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Direct Specs is a factory outlet for spectacles. But be warned it is not possible to have your eyes tested at Direct Specs. You will need to go to a proper optician to get an up to date prescription for your new spectacles. This I did and brought a new pair which cost around £350 all in. I need vary vocals and other bits which do dump up the price. So rather than buy another as a spare pair for this amount I looked around. Walking into a Direct Specs shop. The staff at Direct Specs were very helpful and there was a massive range of frames to select from. The frames were priced from just about £5 upwards - which is much cheaper than a named optican. All in all with vary vocals and other add on's my spare pair of spectacles cost just £165 much cheaper. I waited just 5 days for the spectacles from Direct Specs to be ready. I when collected them there were a bit loose, so the staff had to spend a while making sure they fitted - I was pleased with this and the care they took. As for the spectacles themselves, they are good and clear- I can see out of them well. The quality of the frame is of a lower standard than that from the named store - which again is fine as I was looking for a second, spare pair. Overall I was impressed with Direct Specs, the things to remember with this shop are:- 1. Need to take your eye prescription - plus it must be up to date as cannot get your eyes tested there. 2. Staff and not opticians - so if you wish to speak withone need to go to a proper opticaion shop. 3. Massive range of frames 4. Cheaper but get what pay for as for your frame. Direct Specs is a great place to obtain a second pair of glasses or if on a budget. 4 stars not 5 as cannot get eyes tested there.
I came across Direct Specs when I realised I'd be paying a small fortune for glasses, should I go to any other spectacles outlet. The glasses start at £15.00 for basic frames (metal, plastic, flexible, rimless) and work their way up to designer frames (Playboy, Bench, Emporio Armani, Ted Baker) which peak in price at £115.00. Considering how much other companies charge, Direct Specs are very reasonable and they have a great range of glasses. Their customer service is second to none, as I found when I couldn't quite decide on a pair and the Assistant took almost an hour to assist me. They deliver your glasses to your door and give you a call before they are dispatched, so you know when to expect them. My only gripe with it is that there are no stores further up north, as I had to travel to Derby to get mine.
I was born with a range of eye problems and wore glasses for many years. I always visited 'big name' opticians and never had much trouble. In my early twenties I decided to do without specs and trained my eyes using a natural method (the Bates method). However age creeps up on us all and last year I started to have trouble when doing close craftwork like cross-stitching. So I decided I just needed a cheap pair of specs for this purpose. Then I noticed Direct Specs had opened up a branch near me. They sounded wonderful - a discount store for eyes! You take your prescription in (they don't test eyes themselves). Then you buy cheap frames (mine were only £9.99, some are £4.99!),and lenses are fitted very cheaply (mine were £19.99). There are even designer frames available at knockdown prices. 30 quid for a complete pair of specs, I was delighted. Until I tried them..... My vision was _terrible_ - like swimming in a goldfish bowl. There was an awful pulling on my left eye and it made me want to throw up. I couldn't bear to read with them on, let alone do any crafts, because the discomfort was so intense. Intrigued I took the specs to Dolland and Aitchson, who had tested my eyes. They told me the glasses had been made to the wrong prescription and the lenses had something called 'unwanted prism' in them, which was badly affecting the clarity of my vision. So back I traipsed to Direct Specs, who promised faithfully to sort out the problem. The specs were sent off back to their factory and were returned....with a clean bill of health! Direct Specs maintain they were fine in the beginning and that D and A were 'telling lies' to try and ruin their business! They did adjust my glasses slightly so that my line of vision was more aligned with the lenses, which helped somewhat. But the whole experience shook my faith in buying something so important so cheaply. I hate buying fro m mainstream opticians because they seem more interested in flogging you expensive frames than in your vision. On the other hand, there are properly qualified people on site and I think your vision is too important to be trusted to a factory outlet.
I had my eyes tested at Dolland & Aitchson the last time I went for an eye test and I was told that I needed a new prescription. I had a browse around D&A to see what kind of frames I fancied. It was not possible for me to buy a pair of spectacles for less than £75.00 in D&A. Aroung the corner was a Direct Specs factory outlet and so I went in to have a look. All of their frames are 'label' frames but at factory prices. They start at £4.99 and go up to about £100 for the frames. When I handed my prescription in, I was told that my lenses would cost £15.00 so I needed to add £15.00 to the cost of the frames I chose. All very simple and a huge selection to choose from. I bought a pair that cost me £35.00 in total. A refreshing change to the huge cost of spectacles.