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Kids Glasses - where do you buy them and about how much do you spend?

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM
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So Max got his first pair of glasses in october.  We went to an opthamologist since our insurnace requires that they are MDs.   After insurance we ended up spending about $250.  (ouch!)  They were pricy but really cute black and lime green plastic frames.  They had a warrenty on them similar to cell phones.  It doesn't cover it if you totally lose them, but if they break they are covered.  Well guess what?  He lost them.  We have a strict rule of "In your case or on your face" but apparently the case with the glasses in them fell out of his backpack somewhere.  So we need glasses.  We went to walmart.  Poly lens with anti scratch $49 + the cost of frames (the frames we liked were about $68-78).  Sounds great, but none of the glasses fit him right.  If they fit in the temples, the ear pieces were so long that after we would of had them adjusted, they would have stuck out below his ears and shown when looking at him straight on.  So we went to Meijer since we don't have any other chain places in town.  They had tons of really cute girls frames, but not much for boys or unisex.  We did end up buying there because the price was just soo good.  We got two complete pairs of glasses for $100.  I spent an extra $10 on one pair for rush delivery. 

Does anyone use any of the other major eye dr chains like Dr Tavel, Eye Glass World, or One Hour Optical?  How are their prices?  Do they have cute kids frames?  I'm thinking we may not buy from the MD eye dr anymore and stick to chain places for glasses purchases.  

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new_mom808
by Andrea on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:11 PM

 We havent tried the chains. We've always bought our glasses from our eye Dr. Our insurance covers mine completely. DH's are really expensive, but we dont buy them very often; he mostly wears contacts.

DS will need glasses eventually. I'm thinking about when he starts school.

karamille
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:24 PM


Quoting new_mom808:

 We havent tried the chains. We've always bought our glasses from our eye Dr. Our insurance covers mine completely. DH's are really expensive, but we dont buy them very often; he mostly wears contacts.

DS will need glasses eventually. I'm thinking about when he starts school.

We had Max's eyes check at his 5th birthday, even though he wouldn't start kindy until right after his 6th birthday.  He had astigmatism then, but was seeing "good enough."  We went back this past october and while his close/distance vision wasn't that bad at all, his astigmatism had gotten worse.  His writing had never been great.  Everything looked really slopping.  But after he got his glasses for astigmatism, his letters looked so much better.  Nice circles and straight lines.  He had been writing them as he saw them - which was distorted.  I always thought about vision and reading, but it hadn't occured to me it could affect writing.   

Ikey has been going to the eye dr since he was a year old.  Its amazing how they do eye exams on kids that little but they do.  He's still glasses free but he has been standing really close to the TV.  He's not due to go back the pediatric eye specialist until June, but our local MD eye dr is getitng him next week to dilate his eyes and check out those optic nerves we have to keep a close watch on.  

new_mom808
by Andrea on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:31 PM

 

Quoting karamille:

 

Quoting new_mom808:

 We havent tried the chains. We've always bought our glasses from our eye Dr. Our insurance covers mine completely. DH's are really expensive, but we dont buy them very often; he mostly wears contacts.

DS will need glasses eventually. I'm thinking about when he starts school.

We had Max's eyes check at his 5th birthday, even though he wouldn't start kindy until right after his 6th birthday.  He had astigmatism then, but was seeing "good enough."  We went back this past october and while his close/distance vision wasn't that bad at all, his astigmatism had gotten worse.  His writing had never been great.  Everything looked really slopping.  But after he got his glasses for astigmatism, his letters looked so much better.  Nice circles and straight lines.  He had been writing them as he saw them - which was distorted.  I always thought about vision and reading, but it hadn't occured to me it could affect writing.   

Ikey has been going to the eye dr since he was a year old.  Its amazing how they do eye exams on kids that little but they do.  He's still glasses free but he has been standing really close to the TV.  He's not due to go back the pediatric eye specialist until June, but our local MD eye dr is getitng him next week to dilate his eyes and check out those optic nerves we have to keep a close watch on.  

 We started taking DS when he was 3. His dad got glasses when he was 7 (He also has an astigmatism) and I had to get glasses when I was about 11. It's pretty inevitable for DS. Our eye doctor said he's fine for now, but he'll definately need them someday. No signs of an astigmatism though for now. I really, really hope he just gets my moderately bad vision and not his dads TERRIBLE vision. Seriously I think my Rx is like a -2.25, while DH's is like a -7.5.

