Friday, February 01, 2008

A Mini Rant

Here are a few signs that your Optometrist is a scheming sack of shit:

1. When you check in for your appointment, they ask you about insurance before they ask your name.

2. They double check to see if you're insured before they dilate your eyes.

3. They hesitate to mention any conditions you might have until after they' guessed it, checked that you're insured.

4. They try to hard sell you on the more expensive contact lenses.

5. Your insurance covers up to $115 worth of contact lenses. They won't allow you to take advantage of it unless you buy a whole year's supply, which costs more than three times as much. They blame this on the insurance company, although it's never been an issue before.

6. They charge $45 a box for Acuvue Oasys lenses (Wal-Mart charges $29) and $35 a box for Acuvue II lenses (Wal-Mart charges $16). Yes, I know that Wal-Mart buys in bulk, opresses the working man, yadda, yadda, yadda. They still are asking about half of what these guys want for the exact same fucking lenses.

7. They refuse to release your prescription unless you buy at least one box of their overpriced lenses.

I like supporting independent stores. Given a choice, I will always choose a mom and pop restaurant, grocery store, or garage. Still, enough is enough. Screw Bronx Eye Care Optometry; next time, I'm going to Pearle Vision.


  • I feel your pain. Last year, I needed reading glasses and Lenscrafter's didn't have any styles I liked so I took my prescription to a local (overpriced) small shop.

    They first gave me the frame I selected in the wrong color AND the wrong Rx, so I sent them back.

    After the FIFTH attempt, they were still the wrong Rx but they refused to redo them again because by now, they were losing money on the deal.

    I have no vision insurance, and this fiasco cost so much that I couldn't afford to go elsewhere. I'm still using them and can only imagine what they're doing to my eyesight.

    It might be illegal for Bronx Eye Care to refuse to release your prescription as medical records belong to the patient and it seems that this would fall into that category.

    By Blogger heartinsanfrancisco, At February 1, 2008 at 3:14 PM  

  • I got my glasses at Costco, including the exam-however, I opted not to have my eyes dilated since it is 20miles from my house.

    By Blogger Claudia, At February 1, 2008 at 10:57 PM  

  • Your whole health care system is fucked up. But that does sound particularly extortionate.


    By Blogger Glamourpuss, At February 2, 2008 at 1:45 PM  

  • Sucks,doesn't it?

    Rant on!

    By Blogger Odat, At February 2, 2008 at 6:12 PM  

  • Ouch.

    I had my eyes checked at my opthamologist, but I bought my glasses at the hour eyes at the mall. After I bought what I felt were glasses at a reasonable price, I found the same brand cheaper on line.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 4, 2008 at 7:20 AM  

  • I am way too cheap to care about private enterprise.
    I am a bad bad person

    By Blogger Nosjunkie, At February 4, 2008 at 7:36 AM  

  • Well, don't go to Hour Eyes next time, either. My husband and I just had a miserable experience with them two weeks ago, so I'm not sure where our next venture into the world of eyecare will take us. Pearle Vision, mayhaps?

    By Blogger Mrs Pinchloaf, At February 4, 2008 at 8:49 AM  

  • They have to give you your prescription -- regardless of whether you buy lenses from them -- unless it has expired. Or at least that is the way it was when I worked for an optometrist in Virginia and in Florida. Definitely do NOT give them your business again.

    By Blogger JamieSmitten, At February 5, 2008 at 7:12 AM  

  • I'm so sorry. That sounds like a real mess to deal with!

    By Blogger Echomouse, At February 6, 2008 at 12:43 AM  

  • Walmart makes me feel dirty. And not in the good way.

    By Anonymous Franki, At February 7, 2008 at 12:55 PM  

  • Capitalism is supposed to provide choice at the lowest cost. Finding what works for you best is the trick.

    By Blogger The CEO, At February 8, 2008 at 12:05 AM  

  • Hearts-
    What a horror story!

    I think that it probably IS illegal for them to do what they're doing, but I don't want to go through the trouble of small claims court, which may end up costing me more than I'm already paying. I'm just taking my business (and my wife's) elsewhere.

    I used to go to Wal-Mart optical, which did a good job for me. This is my first dilation in a few years. I enjoyed the satanic look it gave me.

    Yes, it is, and it is. Ugh.

    Thanks for the shout-out!

    I HATE it when that happens. Hopefully it was only a buck or two!

    On this one, I totally agree with you. Screw private enterprise when it comes to my own personal happiness!!

    Or Lenscrafters?

    That sounds about right. Yeah, I won't be back.

    In the grand scheme of things, it's pretty minor, and it's taking my mind off more difficult matters, so I guess it's not all bad!

    Well, LensExpress is even cheaper still, if that makes you feel better!

    What bugs me about this is the ghetto markup, a tendency I see all over the place. Basically, things cost more in the ghetto because fewer companies locate here. It seems to undermine strict capitalism.

    By Blogger Crankster, At February 8, 2008 at 9:06 AM  

  • Yeah, screw them. I'm going to blog about this conversation I had today w/ a debt collector inquiring about a credit card charge-off from 12 years ago.

    I just about died laughing. What's so funny, she wants to know.

    By Blogger M@, At February 9, 2008 at 11:37 PM  

  • Is everything ok in your world?

    You are missed.

    By Blogger heartinsanfrancisco, At February 13, 2008 at 12:08 AM  

  • Along w/ hearts, is everything oK?

    By Blogger Claudia, At February 19, 2008 at 12:11 PM  

  • Hearts and Claudia-
    Sorry for my disappearance--I wrote a little post explaining a little of what's been going on. Things are going fairly well, but are incredibly hectic. Thank you both for your amazing concern.

    By Blogger Crankster, At February 19, 2008 at 9:24 PM  

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