Your Eyeglass Lenses and Prescription – Shop Around
What you may not know about your eyeglass prescription!
The reason I’m writing about this is because I had a patient the other day that was at a local optical office, here in Vero Beach, and she was given a quote for new lenses. The quote was for Varilux Physio Progressive, clear lenses, made from a CR-39 substrate (basic plastic), with no performance AR finishes. The price was over $600.00 for these lenses, and that was at 40% off. Any idea what Mobile Optical charges? For those same lenses traditionally fabricated is $400.00, and digitally fabricated is $435.00. This is Mobile Optical’s normal retail.
Shop Around for Price
The next time your eyes are examined, and you are given an eyeglass prescription, you should consider shopping around for prices. The eyeglass prescription is yours, to go whatever you want, even if you choose to do nothing at all.
Anyone wearing prescription (Rx) eyeglasses know how expensive it can be to have new eyeglasses made, or have your current frames updated to the new Rx. There are many people out there that don’t realize they can take that new Rx to any optical establishment to have their services completed. People think they have to get their Rx filled by the office that performs the eye examination, which it not the case at all.
When you, the customer, make an appointment at any eye clinic or optical store for a new eye examination, you are paying for a service. This exam isn’t just to see if you need a prescription to see more clearly. The physician also looks at the health of the eyes, inside and outside. The patient’s eyes are usually dilated for a thorough health check inside the eyes. Eye exams also include glaucoma checks. There are many other exam procedures that are offered, if you choose to have them.
At the end of the exam, if the physician discovers a refractive error, and it can be corrected by prescription lenses, this doctor should inform you and provide you with a prescription. Sometimes, the physician will give you the prescription directly, or it will be passed to a technician or optician. By giving the prescription to the tech or optician, you can be easily directed to the dispensary to place an order for eyeglasses. Every office wants to keep their business.
I understand the fact that people like certain opticians to fabricate their eyeglasses. Many people are loyal like that. There is nothing wrong with that. I also understand that some people may have had a bad experience at an office, they have found another office that produced their product, and now they are happy. In addition, some people have vision insurance and have to go to providers. All I’m saying is that you should consider shopping around.
Now, considering vision insurance, there are a few things to think about. Some people pay for a premium, to include vision coverage. Some of these are really good, yet some are not worth having or paying for. Some of these plans have claims that offices will file for payment. Other plans are just 20%-30% discount plans with no paperwork to file. An office will simply agree to give the patient a standard discount for coming to their office.
Some people are not saving any money by paying for vision coverage, and then paying the copays and materials overages when services are rendered. Educate yourself about what products you need, shop around, get prices, and compare these figures to what your vision premiums additionally cost. I’ve personally had patient’s that pay more for eyewear this way, and they never realized. They just assumed they were saving money because it was “vision insurance”.
In summary, when it’s time to get your eyes examined, make sure you get your prescription in hand. With your prescription in your hand, you can make your own decision about who makes your eyeglasses. Also, shop around. You might be very surprised how much money you can save.