Frugal Friday – Cheap Glasses!? Part 1 of 3

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Hi Loves!  First a little story.  I’ve worn glasses since Jr High.  I have an astigmatism in my eyes and a few years ago while in grad school I started getting terrible headaches.  I mean they were migraine status but I could never completely kick them. They kept coming back.  I was looking at what I was eating, cleaning with, candles I was burning.  I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what was triggering them.  I can’t explain them other than to say they were in my eyes, I was nauseous, and they were just “different” feeling.

Long story short – I went in to the eye doctor and it turns out you shouldn’t spend 16+ hours a day in front of a computer!  Who knew?!  I explained that computers are part of my job, I use them at home for business, I blog.  I can’t just avoid them.  He tweaked my prescription and I have been headache free since.  I got new frames and tricked out lenses to help with anti-glare, and were anti-reflective.  It was around $300.  The headaches were bad enough that to me it was worth the substantial investment.

Fast forward 3 years and my frames are getting tired and worn.  I went in for my check up and asked if they can reorder the frames I have.  Yes – they’d cost $180.  What?! Seriously?!  I’m much cheaper now than I was 3 years ago.  I will deal with these – but I also asked for my prescription.

The same equally frugal friend who suggested Dollar Shave club – was having similar headaches to mine so I told him to go to the eye doctor and check it out.  He had the same issue – eye strain.  He told me he was ordering crazy cheap glasses online.  I thought he was nuts.  They are under $20 – how on earth can they even be legit?

Tempted to get new frames that were fun, cute, and cheap – I tried the sites he suggested and one of my own.  Since I like details and I’m a bit obsessive, I’m going to break this down into parts.

I ordered from the following sites.  Come back next week to see how my orders turned out!

http://www.zennioptical.com

http://www.eyebuydirect.com

http://www.goggles4u.com

Part 2 of 3 will be about the glasses I picked and the ordering process.

Part 3 of 3 will be my parting thoughts on this entire experience.

Have you ordered glasses online?  How was the experience for you?

 

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4 thoughts on “Frugal Friday – Cheap Glasses!? Part 1 of 3

  1. YES!! I am interested in what you find. Ours don’t seem to last as long BUT I also can afford 2-3 pairs. My teen daughters tho, are complaining of not being able to see the board in school and they had their eyes checked in April…..I’m not sure if their eyes just changed or the cheap glasses are to blame. Insurance won’t pay for another exam till April so I guess we will wait this one out!

    • So my vision changed a smidge, my eye doctor said that it wasn’t really worth new lenses but my prescription is for my “new” prescription. I can tell these are slightly stronger but I don’t wear them constantly since they aren’t quite for hours of computer work. Maybe the girls eyes are straining? My friend also had them send him the wrong prescription and had them fixed for free and picked out different frames.

  2. Can’t wait to read about your outcome! I am definitely in need of some new glasses. I always wear contact and haven’t updated the glasses in years…yes I am cheap. 🙂 I do have one question – do you know if any of these online sites will take vision insurance?

    • Hey Melissa! I’m not sure if they do. However, of the sites I tried, each pair was under $20 shipped so even if they don’t take insurance it might be worth checking out! 🙂

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