Spectacles buying guide

A price war has broken out in the optical industry. CHOICE’s shadow shop will help you assess your next pair of specs – and save plenty.
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Spectacles retailers compared
Extra cost added to single vision lens and frame deals
Retailer (sorted by price paid in our shadow shop) Cheapest offer - single-vision spectacles, scratch-resistant coating Shadow shop price - single-vision spectacles, scratch-resistant Extra cost for anti-reflective coating ($) Extra cost for 1.67 high-index plastic lenses ($) Extra cost for 1.74 high-index plastic lenses ($) Extra cost for progressive (multi-vision) lenses ($, range) Extra cost for most popular progressive lenses
Optical Superstore 451255013027070-170Carl Zeiss Vision Synchrony ($120)
Specsavers5914950180280150-350Pentax Novus 1.5 ($250)
Big W Vision5615860180280100-240Shamir Autograph, free-form tailor-made, high-definition ($180)
Budget Eyewear 5020050200200155-375Panorama Plus ($215)
OPSM 5924999217250156-401Panorama Plus ($231)
Spectacles retailers compared
Retailer (sorted by price paid in
our shadow shop)
Most popular designer - female Most popular designer - male Warranty (months) Number of stores Frames per store
Phone Website
Optical Superstore Country RoadTommy Hilfiger 1264 >12001300 477 327opticalsuperstore.com.au
SpecsaversKaren MillenFCUK24225 >12001300 241 773specsavers.com.au
Big W VisionGuessTommy Hilfiger 1228 6501800 251 311bigwvision.com.au
Budget Eyewear VogueRay-Ban1293 >4001300 303 606budgeteyewear.com.au
OPSM PradaRay-Ban 12-24310 >40013 20 20opsm.com.au
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