Getting glasses for the first time- where is best value please?

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Found 17th Jun 2012
I am going to have an eye test and I am in full time education so I get "full value nhs optical voucher" whatever that is :s I know that I will probably need glasses so I was wondering where is the best place to go?

I am thinking of getting a designer pair and don't mind paying towards, also I am not sure what the voucher is worth

Anyone have any ideas please?
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Go get a test and prescription from boots on the voucher. Then take a look at glasses direct and rivals.

That's my plan for my next set
I used specsavers two years ago(need to go for my check up again) and they had good deals on designer ones then.
SpecSavers had a deal a few weeks ago, not sure it is still running. The lenses were free if you bought frames over £80.00. I got transitions lenses in titanium frames costing £85.00, but Medicash paid me back £80.00. For reading I use a cheap pair of glasses costing £15.00 from Tesco (only use them when my eyes are tired at night).
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make sure you read the small print.



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Anybody know what a full value voucher is worth?
if you can become a costco member, they have good deals for high quality products....
Direct Specs are good, you will have to take a prescription to them, but I've had about 5 pairs off them, and never had a problem, and I have to wear them all the time.
A lot depends on your prescription.if it's too severe the online dispensaries won't cover it.We found this out to our cost.My wife's has just had some bi focal and frames for £655 which is a horrendous amount,no choice because of the prescription.Check out directsight.co.uk too
Hello james_Ifc,

I was in the same position as you a few days ago and just got my new French Connection glasses for £10 with free lenses using a NHS Optical Voucher too (as I'm in full-time education) at Specsavers, so please take this advice as I am an expert in glasses LOL.

If you go to Specsavers and take your NHS Optical Voucher with you, you will then be able to get the following Designer glasses (I've listed only brands for Men, e.g. got rid of Karen Millen etc):

FCUK, French Connection, or Red or Dead - They are £99 in-store normally, but you will pay £10.

Animal, Bench, Jasper Conran, Missoni, Osiris, Quiksilver, Timberland or Tommy Hilfiger - They are £125 in-store normally, but you will pay £30.

So you will either pay £10 or £30 for designer glasses, the prices will also include PENTAX standard single vision lenses, a scratch resistant treatment, case and cloth.

Link:specsavers.co.uk/off…ns/

By the way the NHS Optical Voucher is worth £37.10 but the voucher is worth more in Specsavers.

Hope this helps, if you have any more questions just ask.

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Transformers
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Transformers

Hello james_Ifc, :)I was in the same position as you a few days ago and … Hello james_Ifc, :)I was in the same position as you a few days ago and just got my new French Connection glasses for £10 with free lenses using a NHS Optical Voucher too (as I'm in full-time education) at Specsavers, so please take this advice as I am an expert in glasses LOL.If you go to Specsavers and take your NHS Optical Voucher with you, you will then be able to get the following Designer glasses (I've listed only brands for Men, e.g. got rid of Karen Millen etc):FCUK, French Connection, or Red or Dead - They are £99 in-store normally, but you will pay £10.Animal, Bench, Jasper Conran, Missoni, Osiris, Quiksilver, Timberland or Tommy Hilfiger - They are £125 in-store normally, but you will pay £30.So you will either pay £10 or £30 for designer glasses, the prices will also include PENTAX standard single vision lenses, a scratch resistant treatment, case and cloth.Link: http://www.specsavers.co.uk/offers/designer-glasses-for-teens/ By the way the NHS Optical Voucher is worth £37.10 but the voucher is worth more in Specsavers. Hope this helps, if you have any more questions just ask.From,Transformers



Thank you that's really helpful, luckily I have booked my appointment for specsavers since it is the only optician in my town apart from Boots opticians, but I preferred specsavers since it is better known and I have seen all the 2 for 1 adverts, I don't suppose this offer will apply to me would it?

Thanks
James
james_lfc

Thank you that's really helpful, luckily I have booked my appointment for … Thank you that's really helpful, luckily I have booked my appointment for specsavers since it is the only optician in my town apart from Boots opticians, but I preferred specsavers since it is better known and I have seen all the 2 for 1 adverts, I don't suppose this offer will apply to me would it? ThanksJames


You're welcome James, I'm always happy to help.

Unfortunately you cannot get the 2 for 1 offer as well, as stated in their Terms & Conditions "Cannot be used with other offers." But to be honest, getting designer glasses for £10 is incredibly cheap and it includes free lenses - at that price they might as well give them away for free

Even the £30 designer glasses are cheap, I've had a mixture of brands £10 and £30 ones and they all look great. Oh and here's a tip, try and get Semi-rimless designer glasses, basically if you don't know what they're are, they're glasses which have the frame at the top and are rimless at the bottom, and they don't cost any extra. The reason I recommend these are so that when you're looking through your glasses, it doesn't seem like you're looking through rectangles, as sometimes you can subtly notice. Anyway try them in-store as it's hard to explain what I mean, it's personal preference at the end of the day.

Here's an example anyway of Semi-rimless ones (the actual ones I'm wearing now)
http://www.specsavers.co.uk/glasses/fashion/fc-92/

Regards,
Transformers

I am going to have an eye test and I am in full time education so I get … I am going to have an eye test and I am in full time education so I get "full value nhs optical voucher" whatever that is :s I know that I will probably need glasses so I was wondering where is the best place to go?



Do your research on all the local Opticians / Opthalmists. Check the internet for reviews and ask friends and family about their experiences and observations with their Opticians. Like Dentists, Doctors and other professionals each vary in quality, so don't be afraid to seek a second opinion with a different opticians if you are unhappy with the original service. If you find when testing they're abrupt, unprofessional, rushing too quickly, or simply pressurizing you with their sales tactics, walk away. A poorly fitted or wrong prescription can cause innumerable problems.

I am thinking of getting a designer pair and don't mind paying towards, … I am thinking of getting a designer pair and don't mind paying towards, also I am not sure what the voucher is worth



If you are sporty, outward bounds, or simply carefree (or occasionally careless), it might be advisable to purchase an anti-scratch coating (nearly all now have this option). You'll be surprised how easy it is to scratch or damage a pair of glasses. Also anti-reflective coating, and possibly lighter, thinner lenses could be a viable option if your prescription is high. (watch out for sales people trying to sell you extra-thin lenses when you don't require them). As Transformer states semi-rimess, or even rimless could be an idea, but ask the opticians not to polish or mirror the edges.

IF you have a specialist requirement or needs, the NHS voucher or entitlement is different depending on your situation or prescription, although the opticians if needed would discuss this with you.

Anyone have any ideas please?



Don't forget Asda opticians as they are outstanding for their offers.
Edited by: "nemesiz" 18th Jun 2012
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