My eye doctor yelled at me about my contact lens habits and told me that my days of sleeping in them need to be done. Despite FDA approval to do so, she told me it's very bad and she was seeing cornea scratches and to start getting used to the idea of maybe wearing glasses some days or at least have a pair of glasses you like because 24/7 contact use is not going to cut it anymore.
Anyway I'm sure everyone will be happy to pile on about this, and I know it's stupid but anyway, here I am.
So I decided "you know I hate glasses because as a kid they were limited to what my parents would pay for and as a college student, the pair I bought and never wore was limited by my sad budget at the time".
I decided to go to Oliver People's because I'm at the point in my life where that's expensive but not prohibitively so and if I'm going to wear glasses, why not splurge.
I have a very short timeframe as I am supposed to take a 5 day break from contacts, so I didn't do too much research. I know OP is just high end Luxottica but honestly, Luxottica has always impressed me. My sunglasses from RayBans and Persol last forever without babying. I get it's a huge conglomerate or whatever, but that doesn't bother me on some principled level and my experience with their sub-brands has always been positive. OP has nice styles.
I went in knowing what I wanted; some sort of dark brown acetate turtle shell typical 2005-present style glasses. Previously I've only ever owned metal frames which now make me look like I should be 15 and have spiky bleached hair.
After trying a few on the lady showed me a pair that was actually really good, way better than the disappointment I felt putting things on my face at random and looking in the mirror remembering what life before contacts felt like. After browsing some more, I settled on those.
"$300. Okay, thats reasonable for some eyeglass frames. I spend half that on sunglasses and these are something I'm going to need day to day." Then I ask about lenses. LOL. I really have no baseline for how much this stuff costs beyond my cheap lens/frame combos I bought when I was younger. She starts quoting me $500. I'm like "with the frames?" Well obviously as you are all aware, no, not with the frames.
So I'm starting to realize I'm actually on the verge of a $800 purchase not a $300-$500 purchase. But I really just need to buy glasses ASAP, that's not a fun amount of money to spend for me but not beyond my means either and I like the ones I've found. Furthermore, I wanted pricier lenses, I have -4.25/-4.5 and my lenses in all my other glasses I've owned are such garbage compared to contacts. I don't want thick, glaring lenses that always fish bowl.
So what she says she is selling me is lenses that have antireflective coating, that are thin (but not the absolute thinnest which she says is not needed for my rx) and that are "digital". And according to my receipt this all checks out. $190 for Crizal Avance which looks like some kind of high end coating for scratches and glare. $100 for Digital/HD. $235 for OP SV Hi Index 1.67. These are NOT progressive lenses.
Anyway she said that Digital/HD is amazing and the fish bowl effect does not exist. I couldn't tell if that was an upsell or a true statement (she wore glasses) but she convinced me. So basically long story short, I spend $525 on lenses today. I really did no research as I should have given the ASAP requirements of this purchase. Was I upsold on useless addons or is this the normal price of a high end lens? Keep in mind I did want better lenses and so if all these improvements give me lenses that aren't thick and reflective and vertigo-inducing I'll consider it worth it. But I guess I'm coming on here to ask if I'm an idiot for not thinking lenses were expensive or an idiot paying that much for lenses.
$500 for a digitally surfaced set of lenses with a good anti reflection coating is not terribly unreasonable. BUT keep in mind, not all "freeform/HD/digital" lenses are created equally. They are all made from the same material (depending on the index) but with different "software". It's like saying all Iphones are the same. Yes, they are all Iphones, but we have different generations, capacitys, memory, colors....You get the point. Case in point, Pearl and Lenscrafters "hd" lenses aren't great. It is indeed digitally surfaced, but it's not the best products that can be produced.
With all that said, could you just have used a regular 1.67 lens with a decent AR coating? Yes. Did you get upsold? Yes. Were you ripped off? No. I think you paid a reasonable amount for what you received.