I’ll be honest – the last time I purchased new prescription glasses was my senior year of college…because Dad was footing the bill (thanks, Andy). Â A few years back, I got as far as actually purchasing glasses, but quickly returned them after seeing several hundred dollars appear on my credit card statement.
Fast forward to a few months ago when my roommate told me he purchased glasses over the Internet for a couple bucks and was waiting for them to arrive in the mail. I laughed and was envisioning a huge scam. Â I was wrong.
For as little as $13, including shipping and handling, you can purchase glasses fromÂ Zenni Optical – I’m talking frames and lenses. Â The site offers hundreds of frames starting at just $8. Â Even the “women’s fashion” frames were affordable, at just $12.95. Â Once you find a pair you like, just type in your prescription and pay a shipping fee of $4.95. Â If you need any extras, like bi-focals or anti-reflective coating, keep in mind you will be paying a little bit more as there is an additional charge. Â Your glasses will arrive in a little less than a month.
If you plan on using Zenni Optical, there’s a couple things you should keep in mind. Â You need to have the complete prescription, including the “PD”, aka the distance between your two pupils. Â Your eye doctor will have this on file, so just ask that they include it when they send you your prescription or share it over the phone. Â While buying glasses online can be intimidating since you can’t try them on, use your existing pair as a guide to make sure you don’t end up with glasses taking up your face (aka me in 4th grade).
If you are looking to purchase a back-up pair of glasses, prescription sunglasses or don’t want to financially commit to just one style of frames, I suggest you check out Zenni Optical.