How many of you out there have spent over a $100 on a pair of glasses? $200? I raise my hand because I’m guilty as charged. Well I was tired of spending obscene amounts of money on retail glasses and sunglasses so I did a little google research. I found Zenni Optical and thought I would give them a try. They had frames that start as little as $6.95. I went searching in the $6.95 section, there was a quicklink located at the bottom of the page and found these stylish frames.
When you go through the checkout process you can add additional features on to your prescription glasses by thinning out the lenses, adding tint to make them sun glasses, adding special types of anti-reflective coating, or adding clip-on sunglasses. If you do not do any of the additional features then your total is what you paid for the frames plus shipping of $4.95. I added on 80% gray tint to make my glasses sunglasses which was an additional $4.95. In the end, my grand total with shipping came out to $15.66 (I also had a back-to-school 10% off coupon. Score!). $15.66 is the cheapest that I have ever spent on any prescription sunglasses! If I didn’t put my tint my glasses would’ve been a little over $10.00! What a great deal!
Some tips and notes:
If you can, try to get your PD range from your optometrist that would be helpful, but not necessary. The PD or Pupillary Distance is the distance between the pupils of the eyes, center to center, in millimeters. Most people have a PD between 54mm and 74mm, mine is 63mm. Most retail eye doctors will not give you this information, so that you don’t go online to buy cheap glasses, but go through them to purchase their overpriced glasses. No worries though, you can ask a friend to help you with this measurement or do it yourself. eHow has a great write up on how to do this here.
Since you are buying these frames online, you obviously can’t try them on. Zenni has a great “upload picture try on” for you to imagine what the style of frames will look like on you. But what about the fit you ask? Zenni lists all the measurements of the frame, I would suggest you take an old pair that feels comfortable and measure it out so that you have a bases of what measurements will feel comfortable on your head. FashionTeria has a great article on what type of frame best fits on which type of shaped face. I have a round face so my best matches are rectangular frames.
Also one last thing…Keep in mind, shipping takes forever with Zenni.
Other places you should consider buying:
Coastal Eyewear has decent prices and you can get your first pair of frames free and also get a BOGO deal making each frame starting at $20.00.
I did my eye exam at Costco and it was covered by my vision insurance. I bought an Armani pair of glasses with transitioning lenses for about $60.00 with my vision insurance covering most of the cost. If I didn’t have my insurance it would start getting pricey pretty quick. However, Costco is still relatively cheaper than most of the retail eye stores. So if you feel uncomfortable buying from Zenni or Coastal, Costco is still an excellent option.