Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Zenni Optical - Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses starting at $6.95

Imagine these as sunglasses with dark amber tint....$16.85 SHIPPED!

I've worn prescription glasses since I was 7 years old. Up until about 2 years ago, I would get a pair at LensCrafters, pick out the frames I liked, and end up spending $300-400. Then I'd get a pair of prescription sunglasses for about $300. And  those I would wear for as long as I could see out of them, or until they broke or were lost.
I was always jealous of my friends who had tons of cute sunglasses.Then, I discovered glasses through the internet.

This pair will cost me about $16.85 shipped at ZenniOptical! So that means I can get another pair! And, not have to worry about breaking them or losing them. Or getting bored of them ;)

The main things about ordering prescription glasses through the internet:

  • make sure you get a copy of your prescription
  • make sure you can read your prescription on the form
  • ask what your PD (Pupillary Distance) measurement is. Its not listed on the prescription, but its a necessary measurement your optometrist will take, and you will need to order.. You can measure this with help from a friend, (its the distance between the center of your left pupil to the center of your right pupil), but you will feel better having a professional measure for you. 
Once you place your order, you can expect to wait 2 weeks to receive your glasses. I have never had any issues with single vision lenses, Progressives I'll get at Costco. But for sunglasses? It's a no-brainer. 

There are other Online Optometrists. Coastal Contacts is another, and they often have FaceBook giveaways for free glasses. 

Here's a forum discussion on FatWallet with more testimonials. The thread has over 2400 replies. Its been going since 2007. 

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