A few years back, we told you about Zenni Optical, a cheap website where you can buy your prescription glasses. Â Last week, my boss/mentor/sorority sister, Joey, was commenting that she needed to order spectacles, and was dumbfounded when I told her she could order them online for less than $20 a pair.
Just last month I realized I needed new glasses, after the arm of my most recent pair broke (to be completely honest, I broke a pair that I ordered from Zenni a year ago). Â I logged online to Zenni, found my frame AND lenses for $9.95 – yes, that’s the total price – and then added anti-reflective coating to my lenses for an additional $4.95. Â With shipping, my glasses cost a whopping $19.95. Â And to answer your question, I am blind as a bat, so no matter how bad your eyes are, you can get cheap glasses.
I think Zenni is great especially if you want to get a backup pair in case your expensive pair breaks, or if you are a fashionista and want to have a different pair in black, brown, and red to match to your clothing. Check out the original review!
This review was originally posted on November 23, 2009.
Iâ€™ll be honest â€“ the last time I purchased new prescription glasses was my senior year of collegeâ€¦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 OpticalÂ â€“ Iâ€™m talking framesÂ andÂ lenses. Â The site offers hundreds of frames starting at just $8. Â Even the â€œwomenâ€™s fashionâ€ 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, thereâ€™s a couple things you should keep in mind. Â You need to have the complete prescription, including the â€œPDâ€, 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 canâ€™t try them on, use your existing pair as a guide to make sure you donâ€™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 donâ€™t want to financially commit to just one style of frames, I suggest you check out Zenni Optical.