Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wow -- the Eyewear Industry Is an Incredible Ripoff, But There Are Alternatives


"Don't these glasses make me look intelligent?

What makes glasses so expensive? Oblong plastic lenses? Plastic and metal frames? We're getting screwed.

Dozens of companies now sell prescription glasses online, frames and lenses included, for as little as $7.95.

It works like this: Google "cheap glasses" to find a frame you like at a price you like at a site you like. (Among the most popular are 39DollarGlasses, ZenniOptical — where I bought mine — and Goggles4U.) Use the virtual fitting mechanism to "try it on." Type in your prescription (obtained from an actual eye doctor), pupillary distance (aka PD, derived by measuring the space between your pupils with a ruler), address and payment information. Send.



jadedj said...

Now this is a good tip. WE are indeed being screwed. Thanks.

Chimp said...

Last summer one of the major eyeglass retailers had a prescription sunglass sale for $79 a pair. This year, the lowest price for the same pair at the same store was $239.00. Something is not kosher.

jadedj said...

Chimp, I made a startling discovery while browsing cheap eyeglass sites. The only way I can share it with you is to post it I suppose.

I will try to get to it later today.