Post # 1
Just got back from the eye-doctor and my prescription has changed yet again. I’m currently debating getting new lenses for my existing frames or getting a whole new pair of glasses (I might do both). I’m one of the lucky ones who has a super light prescription so my lenses don’t need thinning and are usually about $50 before coatings ($100 if I want the thinner plastic and I don’t usually bother).
SO..what I’m wondering, has anyone ever bought glasses (frames and lenses) online? Who did you buy from? How’d it go?
Post # 2
Yes! Zenni Optical- I’ve ordered 4 pairs plus a tinted pair so far this year, I’m obsessed. My prescription comes to about $70 per pair. Quality is awesome, they have so many designs to choose from too. No tax (for me, I’m in NY); regular shipping takes about 2 weeks, but they offer upgrades. I pay for the antiglare as an extra, it’s only $5.
I’m -6.25 in both eyes, so if you’re lower, it may even be cheaper for you- I’m in the second level- $35 for the lenses. I usually buy $23-$29 frames.
Again, I recommend them to everyone. These were my first pair and I seriously get more compliments on these than my $300 BCBG “official” glasses. 🙂
Post # 3
Zennioptical all the way!! Will never buy over prices glasses again! I have had the same pair of glasses for 2 years that I paid $10 for. Always get compliments and they have out lives my stupid $600 frames from a store! It’s so nice having 8 pairs of glasses versus 1! Lol
Post # 4
yup. I’ve used zenni (for husband), 39 dollar glasses for reglazing vintage frames, and coastal.com. Coastal has a promotion where you can usually get your first pair free! (only certain frames are eligible.)
Post # 5
I have never heard of zenni – my prescription is -0.75 so it’s seriously nothing, the astigmatism is more of what bothers me and i notice when it changes. My last 2 pairs are Kate Spade and Tiffany so they clearly cost a few dollars. If I can get new lenses for those but add a few new frames to my collection it would be amazing!
Post # 6
Mostly I shop at http://www.39dollarglasses.com/ for like 10 pairs now. I have to wear safety goggles over my glasses for work (hate contacts) so I really run through them. They’ve always been the right pres, always on time, no hidden crazy fees, look very nice.
If I ever feel like splurging on some designer ones (which is rare for the above reason) I use http://www.framesdirect.com
Post # 7
Also check out warby parker, more expensive than these other sites — $100 for a pair of glasses (still inexpensive). You can pick out 5 frames to try on at home for a few days – completely fee. My FI ordered from them and his glasses are great. Some of the frames are a bit trendy though. Oh, and they also donate a pair of glasses to those in need with each purchased pair!
Post # 8
zeno rocks! I gave a high prescription plus progressives and they are the most right on on the prescription of any glasses I have ever had. Including those from the eye Dr. The issue with purchasing glasses even at the eye doctor is that most brands are now owned by one company, Luxottica., which is lens crafters. Even BJ’s optical gets their glasses from Luxottica. Lenscrafters isn’t known for major quality.
Post # 9
MsGinkgo: I’m in the process of going with Warby Parker. I went to their store a couple of months ago when I was on a trip in a city that had one and was pleased with the quality of frames I came across. Since I just recently had an eye doctor’s appointment, I have ordered some frames for their at-home try-on, which is free. They came today (which is super fast, considering I ordered the try-on two days ago) and they seem just like the ones I saw in the store.
Yes, some of the styles are a bit trendy, but they also have more normal-looking styles. Personally, I’m looking for a normal pair and a trendy pair, and I think I’ll be able to find that. I’m pretty certain what my normal-looking pair of glasses will be, just because I really liked them in the store and still like them, but I might have to do additional at-home try-ons to figure out the trendy pair.
I wanted to go with them because they seem to have pretty positive press on the internet, you can see a whole bunch of people trying on their glasses on YouTube, and they have the at-home try-on program. I don’t think I could order a pair of glasses without trying them on first and the upload-a-picture thing doesn’t really work well for me in terms of knowing how the glasses will look and feel on me.
Like PPs said, Warby Parker also donates a pair of glasses to people in need when you purchase a pair, so that’s something I think is an big positive about the company’s mission as a whole.
What I found really interesting about eyeglasses and put me off of wanting designer frames is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voUiWOGv8ec
Now I’m not going to judge people who do want designer frames, but if I can get similar frames for a significantly lower price then I’m gonna jump on that.
wifetobee63: I was so shocked after I found out that Luxottica basically owns the market in terms of eyewear. It’s kind of crazy how there’s only an illusion of choice!
Post # 10
I’ve ordered several times from Zenni Optical. I have an astigmatism in both eyes, and my glasses are only $6.95 through them…can’t beat it, and I’ve never had a problem.
Post # 11
Arebee22: cool – I’ll check it out, thanks!
wifetobee63: I hate lenscrafters, they’re wayyy over priced. I knew Luxxotica owned pretty much everything, I discovered that when I went hunting for my Kate Spade frames cheaper (I fell in love with them before I discovered my love of all things Kate Spade) I openly admit that the Tiffany ones were chosen with weight given to the Tiffany part (but I do love them) but I went to a smaller place that did 2 for 1 and custom ordered the Kate Spade frames for me.
MissMarple: I have 2 pairs of Ray Ban sunglasses (not the Wayfarer) that I picked because I liked the frame not because of the brand, but as soon as I put prescription lenses in the the Ray-Ban is no longer on the lense and I”ll admit that kinda bugged me considering what they cost.
Post # 12
MsGinkgo: I just recently saw this video. I never thought to research this before, but when I realized how much cheaper Warby Parker’s glasses were than other glasses out there, I started wondering why glasses cost so much in general, and that brought me to that YT video.
In general, I have expensive glasses and sunglasses, like you because I like the style, but I think I also wasn’t aware of how many options there truly are so I see that potentially changing in the future.
Post # 13
MsGinkgo: I have bought glasses online from Warby Parker and it went really well- they have really friendly customer service. Highly reccomend- as they are quite affordable. I also went to get them adjusted for fit locally- the the woman who helped me (works at an optometrist)- said she was very impressed- as they are made from the highest quality acetate and ask me where I got them- she wanted to shop for herself.
Some places make thier frames from really shitty plastic that breaks easily- especially when being adjusted.
Post # 14
MrsEME: Not to threadjack too much, but–how did you get yours adjusted? I think I have a larger head because I’m finding that some of their frames have a bit of a tight fit on my face. I’m going to try getting the wider ones to try on next time, but was also wondering whether there was anything I could do since I do really like a pair they sent me for the home try on that have a bit of a tight fit.
Post # 15
Arebee22: I second Warby Parker. I have one pair from them, and hubbo has two. They are high-quality and have great customer service. For every pair you buy, they donate another to someone in need. All the styles are super cute – they have a storefront in my city and I’ve been before to try them on, and seriously, literally every pair is so cute.