Fashion frames on the Web for less? Visionary! We had 26 testers order specs, and then a pro examined the lenses for accuracy. Here, our eye-opening report.
Frames: Lots of cool looks (their brand only); fashion satisfaction is all but guaranteed — unlimited home try-on (five pairs at a time), and you pick and order your fave.
Price: Almost all single-vision glasses (they don't sell multifocals or progressives) cost $95, and shipping is free.
Service: Glasses arrived less than a week after ordering. Don't like 'em for any reason? Full refund within 30 days.
Frames: Peruse 500-plus women's styles.
Price: Average for our testers' single-vision glasses (with anti-scratch and UV-protective coatings): $46.68.
Service: Helpful ordering tutorial online; support via phone, e-mail, or live chat; and speedy delivery (just over a week for our New York-based testers). Full refund within five days (and, if frames break, 50% back within 90 days).(See more: Swimsuits under $50)
Frames: Over 500 options in a rainbow of colors (some with rhinestones), as well as reading sunglasses.
Price: Most pairs cost just $21, which is comparable to drugstore prices. Free shipping on orders of $42 or more.
Service: The site's a snap to use, and talk about freedom of choice: You can view options by prescription power, frame size, material, or color. Refund within 30 days.
Before You Buy
Great prices are tempting, but your vision comes first. Follow these guidelines:
- Use a current prescription (not more than one year old).
- At your next eye appointment, have your doctor write your pupillary distance on the Rx. If your current Rx lacks a PD measurement, eyeglasses sites offer guidance; enlist a helper.
- Want progressives (no-line multifocals)? See an optician. In our tests, progressive prescriptions were filled correctly, technically speaking — yet some testers couldn't see well with them.
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