upgrade to ONE pair at the high street opticians, roughly speaking.

Could you explain this a bit more?

"The refractive index of their FREE thin lens is just slightly worse than the 3rd level up of thin lenses from the big-name opticians (e.g. Specsavers Ultimate thin and light) - the ones that cost £90-£120 upgrade per pair."

So I'm -3.5 in both eyes.... What would this actually mean to me, compared to having my lenses from Specsavers?


Hello! I know nothing about short-sighted lenses... basically if you HAVE to pay for ultra-thin lenses then ASDA is massively cheaper - I have to because +5.5 are goggle-eyed thick beasts at the edges, like massive ten-tonne fish-bowls hanging off my face unless I get ultra thins. Turns out I've been paying extra for this for donkeys years when ASDA just include them for free if you ask! Whilst spec"savers" charge an extra £100ish!

You would know, I think, if you have to pay for super thin lenses due to your prescription.
1 Like #6
With my astigmatatism etc my lenses end up pretty thick at the edge but apparently it is not bad enough to qualify for the super thin lenses - i.e. not everyone can get them
1 Like #7
Nujol
Firefly1
Nujol
Just to say, hopefully I've got this across, in Asda one can purchase TWO pairs of designer-framed glasses with super-thin lenses for less than the price of a super-thin upgrade to ONE pair at the high street opticians, roughly speaking.
Could you explain this a bit more?
"The refractive index of their FREE thin lens is just slightly worse than the 3rd level up of thin lenses from the big-name opticians (e.g. Specsavers Ultimate thin and light) - the ones that cost £90-£120 upgrade per pair."
So I'm -3.5 in both eyes.... What would this actually mean to me, compared to having my lenses from Specsavers?
Hello! I know nothing about short-sighted lenses... basically if you HAVE to pay for ultra-thin lenses then ASDA is massively cheaper - I have to because +5.5 are goggle-eyed thick beasts at the edges, like massive ten-tonne fish-bowls hanging off my face unless I get ultra thins. Turns out I've been paying extra for this for donkeys years when ASDA just include them for free if you ask! Whilst spec"savers" charge an extra £100ish!
You would know, I think, if you have to pay for super thin lenses due to your prescription.

Oh yeah, I have to pay for super thin lenses (Apparently 'medium' thinned :p ) But I didn't quite understand what you mean by Asda 'thinning' refractive index being worse? Surely it is still adjusted perfectly for your prescription, so how could anything be worse?

Hot deal! Just curious :p

Edited By: Firefly1 on Jan 03, 2017 22:42
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Firefly1
Nujol
Firefly1
Nujol
Just to say, hopefully I've got this across, in Asda one can purchase TWO pairs of designer-framed glasses with super-thin lenses for less than the price of a super-thin upgrade to ONE pair at the high street opticians, roughly speaking.
Could you explain this a bit more?
"The refractive index of their FREE thin lens is just slightly worse than the 3rd level up of thin lenses from the big-name opticians (e.g. Specsavers Ultimate thin and light) - the ones that cost £90-£120 upgrade per pair."
So I'm -3.5 in both eyes.... What would this actually mean to me, compared to having my lenses from Specsavers?
Hello! I know nothing about short-sighted lenses... basically if you HAVE to pay for ultra-thin lenses then ASDA is massively cheaper - I have to because +5.5 are goggle-eyed thick beasts at the edges, like massive ten-tonne fish-bowls hanging off my face unless I get ultra thins. Turns out I've been paying extra for this for donkeys years when ASDA just include them for free if you ask! Whilst spec"savers" charge an extra £100ish!
You would know, I think, if you have to pay for super thin lenses due to your prescription.

Oh yeah, I have to pay for super thin lenses (Apparently 'medium' thinned :p ) But I didn't quite understand what you mean by Asda 'thinning' refractive index being worse? Surely it is still adjusted perfectly for your prescription, so how could anything be worse?

