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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A Tale of Two Optometrists

It has been way too long since my last eye exam, and I can tell my prescription has changed; I now take my glasses off to read tiny print or to work close-up.

So yesterday I made a couple of phone calls, pricing the cost of a standard optical exam. One clinic was in the US, the other in British Columbia, Canada. The two clinics are about the same driving distance, 25 miles. I will be paying cash for the exam. The US clinic wanted $161 plus a $30 refraction fee. The Canadian clinic wanted $80 CDN, and there is no separate refraction fee. At today's exchange rates, the price will be about $69 USD. You get one guess where I booked my appointment.

Bonus: I'm going around lunch time, and there are wider variety of good restaurants to choose from in Osoyoos, BC than in Omak, Washington.


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