Everytime I see a friend with glasses, I always pass on this little bit of advice. Buy your glasses online. Why? Simply because they start at about $6.95 a pair with prescription lenses and all.
One day I broke my $400.00 pair that I bought from the place in our local mall and I was fed up. I did what any logical person would do and went to Google for answers. I typed “cheap prescription glasses” and came across a ton of websites that actually sell glasses online. I wondered how they could do this and how you would know if they fit correctly.
How can the frames be so cheap?
Actual retail shops like the ones in the mall have a ton of overhead. They have to pay their rent, their employees, doctors, construction costs, and everything else a business owner has to worry about. It’s not cheap. Which is why they sell $10 frames for a couple hundred dollars. Online retailers like www.zennioptical.com merely have to pay website costs, maybe a warehouse cost, someone to cut the lenses, and someone to ship them.
If you order them online, how do you know if they’ll fit your face?
Easily. Each pair has measurement specifications in millimeters. Take a current pair of glasses that fits you well, measure them in inches like so:
Then use Google to convert inches in to millimeters. For example, just type in Google:
5 inches in mm
That’s it. Try to find a pair that matches those dimensions as closely as possible and you’ll be in good shape. The only parts that really matter are the Lens Width, Frame/Lens Height, and the Length to Bend also known as the Temple Arm Length.
This is the part that will always cost you some money. It is definitely worth visiting a professional optometrist to get a really good prescription. Go to a local Doctor if possible, and not places like Lens Crafters unless you have no other choice. The more time the Doctor spends with you, the better. With your prescription digits, you’ll notice that during the checkout process you will be asked for those numbers. They will ask for the digits on your left eye and right eye, spherical and cylindrical. Very simple procedure. Just type in everything that’s on your prescription. Also, it doesn’t hurt to go back to the eye Doctor and get another prescription every 2-3 years.
Is there anything to be concerned about?
Not really. The glasses are so cheap, who cares if you don’t like them? I usually buy 2-4 pairs at a time and it still only costs me a fraction of the cost of buying them at an actual retail shop. If I don’t like a certain pair, then I just keep them as a backup for painting or doing dirty work.
I love the amount of choices that places like Zenni Optical gives you. You can buy $6.95 frames and you can buy $50.00 designer frames. There’s something for everyone.
Do you need Bifocals, UV protection, lens tint, progressive or transition lenses? They have you covered too. These items can be added on for a very reasonable price. I even buy prescription sunglasses from these guys just by picking out a cool frame, then adding 60-80% tint on them. They work beautifully.
Overall it doesn’t hurt to try an online retailer like Zenni Optical. It’s so cheap, what do you have to lose? If you don’t like them, oh well. You’re only out a few bucks and not a few hundred. Give it a shot!