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how to buy eye glasses online

Your Guide to Buying EyeGlasses Online Quickly and Easily

 

How to Buy Glasses Online

Buying eyeglasses online? Sounds a bit strange at first, but it’s actually something really easy to do and it’s a way to save a lot of money too. There are now a lot of online optical centers, some specialize in contact lenses and others in glasses with frames, and of course there are those that do it all. So just what do you need to do though to be able to buy your glasses online?

The first step is to get your prescription. If you haven’t had a prescription or exam in over a year, it’s a good idea to go in and get one before you buy your new glasses. One of the least expensive places I have found that do eye exams is Walmart. When I had mine done a few months ago the cost was $45, and that is for glasses only, no contacts.

What Do ‘PD’ and other Terms Mean?

Something really important to do after the exam is done is to get them to measure is your pupillary distance, which is noted as your PD on the forms you will fill out online. They usually only measure this if you are getting glasses in their store, so you’ll need to ask them to measure this for you.

PD measurement

If you forget to ask for your PD measurement or don’t see it on your current eyeglasses prescription, don’t worry, you can still get it by measuring it yourself.

To find your PD, follow these steps below. You will need a mirror, or a buddy to read the results, a measuring tape or ruler and a pen or other writing instrument to mark on the ruler.

1. Facing the mirror, place the ruler on the bridge of your nose, bringing the start of the ruler directly below the center of one eye’s pupil.
2. Looking straight into the mirror, hold the ruler (keeping it steady and parallel to the floor!) and mark the location on the ruler of the center of the other eye’s pupil.
3. Measure the distance in millimeters between the two marks. This is your PD.
4. Repeat this process a couple of times to ensure you have an accurate measurement.

Other terms or abbreviations you will see when filling out the prescription form on a eyeglasses website include:

• OD (Oculus Dexter) means your right eye
• OS (Oculus Sinister) means your left eye
• The Sph or Spherical correction is how near (-) or far (+) sighted you are. If you have ‘PL’, that means you are at zero.
• Add is for bifocals
• Cylinder and Axis is for astigmatism, meaning that your eyeball is not perfectly spherical.

Who Should You Buy Your Glasses Online From?

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There are many online eyeglass sellers, but how do you know which one to choose? When buying eyeglasses online first became a bit popular about 2 years ago, some buyers got burned, and it does still happen now. I have seen it personally, some friends of mine were so excited about $7 glasses that they just clicked on the first site they saw when during a search and they bought the glasses.

Sadly, not only did they pay a lot more than $7, they also ended up with eyeglasses that didn’t work. One eye was blurry or both eyes, the frames fell apart after a week or the special coating they paid extra for rubbed off and left what looked like stains on their lenses.

The best way to know how and who to buy eyeglasses online from is the .way we have done it throughout history, word of mouth. I have an optical site I personally have used that I will list below. I also asked other writers what sites they were extremely satisfied with and then listed them too.

Another thing to look for in a website that sells glasses, is if you can try them on virtually. Many sites offer it, including the one that’s my personal favorite. You can choose a model that looks like you, choose facial features and colors that match your own and then you can start putting eyeglasses on the model. Some sites even allow you to scan in your own picture, something that really sealed the deal for me. Seeing it on my own image was much better than trying to guess how they would look.

Sites We Have Used and Trust: 

*Each of these sites have a way to virtually try on your glasses, it definitely added to why they were included in our ‘favorites’ list. Other reasons these sites made it to favorites is that the glasses were as expected or better, prices were awesome and we were overall pleased with their services.

*My personal favorite:  GlassesUSA.com

Current discounts for GlassesUSA include (they have the most discounts offered and you will get many more discounts for future purchases if you do order with them):

Buy One Get One FREE! Use code: BOGO2013

Shop now till Mother’s Day (May 12th) and get FREE SHIPPING + $50 CASHBACK!* (on all orders over $99). Save now and in the future! Use coupon code: MOMFRAMES

Your personalized $50 cashback code will be sent to you within 10 days of delivery. Your cashback code may be used for 6 months towards any order at GlassesUSA.com.


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*EyeGlasses.com

Current discounts for EyeGlasses.com:
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*39DollarGlasses.com

Current discounts at 39DollarGlasses:
Complete Pair of Eyeglasses for $39! and sales code: Save 10% on any purchase from 39DollarGlasses.com

ZenniOptical!

No current discount codes, check back in a few days or email me.

Other Online Eye Glasses Sites We Haven’t Tried but Have Good Reputations:

America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses Eyecare Club

Designer Eyeware for Less!

Designer Eyeware for Less!

Should I Buy the Options or Add-On’s?

Are glasses that are listed as $6.95 really $6.95? The answer to this is, “almost never.” This is because what they are giving you for this really low price is a choice between a very limited amount of frames, most pretty darn ugly of course, and the cheapest lenses they can get.

As you begin your checkout process they will offer you all sorts of options. You can upgrade to get better lenses, get scratch resistant lenses, anti glare, tinted and transitions (the ones that change darker when you’re in the sunlight). As for me, I always opt for the upgrade because I did try it first with the really cheap package and without anti-glare and without the upgraded lenses (the ones that came with it were a thick plastic that really were just not nice to look at or see out of) and I ended up never wearing them.

My second time of buying glasses online cost me $40 and they were much much better, but with my latest order I decided to go all out and get the transition lenses and the anti glare, scratch resistant, better and thinner lenses and nicer frames and the cost was $88 and they gave me a $20 coupon for future purchases. I am thrilled with my glasses and had I bought  similar pair locally, it would have run me at least $250, as I had priced them. For less than $200, I got both my daughter and I a pair of glasses (as I just described) and we love them (my last two purchases were with GlassesUSA.com and the first was with 39DollarGlasses.com).

Sales & Discounts save when buying eye glasses online

Lastly, before you click on the “buy” button, you should do a quick search on Google for coupon codes for the eyeglasses website you’ve decided to use. Or, you can just contact me and see if I have a discount code because as a website owner, that’s something we get a lot of! We are given literally thousands of discount and coupon codes for pretty much anything you can buy online. They give them to us hoping we will list all of these codes on our sites, but the truth is that there are just too many to list.

I tell my friends that before they buy a computer, software, eyeglasses or some other major purchase, that they should check with me first because I can probably find them a great deal and if I don’t find one, I email the company asking for one and they usually are really cool in sending something back. So, as a reader I count you as a friend. Feel free to contact me about discount codes by using the comment form below or going to the Contact page.

*A quick note on insurance: Most of the websites that sell eyeglasses online do take insurance and TASC cards (the flex-pay cards offered by some employers for medical costs).

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About Kimberly Carver

Kimberly Carver is a writer that loves all aspects of technology including tech in science, medicine, computers, electronics and more. She is also a Mac Specialist, journalist and paralegal, as well as the owner / creator of The High Tech Society.

Comments

  1. Kimmy Carver says:

    You’re so welcome! =)

  2. Denise says:

    Great article! Thank you.