15 years ago
Conversely, my previous strategy was to shop around for safety glasses. I really prefer glass lenses and stout frames so this is a good choice for me.
Opticians vary greatly in pricing, so the shop around part is important. Lenscrafters have never got my business for several reasons. First they stock a whole lot of "designer" frames. I find it very curious why all the "designers" seem to copy one another. Stand back an look at the frame selection from a distance and all of the glasses seem to look the same.
Conversely, the safety frames tend to be more robust. The same manufacturer has multiple styles, and they range from the $19 cheaply plastic frames, to the $100 super whizbang heavy grade titanium with spring hinges and silicone nose pads. I was also shocked to find out that some opticians catering to the industrial trade actually sell safety lenses cheaper than the thinner regular lenses.
While you can get a pair of single vision plastic lenses in an hour all over town, often you need to wait while they send out for the safety lenses to be ground. To me this is worth the wait. Countless times my eyeglass lenses have been hit with grinding sparks that would have killed plastic, but with the glass a flick of the thumb nail and a wipe on the shirt tail and you are good to go.
The tough ones also last a whole lot longer. I usually get 5+ years on a set of frames with this concept and don't spend a whole lot of time retweeking spindly frames.
I also am going to pass on bifocals from now on. While I am used to them I find that keeping a few pairs of dollar store reading glasses that I can prop over the distance glasses do fine when I have to read a map or if I am trying to extract a splinter.
In the shop or at the computer or while reading I simply switch over to a pair of RX reading glasses ( I have one that is set to focus just beyond arms length, and one that is good for about 10 inches from my nose) and this keeps everything in focus that I want to see. Of course this means that I have three sets of glasses, but not having to crane my neck around is a whole lot more comfortable.