Prescription eyeglasses can be really expensive. Some of you told me you've spent hundreds of dollars on glasses, that weren't even stylish.
I told you about a site I’ve used called Eyebuydirect.com . It's a website that sells prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses for a fraction of what you would pay at the doctor’s office. This website sells single vision eyeglasses for as cheap as $6.95. That includes the frame plus the single vision prescription lenses, and a carrying case. Most up-to-date frames average around $25 to $30, but the package includes everything you need. If you want bifocal lenses, it would be $19 more and for progressive lenses it costs $39. Plus shipping is only $5.95.
I have shared Eyebuydirect.com over the years because it is such a bargain. There are a few other sites folks have shared with me over the year that are similar to Eyebuydirect.com.
One site is called Goggles4u.com . Their frames are pretty inexpensive. Their cheapest frames are $4.95, but you can spend more than a $100 on designer frames on their website. With both companies you can upload a photo to see how your glasses will look on you. Then on both sites you put in your prescription information including the type of lens you need. If you go to an eye doctor ask for your prescription, make sure they measure your PD which stands for pupillary distance. This is the distance between the center of one pupil to the other pupil. You need this number to accurately order your eyeglasses.
On Googles4u.com the price of the frames does not include the cost of the prescription lens. The lens will cost you anywhere from $2 up to $77 depending on what type of lens you need. We did order prescription glasses from both Googles4u.com and Eyebuydirect.com. Both companies took anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks. So if you need your glasses right away, this may not be the route you want to take.
From both companies the glasses arrived with a case and a cleaning cloth for your lens. The glasses look nice and the prescription seems accurate. So both websites delivered the glasses we wanted and for dirt cheap in comparison with other retail walk in stores. Just be prepared to wait for your order and make sure that you check the return policy.
I found Goggles4u.com's website return policy much better than Eyebuydirect.com.
Eyebuydirect.com states in their policy that if you receive defective eyeglasses, you can return them and they will refund the cost, minus the shipping and handling. If you decide to exchange them for a more expensive pair, you will be charged the difference. However, if you choose to exchange for a less expensive pair, you will not receive the difference.
Seems a little unfair to me, but it is clearly stated in their return policy on their website.
A lot of folks have also recommended Zennioptical.com for buying prescription eyeglasses. I have not personally ordered anything from them yet so I cannot verify my experience but I'm working on it.
I will keep you posted, but their prices look great. Around $15.95 for single vision prescription lenses.
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