My only pair of glasses broke last night while I was playing tennis. I am rough on my glasses and I also tend to lose them, so it’s a no-brainer for me to order glasses from one of the discount online retailers.
My site of choice is ZenniOptical.com. They are the pioneer of this sales model and I have ordered twice from them before. I’ve been very pleased with both previous orders. I ordered 4 pairs from Zenni last night including one pair of sunglasses. I added the anti-glare coating ($4.95) to each pair. My total for 4 pairs including shipping was $76.45.
I loved the ordering process. They have upgraded the ordering experience significantly since the last time I ordered. You can upload a picture of yourself and virtually “try on” each pair before putting it in your shopping cart. I’d try on pairs, make a favorites list, and then compare them before ordering. It actually was kind of fun.
Some people are still confused about ordering glasses outside of their Dr.’s office. After getting your eye exam, make sure you leave with your perscription in hand. If you haven’t had a recent exam (maybe it’s time?), simple call the last place you had your exam or purchased glasses and they will have it on record.
The only thing that you’ll need that’s not on your script is your Pupillary Distance (PD). It’s easy to measure with a ruler (it’s always in millimeters).
Even if you are happy with your current glasses or can’t bring yourself to order online without really trying them on first, another place that Zenni shines is sunglasses. You can add a sunglass tint to any pair for only $5. They also have prescription sport goggles. Try buying prescription sunglasses or goggles from a traditional retailer for under $200!
Here’s what my order looked like. This shows 3 of the 4 pairs that I ordered.
While ZenniOptical has been around the longest, there are a number of new sites offering similar prices. Some of these sites offer designer brands as well. While I can’t personally vouch any of these, you may find styles you like from one of these discount sites: