Irish News of the World
Sunday March 22nd, 2009
Q: I need to get my eyes tested soon. What the best thing to do to get value for money?
A: At the moment, there are some special offers available online from some of the bigger optician chains.
At VisionExpress.com, you can get an eye exam for half price and 10% off your prescription glasses. While at Specsavers.com you can get 2 for 1 glasses for €99, or if you’re over 60 you can get a 30% discount on your glasses.
If you don’t have either of those close to you, ask your local optician if they have any special offers at the moment.
While the opticians mightn’t like me for it, the done thing for contact lenses these days is to get your eyes tested, get your prescription, and then go online to get your contact lenses.
The above two companies sell lenses online, as do YourLenses.ie, and even the VHI. In the past, I’ve used GetLenses.com myself without any problems, and at the moment, they’re offering 1 months free lenses.
Don’t forget though, depending on your circumstances, you could get free eye care, or at least have part of your expenses met by the HSE under the Optical Benefit scheme. Ask your optician, or check the HSE.ie website for the details.