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How to Save Money on Eyeglasses
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Is there a logical reason why new eyeglasses cost $300-$500? Could I find a better deal online? These are the questions that have been swirling around in my mind as I search for a pair of new glasses before the end of the year (and the end of our 2006 flexible spending account).  I’ve always suspected that eyeglasses were overpriced (my eyes are bad, but $500 bucks???), and now I have proof.

How to Buy Cheap Eyeglasses without Risking Quality

We stumbled upon this very informative blog post at called “Eyeglasses Stores are for Suckers”, where the blogger wrote about his struggle to find reasonably priced eye wear and how he was able to find a solid pair of glasses, including lens with all the fixins, for less than $100.  I did some follow-up research and found that according to an MIT report on vision correction in developing nations, the cost of mass produced glasses is around $2 a pair.

Why the high cost of glasses then? Well, you’re paying for overhead like rent for the store, advertising, etc. Plus, frames is where most of the eyeglass stores make their money. Also the powers-that-be know that blind folks like myself really need glasses to live.

That being said, I, like most eyeglass wearers, like to try on frames before purchasing them.  It’s virtually impossible to tell how a frame will look on your face WITHOUT trying them on.

So here’s what you do…

Always, always go to a board-certified Ophthalmologist (especially if you have insurance that will pay for it) and get an eye exam. Once you have a prescription, head to retail stores like Len Crafters and/or a local eyeglass store, and use these stores as “fitting rooms” to find out what brand fits your face, personal style, etc. Write down the frame details- manufacturer, style number, etc and then head online to eBay or to your nearest Costco or Sam’s Club to see if you can find it for less. You’ll be amazed at how much you can save ( up to $200 OFF regular prices).

Last week on eBay, I saw Chanel and D&G frames selling for around $100, about a $400 saving off store prices. I would get my lenses created a reputable store for my main pair of glasses, but try some of the online shops for extra pairs or if you wear your contacts more than your glasses.

TBF Note: I went ahead and purchased glasses via our eye doctor and our vision saving plan (VSP) mostly because we need to use the money up.

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Monday 23rd of August 2010

Ditto to Zenni. I bought my glasses there for like 80$ I have an awful prescription ( coke bottles) and I ordered half frames. I was informed that my eyes are to bad for those frames. They then suggested 2 alternatives that would work. I haven't worn glasses in public since middle school, but I have gotten so many compliments on how cute and funky these frames are.


Saturday 8th of May 2010

ZENNIOPTICAL.COM I only purchase glasses thru them now and I save my insurance for contacts. This website is awesome. $8 glasses. The quality for the cheaper pair is ok but the $15-$20 pair is no different than my $275 pair from the Dr.'s office. You can even turn any of the glasses you choose into sunglasses, transitional, or bifocal!!!

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Thursday 29th of April 2010

I couldn't agree with you more! For many people, it's not practical to shop this way. A good example of someone who can take advantage of cheap glasses is my husband. He had laser eye surgery a few years back, and it left him with much better vision than before. He still needed glasses, however, and due to the nature of his work, they were always getting scratehd and bent. Since this essentially amounted to "disposable" frames, we got him one good $200 pair and a couple of the cheapos for when he's working in the shop. I no longer cry when they get trashed


Monday 22nd of February 2010

For me - I tried this route - and boy it was not worth the headache I am a -5.00 -1.50 and where a progressive .

I thought - boy what a deal ! But in the end - I found by supporting my local buiness I was much better off - as well as supporting those in my community with jobs . Personally - the bottom line buck is not my thing - don't get me wrong I am not loaded - but I found troubles the few times I tried - ( my Jewish nature came out ) ( I'm jewish - so I can say this !!)

The issues I had was 1- the progressives they used where so inferior ! I have worn many and felt the cheap ones I bought online - where designs that they used 5 yrs ago - outdated and horriable! Blurt - swim - and not the best optics ! I have found I only prefer these designs ( I have tried many ) but I feel best in ellispe 360 - dafinity. - and comfort 360 !

2- they tried to use crappy polycarbonate products ! Can u say headaches !

3- those that say coatings are a waste - go back to school and check out the actual science ! It is like night and day how it effects my optics ! As for that - I have learned u get what u pay for ! Nothing but issues with the cheap coatings ! Poor scratch resistance - harder to clean and just junk ! I have found I like the Alize and avamce with scotchguard as well as a few of the ziess coatings ! All these other off market coatings suck - plus with the good ones - they stand behind them - and redo them if needed ! No charge !

3- as for frames I did by my 1st pr ( now my back ups online ) actually I bought 3 - however I found that 2of the 3 where counterfits ! As well as having issues replacing them !

4- I gave learned my lesson that I am no expert and for me to try to look in tge mirror and try to measure my progressive location correctly did not work well for me ! And when I was off my only 2.5 mm - the online place pretty much said - Its your fault - ur stick with them ! I was so pussed since they first tried to switch my lenses that I wanted from the 1.74 ellispe to the 1.67 version - and then tried to pass off a regular one for the new 360 digital version that I had ordered ! If my doctor did not show me the etchings I would have never found out tgat was the issue - and I would have believe them when they said it was my fault !

Lastly - I have found that by supporting my local shops - they r much likely to help me in those 911 cases ! Such as when they broke - or I needed someone to find out if it was the glasses or my rx - the issue ! I know some cheap folks would expect others to just do this but I realize that professional knowledge is worth SO MUCH more then everything else ! I would not expect anyone to prove it for free !

So in the end --$$$$$ - should not be the deciding factor - optical quality means so much kore and most of all in today's world - supporting your local shops - to provide others jobs is as important ! It just really bothers me how $ $ - effects everyone so - and people have no issues supporting those that do not support my neighbors and community!!

In today's world - we must al. Look at the entire picture !!

smantha filey

Tuesday 3rd of July 2007

Wow! I can’t believe how much you guys are payng for glasses. I’m with Jockey on this one and always use You can get a pair of single vision glasses for under US$25 with a discount code - they’ve got thousands of frames to choose from and you get free worldwide shipping, free lens coatings and free tints . You even get a 15% repeat order discount. Use discount code LOOKGREAT45 for the discount.

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