We have researched and compared online eyeglass services since 2011. As we evaluate each company, we consider things like the number of lens options and frame styles each one has, whether it accepts vision insurance and the tools it provides to help you correctly order and return glasses. Based on what we found, we believe Eyeglasses.com is the best place to buy glasses online. This is due in part to its exceptionally large selection of glasses, which includes hundreds of designer frames. Eyeglasses.com also has a virtual try-on the tool so you can see how different frames and lens shapes look on your face. Further, it offers free shipping and makes its own lenses to ensure quality control.
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What We Found—See What’s In Store
One answer is to shop at Costco. The store topped our list of eyeglass retailers for overall satisfaction in Consumer Reports’ 2016 survey of more than 91,000 members. Survey respondents who bought glasses at Costco had a median out-of-pocket cost of $184, which can be hundreds less than what you might pay elsewhere.
Another option is to buy from an eyeglass website. The selection probably will be great, and so will the prices. We found a Coach frame that was $220 at LensCrafters for $123 at FramesDirect.com. But there also can be downsides to buying online. You’re taking a chance if you buy frames without having tried them on to see how they look and fit. And you’ll have to wait for glasses to be mailed to you.
Where and how you should shop depends on your preferences and needs. If you’re not picky about frames, a discount store may be right for you. If money is no issue, your eye doctor or an independent eyeglass store may be your best choice. But if you’re looking for savings, a great selection of frames, and that personal touch that comes with dealing with a professional in person, consider splitting up the process, perhaps getting your exam at your doctor’s office, your frames online, and your lenses from a discount store.
Start by going to eyeglass websites such as Eyeglasses.com and LensesRx.com and reading the how-to information. Knowing something about the types of frames, lenses, and coatings can help you understand your options and sense whether a store or website is trying to sell you more than you need. You might even upload a photo of yourself and use the virtual try-on feature on some sites to get an initial idea of which frames look best on you (although you still should always try on a frame in the real world before buying it).
Talk to Your Doctor
If you’re having your eyes examined, ask your doctor for advice about which lenses are best for you and whether there is anything you need to consider when buying frames. For example, a narrow frame may not be able to accommodate your prescription if you need progressives or other multifocal lenses. And rimless and semi-rimless frames may be a bad choice if you have a strong prescription that requires thicker lenses. Also discuss add-ons, such as anti-glare coatings. If your doctor’s office sells frames, try some on. Ask the sale staff for advice about what works best for you.
If you can’t find anything that you like or that’s reasonably priced, try some other walk-in stores, recording the brands, models, and sizes of the frames you’d consider buying. You’ll find that information marked on the frame’s temples, the pieces that connect the glasses to your ears.
Search the web with the brand and model number of your top picks. There’s a good chance you’ll find them at a much lower cost. If you plan to buy your lenses online as well as the frames, check the sites’ lens prices, too.
Report Any Problems
Once you get your new glasses, immediately report any problems with the frames or lenses. Some retailers will let you exchange frames that you don’t like for little or no cost, even if you ordered prescription lenses. But if you find a defect in the frame or if the prescription isn’t right, you’re entitled to a proper pair of glasses at no additional charge. If you bought your glasses online and the frames need adjusting, a local shop may be willing to do it for you, but there may be a charge.