In the first place, it's pretty hard to find a competent optometrist with a really good optical shop onsite. (This assumes, of course, that there is such a thing as a really good one.) Then, if your doctor and optician are not co-located, the usual line you get is, 'We can't guarantee the prescription (because your doctor wrote it, not ours).' Translation: Sure, we'll sell you some new glasses. We just won't guarantee you'll be able to see through them. Any questions? Then, there's the ubiquitous problem of frame selection. The usual choices include but three basic styles: girly, geeky, or a deft combination of the two. (And not in a good way, either.) Note: The latter category is often referred to as "designer." Translation: Overpriced. Now, in case you can't decide, most places will tell you, 'We can get you anything you want.' The trouble is, that just isn't true. For reasons that aren't very clear, the entire optical industry is hampered by the old-fashioned notion that good business rests on a bed of secrecy. Frame manufacturers are no doubt the worst and lead the pack. Many refuse to publically disclose their product line. Others that do leave out key information such as frame dimensions, or the identity and location of stockists. Some don't even have public websites. Said secrecy then percolates downward toward street level and festers into deception. Every optician I ever met was a professional liar, beginning with the BS line above. They cannot get you anything you want, and even if they could, they wouldn't. Hell, even if they do, it can take months. I guess I just don't get it. After a full year of online research, plus two months and several hundreds of miles of shopping around "locally," I still don't have the glasses I want. I don't know whether to **** or go blind.