This is a photo I took last summer with my Olympus. It's just a plain old point and click, but it's a nice one. I love it! Anyway, doesn't that photo just kind of make an amusing "Hump Day" photo? This is the cropped in version. Go ahead, click on it, and be in awe of the crazy detail in it.
Monday, the kids and I went in for eye exams. Joy! Well, kinda. Obviously Rae and I would need glasses. I was also pretty certain Chris would need glasses, too. Gillian I wasn't so sure on. Sometimes I notice her squinting, but not often.
Then, bless my doctor, I found out that our medical insurance covers 1 eye exam per year. Oh, how the angels have rejoiced! That means we had just a $10 co-pay for each appointment. From $200 to $40 in another quick, phone call verifying minute!
I found a place that took our insurance, and in we went. I already knew I would be ordering the glasses online from Zennioptical.com, because of how inexpensive they are. This gets back to that whole "no optical insurance" thing.
Of course, Chris and Gillian went hog wild looking at glasses while they waited their turns. I forgot just how expensive "real" eye doctor's can be. Gillian found the cutest little pair of purple cat eye frames... for $250. Just for the frames. No fancy, digital radio installed, no headlights, or windshield wipers. Just plastic frames.
In the end, Gillian does not need glasses. Yet. The doctor did say that she's clearly favoring one eye, which is a sure sign that she's going to be blind, like me. Why, oh why, did none of the kids get my husbands nearly perfect vision?
Chris, Raegan, and I did need new glasses, though. I got copies of the prescription, and we went on our way, thoughts of $8 glasses dancing in my head. At least for the kids.
The upside to $8 glasses-
- Eight. Dollars.
- Lenses Included
- Variety of Frames
- Picky kids
- Only SOME lenses included, others cost extra
- Variety of Frames
Anything after +6 or -6 is considered extra strength on Zennioptical.com. Raegan skated in with a -6 and a -6.25, which meant she needed extra strength, which tacked another $16 just for the lenses. It could be worse, I kept telling myself.
Mine? Oh, yeah, mine was bad. -10.5 on one eye, and -11.5 on the other. I've got some pretty bad vision going on, but on the plus side, she said that the prescription barely changed from what I am wearing, but that my astygmatism shifted, which caused changes in HOW my glasses prescription should be made. Not sure how, but she said it would help with my vision.
Ok, so I am rambling. I had this post planned where I talked about glasses, life, and Dollar Tree. Instead, I've rambled on and on about eye doctors and bugs going to town. Need a reminder? How about from a different angle?
In the end, I manged to order 3 pairs of regular eyeglasses and a 4th pair of prescription sunglasses for me (I have a wicked bad time with light sensitivity, so driving in the summer, or after fresh snow fall on a sunny day, is horrifying, and headache inducing), and it only cost me $137, after shipping.
Considering the last trip to Walmart was over $100 just for Raegan (that was frames, lenses, and the eye appointment), I consider this a saving grace.
I read on a review somewhere that Zennioptical is like the optical insurance stimulus. It allows people who otherwise might not be able to afford it, new glasses. I am in love. And, if the kids break, lose, or somehow get their glasses run over by a lawn mower (it happens, ask Raegan about her first ever pair of glasses sometime- that she had only had for a week), I can quickly, easily, and cheaply replace them. Score.