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Goggles4U drops prices, drops additional discount codes. People are concerned, but this is still one of the best places to buy online. Link! Webmaster, Dan Ketterick found his glasses online -- and provided a story.

Thanks for the link, Dan.

Read his blog here.

Lots of people have been able to see better -- at a fraction of the typical cost -- using the online eyeglass retailers reviewed on this site. I'd like to propose that some of the savings you've realized could be used to help someone else see better.

Helen Keller International, is a global charity dedicated to saving site and saving lives. Over 75% of all blindness is preventable. Helen Keller International is a world leader in the fight against blindness and in providing efficient, free eye exams and eyeglasses for those truly in need.

For example, for about the cost of a night out at the movies, or a gift of $25, you will provide a vision screening and free eyeglasses to an impoverished student through our ChildSight® program.

For about the cost of a dozen roses, or a gift of $50, you will help establish seven vegetable gardens for a family that will save them from hunger and protect their health through our Homestead Food Production programs.

For about the cost of a nice dinner for two, or a gift of $100, you will give 100 children enough Vitamin A for one year, protecting their sight and lives through our Health and Nutrition programs.

For about the cost of a designer set of sunglasses, or a gift of $250, you will restore vision to five people by enabling cataract surgery through our Eye Health programs.
Here is a link to read more about their mission and for contribution opportunities.

I'm working on a new post that requires some harder data. I have a feeling on the topic, but I need to validate it to see if that feeling is anything more than just how I approached things.

If you've purchased a pair of eyeglasses online, please answer the first poll.

If you've purchased any subsequent pairs, please answer the second one.

Thanks for your time. I'm hoping to write this piece the week of February 25th, so time is of the essence. I'll likely leave them up and track any changes over time.

I'd be delusional if I thought people were coming to the site to read my random musings on the world optometric. People come to the site (trip over it?) searching for options to spending hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on their eyeglasses.

I wanted to highlight the "focus" of the site (pun intended).

To that purpose, I'm promoting the reviews and the links to the forums to the top of every page. I've been reading some web usability books for the ol' job and am recommitting myself to getting the stuff that matters in the hands of those looking for it in more efficient ways. This being a hosted blog, I'm hamstrung a bit, but I think I'll be able to find decent compromises with the system.

The "stars" are based on personal and member reviews and experiences. Each month or so, I comb the message boards and my personal emails and come up with a tally for each of the retailers above. I'll be adding to the list as new retailers bubble to the surface in this increasingly crowded and confusing space.

I appreciate all of the email and the stories I get to read each and every day. They are the heart of the site, so keep 'em coming!

Thanks again for all of your support!

WARNING: Lots of *bleeped* out f-bombs and such, in that charming Canadian accent I love so much.

Not only could you be out $700 Canadian (or $583 for those of us South of the border), but you won't have to witness 75 year-old reporters being beaten and spit on.

Perhaps we'll be talking about opticians "Going Optical" as business dries up -- especially for the skeezy ones out there.

Next time you ask for your PD measurement after your eye exam, be sure you're prepared to put up your dukes to deflect the forthcoming blows. It COULD happen!

I've got a bit of a problem. I went from having one pair of eyeglasses to six in a very short time. I've got a multitude of cases strewn all about. I keep a spare pair in bag, but that still leaves five cases piled on my dresser.

It's not pretty.

I'm thinking about picking up some sort of rack so that I can:

  • see what I have
  • organize 'em
  • show these suckers off (I know my wife will be VERY impressed with an eyeglass rack in the bedroom -- who wouldn't?)
So, yeah... I'm not sure how this will end. I need to order a few more pairs for review this month, so my problem will only get worse. I just wish I had enough time to dedicate to this extremely pressing topic in my life.

Perhaps I need to hire a consultant.

I didn't get the response I hoped for, but I did get some.

Thanks to those of you who participated.

The winner is (oddly enough):


Congratulations, and you have to get those!