Best Places To Buy Prescription Glasses Online 2023: A Comprehensive Guide (2023)

Buying prescription glasses online may seem novel, but in today’s digital-shopping age, getting your eyewear on the internet—including contact lenses, blue light blockers, sunglasses and the like—has become the norm. Thanks to modern technology and some ingenious entrepreneurs, you can easily browse, customize and try on your new eyeglasses without setting foot in the optometrist’s office. You’ll need a current prescription, of course, but retailers like GlassesUSA (one of the best places to buy glasses online, in our opinion) let you renew expired prescriptions with a virtual vision test.

Shopping for glasses from home can save you cash, too. Since having digital storefronts allows retailers to cut out the middlemen (like brick-and-mortar shops and third-party manufacturers) those savings are passed on to you. Furthermore, many online glasses companies also accept HSA and FSA funds, meaning no out-of-pocket costs for you.

As someone who has worn glasses since I was three years old (and contacts since I was eight), I know the struggle of getting a new eyewear all too well. From the lengthy process to the jaw-dropping—and not in a good way—price tag, it’s all too much. So to help our fellow bespectacled buyers, we’ve gathered the best places to buy prescription glasses online from trusted, reputable retailers, some of which Forbes Vetted staffers swear by themselves.

For more help, you’ll find a step-by-step guide at the bottom of this story including technical advice from Dr. Sandra Young, OD, an eye health expert at GlassesUSA, and style tips from Kari Molvar, senior fashion editor at Forbes Vetted. And while we’re on the subject of buying prescription eyewear, don’t forget about the kids’ glasses, as well.


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Best Variety Of Prescription Glasses Online

Offering a mix of name brand, designer and house-designed frames, these retailers have specs for every style and budget.

GlassesUSA: Unbeatable Selection

Editor’s Pick

Ray-Ban RX7046 Glasses

Turnaround time: 7 to 10 business days | Return policy: 14 days, no questions asked | Insurance accepted: Yes, as well as HSA/FSA | Virtual try-on: Yes | Virtual Rx renewal: Yes

GlassesUSA is one of the largest online prescription glasses retailers, offering hundreds of designer frames, like Ray-Ban, Gucci and Oakley, along with less expensive house brands in every frame style and color you could imagine. Prices run the gamut from $39 all the way up to $700, depending on which brand you choose. With its virtual try-on feature, you can upload a photo directly to the website and see what each frame would look like on your face before you commit. GlassesUSA also has an app that scans your prescription through your current lenses, and those with expired prescriptions can get a renewal via the company’s virtual vision test.

All lenses are made to order in-house and then put through a series of inspections to check for quality, clarity and proper alignment. The prices you see on the website’s landing pages reflect basic, single-focus lenses, but you also have the option for upgrades like progressive lenses, anti-reflective coatings and transition lenses for up to $169 more.

If you’re unhappy with your new glasses for any reason, GlassesUSA has a 14-day, no questions asked return policy—but you can only take advantage of this for your first pair. There are no returns on orders placed with store credit.

What the editors say: Alexis Caldwell, our executive director of commerce business development and partnerships, is a fan of this retailer. “It's very easy to upload your prescription information and save it for future purchases,” she says. “The prices are all so reasonable, I don't feel guilty when I accidentally leave them on the plane. In particular there’s an in-house line, Muse, that has really cute styles.”

Best for

  • Men, women, kids
  • Offering variety across styles, price points and brands, including designer
  • Prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, blue light glasses, sunglasses, safety glasses and sports glasses; contact lenses

Keep in mind

  • The variety may be overwhelming for some
  • Only your first pair is eligible for the return policy

Frames Direct: A Vast Selection Of Designer And Name Brand Frames

Burberry BE2325 Eyeglasses

Turnaround time: 11 to 14 business days | Return policy: 30 days for a return or exchange | Insurance accepted: No, but HSA/FSA accepted | Virtual try-on: No | Virtual Rx renewal: No

Frames Direct claims to have the largest selection of designer eyewear online. While we can’t confirm whether that’s true or not, we can say there are almost 5,000 frames from high-end brands like Gucci, Prada, Versace and Kate Spade, as well as big names in the glasses industry, like Oakley and Ray-Ban—in a wide variety of colors, too. And you won’t have to pay full price for them. Most brands sell for 20% to 80% off the retail price, and you can often score prescription lenses at a discount, too (check for promo codes before you submit your order).

As far as lenses go, choose single vision, no-line progressives or non-prescription readers. You can also select different lens materials, from thin polycarbonate to lower-cost plastic, as well as optional upgrades like digital light protection or scratch-resistant coating. And before your order goes through, an optician will review everything to make sure you picked the best selections for your prescription.

Best for

  • Men, women, kids
  • High-end designer styles
  • Prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses and blue light glasses (lenses with “digital light protection”); contact lenses

Keep in mind

  • Lenses are an extra charge, including non-prescription
  • For refunded returns, you’ll have to pay shipping
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Best Affordable Prescription Glasses Online

Looking for a bargain? In-house brands are especially affordable for budget shoppers or those prone to losing (or breaking) their specs.

Eyebuydirect: Affordable Name Brands And House Designs


Intense Eyeglasses

Turnaround time: 7 to 14 business days | Return policy: 14 days for a one-time replacement or refund | Insurance accepted: No, but HSA/FSA accepted | Virtual try-on: Yes | Virtual Rx renewal: No

Eyebuydirect was founded with one priority in mind: to make clear vision affordable and accessible to everyone. To keep prices down on Eyebuydirect’s own styles, everything from concept to design to manufacturing is done in-house. You can also choose from name brand frames from Oakley, Ray-Ban and RFLKT. Frames start at $6 and go up to $300-plus, but that price doesn’t include prescription lenses.

