Hey glasses people :). Recently, we have been given the option to buy our glasses from online stores that offer prices 90% less than what we’re used to spending. There are so many out there, that I needed to see which ones were are our best bet. I saved you some time and did the research. My results are in for companies that can save you money, help you give back to the environment, or have you express your true self.
1. Eye Buy Direct
With glasses starting at $6 a frame, EyeBuyDirect.com is the most cost effective online source for your favorite face accessories. EyeBuyDirect also has a helpful option for you to upload a picture of your face on their website, and they will format whichever frames you are interested in, on that picture of you. We know this is not the real thing, but there are some conveniences you lose when you don’t walk into the eye doctor and walk out $400 lighter.
Unlike other online prescription glasses stores, EyeBuyDirect.com gives you 1,200+ options to choose from, in varying measurements for each and every point on your glasses. This is perfect for people with big heads like me, who need much longer stems to reach my ears. You can change the length of the bridge as well, and everything is 100% exchangeable or refundable for up to 14 days after purchase. EyeBuyDirect.com also offers blue light protection from our digital screens for an additional fee.
2. Proof Eyewear
Proof eyewear constructs your prescription glasses from recycled wood, aluminum and skateboard decks. Since their founding in 2010, they have extended their helping hand to reforestation in Haiti, child soldier rehabilitation in Africa, tsunami relief in Japan, and many other humanitarian and conservation aid efforts abroad and in the U.S.. Go to iwantproof.com to see how you’ll look and where your money will go when you purchase a pair.
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3. Coastal Eyewear
Coastal Eyewear is another shining pick, of all online prescription glasses stores. Coastal’s frames start at $13 more than EyeBuyDirect.com’s for a reason: whenever you purchase a frame from Coastal Eyewear, a pair is donated to someone in need. Their products are also all made in the U.S.A. They also one-upped EyeBuyDirect.com, as they have a Virtual Try-On feature when you become a member.
4. SEE Eyewear
“Please keep your hands, arms and feet inside the vehicle while the ride is in motion, thank you.” Put your seatbelts on for this one. If you’re not familiar with SEE Eyewear, they design their own frames that are unlike any others you may have seen before. Express your true self with several styles that will have people hurting their necks taking double takes at you. Keep in mind that you will pay the premium price tag for your frames from SEE eyewear. Warning: they have a pretty frugal return and warranty policy. They never accept returns on prescription frames, and their 1 year warranty (standard across all prescription glasses companies) will only cover 50% of the price of your glasses.
FramesDirect.com offers you designer brands and quality customer service online, for up to 50% off. And there’s no faking around when they say ‘designer brands’. They mean Versace, Tory Burch, Tom Ford, and less expensive but still pricey Oakley, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger. FramesDirect.com is not for those that are saving every dime: you’ll still pay a pretty penny for your frames.