For years, I've paid a lot of money for eyeglasses. Insurance covered the exam but the stylish frames that I adore, coupled with my blind-as-a-bat-prescription ran me upwards of $500. I cringe at the thought of spending that much. My current glasses are hi-index lenses with UV protection, anti-reflective and scratch coatings. This year I'm buying a new pair from an online retailer.
After getting my prescription updated from the optometrist, I was ready to begin. I googled cheap eyeglasses and found several sites. My favorites were Global Eyeglasses and Optical 4 Less. Each site offers a wide range of frames and styles. Prices at Global Eyeglasses start at $6.95. You can get an idea of how the frames will look on you by using the site's Virtual Mirror. All the sites that I visited offered some form of this technology, which allows users to upload a photo or use one provided by the site. Once you select your frames, there are simple prompts for lens thickness and protective coating. Pricing is transparent, with no big surprises at checkout.
I finally settled on a pair of retro wayfarer frames. The frames and glasses were $60 at Optical 4 Less. I preferred the fantastic selection over at Global Eyeglasses, but their price on hi-index lenses was much higher. The total was $99 for the wayfarers and lenses. Both prices are a deal compared to the quote given by a retail store. With my insurance, the frames were free but the lenses would cost $239. Without the insurance, the price was $574! Next time you're in the market for new eyeglasses, save money by shopping online. Here are some great sites to try.