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Specs appeal: buying glasses

Should you fork out the extra money to stand out in the crowd?

I’m astounded how much cheaper it is to buy glasses from chain stores. Sure, they don’t have the fashion range the flasher optometrists do, but at half the price, I don’t care. My only concern is that old adage: “You get what you pay for.” Could I be buying into eye problems by using the cheaper outlets?

The “cheap” glasses outlets are exactly that – the specs cost a lot less. I haven’t noticed that the staff skills or available technology is inadequate, so I would have no problem buying from these shops.

But it does seem they don’t carry the same fashion range as other optometrists. If you want to stand out in a crowd, be prepared to pay the extra cash. If you simply want to be able to see better in a smart pair of specs, give the cheaper places a shot.

If you don’t find frames to your liking, you can always go elsewhere. And if you’re a member of the Automobile Association, you can get a free eye test at certain stores. This doesn’t mean you have to buy your glasses from them, though.

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