Best Places to Buy Glasses Online

Best Places to Buy Glasses Online ...

Shopping for a new pair of glasses is easier than ever before. Purchasing glasses over the internet is one of the most convenient and cost-effective ways to shop. It allows you to compare dozens of prescription eyewear options to ensure you get the best price. And with tons of deals and offers, you may reduce eye strain without worrying about your budget.

The price of glasses has dropped since these online shops are able to save hundreds of dollars on, blue light filtering lenses, and sunglasses. However, shopping online from a manufacturer like is not only cheaper, but it is also a lot less time-consuming than going in person. It only takes a few minutes to enter your prescription and measure your pupillary distance, then you're on your way to ordering glasses online.

If you're worried about missing out on the try-on experience or fear you'll end up with a bad fit, consider this. Several online stores will let you upload an image of your face and "try on" several frame styles to see how they'll look. Warby Parker and other sites will help you determine your face shape, and even send you sample frames to try on. Just send them back when you're done.

I've compiled the nine best online retailers I've ever used for purchasing prescription glasses, which I've either been personally tested or by someone else on the CNET staff. Before we dive in, consider the following prerequisites, cautions, and suggestions.

Before I get prescription glasses online, what do I need?

Before you get your vision checked, you'll need to know your prescription and pupillary distance, so make sure you receive a hard copy. Sometimes optometrists will say they want to measure you for a specific set of glasses. However, try to make sure you get one. You may also download an app on your smartphone, or a device that is used for testing. This is because when lenses are made, it's important to know where your eye is in relation to the lens.

Most of these sites will allow you to enter your numbers or upload a photo of the prescription from your phone the first time you purchase something.

You may also get a $99 device to check your vision and create a prescription that many online glasses stores will accept (some require an Rx from an optometrist).

What should I expect to pay for a pair of prescription glasses online?

During certain promotions, you may get glasses with basic frames and lenses for less than $100, or even less than $50. (I once purchased a pair of prescription glasses for $9 that I can't say was all that good, but I've kept them in my vehicle as an emergency pair.)

More premium lenses with more scratch resistance and anti-glare coatings that may shift from clear to tinted are likely to cost significantly more. However, a pair of premium RX glasses that might cost $300 to 400 online would probably double that or more in a brick-and-mortar store.

Note that some online glasses stores accept vision insurance, although even if they do, you'll need to see if they accept your specific vision insurance.

Is it possible to return prescription glasses I get online?

Yes, sometimes prescription glasses aren't perfect and might be bothering your eyes. I once had a good online store screw up the prescription in the left lens while the correct one was correct. In many cases, the store may repair the glasses for you or give you a full refund. However, certain sites only offer partial refunds.

Is it possible to find prescription glasses for any type of occasions?

If you provide an email address, most sites may get 15-20% off your first purchase. Some websites also offer additional discounts on frames, lenses, lens upgrades, and sometimes you'll get a buy-one-get-one-free deal. However, usually restrictions apply, which means you can only use the code for certain frames and less complicated prescriptions (single lens as opposed to progressive lenses). Look for sales and new codes to crop up during various holidays.

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Several CNET editors have purchased their glasses from Warby Parker, which has a good selection of sharp-looking eyeglass frames. While glasses start at $95 with a single-vision prescription, chances are you'll be paying $150 to $200 for the type of frame options you choose, your prescription, and your glasses, respectively. Sunglasses start at $175, and progressive lenses in both eyeglasses and sunglasses start at $295. The finished products are typically a step up from what more budget-orientated websites offer

Notable site features: The company -- sorry, there is no Android version yet -- allows you to search the site by frame size and to select various frames virtually (it works surprisingly well) and even more, you may only get up to five frames at home for five days for free. You may also check the prepaid return label once your five days are gone, but you can see at least one style from the five options listed for the home trial.

Warby also has if you want to go in and try frames that way, and many have reopened after being closed due to the epidemic. Some of these locations also offer eye tests, which can be used at Warby or elsewhere.

The online glasses store has a "buy a pair, give a pair" program, so for every pair of glasses you buy, the company distributes a pair to someone in need, either for free or for "ultra-affordable rates."

Current deals and coupons: Nothing Impressive.

"Single vision glasses require seven to 10 business days to reach you from the time we receive all of your order information. Sunglasses and progressives require 10 to 12 business days to reach you," says Warby. (These estimates jibe with the experience of CNET editors who have used the service.)

Roka, an Austin, Texas-based company, has only recently entered the online prescription eyewear industry. Its glasses are remarkablely light, durable and stylish, thanks to an estimated price of $200 for a completed pair of prescription glasses. However, Roka is available with some of the best glasses options available.

Roka started out making athletic glasses for runners, bikers, and triathletes, and many of its prescription glasses are bendable at the edges and have rubberized tracks to help you get a snug fit. These frames are among the most comfort I've ever worn, and they really stay on your face. I personally like the small Oslo frame in clear.

