GLASSES ARE EXPENSIVE!!! We purchased a vision plan this year because we knew that my husband, daughter, and I would all need glasses. Luckily his work offered a plan and we figured we would try it out. My pediatric ophthalmologist (covered with health care plan- thank goodness) looked at the optometrists and said that she wouldn’t recommend any of them as a place to purchase glasses for children unless they were covered under a plan. BUMMER But they steered me in the direction of the place that would have the best selection for children. When I walked in, the lady at the desk took the prescription to be made and told me to pick out a pair of glasses from the wall that had cables. Since I know nothing about glasses, I asked for help. She went and got the only pair they had with cables and said these will fit. When I asked if my daughter could try them on, she got very irritated. They seemed too tight and I told her this, which was ignored. The lenses were ordered and I believe because I called every day, the lenses were here in 4 days. When I brought Elly in, however, the frames were still tight. They told me they were fine. Luckily, my daughters pediatric ophthalmologist told me to bring the glasses in so they could check the prescription to make sure they were correct and that the glasses fit. She of course agrees that the frames were too tight and put unnecessary pressure on her ears. SO, back to the glasses store, where I relayed the message and had the manager look at them on my daughter. Sure enough she also said they are too tight and they needed to order a pair of frames that fit. Since pink was not available, we ordered purple. Another 5 days (yes, I called daily to check and they now know my voice) and the frames were in. When we got there however, the cables were BRIGHT BLUE. They rigged the glasses so the original frames gold with a little pink, were now with the longer blue cables. ARGH. I wanted to cry, just give me something girly or plain so I can keep these things on everyday, but I know that a happy mom makes everything go smoother. So, I plastered the biggest grin I could muster and turned to my daughter. “Do you want Grover Blue glasses?” I asked. She said yes and put them on… Oh well, they fit, she wears them… I should count my blessings, a little blue never hurt anyone. Here is the general price break down with and without a plan.
Year Plan $350
Cost of Elly’s Glasses with special lenses and 2 year warranty $60
Cost of Hubbies Glasses and visit $40
Cost of my driving glasses and visit $110
Elly’s glasses $210
Hubbies glasses and visit $250
My driving glasses with anti-glare $360
SO, is it worth it? By purchasing a Vision Plan we saved us at least $260, we all have glasses. The hassle of dealing with a place not knowledgeable about children’s glasses was not fun. If doing it all over again, I would ask the ophthalmologist who they would recommend. I would then call that office and ask them which vision plan company they accept and research that one. We ended up canceling our current vison plan. My baby has only 2 eyes and I want to make sure that I am making the best decisions about them. In order to do that, I need a strong team of knowledgeable professionals to help. For me, it would be worth it to spend a little more $.