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Price difference between Specsavers and Vision Express

Question

I need a new pair of glasses. I have had my test done elsewhere - I was researching glasses and lenses today and noticed a considerable price difference between the lens you offer and that off Vision Express. My Vision is about -5 and therefore would require a thinned lens by 50%.  Is there any difference in the quality of lenses? Vision Express was quoting me for Clearview crystal lens which cost £320 + Frame and Specsavers were quoting Ultimate Thin and Light at £50 + Frame.

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Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

Specsavers lenses are of the highest quality. The structure of the company, the profit margin, the overheads, the philosophy behind the company all contribute to the difference in price. Therefore the price does not necessarily determine the quality of the lenses. Specsavers offers exceptional value for money!

Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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