Hmm good suggestion. I was going to use the Care Credit card my mom got me..but if I could save money I can just use my own CC.If you live near a Costco they offer eye exams, glasses, and lenses at very good prices. It costs $50 a year to be a member, but you'll easily save hundreds. I've been wearing glasses since high school and my most recent pair I got at Costco and I'll probably never buy glasses anywhere else. Things like protective coatings and anti-glare coatings, which in my experience always cost extra, were free at Costco.
Lenscrafters has a sale going on right now, 50% off all frames.Ive worked in the optical market before.
There is a HUGE markup on frames, like 100-500% in some places. Especially big names like Polo, Gucci, etc. So, haggle if you can (if its Pearls or LensCrafters, good luck)
I have pretty bad eyes, -6 / -5 or so.The local shops have given me prices from $125 for 1.67 and $500 for 1.74 lenses, frames $100 and up.
Over in Canada, 1.9 Zeiss lenses are $750 CAN, frames start around $100 CAN. These lenses do not meet US impact safety standards, but are available in the UK and elsewhere - http://www.visionsofcanada.com/