There's also a home-trial program for up to four frames at home, according to a prepaid return label. The box is delivered with a prepaid return label, which allows you to drop it off at a post office to send it back.

Current offers and discounts: 10% off for new customers in exchange for your email address.

Roka has improved its turnaround times since it's cutting lenses in Austin. It says its standard prescription eyeglasses, readers, and nonprescription sunglasses "will generally ship by the next business day. Our prescription sunglasses and progressives will generally ship in 5-7 business days," according to Roka. Roka offers free standard shipping in the contiguous United States as well as optional expedited shipping options., which was founded over ten years ago in Israel, offers more affordable options for buying prescription eyeglasses and designer eyeglasses online than sites like Warby Parker and Roka, with full prescription glasses starting at $38, but the frames are priced at $89 for basic Rx glasses, but discounts may result in decline.

A 65% discount on first frames, as well as discounts on lens upgrades (photochromic, for example), contact lens options, and reading glasses have been created. It also recently opened a landing page for. And around the holidays, you may seek seasonal offers on men's eyeglasses, women's glasses, and contact lenses.

GlassesUSA is offering a 100% money-back guarantee so you can return your eyeglasses if you don't like what you get. While it has gotten a few negative reviews, the company is cautiously following up and responding to each one.

GlassesUSA is always offering many discounts that don't vary quite from month to month but have different codes. All current deals on the website include 50% off eyeglasses and sunglasses with code SPRING50, a 50% discount lens upgrade with code LENSES50 and a 40% discount on designer frames with code DESIGNER40; and a 65% discount when you sign up for promotional emails. Coupon codes cannot be stacked.

Between ordering and the arrival of GlassesUSA products, you should expect seven to 10 days.

Overnight Glasses can offer you a new set of prescription glasses quickly and without paying extra for it. (It takes a bit longer for progressive and bifocal lenses.) I've received a frame/lens package, which allows for a quick three- to four-day service. (It takes a lot longer for progressive and bifocal lenses.) There's no compromise on prescription eyewear quality for speed.

You can send your frames to Overnight Glasses and they'll replace your lenses with new ones in 48 hours. They can do polarized, blue light, Transitions, and other types, although progressive take an additional two days (so 72 hours from the time your frames are received).

If you're looking for a truly overnight option, the emergency will cost an additional $59 for one vision. As stated, a progressive lens order might take an additional two days, thus the most rapid you may get new progressive lenses is three days.

Overnight manufactures lenses for Bose Frames and Amazon Echo Frames audio glasses.

Notable site features: The site has a clean look and is easy to use. Shipping options are among the key areas.

Current deals and coupons: Look under the "Specials" link on Overnight's website for the most recent deals, which include 25% off your order (restrictions apply) with code Get25, 25% off designer frames with code Lens25 or $90 off any order over $299 with code 90back.

Shipping times: As fast as 48 hours from the time your eyeglass frame has been received, while a 24-hour rush service costs an additional $59 for a single vision (progressives take an additional two days).

The huge selection of frames and lenses at is a popular selling point, but it also has the disadvantage of generating so many options that it can be painful to choose which one you want. The goal is to get a significant discount (upwards of $200) on a high-quality frame-and-lens combo, which you'd spend money on in a brick-and-mortar store. "Our business is to help customers, but at 50% lower prices," said CEO and CEO Mark

The site has over 300 brands and 200,000 individual models, which appears to be the largest catalog of any online glasses website. Besides, the filters are decent, allowing you to filter by rim style, material, brand, price, category, eye size, and country of origin. There are also advanced search options, such as bridge size and temple size, and. Although many frames aren't equipped with models to show you what the frames look like on someone's face. says it only sells "high quality, individually made lenses in the United States" and the sample glasses you tried had excellent lenses that gave me a noticeable improvement. Upon receiving a "Perfect Lenses Guarantee," you may pay for your glasses once they don't work for you, including a one-time gratuito or a full refund. does not market the front and center option, but it offers a lens replacement option for existing frames.

If you opt to pay extra for expedited shipping, you may get new glasses very quickly.

Current offers and coupons: 15% off for new customers in exchange for your email address.

According to the website, the length of time spent shipping is less than six days. I received a new pair in a couple of days, but I had an expedited delivery option.

EyeBuyDirect is similar to a lot of its competitors, as well as an in-house frame (Rflkt Eyewear) which features some Ray-Ban and Oakley frames. The frame quality was excellent, although it was less on the market today. One option was to get a photo of yourself when you get the perfect frame.

Notable site features: For an additional $29, you can get with single-vision lenses (many frames are available for two-day delivery). It's also worth noting that like Coastal (see below) you may have EyeBuyDirect donate a pair to someone in need somewhere in the world -- you choose it.

