Let's be honest.....the longevity of a pair of frames, partly depends on the owner who is wearing them. Whether you've paid $15 or $310 for a pair of frames, they need to be handled with the same respect, care, and awareness. Be aware, when the temples start to loosen.....maintain those loose temples and nose pad screws, with a little snug of the screw here and then. Take care in cleaning the lenses, and placing them in a protective case, when you're not using them.. And most importantly, respect them, and treat them, like they DID cost hundreds... and they will last, until you loose them, sit on them, or your dog or infant wacks them off your head.. If I think a pair of readers, is suitable for your own prescription, I will certainly mention that, in my description of that pair. A good portion of my sales, are from buyers who purchase my readers, just for the frames. I have only had one person return the glasses, because the only guy in her town, who was optical, told her that the lenses could not be changed. My mother in law has the same pair, that she had successfully filled with bifocal lenses.When you're the only act in town, you can say just about anything to your customer, without them calling your bluff.
If you're not sure what style will fit you properly, be sure to read my descriptions carefully, as they have general measurements for each style, that will be important to you, for a good fitting pair. If you need those measurements converted to millimeters, for opthalmic purposes, email me. To give you a head start, take a pair of specs you currently wear, that you love, and measure the inside hinge to hinge point of your frame. This measurement is the first step in finding frames that will fit you. Style, is purely your opinion. I do not specify GENDER on any of my readers, as this is a new generation, where everyone wears what they want to wear. My photos are clear, and you can make your own choice, as to whether or not these glasses are for you. My return policy is stated as a convenient link above every item description.
Whether the reading glass frames you are interested in, are metal, or acetate, the materials used are similar,( if not) the same, as the frames sold in optical shops. The color wear, that enamel coated metal frames exhibit with time, is the same type of wear as their $200 cousins. The warping that sometimes occurs on an inexpensive pair of acetate or laminate frames, will also happen on a $300 pair. Warping is an easy fix, and you should not discard a pair of frames, just because they are warped, or wider than they used to be. Are your temples loosening? Snug them with an eyeglass screw driver... your expensive frames will also loosen with time and use. I recently handled my friend's prescription frames, and asked her how much she paid for them. They were metal frames, with open work on the temples, and rhinestones set into the frames. The metal color was rubbing off along the edges, some of the rhinestones were missing, and the frames were crooked. She paid $100 just for the frames, with a designer name on them... but she got them on SALE for that low price of $100...... Nice, metal reading glasses of the same quality, will run you anywhere between $24-44 on the internet. Sometimes more, on other sites. Another thing that appalled me, what how lately, optical shops will say to my buyers, upon handing them a pair of their own frames for a prescription, is, "we will do it, at your own risk". And a week later, will hand you back your frames, broken, severely warped, or melted beyond the boiling point. There is no reason, for a technician to have to use enough force, to break a frame, or such a high amount of heat, that would cause a frame to bubble, or warp, in order to manipulate the lenses out of a pair of acetate frames. Seriously. This is a deliberate tactic that is used, to intimidate you to purchase eyeglass frames from them. The mark up on eyeglass frames is HUGE. I mean HUGE... With where our economy is right now, it does not surprise me, that this tactic is used, to make a sale. By the time you are done, you have been drained of $400, and for what? A $200 pair of acetate frames, with a designer name on the side? Most of my frames are acetate, made in China, like the ones found in the optical shops.
A buyer of mine, used an online optical lab, to put prescription lenses into a pair of my $24 frames, and this is what he said, word for word, "You asked to hear back if anyone successfully had prescription lenses filled in these frames. I used an online service called "ReplaceALens". I sent the frames in and had my usual progressive prescription lenses filled in these frames and they sent back a perfect pair of glasses which I can wear all the time instead of just as reading glasses. The total to have this done with polythin progressive lenses was $130 plus shipping, which is hundreds less than going to an optical store. Plus I have the retro frames I like instead of the optical store's overpriced limited selection. It all turned out so well that now I'm thinking of have the "Jeffs" I bought done as prescription sunglasses. Thanks, -DH -( id-doug)
Here is another buyer, who used REPLACEALENS.COM: Dear margarita*mamma,Re: Peabody Round Glasses, "Replace a lens" have RXed these which I bought a few weeks ago. - I have never used progressive lenses before. The price was right and they seem to work fine. They cost much less than what could have been done locally. They also fit them into these unusual (?) frames. The local shop said they couldn t do it. You were right the locals won't necessarily do it. They're great glasses.- polo1930
Feedback from a buyer 11/18/09:I love my glasses, just got them today from All About Eyes. They filled my rx.
This email is from another very happy buyer: *MIMI* CAT EYE Glass Glasses Frames MELISSA© Kiwi GREEN (220330055983) Subject: Re: Message from eBay Member Regarding Item #220330055983
Q: hey thanks for the glasses i purchased recently...(kiwi green cat eye glasses) just wanted to let you know walmarts eyeglass center will turn those readers into prescription glasses which is awesome because many optical retailers wont...just thought i would let you know and ill be probaly getting more from ya that way i can color cordinate lol.
This email came in today, 8/04/09 from a buyer who purchased the SARAH PALIN Frames (Kawasaki look a like): I left feedback 8-04. I waited until I had the prescription in them. Today I am wearing the finished product. I am very happy with the complete transaction. Thank You for saving me so much money and for all your help. For sure I will use your site in the future. Billy -( junbugs*usa)
New Email, 1/24/10 from a buyer who used www.eyeglasspeople.com to fill their prescription, with my reader frames:A couple weeks ago I purchased some rhinestone cateyes from you. Just wanted to let you know that I love the glasses, especially now that I've successfully had my prescription put into them! I thought I would pass along this website to you, so that you can share it with your customers. www.eyeglasspeople.com can take frames and put in the prescription for you. The base cost is about $25 plus shipping. If your customers keep the box that you ship the glasses in, they can reuse the box and it'll save them a little money for shipping (I think it was only about $7.50 to use your own box, versus $25 to have them send you a box.) I'm so excited about my glasses, and I just can't wait to show them off! I'll definitely be buying from you again in the future, and I'll tell others about your store!- evilbean06
When choosing a pair of vintage frames, for your own prescription, that is a whole different story. Vintage eyewear, depending on how it was stored, can determine the condition of the frames. If the frames you are contemplating, look cracked, or the plastic is dried, and showing a shabby kind of finish, they are not a candidate for your prescription. They will most likely crumble in the hands of a technician. Most vintage eyewear is suitable for your own prescription. They are made of nice, heavy plastics, heavy rivited hinges and strong hardware. Most pairs found at yard sales, or on vintage sites, just have to be cleaned, and re-shaped. Be careful if your frame has rhinestones or studs. Glues do not last forever, and you may loose a rhinestone or stud in the process. Please alert the optician, to catch any rhinestones that may fall off, so that they can be glued back on.
I am open to comments and suggestions. This guide is meant to open your eyes, and not be taken. There are many honest optical places out there, that will happily use a competent frame that you hand them, for your own prescription. There are many ONLINE optical labs, that will do it for less. Be a wise shopper, and shop around.
Please understand, if your prescription calls for a very thick lens, not all optical quality frames, can accommodate them. So, a wise move on your part, is to print out a photo of the frames you like, and bring it to your eye-care professional, along with your prescription, for an opinion, BEFORE you purchase them. Many happy customers return to my site for more cool specs, just for their own prescriptions.
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