If you wear glasses, and want, or need, to save money on those little buggers for your peepers (and who doesn’t?), then this post is meant for you!
It is almost time for my family and I to have our yearly eye exams and get new glasses. I don’t know about you, but even with our vision insurance, it just does not cover all that much in the way of glasses (and definitely didn’t cover the need for a 2nd pair, for the kids)! We used to buy our glasses at optical shops, like most people do, UNTIL we found a resource online that we have used over the last several years that we LOVE!
As a result of this resource, we’ve begun paying for the exam-only insurance, and then buying our glasses out-of-pocket online for 1/4 of the prices at optical shops, or LESS! We pay a lot LESS than when we were using the vision insurance for glasses. Last year, we paid $275.70 TOTAL for 7 pair of glasses! That total is less than the average pair of glasses at a box store, and averages out to just under $40 per pair.
For example, let me show you how much we paid for my daughter’s glasses that have to have some special things to help her to see in 3D (her condition is called Stereo Blindness. In her case, she does actually have two healthy eyes, but they do not work together properly. For her, it is believed to stem from a neurological cause, like so many of the other things she has to deal with).
Her glasses have to include the following features:
- Frames that can hold larger lenses (small lenses would not cover enough of her field of vision)
- A Prism added to her lenses
- High-end Anti-reflective coating
With all the above, last year her glasses cost us a whopping $37.85 from Zenni Optical. Can you believe that?! At the optical box store, the year before, they charged us massively for every little thing. Even after subtracting the $150 allowed by our vision insurance for the frames, we STILL paid over $200 for her glasses! Part of the reason for that is that the insurance would not pay for the Premium anti-reflective coating, nor the extra charge for the prism. This year it looks like that same pair of glasses will run $47.80 (they are now charging $9.95 for the prism), which is still excellent.
Mine was the most expensive pair of glasses we bought last year, and they were only $46.90. This year those same glasses will run $56.90 (the Photo Gray has gone up to $29.00 instead of $19.00). This pair of glasses had the following features:
- Smaller lens area (I am nearsighted, and I need to be able to look under them for up close reading)
- Photo Gray Lenses (these lenses turn darker in the sun)
- Premium anti-reflective coating
It is actually possible to buy a simple pair of prescription glasses from them for a total of $6.95 (and there are several to choose from) plus shipping (which is $4.95 for standard US shipping and $9.95 for shipping to Canada, no matter how many pairs you are getting. They even ship at a reasonable rate, internationally)! Which quite honestly, if you are just needing a pair so you can see clearly, this is unheard of! You can get $5 off of your first order if you use this link to go to Zenni Optical. I will also get $5 off my next order for sending you there. It is part of their Refer-a-Friend program! Sweet! You can do it too, and refer your own friends, and get $5 off of your next order too! 😉
When you get to their site, they will ask you to enter your email, and then they will give you a coupon code for the $5 off, to use at checkout. Then, go to the main page and be sure to click on the highlighted drop down menu called “Quick Start Guide”. It will take you through the steps of what you need to do to get started buying your own prescription glasses, for a reasonable price.
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