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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.

Most Stylish

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.

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Best Bargains

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).

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Readers Only

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.

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Before You Buy

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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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