I really need to get my eyes checked. There is a specsavers and an OPSM at my local shopping centre. Can anyone recommend either of these?
I use Specsavers. I find them cheaper.
I get my contacts and glasses from Specsavers. I find them very helpful and kind. They also have a great selection of glasses which come at affordable prices.
I have used both in the past. The local shopping centre I used at the time had Specsavers having a much longer wait (a few weeks) to get my eyes checked as opposed to a few days for OPSM but this was more than likely the actual store not the company so Id go either really :) Specsavers definitely have cheaper products. My everyday glasses are Specsavers and cost $40 whereas my prescriptions sunnies are OPSM fancy ones and cost like $350 so really depends on what you're after.
Bit of a question though, how would you all rate contact lenses? I need to get my eyes checked again as are losing sharpness even with my glasses on and was thinking of getting my eyes checked for the contact prescription as well. Glasses are great but can get annoying at times :)
I love my contacts. Mine cost $70 for 3 months worth, which isn't too bad since it comes down to about $23 a month.
I'd definitely recommend you getting contacts if you can!
Thanks heaps Paigeee! Ive been considering it for ages. Thats definitely a manageable price for sight haha :)
I use OPSM all the time they r the best
My health insurance covers 100% at Specsavers so with 2 family members in glasses, I go there. But I always see cool frames in the OPSM window. I've thought about going out of pocket at OPSM anyway to get the frames I really like, but for as much as we pay for private cover, I feel like I need to get all I can out of it.
My private health fund gives me and my husband no-gap $199 2 pairs of prescription glasses/sunnies every year at Specsavers, so that's where we've been going for the last few years. Very comfy glasses and sunnies, no complaints at all. If your private health fund covers optical at Specsavers, I would definitely recommend.
Are you with Bupa?
I was told i was going to be fully covered by them if i chose 2 $199 pairs of glasses and i was still out of pocket by $50!
i've tried both, Specsavers has more affordable ranges of frames, while OPSM is a bit more pricey end. I prefer the service at OPSM though and my glasses turn out very comfortable to wear unlike the ones i got from Specsavers where the power of the glasses was too strong and i got headache after wearing them.
I first started with OPSM, found they are not the best, switched to specsavers,- SO much better, saving money!
Thanks so much everyone for your help, appreciate your advice.
Specsavers for us! We've been going to them for years, and never had a complaint. Great service and well priced. As their add says, they really have changed the face of optometry.
I used to work for a major health insurance fund, and we only ever had good feedback about Specsavers.
Specsavers for sure, they are much more affordable.
I'm with Specsavers. The frames aren't the same quality (mine tend to come unscrewed unless regularly tightened and have gone a bit funky on the ear bits), but I don't care, I had more cash to spend on makeup!
I was with OPSM too but got my last specs from SpecSavers. I got the quote from Specsavers, went over to OPSM where my original prescription was and asked if they could match it, as I wanted to keep the business with them. They couldn't even come close. Either the people at the shop didn't have the authority to pricematch, or they just weren't interested in keeping customers. It was such a difference in price, I couldn't justify going to OPSM.
Unfortunatlely you'll find most places unable to price match with Specsavers as the qualities of materials are very different. Whilst Specsavers offer brand names such as Wayne Cooper and Country Road what they actually do is buy the rights to the brand name when the company chooses to no longer produce optics. These rights then give spec savers the ability to actually design and produce their own frames in bulk overseas then use the trademark. So the 'country road' glasses you buy are not actually the same price or quality that they were when Country Riad actually designed and sold their own glasses if that makes sense. If you're hard on glasses and go through them quickly (as I do) then the price point at spec savers might work for you but if you are after quality then OPSM or a smaller local company are better options with a larger range of glasses at a variety of price points and quality. You really do get what you pay for with glasses tho.
Thank you for sharing this! I was looking into Specsavers (even though they are foreign-owned) as I need to save a few dollars. If the quality is less, I would rather spend more so my glasses last the distance! Great advice!
I had to go to Specsavers urgently as my optometrist whom I used for 15-20 years suddenly passed away . What I found was it is relatively cheaper , the only thing I was told was to get the savings is you must purchase their frames whenever you get a new prescription and even if you change lens only , its the same cost. I wasn't used to the retail environment of the store but staff was very friendly . A new optometrist re-opened the store and because I had all my records and needed an adjustment , I went back there . It does cost more even if it was for 2 sets of len adjustsments but was happy with the one on one service to a more quieter clinic without the hustle and bustle of a retail store . So in the end weigh up the cost and type of service to determine what suits you . I wont tolerate anyone overpricing consumers so I will be happy to leave if either quality of the service and price drops. In the end you must be happy as health is important .
I have only had glasses for a few years. With my BUPA cover, the first time I got glasses I got 2 pairs from Specsavers for $0 gap. They've been pretty good glasses too.
I wanted some Ray-Ban sunglasses this time, so I went to OPSM. I can't believe the price difference, 2 pairs of glasses there came in at just under $500 (after all my health fund rebates). That is probably because of the Ray-Ban brand name, but still, I wasn't expecting that much difference!
I use Specsavers the staff is wonderful and they have fantastic sales. They also have brand names if that's what you are interested in
I often go to the "Lions Eye Institute" - a not for profit organisation. https://www.lei.org.au/contact/ Very friendly and knowledgable staff and their range of frames are very affordable.
I've used both, but always find myself happier with the service and quality of OPSM.
I found the range of frames better also.
I like OPSM, I got my last two pairs of glasses from their and I was happy with them, however I am thinking of swapping to specsavers in the future because I find OPSM can be costly at times.
I'm really not a huge fan of Specsavers, they have only ever stuffed me around. When I first went there they gave me an incorrect prescription and it wasn't until I when elsewhere that I discovered they had told me and sold me the wrong thing.
They have cheap prices and good sales, but I think in same ways it's kind of the 'you get what you pay for' with them. I only get my contacts through them now because they are cheap and I can order online. I wouldn't go back for a check up or anything there though.
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