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Old Apr 29th 2013, 7:16 pm
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I have a very specific query... I've read about the costs of Doctors, hospitals and dentist etc in NZ. How about Opticians? My whole family wear glasses... Is there any reduction in price for kids eye exams and glasses? Roughly how much do these cost for children and adults?

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At the lower end of the market this should give you a good comparison since they also exist in UK market: http://www.specsavers.co.nz/

Not aware of subsidised tests for kids, it all seems to be private. Maybe if you are on a very low income there is some help.

I personally paid NZ$1500 for a pair of varifocals with all mod cons (special coatings/went dark in sun etc) which it seems I can get the same make (Danish one) here in UK for GBP500.
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thanks for the info.
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I"ve just had mine done with Specsavers, actually pick up one pair tomorrow. If you have AA membership the test is free (every two years) and its very thorough. but $60 if not. I'm getting buy 2 get one free "progressives" (reading at the bottom. long distance at the top) and they have cost me $720.00. So I would say on a par with UK prices. mind you not a lot of choice in frames with these lens
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I got a free eye test at Spec Savers last year as I was a new patient. Or was it half price ? Anyway, when I have my eyesight checked this year I'll be using my AA card to get my entitlement.

Oh, if you are a contact lens user it's cheaper to order Spec Savers lenses online than buying them in the shop. Don't know why but it just is. When I did it last year I noticed the contact lenses were shipped from Australia to my home address. Why it's cheaper to do this than get them from my local Specsavers is beyond me.
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Although the arrival of Specsavers in NZ was an absolute godsend, they are still using the old 3:1 exchange rate.

i.e. 1/3 dearer than the UK Example: Gok Wan range are 2 for £99 quid in the UK here they are 2 for $299

http://www.specsavers.co.nz/
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need to add that the prices for the glasses don't include the actual glass just the frames. not sure if that is the same as in the UK
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Both here and the UK are the same; they include bog standard lenses but you pay extra for the special lenses such as progressives, transitions and any coatings.
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I used Specsavers as they were doing free eye tests for AA members.

Glasses plus 'normal' lenses cost approx. $600.

I order contact lenses online through http://www.lensesonline.co.nz/
They were cheaper than Specsavers online when I last bought some
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If anyone in Auckland is interested in an eye exam, there is a GrabOne deal running at the moment (runs out in 12 hours) only $69 for exam, frames and lenses:

http://www.grabone.co.nz/auckland/jo...ptometrists-20
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just picked up my progressives, not getting on with them to well at the moment. sea sickness feeling reminds me of my vertigo so not at all liking them atm but need to give them a couple of weeks.
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I'm lucky enough to have been back to the UK a few times in recent years but unlucky enough to have hit 45 and now need glasses.
I have had my eyes tested at TESCO and bought several pairs from there. The last ones I bought in January this year and they were 'designer' frames at £80 (with anti glare coating). The test is free. I didn't have time to sort out varifocals but I think the price for those was about double. They had a wide range of frames and when I took the prescrition to other shops in the UK the TESCO price was by far the cheapest. If I can possibly avoid buying them here I will as I'm pretty sure they are considerably more expensive. My advice would be to stock up before you come.
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don't think its something you can really stock up on as the eye's just get worse over time so you will need differing lenses. Some people have said you can get your prescription from the optician's and then just buy the glasses online, apparently works out cheaper, especially if you get a free eye test in the first place
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For those of you who wear contacts, you can order them online for about 50% cheaper than buying them from the optician. Mine (extended wear bifocals) are about $350 for a 6 month suppy from the optician but only $220 from netoptical http://www.netoptical.com.au/catalog/index.php or only $139 from clearlycontacts http://www.clearlycontacts.com.au/ (prices are in AUD, since I'm in Australia) I'm sure both ship to NZ
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Sorry, I know you can't stock up, I really meant, get new ones, if needed, just before you go.
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