Buying progressive eyeglasses in Asia

Old Jul 28th, 2010, 07:11 AM
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 07:50 AM
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rizzuto, I realized I spelled it wrong at the end of that last post when I left out a t, but if you are sure that they are opthalmologists and not opthamologists (even though the practice the science of opthalmology) you ought to tell these thousands of them who register on these sites -- and lots of others. The might like to know they are spelling their profession wrong. At least, I'm in good company if I am wrong.

http://www.localopthamologists.org/
http://www.opthamologistpages.info/
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 08:07 AM
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While I'll grant you that it's a commonly misspelled word, the correct spelling is in fact opthalmologist (both US and UK). Don't take my word for it, though, go to an authoritative source: http://www.abop.org/become/index.asp.
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 08:09 AM
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this is sounding like the europe board...

his shop is part of a small chain--family run

he is not an eye doctor...i also see an MD once per year for my eye checkups but see no reason to have them make me glasses...
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 10:11 AM
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"commonly misspelled word"?? Even by those in the profession and those who have websites for researching the profession? Yea, I'd say that's pretty commonly misspelled word. lol

Did you look at those sites I mentioned? I thought this was interesting in the one:

"To find an Opthamologist, use the drop down menu or select one of the states listed below. Ophthalmology is the medical science which concerns eye diseases and the surgical procedures that can be involved with the repair of visual pathways and any area near the eyes."

I thought they were making a point when they spelled the profession one way but the science another way. No??
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 10:48 AM
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Patrick, you are entitled to misspell opthalmologist, just as the sites to which you linked misspelled it. Take a look at the sites you listed, Patrick -- they're commercial sites, probably put together by high school sophomores or some guy from Ukraine.

The site I linked to, which has a vested interest in correctly spelling opthalmologist, is the American Board of Opthalmology, the accepted certification agency in the U.S. Others who think that you can't drop any l's from opthalmologist are the American Academy of Opthalmology (http://www.aao.org/about/eyemds.cfm), Stanford University School of Medicine (http://ophthalmology.stanford.edu/patient_care/), and the Yale School of Medicine (http://www.med.yale.edu/clinop/).

It's not a capital offense to use imperfect spelling or grammar in these forums. For many participants, English is a second or third language. Other participants may have received their "education" in the region characterized by Mencken as the Sahara of the Bozart. Their lapses are all forgiven, and usually unnoticed. But when a correction is offered, especially when that correction consists of a single word (viz., "opthalmologist," about 3.5 hours ago), it is unseemly for the Offender (viz., You) to twice kvetch that the correction is without warrant.
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 11:30 AM
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rizzo, Is it not unseemly to troll the postings in order to elevate ones state of mind by playing schoolmaster? Worse than that however, is your reference to Mencken's vile essay. If you wish to insult those who were born, raised and educated "in all the states south of the Potomac", please do so openly rather than hiding behind the words of another.
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we were in shanghai a year and a half ago and i purchased progressive lenses with knockoff frames for the equivalent of 40 cad and it took one day for them to be made. it is a huge eyewear market near the train station. the cheapest here was 400 at costco. i am still wearing them and regret not having purchased 2 pairs
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 02:36 PM
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rizzuto, I'll try to remember in the past to do extensive research before posting a simple post. I actually was unsure of the spelling, so googled and immediately found a whole list of links with the spelling I used. Please forgive me. Even googling isn't good enough here -- one must research far more extensively. I keep forgetting that this site is so formal that we will be chastised dramatically for daring to post without researching for hours to avoid spelling errors.

This reminds me of a recent chastising I got here for posting Xian and not Xi'an. How funny that you have to use the first and not the second spelling to buy airline tickets to or from that city on CTrip, and places like the Hyatt Xian exists in that city, but not a trace of a Hyatt Xi'an. Again, sometimes I think the spelling police are just a little too gregarious here. After all my post wasn't being used in my doctorate thesis.

By the way my "kvetching" as you call it, was more about "how funny -- I checked and found official websites that use that spelling" -- I never once suggested that you were wrong and I was right, merely that I was in good company misspelling it. If you consider that as telling you that your correction was unwarranted (did you honestly interpret it as that?)-- well then your comprehension skills are far worse than my spelling skills.

But thanks for your valuable advice on buying my lenses!
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 02:49 PM
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Rizzuto is 100% correct, and there was nothing rude in his original post. I know this is a very common mistake, as I used to hang out with a few Opthalmologists.
BTW, when you google opthamologist, it will respond with "Did you mean opthalmologist?"
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 03:11 PM
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Yes, Icuy, I agree. There was nothing rude with his ORIGINAL post, that's why I responded with what I thought was simply a humorous observation about others misspelling it. Nothing rude in my explanation, either, I think. And notice my 'lol' when agreeing that is a commonly misspelled word. But after his second and then third more pointed posts --saying it was unseemly for me to "kvetch" about it -- well that became a little different in my book.

But Icuy, your computer must work differently than mine! Once again, I just typed in "optholmologist" on google as I did before and there was no reference to "did you mean. . ." at all. In fact the first link was "Opthamologist - definition of Opthamologist in the Medical ...
ophthalmology /oph·thal·mol·o·gy/ (of″thal-mol´ah-je) the branch of medicine dealing with the eye, including its anatomy, physiology, ...
medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Opthamologist - Cached - Similar.

Hardly a resounding scolding or even suggestion that opthomologist is wrong!!!! I thought it was odd that they were calling the science "opthalmogogy" but the person, an "opthomologist".
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 03:14 PM
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Wow. I need a drink. Hope you can figure out what I meant in that last post, because now I seem to have found a couple of totally new ways to spell the damned word!!!
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 03:19 PM
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 03:25 PM
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europe here we come!!!
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Oh deary me, this is all too much for someone who lives in a country where they can't spell "crab" correctly half the time.

Back to the topic at hand: Charoen Optical (not Charon) is a huge chain, with shops practically on every corner. I've bought from them before, but as has been pointed out, progressives can be a bit tricky, so I would think twice about using them for anything complicated.
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Old Jul 29th, 2010, 03:23 AM
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MichaelBKK; Thank you for correcting me with Charoen. That is the correct spelling. Once again $800-$1200 genuine Italian and French designer frames for $275-$400.. I brought frames home and paid $500+ for Verilux panamic polycarbonate transition lenses with transition. I could have saved $250 on them but they wanted 3-4 full days as I remembered.
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Old Jul 29th, 2010, 04:25 AM
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A lot of people who like others to know that they believe that the know it all, whether the do or not it doesn't matter to them. Oh well... English, Spanglish, Thailish as long as you understand the meaning I guess. As for me I type or write everything in Thai and pray that google translate will correctly translate everything.

"Charoen" in Thai means to progress or to grow in success in this context. For a shop to be call "Charoen" is quite common. The mega chain(more correctly franchise) MichaelBKK is talking about is "Top Charoen" which could be different from the "Charoen" shop in question.

Here's a link to the chain "Top Charoen": http://www.topcharoen.co.th/html/php/home.php
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Old Jul 29th, 2010, 05:51 PM
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Let's get back to talking about TRAVEL. That's what this Forum is all about. Let's not use up "air time on other unrelated topics, please.
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Old Jul 30th, 2010, 08:43 AM
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yes no more talk about glasses especially S.Dupomt 18k gold frames for $370 - that's expensive by the way. For S. DuPont it's a good deal but for a fake "Dupomt" that should only cost 370 Baht.
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