ask: glasses or contact lenses with NHS voucherWatch
I never worn contact lenses before but i wish to try this time, but I still need a pair of glasses as a back-up. Now, how to make fully use of the voucher and spend as little money as possible?
If I use the voucher for contact lenses, I can only get the first set free, then I have to pay the lenses monthly, which is £9-22, depending on which opticicans I go. I could use my current glasses as back-up, but I'm afraid it's not suitable very well, since the new lenses would be stronger then the old ones.
If i want to go for glasses, I have to pay the extra thin lenses, or part of the price, myself. since as my optical prescription, I've got to wear thin lenses. the money I have to pay is about £60-80, different in different shops.
Another question is about those opticican shops. It's the first time I buy glasses in the UK, and I don't know which one it's better. basically there are Boots, Specsavers, Optical Express, Vision Express, and anther one I couldn't remember the name. Optical express is the cheapest one, free trial contact lenses and only £9 a month for contact lenses. for normal glasses, I need to pay £59 for the thinner lenses. the other shops are similar, about £22 a month for contact lenses and about 80-100 for thin plastic lenses.
Anybody has the experience and knows which shop is better? are the cheaps ones reliable? give me some advice, please.
Thank you very much for your help!
- CV Helper
yes, almost all opticians recommended glasses, because they said by doing that I can make more use of the voucher, which is more than 50 pounds. If i want to get contact lenses instead, I can ONLY get the first set free, and that's all.
At the end of the day, it's all about money..
With glasses, I'd pick whichever ones you like best and have the friendliest assistants. Most high street opticians are the same. You'll probably get better value if you go to a small optician rather than a high street name like the ones you've listed though.