I never thought about the writing either, but it totally makes sense.

I wish I had been in the room for his first eye exam, but his dad was. Since he REFUSES to read from left to right, and didnt really know all of his letters at the time, they just did pictures and "closer or farther" "better or worse" type questions.

karamille
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:43 PM



Quoting new_mom808:

 

Quoting karamille:


Quoting new_mom808:

 We havent tried the chains. We've always bought our glasses from our eye Dr. Our insurance covers mine completely. DH's are really expensive, but we dont buy them very often; he mostly wears contacts.

DS will need glasses eventually. I'm thinking about when he starts school.

We had Max's eyes check at his 5th birthday, even though he wouldn't start kindy until right after his 6th birthday.  He had astigmatism then, but was seeing "good enough."  We went back this past october and while his close/distance vision wasn't that bad at all, his astigmatism had gotten worse.  His writing had never been great.  Everything looked really slopping.  But after he got his glasses for astigmatism, his letters looked so much better.  Nice circles and straight lines.  He had been writing them as he saw them - which was distorted.  I always thought about vision and reading, but it hadn't occured to me it could affect writing.   

Ikey has been going to the eye dr since he was a year old.  Its amazing how they do eye exams on kids that little but they do.  He's still glasses free but he has been standing really close to the TV.  He's not due to go back the pediatric eye specialist until June, but our local MD eye dr is getitng him next week to dilate his eyes and check out those optic nerves we have to keep a close watch on.  

 We started taking DS when he was 3. His dad got glasses when he was 7 (He also has an astigmatism) and I had to get glasses when I was about 11. It's pretty inevitable for DS. Our eye doctor said he's fine for now, but he'll definately need them someday. No signs of an astigmatism though for now. I really, really hope he just gets my moderately bad vision and not his dads TERRIBLE vision. Seriously I think my Rx is like a -2.25, while DH's is like a -7.5.

I never thought about the writing either, but it totally makes sense.

I wish I had been in the room for his first eye exam, but his dad was. Since he REFUSES to read from left to right, and didnt really know all of his letters at the time, they just did pictures and "closer or farther" "better or worse" type questions.

Its amazing how much they can tell from those little kid eye exams.  When Ike was really little they would dilate his eyes, then hold this card of different lenses up to his eyes and dr would look into their eyes.  They can tell from where the light bounces off their eye, how their eye lens is shaped.  Whichever card it takes to get the light in the right spot, determines their vsion.  When they are a little older, they do the "letter chart" to make sure what they are seeing with the lenses matches up with what the chlild is seeing, but it was all pictures, bigger at the top, smaller at bottom.  They would use a pointer on each one and have the child say what it was.  They were things like a house, cat, dog, cup, shoes, etc...  Then they do a depth perception test with the fly and the 3D glasses.  If the toddler tries to touch it above the page, they know their eyes are focusing together and thats all fine.   Max (who's 6) had the tests done this time when they map the topography of the eye and also take the pic of the back of the eye.  I think they will only do those every few years.  I had to pay extra for those, but it was only like $20 or so.     


BabyTeki
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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I've heard a lot lately about online sites that you can get glasses for cheap. The last pair I got was totally covered by the insurance I had at the time
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timon95
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 10:02 PM

ds's glasses were covered under our insurance. he picked a pair that was in the insurance price range so i didn't pay a dime. I bought him a back up pair back in August from JC Penney during their back to school promo - paid $25

Rushn311
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM

We go to Walmart. We went to Lens Express or something but didn't like them...Walmart has been good. She doesn't have glasses yet. With my copay and my $150 lens, I paid only $30.

mrswillie
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:10 AM

We go to a small town eye doctor. I'm not sure about the cost, because our insurance covers most of it.

TigerofMu
by Sonja on Feb. 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM

We don't have any of those chains.  As much as I detest Walmart, that's where we go.  And the people at the Vision center are really nice.  My last pair of frames was $9, and I just can't imagine going back to the optometrist and paying the obscene amounts there.

karamille
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM

If our insurance would LET us use walmart or a chain with optometrist, our glasses would be completely covered.  We have a $150 allowance for frames and a $100 allowance for lenses.  Sadly that doesn't go very far at an opthamologist.  =/

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