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Tired of Spending (Wasting) Money On Glasses? Here’s Where to Buy Your Next Specs on a Budget

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Buy 1 frame, get 1 at 50% off | EyeBuyDirect | Promo Code GOBOLD
60% off Lens Upgrade | GlassesUSA | Promo Code LENSES60
$10 off Sunglasses | GlassesUSA | Promo Code SUNNIES10
20% off Ray-Ban and Oakley Frames | Glasses USA| Promo Code VIP20-HGY76-2504GH

Recently, while accompanying my wife to her optometry appointment, I discovered that a simple pair of eyeglasses would run her at least $500. That was $200 more than her insurance would cover. At some point in the outing, I gently asked her to hold off on buying them, so I could do some online digging for deals.

Later that night, we purchased five pairs of glasses from a budget eyeglass vendor online. The process was so easy, and the total was just over $150, a fraction of the price of the glasses at the physical store.

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To ensure that my Kinja Deals readers can cash in on these savings, I compiled a list of my favorite budget retailers for your shopping needs.

Best Online Prescription Glasses: EyeBuyDirect

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Modern Hipster Mama blogger Clarissa Sidhom describes herself as a “picky shopper.” When I spoke to her, she told me, “The thought of buying glasses online seemed like a giant gamble!”

Like my wife and I, she was tired of overpaying for glasses at her local optometrist’s office. “After years of paying way too much for glasses in-store, I finally caved and purchased two pairs from EyeBuyDirect,” Sidhom says.

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Luckily, EyeBuyDirect makes the process of buying classes super easy. Sidhom uploaded a selfie-and was able to see how a variety of glasses looked on her, just as she would trying them on in person. While EyeBuyDirect makes it super easy to buy classes online, Sidhom recommends the following, “The hardest part is measuring your face and eyes correctly, and if I had planned in advance, I would’ve asked my optometrist to do that when I was there for my exam.”

“Because they were so affordable, I branched out with a unique pair, and it ended up being my favorite glasses ever,” Sidhom reveals. And if you don’t absolutely love your pair of choice, EyeBuyDirect also offers a 14-day money-back guarantee.

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Also, the retailer currently is hosting a deal, where you can buy 1 frame and get another at 50% off with the promo code GOBOLD.

Best Online Glasses Retailer: GlassesUSA

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E-Commerce writer Madison Durham is a huge fan of GlassesUSA and was thrilled by the easy process of buying glasses online.

One of her favorite parts of the shopping experience was the variety of frame choices. What “set[s] GlassesUSA slightly apart from other brands I’ve tried out was the fact that it carries, as advertised, affordable frames while also carrying name brands like Ray-Ban and Prada,” said Durham.

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She also found the website’s How-to-Guides extremely user-friendly, especially for the first time online eyewear buyer. And as a bonus, the website’s Virtual Mirror is supposed to be really fun to try out different frames with.

Right now, GlassesUSA is offering a host of different deals. First, lens upgrades made with a designer pair of frames are at 60% off with the promo code LENSES60. Sunglasses are being offered at $10 off with the code SUNNIES10, and 20% off Ray-Ban and Oakley frames with the promo code VIP20-HGY76-2504GH.

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Best Cheap Glasses Online: DiscountGlasses.com

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If you’re worried about returning your glasses on time, DiscountGlasses.com is the retailer for you. “Return glasses for any reason within 365 days of purchase,” Robert Drumm, Director of Marketing told me in an email. “Anything from dog ate your glasses to lost at sea! It’s easy, go online or call us to have the return set up with free return shipping.”

The best part is that the return policy doesn’t have any qualifiers. The company will take the glasses with no questions asked. With prices beginning at $20 and a lab in the U.S., DiscountGlasses.com is a unique glasses vendor amongst a sea of online retailers.

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This story was originally published by Chaya M. Milchtein on 09/03/2020 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 01/28/2021.


Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, freelance writer, and empowerment speaker who's made it her mission to engage and empower people in her community and beyond.

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