* Many optical e-retailers allow you to purchase frames & RX lenses
* Other perks include “virtual try-on”
* Here are the three with the most perks
Gone are the days where you have to try on dozens of eyeglass frames in a store. Now days, you can save yourself the hassle of making an appointment and going into the store to find your new frames. Many online optical retailers not only have a vast selection of stylish and affordable frames, but they also accept prescriptions (typically scanned or emailed), so when your package is delivered, your glasses are already complete with lenses and your new frames. Here are the best places to buy eyeglasses online.
1. Warby Parker
Warby Parker is one of the best bets for finding affordable and stylish frames designed for prescription lenses. In fact, lenses and frames all cost a total of $95. Other perks include their try before you buy program, which allows you to try on up to five pairs in your home and send back the ones you don’t like free of charge. Talk about a win-win! And, if you’re indecisive, they offer an online quiz to help narrow down the five selections.
Prices: Frame + Single vision lenses are bundled, starting at $95. Progressive prescriptions: $295, High index lenses cost an additional $35
2. EyeBuy Direct
EyeBuy Direct is dedicated to offering fashionable and high-quality eyewear at affordable prices. The company has donated over 30,000 pairs of glasses to people in need; they make a conscious effort to put charitable causes at the center of their ethos. Other perks include virtual try-on. Simply upload a photo of yourself and you’ll be able to “try on” a variety of frames from home. In the event the chosen pair doesn’t look the same in real life, that’s okay too. EyeBuy Direct allows you to return your glasses within 14 days–no questions asked.
Prices: Frames $6+, Single vision lenses: $6.95, Bifocal lenses: $29, Progressive lenses: $49
3. Steven Alan Optical
Fans of New York fashion designer Steven Alan will love his lesser known eyewear and sunglass line, Steven Alan Optical. Handcrafted with elevated details including Italian acetate and custom-dyed gradient lenses, each stylish design merges classic timelessness with urban trends. Other benefits include free shipping on all orders and a one year warranty. The website also has a virtual try-on and offers a full refund within 30 days. We doubt this will be necessary; each product listing is accompanied by an impressively detailed description, complete with complimentary facial shape suggestions.
Prices: Frames and single vision lenses are bundled with prices starting at $195. Progressive lenses: $395
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