If you’re trying to figure out where to buy cheap prescription glasses online that actually look good, then these 5 websites fit the bill.
Confession – when I was a little kid, I would secretly hope that I failed my eye examination because I really wanted glasses. Every time the optometrist would deliver the results “Your eyes look great, no glasses needed!” I would break into the biggest fake smile to try and cover my inward disappointment – haha!
Then, when I was about 16 years old, I went for my checkup and got the news I’d always hoped for as a little girl – you need to start wearing glasses. Except I wasn’t so excited anymore. I chose out a pair of maroon, wire-rimmed glasses and wore them as little as I could.
Over the years, my eyes have gotten progressively worse, to the point where I now have to wear glasses full-time. (Be careful what you wish for, huh?) Honestly, I am so used to wearing glasses now that it doesn’t bother me at all. But glasses are expensive, especially when you have more than one person to buy for (my husband wears glasses, too.)
Not long ago, I was in the market to buy a second pair of glasses. I have my “everyday pair” that I love (my baby son seems to love them too – he is always trying to swipe them off my face and cover the lenses with his greasy little fingerprints haha!) But when you can barely see two inches in front of you without glasses, it’s a good idea to have a backup pair.
I went to a few stores to browse and was pretty taken aback by the price. There were plenty of nice frames, but when prescription lenses were factored into the equation, I was looking at around $150 – $350.
I really didn’t feel like spending that much money, especially on a backup pair of glasses so I went home and started researching where to buy cheap prescription glasses online that actually look good (because if they don’t look good, you’re not going to wear them, right?) Here’s what I found.
Where to Buy Cheap Prescription Glasses Online (That Actually Look Good)
Warby Parker is my favorite online glasses retailer. They have a quality range of curated mainly acetate framed glasses, which are the only type I wear.
Warby Parker’s prices start at just $95 for a full pair of prescription glasses (frames and lenses.) One of my favorite features of Warby Parker is that they have a great “Home Try-On” program where you can order 5 pairs of glasses to try on at home (they’ll be shipped to you for free, and include free return shipping.)
This is often one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to buying glasses online, so the fact that Warby Parker offers this makes it incredibly easy to find the perfect pair of glasses. I’d highly recommend taking advantage of their Home Try-On program! When my five pairs of glasses arrived, I went around to my friends house and a bunch of us glasses-wearing girls had a home try-on party. It was so much fun and great to hear feedback from people you trust on how different pairs of glasses look.
Glasses Shop is the second website I went to buy cheap prescription glasses. They have a wide variety of frames at very decent prices, and they are always offering great promotions.
GlassesShop has the following guarantees, which are pretty impressive, imo:
- 100% prescription accuracy guaranteed
- 90-Day money back offer
- Free shipping on all orders over $49
Until 12/31/17 you can get your first pair of glasses for free at GlassesShop. Otherwise, make sure to use my special GlassesShop discount code to receive 50% off your first order: INVXFVRN36DS0
Zenni Optical is a store that I haven’t personally used, but I know a lot of people who have and they all report having a good experience. Zenni Optical has some super low prices and also have a really nice range of prescription sunglasses.
Another neat feature of Zenni Optical is their Zenni Frame Fit. You upload a photo of yourself and then you can test drive various glasses online. Not as cool as Warby Parker’s Home Try-On program but still a fun way to see how a certain pair of glasses might look on your face.
GlassesUSA offers free shipping and returns, a 100% money back guarantee, and 50% off your first order. They have budget priced glasses, but they also have a great range of designer glasses priced significantly cheaper than what you’ll find in any store.
You can find brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Chloe, Versace, and Prada on Glasses USA, so if you’re a designer fan, then you’ll love Glasses USA.
Like the name implies, $39 dollar glasses offers a wide variety of prescription glasses starting at just $39. Every $39 pair of glasses includes a scratch-resistant coating, 100% UV protection, light and thin lenses, a microfiber cleaning cloth and a hard case. They also have prescription sunglasses for good prices (I couldn’t find any for $39, though.)
Things to do before you order glasses online
1. Get your prescription
Be warned – you might actually have to go into the store to do this. I had my eyes tested at VisionWorks and they didn’t give me a copy of my prescription (probably because I ordered a pair of glasses in store.) When I wanted to order my backup pair online, I called to find out my prescription and they told me they couldn’t give me those details over the phone. I asked if they would email them to me and they said they don’t have the capability to do that (ummm? Ok…) Unfortunately, I had to drive to the store to pick it up. Moral of story – make sure you ask for a copy of your prescription immediately after your exam.
2. Try on some glasses in store
Admittedly, there are some difficulties in buying glasses online – the biggest being that you can’t actually try them on. That’s why I like to go into a few different stores and try on a variety of styles to see what works best for my face. I’m glad I did this because there were a lot of styles that looked cute online, but absolutely did not suit my face when I tried them on in the store.
3. Find out your pupillary distance, or PD
Your pupillary distance is the distance between each of your pupils, and the stronger your prescription is, the more essential it is for this to be as accurate as possible. You’d think this would be included on your prescription, right? Apparently, it’s not standard for your PD to be included. You can ask for it during your exam, you can go into a glasses store and ask them to measure it for you (but they’ll probably charge you) or you can measure it yourself.