I don’t quite believe that this is possible, but Zenni Optical is selling glasses (complete with prescription lenses) for as little as $8 before shipping. As a caveat, there are limited frames in that price range, and it only includes single-vision glasses – no bifocals.
The other caveat is that you need to know your prescription. Which, if you haven’t had your eyes checked since your last move, might be difficult. And a sign that you should go get that done. I’ve had the same pair of glasses for 2 moves (so, 6 years), mostly because I don’t have a couple hundred dollars to drop on glasses.
This is just the motivation I needed to go get my eyes checked again, and then grab a pair of glasses. I had been wanting to try rectangular frames, but worried I would lose some of my peripheral vision. I can’t tell that by trying them on, so it felt like too much of a gamble. But if I can try them for under $20, I’m all for it. I’ll probably go to a brick and mortar store somewhere to try on different “types” of glasses, because that seems to be the only drawback here – no ability to try on the glasses.
What made it sound too good to be true for me was that so much is included, even for the $8 glasses – anti-scratch, UV protection, lens polishing and beveling, a cleaner cloth, and fully guaranteed. I may get myself a pair of sunglasses finally – the sunglass coating is only $4.95. From what their website says, they make and sell the frames themselves, so there’s no middleman and a very low advertising budget. I guess word-of-mouth is good! I’ll have to update this once I buy some. Here’s hoping I only need to buy 2 pairs – 1 regular and 1 sunglasses, nothing for anybody else in the family!
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