Fibromyalgia Action UK

Glasses and prescriptions

Went to get my eyes tested yesterday, first time since I have been on benefits. Free glasses,,,thats a joke,,,you get an NHS voucher for £38.00. Now bearing in mind I have to have 2 lens ground on top of each other because of my astigmatisms and I have growing vessels across my left eye, I also have to have anti-glare put on them. These free glasses cost me £170 yesterday, can you pay a little at a time until they are ready, oh no, all at once, so much for the help, £170 is more than a weeks money, thank you Mr Cameron again !!!

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I have astigmatism too, so have to have the anti-glare also. I don't qualify for free glasses, sadly, but specsavers do a buy one get one free deal. Oh, but you have to pay for the thin lenses with those, whereas if I only got one pair that bit is free. So it's £85 for one pair, or £165 for two. Uh, yeah, that's not quite free! So one pair was a massive stretch on my budget. So I'm feeling your pain!!


Hi angelm54

I am so sorry to read that, and I genuinely hope that your eye sight is not suffering as a result of this.

All my hopes and dreams for you



I go to Specsavers for my eye test and use the prescription to order online at SelectSpecs. They have frames that start at £9 complete with coated lenses (delivery is £5.95 but orders over £75 are free P&P). The price is for simple lenses but it might be worthwhile contacting them and finding out how much it would be for your more complex lenses.


Hello Angelm54. Try Asda opticans. They are designer frames at £70 with lenses and they thin the lenses which is included. I find Specsavers too expensive as I have to have my glasses thinned, And I can't wear nikel ones due to an allergy.


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