The average pair of eyeglasses is now more than $200 at the mall.
Want designer frames? Just the frame alone can cost $300 or more.
But before you toss those old broken frames, there's you a cheaper solution to buying a new pair.
No One Wants Broken Glasses
A broken pair of eyeglasses can really ruin your day, as it did in the 1979 Bill Murray movie "Meatballs," where the character Spaz was ridiculed -- in part -- for the white tape holding his glasses together.
Fast forward a couple of decades, to Gary Burton, who cringes every time he breaks a pair.
"I have several pair, and am always in need of glass repair," Burton said.
But instead of buying new, he now has his broken frames fixed, saving hundreds of dollars.
Shop Saves Glasses From Trash
For more than 20 years, Mark Greene has been saving eyeglasses that most people think are trashed.
"Most people will throw them away if they don't know we're here," Greene said.
Armed with a miniature solder gun and laser welder, he can put snapped metal frames back together, or melt new hinges into plastic frames.
Greene's wife Chris works the business side of the shop, at Cincinnati Eyeglass Frame Repair on Montgomery Road in Kenwood.
Its one of several shops in the Cincinnati region. Others include Precise Frame Repair in Tri County and Spec Medic at Meijer in Oakley.
The goal of all of them: salvage expensive frames, at a fraction of the cost of buying new.
"You are talking at least several hundred dollars in glasses and lenses," Chris Greene explained. "So if we can repair their frame for 20 to 40 dollars, that's a huge savings."
Sure, you can now order new eyeglasses online for under 100 bucks these days.
But if you have a comfortable pair, or some vintage cat's eye glasses you don't want to part with, repair may be a great money saving solution.
So Google for repair shops near you so you don't waste your money.