If eyeglasses range in price from $1,000 to $8, then one must ask why the cost differential?
If one can get glasses in an hour, as is promoted by Lenscrafters, how expensive could it possibly be to create these glasses, including materials and labor?
As a nation, we’ve been discussing economics a great deal lately, challenging our government to stay a capitalist society, not drifting toward socialism or communism. We have indicated loudly and strongly that we wish to have a financial structure in our country that promotes our ability to make the almighty dollar in the best ways possible. The philosophy that if we work hard, we can make a lot of money has shifted, though. The problem is that we want to make the most money off of those who need our services or products the most and can afford it the least. We’ve gone from capitalism to avaricism, and this greed is being borne on the backs of the unemployed and underemployed across our country.
Check with any poor person in the country who needs glasses and doesn’t have them, why that is? They will tell you that they cannot afford them. They have to be able to see to make a living or to drive; yet, they are subjected to headaches, decreased safety, and other limitations caused by their poverty when the truth is, for $40 on-line, they could get a pair of glasses.
The Lion’s Club provides glasses to poor people all over the globe for free. They have been collecting used glasses from Americans for decades now. In America, however, we are still subjected to near-blindness because the eyeglass companies want to make a truckload of money every day from people who simply don’t know that they can go on-line, click a few fields, and get their eyeglasses overnight for about $40. If you don’t believe me, check out Zennioptical.com.
What will happen when Lenscrafters and Pearlvision get wind of these sites? Will their prices suddenly come crashing down? I doubt it. They will simply cater to those who don’t know any better or who can afford not to care about the cost.
The truth is, there are some benefits to having a staff person fit your glasses, and being able to try them on in the store to see how they’ll look; but, if it’s the difference between getting glasses and not getting glasses, I’m willing to take my chances. Glasses are glasses. They are a functional necessity.
For those who can afford designer names on the arms of their spectacles, great! Have at it. For those of us who don’t have those liquid assets readily available, it simply can’t be a concern.
I’ve got an appointment with my HMO ophthalmologist on Monday, and as soon as I get my prescription, I’m going on-line. The days of my spending $500 on a pair of glasses is over.
I’ll keep you posted on how that works out for me.