Hot deal! Just curious :p


I was just being super specific, each optician has their own lens provider and each level of thinness has a set refractive index, and when I compared the ASDA free super-thin lenses to the Specsavers Ultimate ones, the ASDA ones has a refractive index for me that was 0.01 worse... so in other words the free ASDA ones were very nearly as thin as the thinnest Specsavers ones and far thinner than the non-thin, basic and somewhat-thin Specsavers ones :)
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m1chaels
With my astigmatatism etc my lenses end up pretty thick at the edge but apparently it is not bad enough to qualify for the super thin lenses - i.e. not everyone can get them


Yes correct. You can only get free ultra-thin lenses from ASDA opticians if you need them. Whereas Specsavers etc. charge £90-£120ish per pair of glasses extra, whether you need them or not.

My glasses however would be too thick to get through normal doorways without the super ultra thinnity thin super slim lenses :)

Edited By: Nujol on Jan 16, 2017 20:28: Spelling
1 Like #10
I'm..+0.75 in one and + 3.50 other with stigmatism so would be great for me. not sure if any of ours have opticians though but will check it out. Cheers op
#11
Nujol
Firefly1
Nujol
Firefly1
Nujol
Just to say, hopefully I've got this across, in Asda one can purchase TWO pairs of designer-framed glasses with super-thin lenses for less than the price of a super-thin upgrade to ONE pair at the high street opticians, roughly speaking.
Could you explain this a bit more?
"The refractive index of their FREE thin lens is just slightly worse than the 3rd level up of thin lenses from the big-name opticians (e.g. Specsavers Ultimate thin and light) - the ones that cost £90-£120 upgrade per pair."
So I'm -3.5 in both eyes.... What would this actually mean to me, compared to having my lenses from Specsavers?
Hello! I know nothing about short-sighted lenses... basically if you HAVE to pay for ultra-thin lenses then ASDA is massively cheaper - I have to because +5.5 are goggle-eyed thick beasts at the edges, like massive ten-tonne fish-bowls hanging off my face unless I get ultra thins. Turns out I've been paying extra for this for donkeys years when ASDA just include them for free if you ask! Whilst spec"savers" charge an extra £100ish!
You would know, I think, if you have to pay for super thin lenses due to your prescription.
Oh yeah, I have to pay for super thin lenses (Apparently 'medium' thinned :p ) But I didn't quite understand what you mean by Asda 'thinning' refractive index being worse? Surely it is still adjusted perfectly for your prescription, so how could anything be worse?
Hot deal! Just curious :p
I was just being super specific, each optician has their own lens provider and each level of thinness has a set refractive index, and when I compared the ASDA free super-thin lenses to the Specsavers Ultimate ones, the ASDA ones has a refractive index for me that was 0.01 worse... so in other words the free ASDA ones were very nearly as thin as the thinnest Specsavers ones and far thinner than the non-thin, basic and somewhat-thin Specsavers ones :)

Gotya. So it only really applies at all if you are already at 'maximum' thinness and every mm counts.... Whilst if your glasses could be thinned further if and when required in the future, it's no different basically to any other brand (As they can thin to varying degrees, up to a maximum to achieve a certain thinness).

Hopefully that made sense- anyway your explanation did!

EDIT: I guess the next question is do I "need" them thinned at -3.5, according to Asda :p I'll find out at my next eye test when I go there!

Edited By: Firefly1 on Jan 03, 2017 22:49
1 Like #12
Thanks OP! Always had to pay for extra thin lenses due to astigmatism. Previously wasn't even aware Asda had an opticians.
1 Like #13
telephone100
Thanks. Good spot.


Probably down to having my glasses on.... :)

Still can't believe the price differences, I really hope a +6 or higher HUKDer sees this... I was flabbergasted that there was no charge for the ultra-thin-equivalent lenses. My quotes were like £180, £210, £190, £230... and then 2 for £99 from ASDA :)
1 Like #14
LRMD98
Thanks OP! Always had to pay for extra thin lenses due to astigmatism. Previously wasn't even aware Asda had an opticians.


Me neither! Give them a shot. :)
#15
Cheers folks have to sleep - will endeavour to answer any other queries as best I can tomorrow & all the details are on their website too.
#16
How about varifocal lenses? Always found that I have to pay around £400 by the time one gets super thin added.
1 Like #17
I tried Asda after this was posted a while back - switching from Specsavers.

Have to say that by comparison with Specsavers Asda's a pretty shabby operation. The testing seemed comprehensive and OK, but the customer service was very poor, and the frames of indifferent quality. It took them three attempts to get the lenses right, and as that involved three longish trips I wasn't at all happy about it.

