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How to Save On Prescription Eyeglasses

Dear Savvy Senior:What tips or resources can you recommend to help seniors with the high cost of prescription eyeglasses? I used to have vision insurance through my work, but lost it when I retired. --Need New SpecsDear Specs:There's no doubt that new eyeglasses can be expensive. You can easily spend $200 for a basic pair, and if you spring for add-ons like anti-glare lenses or designer frames the price can double. If you're like most retirees and are paying full out-of-pocket prices every...

How I got prescription eyeglasses for $11

For some people, losing a pair of prescription glasses is a costly mistake. For me, it’s equivalent to lunch at Chipotle.OK, I’m exaggerating, but only slightly — and not in the way you might be expecting. A burrito and soda runs me about $11 at the yuppified fast-casual Mexican chain. My last pair of prescription frames, purchased just a few weeks ago, cost $10.89. So, yes, lunch is actually a few pennies more.How’d I get my glasses so cheaply? That’s easy: I ditched the brick-and-mortar...