Current offers and discounts: 30% off sitewide with code YOU30, 50% off lenses with code 50LENS, 15% off and free shipping for new customers in exchange for your email address.

Zenni is now a budget-friendly website, with both standard eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses being offered here, as well as David Katzmaier, who has since graduated to Warby Parker. He said he would still purchase prescription sunglasses at Zenni because they are cheap and affordable enough.

Zenni has been marginally changing its image in recent years, bringing in celebrities like Rashida Jones and George Kittle to give the brand a bit of a hip feel. The lenses are excellent, and these guys offer excellent discounts on upgrades to photochromic lenses.

A Frame Fit "mirror" feature that allows you to upload a photo and see the frames on your face, as well as a new "virtual" try-on feature (powered by Ditto) that allows you to see the glasses on your face as you move around using your computer's webcam or your phone's camera. This is similar to Warby Parker's virtual try-on feature.

Current deals and coupons: 10% discount for new customers in exchange for your email address.

"Your eyeglasses are delivered around two weeks from the time we receive your order," says Zenni. In my experience, it sometimes extends to three weeks.

What do you do if you've already got a pair of eyeglasses you like but your prescription is old (or the lenses on your frames are scratched) and you want them to replace? Lensabl is one of the few websites that allows you to send in your own pair of frames and receive a new prescription lens for them. Its motto is "Your frames, our lenses," with prices starting at $97 for a basic pair of single-vision lenses.

You can use your prescription online, select the lens you want, and Lensabl sends you a box with a prepaid return shipping label. You just mail them your glasses in the box (shipping is free). First-time customers receive 15% off. This site is a great option if you have an old pair of glasses that you want to transform into prescription sunglasses.

Lensabl has started offering full glasses with its own frames that start at $77 for a single vision Rx and $177 for progressive.

Notable site features: $25, you may. Not everybody qualifies for an online eye exam, but you have to answer some questions before you qualify, and if you do, Lensabl states, "All you need is your computer, your smartphone, and about 15 minutes of time." Your results will be reviewed by an eye doctor or optometrist licensed in your state, which will then issue you a new prescription.

Current deals and coupons: 20% off clear lenses with the code CLEAR20, 15% off contact lenses, frames, and other lenses with the code SEE15, and 15% off Lensabl+ vision plans with the code PLUS15.

Lensabl has promised a "about two weeks" turnaround time from when you ship your frames to when you'll receive them back.

SportRx, which includes sports glasses, has a wide variety of requirements, from famous eyewear brands such as Smith, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Costa, and Nike. Not all frames it sells have an Rx option, but many do.

Although you'll get a better deal here than you'd expect from your local sunglasses store, it's not a budget site and you may end up paying upwards of $250 or more depending on your prescription. However, SportRx offers discounts on frames and gives you access to a real optician to help you decide which glasses are appropriate for your prescription and athletic pursuits.

SportRx says that instead of speaking (or live-chatting) to a top-tier customer service employee in some obscure call center, you're talking with a "friendly SportRx Optician in sunny San Diego" who has gone through a rigorous training program (The SportRx Academy), and is well-versed in various areas of optics: refractive light, myopia, presbyopia, astigmatism, and so on. "What's more, the site says, is that they have

Current offers and coupons: $60 off prescription glasses on orders over $300 with code SPORTRX60. $75 off prescription eyeglasses with code EYEGLASSES75. Purchase any prescription pair, get 40% off a second pair with code BOGO40.

Shipping times are around 14 days.

FramesDirect is similar to a number of other online glasses retailers out there, but it is more focused on offering decent discounts on premium brand frames, claiming to be having the most effective selection of designer glasses online. This eyewear retailer is also one of the few spots that offers and other VR headsets.

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FramesDirect, like Coastal, and others, has a philanthropic to increase the sight of people who cannot afford glasses. FrameDirect states that "for every pair of glasses purchased, we will donate a pair of glasses to someone in need." The region may be chosen for the donated pair.

Like Zenni, Warby Parker, and others, it now has a virtual try-on feature.

Current deals and coupons: 60% off lenses and add-ons with code SUNNY60. Up to 50% off designer brands at ongoing sale.

Timetables for shipping: Expect around 14 days.

One of our editors recently used and reported a positive experience. She said that accepts a lot of vision insurance policies and automatically handles payment if your insurance provider is in their network (you may usually get one pair of glasses for free). If your vision insurance plan is out of network, like VSP or Spectera, the site automatically generates a bill (via email) that you need to submit to get reimbursed. is a pretty no-frills website. It also has a quiz you can take that explains what frames are ideal for you. Frames and lenses may be restored in a matter of 60 days if you have a problem with them.

Current deals and coupons: 50% off selected frames and prescription lenses (restrictions apply).

With the option of free shipping, expect around 14 days to arrive or around eight days to arrive with expedited shipping ($15).

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The information contained in this article is intended for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider to inquire about a medical condition or health goals.

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