I really don't remember how much the glasses I have now cost. It's been quite a while since I got them. I have been past the point where I needed a new exam for a long time (probably because diabetes) but that's not happening anytime soon.
Most likely mine were about $200. I remember turning down a bunch of special coatings and stuff. I actually got two pairs just in case but for some reason the frames on the other pair never fit me right. And also I didn't put much thought into the frames I picked out and I ended up hating the way they look even if they did fit.
I did try Zenni a couple of years ago (before I lost my prescription) but I screwed up and entered one of my eyes wrong. When I got them they were surprisingly nice and I could tell they would have worked perfectly if I had gotten the prescription right but by that time I had lost it and that was the end of that. I honestly don't know how I got it wrong because I remember double checking it at least once.
"Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established." - Carlin
"They flutter behind you your possible pasts
Some bright-eyed and crazy, some frightened and lost
A warning to anyone still in command
Of their possible future, to take care." - Pink Floyd