About a month ago I posted about an online optical store that advertises complete single vision eyeglasses and frames starting at just $8.00 a pair. I wondered if it was too good to be true, so I did some research. Turns out, they do exactly what they claim to do: provide stylish frames (there are tons to choose from and the most expensive one are $39.99) and lenses for really low prices. Zenni Optical has tons of Facebook fans who can’t stop raving about how much they love their Zenni glasses.
I wear single vision glasses and my insurance pays for one exam and one pair of new glasses every two years, which I got about 6 months ago. I also wear contacts in the summer so that I can use sunglasses. However, contacts have never been very comfortable for me, especially when at the pool. I’ve wanted prescription sunglasses for awhile but could never justify the expense.
But 3 days ago I received my first ever pair of prescription sunglasses.
A whopping $17.00, including shipping.
And I like them.
Here’s how you do it.
1. Get your prescription from your eye doctor. They have to give it to you if you request it. Be sure they include your PD, which is Pupillary Distance.
2. Go here and choose your frames.
3. Place your order.
4. Await your order to arrive (this the the difficult step!)
5. Wear your new glasses.
Seriously, it’s that simple.
Here was my first choice: $8. But unfortunately these wouldn’t work because
the frame is too large for my PD number.
Here was another choice, but I wasn’t totally feeling them.
Plus, they were $19.99. And I’m, like, cheap.
In the end, I chose these in a brown and white tortoise shell frame. $8.
I added a dark amber/brown for $4 and placed the order. A week later they arrived and were just as I ordered….perfect.
They also fill bifocal and reading glasses as well as sports goggles and lots of frames for children.
Seriously, if you need a pair of glasses and you have to pay out-of-pocket for them,
I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t check Zenni Optical first.
(And they aren’t even paying me to plug ’em!)