Save BIG with Affordable Glasses Online

If you’ve ever cringed at the cost of prescription eyeglasses, you’re not alone. According to SightMD, the average pair from an optometrist can set you back around $350, and that’s before factoring in additional features like anti-reflective coatings or designer frames, which can easily push the price past $1,000. But there’s good news: online retailers are revolutionizing the eyewear market, offering significant savings without sacrificing quality.


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The Rise of Online Shopping

A recent article by CNET praised online retailers like Zenni Optical for reshaping how consumers approach buying eyeglasses. These retailers have made eyewear more affordable, with some basic frames starting as low as $7. They offer a wide range of styles and options, making it possible to find something that suits both your prescription needs and your fashion sense.

Crunching the Numbers: How Much Can You Save?

To illustrate the savings, let’s compare prices between traditional retailers and online discounters like Zenni Optical:

Single-Vision Eyeglasses

  • Zenni Optical: $12 – $114
  • Traditional Retailer: $123 – $2,585

The potential savings on basic eyeglasses from Zenni Optical compared to a traditional retailer can be $111 or more.

Bifocal and Progressive Bifocal Glasses

The savings are even more pronounced when comparing bifocal and progressive glasses:

  • Bifocals: You can save $177 or more by purchasing from online discount stores.
  • Progressives: Expect savings of $165 or more compared to traditional retailers.


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Using Vision Insurance

While some online retailers partner with certain vision insurance plans for direct discounts, most discount sites require you to pay upfront and then seek reimbursement from your insurance provider. It’s a slight inconvenience, but the potential savings outweigh the process.

Considerations When Buying Online

It’s important to note that buying glasses online may not provide the same level of hand-holding as a visit to an optometrist’s office. You may need to measure your own pupillary distance, although requirements vary by state.


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The Final Verdict

If saving money without compromising on quality sounds appealing, explore our collection for your next pair of eyeglasses. Whether you’re looking for basic glasses or more specialized lenses, we can meet your needs while keeping your budget intact. Your wallet—and your eyes—will thank you!

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Ivan Yong

Dr. Ivan Yong is an optometrist with over 12 years of experience in the optical industry. He earned his doctorate from the Southern California College of Optometry and has practiced in multiple settings, including private practice, community health, and ophthalmology. Dr. Yong aims to expand access to affordable eyewear and improve eye health worldwide.