Let’s assume an average pair of prescription glasses and frames is $400.
Spending $400 on regular eyeglasses? We can do better than that.
How: Head over to Goggles4u Eyeglasses and pick out a pair of glasses from the $12.99 section
Pros: Cost: $20 shipped. That’s cheap. Great for your kids who destroy their glasses anyways.
Cons: The frames would be alloy metal, not titanium or rimless. If you want thinner lenses or special coatings, you’ll have to ad another $15 or so.
How: Choose a pair of rimless glasses at eyebuydirect. Add a superthin polycarbonate lens, anti-reflective and anti-scratch coatings
Pros: $100 gets you a fully configured pair of glasses using superlight materials and with the lightest lens available. The coatings help your glasses stay like new for a long time.
Cons: Although the glasses will probably be great, you can’t do an apples-to-apples comparison with most of the frames you’d find at your optometrist. This is because Eyebuydirect uses “house brand” glasses as opposed to Prada, Izod, or some other designer.
How: Buy an exact replacement for your existing designer frames or purchase new designer glasses at Bestbuyeyeglasses.com
Pros: If you know exactly what you want, or if you are replacing your existing frames, you can key in the information from your current glasses and purchase literally the exact same pair for 2/3 or even 1/2 the price of what you usually pay. If you’re after new glasses, you’ll find the best designs from the most reputable designers in the industry.
Cons: You’ll be spending two to five times as much for designer prescription glasses at Bestbuyeyeglasses.com compared to with what you would spend at the online discounters.
No matter how you slice it, you’ll save a bunch of money buying online. You’re in control of your choice in prescription glasses, not a pushy salesman at the optometrist office. Better yet, if you use your health savings account, you could pay even less out-of-pocket.