Óptica Lopez

Another post that I lost in the shuffle was related to my eye care provider. When I realized it was time to get new glasses, I went to every optical shop in David. I mean every one. I have worn bifocals for years and have the non-progressive kind. Everyone except one put on a hard push to have me change to progressive bifocals. They were so pushy on the subject that I became convinced that their real motivation was to sell the more expensive frames and lenses to the “gringo” rather than provide the best eye care at a reasonable price.

The only provider that asked what I wanted and solely went into the role of providing information rather than trying to do the hard sell was Óptica López. nullI have sent several people there and everyone has come back to me and thanked me for the recommendation. Doctor Susan and her two assistants (Carla and Yajaira) are really good people. Doctor Susan speaks very good English so those of us that are Spanish challenged need not be afraid. I have enjoyed them so much; I stop in every now and then just to practice my Spanish. So if you need glasses, contacts or a 3-minute class in Spanish give them a try. Carla, Dr. Susan, Yajaira

7 thoughts on “Óptica Lopez

  1. Eye exams are free with the purchase of lenses. I don’t have the price for disposable lenses, but from what I have seen, everything is cheaper than the US. My glasses (bifocal) were cheaper than my last ones in the states.

  2. Hi Don, I thought I would take a shot at asking you a few questions about Panama & retirement. My husband & I are contiplating Panama as one of our options. I guess first and formost would be the cost of living, everything I am reading off the internet is saying it is much cheaper to live there than in the US. If you don’t have time for this subject perhaps you could recommend a good site I could look at that’s impartial. Everything I have looked at has been Home Development sites and of course they are all positives and no negatives in terms of moving to Panama. From the little bit of research I have done (and I have only just begun) I feel Coronado seems like a good area to look into. I don’t want to live in the city. but I don’t want to be too rural either…..I also don’t want to spend $200,000.00 on a condo either. So I’m sure that will limit where I can live. Basicly I would like a condo, Villa, or townhouse and I would love to be able to see the ocean. My husband owns his own business……he is a steel erector and may want to work for awhile longer….he erects small buildings such as mini storages, small (2 story) office warehouses, airplane hangers etc. would you know off hand if there is any building of this sort in Panama and if there is, would that make obtaining there pensionado program unable to acquirer if he was to work for awhile longer? Don, if I am off base contacting you on this blog please accept my apologies and disregard this messages. Best regards, Anita

  3. Hi Anita,

    Contacting me via the blog is fine. You have a lot of questions and I am not the best to answer all of them. I assume you have found the Yahoo Groups and they are a source of a lot of information. Check some of the links I have on this blog and it should also provide you more information.

    I will take a stab at your questions.

    COST OF LIVING – This is probably relative to what you are comparing, and it is a little different in various areas I have seen in Panama. Gasoline is higher than most of the US. However, most things you need can probably be obtained with out driving far. GAS for household usage will probably be cheaper. I am not sure about the actual cost, but in Panama you will probably only use it to cook with. You won’t use it for heating a house (never a need). To be really efficient cost wise with GAS, most buy the small bottles of gas, which have a constant price. The larger tanks are not price regulated and the price seems to continually go up. ELECTRICITY – is not cheap and probably as high or higher than the states. AC is not used much except for areas you really want cooled such as a bedroom. In the higher areas such as Volcan or Boquete, etc. There is no need for AC. GROCERIES – there is not a lot of difference. If you stick with non-US products, you will probably do better. US products will come at a premium. SERVICES/LABOR – Here is the real saving area. Since the minimum wage is very low, it is cheap to have a person for cleaning or cooking or yard work. You do need to understand the laws so that you comply with social security etc and you will read horror stories about various problems people have with help. HEALTH CARE – As you are aware, the US has gone crazy with medicine and other healthcare expenses. I think it is reasonable good here and a lot cheaper. CARS – are more expensive and you should know the dealer’s reputation. Picking a dealer is probably more important than picking a brand. Selections of everything will be much more limited than in the US. You have to be willing to adapt for Panama to work for you. If you are expecting the US at cheaper prices then you are going to be disappointed. If a gringo runs a business, then you will know he is expecting to make a big profit.

    Coronado – I can{t really speak much about that area. I have been there a couple of times, but that is about it. As I remember, the beach is pretty nice and it isn’t that far from Panama City.

    CITY LIVING – I understand your not wanting city living. For me, Panama City would not work. It has most of the items I could ever want to buy, but I couldn’t handle the traffic. It is just too large a city for me. However, I haven{t found the same problem with David. It has a much smaller population and is still the second largest city in Panama. I can get anywhere in the city in less than 5 to 10 minutes. I am finding that the convenience of being close to what I need is outweighing my normal dislike of living in a city.

    CONDOS vs. HOUSES – If your desire to live in a condo comes from wanting less to keep, don’t forget about the cheap cost of labor. There is no need to mow a yard or clean a house the house. You can hire some to mow a yard and do flower beds, etc. For about $1.00 an hour and that should be considered good pay. Cleaning a house should not cost more than that amount per hour either. Just understand when you become liable for their Social Security.

    I would prefer that you do your own study on pensionado regulations for a person wanting to earn an income. I know you can’t do work that is taking away a job from a Panamanian, but you can own a business that employs Panamanians. It hasn’t been a subject I have been interested in, so a lawyer is a needed resource for you.

    Doubt if I have answered all or many of your questions, but maybe that is a start. Feel free to contact me via the email in the CONTACT area of the site. As with anything you read on this site, this is my opinion. My perspective may be different from yours or other readers. The best thing to do in Panama is test Panama for yourself for at least several months in both the rainy and dry seasons and see how you like it. It will work for some and not for others.

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