Eye care through CAJA
- following a posting here, I asked the local clinic CAJA doctor for an eye exam and glasses.
The doctor gave me a chit with the directions to go to the larger city where there is a hospital.
There were hand written instructions on the back of the form that I didn't immediately understand.
I get to the hospital and ask the guard/door attendant where to go for eye exams. They don't understand my question. Then we go together to the clerk that makes appointments, and it is determined that I need to go to a private optical store in the area, that handles this on behalf of CAJA.
There, the clerk explains how it works. Basically, CAJA covers the cost of the 4mil exam. The idea is that one gets a discount off the cost of the glasses.
The doctor says the inside of my eyes are sound, but the focusing mechanism is getting tired and worn, thus working slower and not as well as in my youth.
When the time comes to get the glasses, there is the discussion of quality of lens. I have to get progressive lens. 24mil is the cheapest available, of course, at a lower quality, which in this case means the peripheral view is smaller.
I am offered the selection from four trays of frames. I pick out what I would like.
The price total is 62mil.
I ask is there is anything more economical, and I am told only if I don't mind a weaker frame.
I have made a fifty percent deposit and should receive a call in eight days for a fitting when the glasses are ready.
How this compares with the door to door salesman:
It costs 2mil for the eye exam. The most economical frame and lenses available was 65mil.
So CAJA is not much of a saving over the private route in my case.
- Yet in some cases they are. A friend of mine had cataract surgery done through the CAJA with no expense to him - only the regular CAJA payment. Private cataract surgery costs around $1,800 per eye.
My husband also has lost some of his hearing and went to the CAJA. After various visits to various specialists its was decided he needed hearing aids. They offered him around $500 towards the hearing aid of his choice. Decent hearing aids will go for around $1,000 each or more so it was a big help.
- The biggest reason for the high price is that there is basically only one manufacturer of eyeglass frames in the entire world. The Italian firm Luxotica. And they fully own most of your favorite brands -RayBan, Oakley, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Versace, Bulgari, Chanel and more. They also own most of the major distributors like Sunglasses Hut, Pearle Vision or LensCrafters. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sticker-shock-why-are-glasses-so-expensive-07-10-2012/
Your best bet for a good price is to go and visit the massive "Copy Mall" in the heart of Shanghai where you find everything from Gucci Handbags, to RayBan Aviator sunglasses and all models of Rolex watches for less than $10 if you're a good negotiator. Fascination place to visit.
Jim -- Jim Cottone Professional PC Repairs https://singbiker.net
- Consider yourself lucky, it took me 14 months to see a Caja eye doctor
in Limón. When I finally got to see them they determined distance and
close up vision are both fine. I see to read with one eye and see to
drive with the other and have done it that way for 30+ years, but I
needed computer glasses. But, so sorry, the Caja doesn't cover computer
A private eye doctor would certainly be faster and sounds like just
about as economical.
- We go to Asembis for our eye exams (2mil colones/exam... but two of the three times we've done it, they've been running a 2-for-1 special). Could do the CAJA route for exams, but Asembis is easier (and for only 2mil, why worry, right?).
We get the prescription from there and then order from via Zenni Optical online -- hundreds of frames to choose from. Last time we got four pairs (one bifocal, three single focus) for $70. As I said, we've done this three times now, and never any problem with the frames or prescriptions. We also have several friends (here and in the States) who get their glasses from Zenni -- all are satisfied customers.
Bob R. in S. Rafael de Heredia
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