The VA, as part of my benefits, provides me a new pair of glasses without cost every two years. That was Jan/Feb 2016. As glasses more complicated than those needed by the average 35 year old (i.e. bifocals, trifocals or progressives) are made in a central location it means something less than a few day turn around. I had a second pair made at a local Lens Crafters before I left for India last year.
Of course my pair from the VA arrived in the afternoon mail, the same day I was already at SFO on an outbound airplane…
So that made two pairs; except that I hadn’t dared travel with only one pair so I had found an older pair (see pink…. see the bifocal line…) which I think date back more than 10 years.
Fast forward to this year. Even with a scratch resistant coating, my VA haven’t survived all that well. The commercial pair was stepped on (not me) and, funny thing, there are no replacement frames to be had – would I like to order a completely new pair?
I don’t think so, not at that price.
So for $500 less than what Lens Crafter’s wanted, I ordered a new pair from the VA. Progressives, no photo grey and dark frames so I know which pair is the newest.
And, I now have four pairs of glasses to lose in the house….