They're cheap, certainly, but for a good reason. I won't be returning unless/until they improve. Specsavers is a lot dearer, but the quality's substantially better.
#18
Thank you for posting this. I never knew. Am actually due to go back and choose glasses so i will be going to Asda.
It will be interesting to know how thin the lenses are. I usually buy the 1.74. Perhaps this offer is for the 1.67. I will phone them tomorrow to double check
#19
This offering has been available for a good long time. The instore opticians have a table to refer to in order to decide the thinness of the lens based on the prescription. I'm due to get new glasses soon and always head there due to this as I'm really short sighted and the thinner lenses make a massive difference
#20
This offering has been available for a good long time. The instore opticians have a table to refer to in order to decide the thinness of the lens based on the prescription. I'm due to get new glasses soon and always head there due to this as I'm really short sighted and the thinner lenses make a massive difference
4 Likes #21
I'm a -11 and a -9.5, I need these! Thanks OP X)
1 Like #22
I got two pairs of rimless varifocals for £99 at Asda. They're great. The quote at Specsavers was over £300.
1 Like #23
Thanks for your post, I have two children who have -10 & the other +14 ( born before eyes were fully developed!!)
so I'm hoping they can cater for them as their glasses cost around £500 each for a pair from vision express and these are not always with designer frames
#24
Newbold
I tried Asda after this was posted a while back - switching from Specsavers.
Have to say that by comparison with Specsavers Asda's a pretty shabby operation. The testing seemed comprehensive and OK, but the customer service was very poor, and the frames of indifferent quality. It took them three attempts to get the lenses right, and as that involved three longish trips I wasn't at all happy about it.
They're cheap, certainly, but for a good reason. I won't be returning unless/until they improve. Specsavers is a lot dearer, but the quality's substantially better.

My father was tested in Specsavers, but bought his current sets of glasses from Asda, they cut the lenses wrong in one set and didn't even bother to tell him that when they let him know that his glasses were ready to collect, although they did offer to post the second set when he complained about having to make a second long trip.

One of his lenses is so thick it doesn't fit in the frame at-all well, he had to complain quite strongly to get them to refit it when it fell out and we couldn't get it to stay in. It also makes the glasses unbalanced, all his previous opticians always recommended and used much, much thinner higher refractive index lenses to avoid those problems, asda claimed to give you thinner lenses if they are needed, but didn't.

They didn't even tell him when he chose one cheap frame and one more expensive one, that had he chosen both from the same range as the more expensive one it would have cost a fair bit less as they would have qualified for a discount..
1 Like #25
Nujol
Hi Folks, just a heads-up to other glasses-wearers out there who have to have super thin lenses due to their specific prescription...

Hello mate,

Optician here in da house.

Can you please specify what the refractive index is of the Asda lens? Your description is a bit too vague to be useful. I will then advise if this is a good deal or not
1 Like #26
Good to know
4 Likes #27
I can help having just bought a pair. I normally buy from vision express or boots and with my prescription around -8.00 a pair of designer glasses r(Gucci, prada, or rayban as my last 3 pairs were) with the thinnest lenses(1.74) cost around £400 plus I always get their insurance in case of breakages. I bough a new pair from ASDA just befor Christmas with the same lenses(1.74) included anti reflection and scratch proofing for...... Wait for it ........ £40.
Yes that right £40. And they are really nice. I didn't go for the designer option I just went for a ASDA generic pair that look just like ray bans and I'm really pleased. Only thing to be wary of is not everyone qualifies for super thin lenses. They have a scale of what lenses they give depending on he severity of your impairment. So if you are just under the required amount you may be given 1.67 or 1.50. Hope this makes sense
1 Like #28
I'm gonna give this a go, I'm +6.0 and +5.5
way past retesting and new glasses
#29
Thanks OP, have been thinking of getting some new ones.
1 Like #30
Newbold
I tried Asda after this was posted a while back - switching from Specsavers.

Have to say that by comparison with Specsavers Asda's a pretty shabby operation. The testing seemed comprehensive and OK, but the customer service was very poor, and the frames of indifferent quality. It took them three attempts to get the lenses right, and as that involved three longish trips I wasn't at all happy about it.

They're cheap, certainly, but for a good reason. I won't be returning unless/until they improve. Specsavers is a lot dearer, but the quality's substantially better.


if your saying these are worse than spec
savers then they must be an absolute nightmare
#31
Thanks for this. I am -12 and -11 and need the super thin lenses.
#32
Newbold
I tried Asda after this was posted a while back - switching from Specsavers.
Have to say that by comparison with Specsavers Asda's a pretty shabby operation. The testing seemed comprehensive and OK, but the customer service was very poor, and the frames of indifferent quality. It took them three attempts to get the lenses right, and as that involved three longish trips I wasn't at all happy about it.
They're cheap, certainly, but for a good reason. I won't be returning unless/until they improve. Specsavers is a lot dearer, but the quality's substantially better.

My wife has ordered twice from Asda opticians and both times there have been problems (both times the glasses showing up with the wrong lenses). They just seem so inefficient. Having said that, cheap as chips. Which is why she returned after her first bit of business with them went wrong. She's adamant she's going elsewhere next time though.
2 Likes #33
I normally get my glasses from Boots but last year I went with Asda.

Yes - the prices are great but the most annoying thing about the Asda glasses are the lenses, no matter how hard you try, you can just never get them clean. The slighest touch of the lense creates an everlasting smudge which just doesn't go. I've used glasses cleaners etc, but it's never really perfect, you can always see streaks etc.

Gone back to the Boots glasses now and no issues at all, I can touch the lenses directly and not have to worry about creating an annoying smudge.
2 Likes #34
This is Asda's standard deal. I got my specs several years ago at the same price. It's a great deal though because if you need jam jar bottom lenses like me other high street opticians can have a huge surcharge. Have some heat for giving folk the heads up.

Edited By: aurora on Jan 04, 2017 09:14
1 Like #35
Agree with others. Asda is super cheap and I am always unhappy that 2-1 at specsavers isn't the case if you need thin lenses but I went to Asda and was so pleased at the cheap deal I got glasses with them. Lots of problems and issues with the frame though. Decided to go back to specavers despite the price. This year I thought I'd give Asda a try and the details on the glasses came off and the lenses were burnt with wavy lines in. I regretted going back. I know specsavers are dear but much better quality and worth it for the quality assurance. It is a pain though to pay so much for the extra thinning.
#36
They list Gola as premium designer lol
1 Like #37
gsj87
I normally get my glasses from Boots but last year I went with Asda.
Yes - the prices are great but the most annoying thing about the Asda glasses are the lenses, no matter how hard you try, you can just never get them clean. The slighest touch of the lense creates an everlasting smudge which just doesn't go. I've used glasses cleaners etc, but it's never really perfect, you can always see streaks etc.
Gone back to the Boots glasses now and no issues at all, I can touch the lenses directly and not have to worry about creating an annoying smudge.
Funny you should say that - I have exactly the same problem with Asda lenses but just assumed it was a one-off. They're permanently smeary. Presumably a coating they use.
#38
My partner has paid around £300 last few times because she needs super thin.
Was looking around and stumbled on Asda. Amazing deal.

2 designer is £159
Or one of each for £129

Also includes sunglasses if needed
1 Like #39
sydney871
How about varifocal lenses? Always found that I have to pay around £400 by the time one gets super thin added.

Same deal. If you need them, there's no extra charge. This also applies to reglazing of existing favourite frames, although that is a flat rate of £70 with no free frame and no two-for-£99. Still a good deal if you need varifocals and/or ultra-thin.

No extra charge for tints (eg sunglasses as the second pair) either IIRC


Edited By: gwapenut on Jan 04, 2017 11:16
#40
shabibijunior
Nujol
Hi Folks, just a heads-up to other glasses-wearers out there who have to have super thin lenses due to their specific prescription...

Hello mate,

Optician here in da house.

Can you please specify what the refractive index is of the Asda lens? Your description is a bit too vague to be useful. I will then advise if this is a good deal or not


Hello. I honestly can't remember the number but as I already stated it was 0.01 worse than Specsavers Ultimate thin and light so I'm sure you can work it out from there :)

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