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"Market Optical"

My main pair of glasses are these cool, expensive rimless jobbies in which the nose bridge and temples are attached via holes drilled through the lenses. This morning I went to take them off and they broke in half -- which is to say, one of the lenses broke, popping out a chip of polycarbonate. There's no way to patch this -- it needs a new lens.

Now, this is lousy timing given that I've got a reading in Leavenworth this weekend, but fortunately my spare pair of glasses is still close enough to my current prescription that I can see (my depth perception's a little wonky, but I can manage). My real worry was that it was going to cost an arm and a leg to get the broken lens replaced (did I mention that these were expensive glasses)? But when I got to Market Optical down at Pike Place Market, they told me there was no problem -- the special UV coating on the lenses is warrantied against "scratching," a term that apparently includes the fracturing of the lens, as long as you weren't sitting on it when it happened. So, no charge, and I'll have the replacement within a week or two.

Sometimes you really do get what you pay for.


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Oct. 26th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)

Should you ever need good cheap specs, I recommend Zenni Optical.
Oct. 26th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
...and there was me thinking glasses were so much cheaper in the US. There goes another myth - and with it the plan to get cheap glasses while I am on an overseas visit. Sigh. My new glasses will cost EUR 800.- (US$ 1,100.-). Dreadful.
Oct. 26th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
It depends on what you're looking for. If all you want is a functional pair of glasses, there are certainly much cheaper alternatives -- though I imagine there must be in Europe, too.

Once you get into designer frames, of course, the price skyrockets. But it still might be worth your while to wait until you come here, if only because the dollar is so weak right now.
Dec. 12th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
you are lucky
Same thing happened to me, and I was blind for a week, so I know where Im buying my next glasses
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