Once you’ve chosen your frame, you add standard lenses for $7 or opt for upgrades like advanced lenses and premium lenses, which go for $49 and $80, respectively. These upgraded lenses include things like anti-scratch, anti-reflective and water-repellant coatings.

To help you narrow things down, you can take Eyebuydirect’s style quiz, which asks about your style, frame material and color preferences, as well as your face shape and head size. When you find a frame you like, you can click “try on” to upload a photo and see what it looks like on your face. The photo stays uploaded as you navigate the site, so you can quickly see what other options look like.

Eyebuydirect offers a 14-day “no questions asked” return policy for a one-time replacement or refund, but its 365-Day Product Guarantee covers defects for a full year.

Special savings: Take 30% off orders of $65 or more with code FORBES30.

Best for

  • Men, women, kids
  • Offering lots of brands across all price points
  • Prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, blue light glasses and sunglasses

Keep in mind

  • As per the return policy, you can only receive a refund or replacement one time; any replacement pairs cannot be refunded or returned

Zenni Optical: Get A Prescription Pair For Under $50

Editor’s Pick

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Turnaround time: 7 to 10 business days | Return policy: 30 days for a one-time store credit or 50% refund | Insurance accepted: No, but HSA/FSA accepted | Virtual try-on: Yes | Virtual Rx renewal: No

Zenni Optical is all about making prescription glasses affordable, with frames starting at just $7 and capping at $50—and that price includes standard prescription lenses. While you won’t find any designer names among the selections, there are hundreds of designer-inspired frames in different shapes, sizes and colors. Zenni also offers low-bridge options and ANSI Z87.1 safety glasses with prescription single vision and progressive lenses.

Instead of using a still photo, the virtual try-on feature allows you to upload a video, so you can get an accurate 180-degree assessment of how each frame—you can virtually try on up to 50—would look on your face. As you checkout, you can add upgrades, like polarization, transition lenses or anti-reflective and anti-fog coatings. These upgrades start at $5 and go up to $69, depending on which ones you choose.

One negative worth noting: Zenni’s return policy is a bit limited, allowing you to receive 100% store credit or a 50% refund one time; successive purchases made with store credit and returned are only eligible for a 50% refund. However, if your glasses were made incorrectly, the company will remake them at no cost to you.

What the editors say: “Zenni was awesome for last-minute backup pairs to wear on a beach vacation,” says our branded content editor, Dana Holmes. “I ordered at 11 p.m. on a Sunday night and received them at 10 a.m. Thursday morning.”

Best for

  • Men, women, kids
  • Budget shoppers
  • Prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, blue light glasses, sunglasses and kids’ sports glasses

Keep in mind

  • Zenni only offers its house brand frames
  • Limited return policy

Try-Before-You-Buy Prescription Glasses Online

A great option for hesitant first-timers, these retailers will send you five frames of your choosing to try on at home before making a commitment.

Warby Parker: An Online Retailer That Offers At-Home Try-Ons

Editor’s Pick

Yoojin Eyeglasses

Turnaround time: 7 to 10 business days | Return policy: 30 days for a return or exchange | Insurance accepted: Yes, as well as HSA/FSA | Virtual try-on: Yes, as well as in-home try-on | Virtual Rx renewal: Yes

Warby Parker was born from a mission to offer designer-style frames at affordable prices. All frames start at just $95, an impressive price that includes basic prescription lenses. You can download Warby Parker’s app to access a virtual try-on feature, but one of its biggest claims to fame is its at home try-on program. You can pick up to five frames that Warby Parker will send to you, for free, to physically try on before you buy. You can sort through the entire collection of frames, or you can take a short online quiz to help you zero in on favorite styles.

Once you have your frames picked out, you can add basic prescription lenses or choose from various upgrade options, like progressive lenses, blue-light filtering or light-responsive lenses that add up to $200 to the total price.

If you don’t like your new glasses, you can return them for a full refund or exchange within 30 days of receipt. Warby Parker also offers a six-month, no-scratch guarantee. If your lenses get scratched in the first 365 days, you can get new lenses made for free.

What the editors say: Shares Dana Holmes, our branded content editor, “Warby Parker consistently has a not-overwhelming selection of stylish (but not too trendy) frames that work with a lot of different facial structures. But the real reason I love Warby Parker is that they allow at-home try-ons. Nothing compares to trying glasses on my actual face without needing to make an appointment.”

Best for

  • Men and women
  • Peace of mind, thanks to a six-month scratch-free guarantee
  • Prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, blue light glasses and sunglasses; contact lenses

Keep in mind

  • Kids glasses are not available
  • Warby Parker only offers its house brand frames and contact lenses

Liingo Eyewear: A 60-Day Return Policy Offers Peace Of Mind

Adele Glasses

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Turnaround time: About 14 days | Return policy: 60 days for a return or exchange | Insurance accepted: No, but HSA/FSA accepted | Virtual try-on: Yes, as well as in-home try on for some styles | Virtual Rx renewal: No

Liingo Eyewear, a 1-800 Contacts company, aims to make prescription eyewear more accessible. And with hundreds of original frames, all falling between $79 and $129, that mission is accomplished. You can find everything from classic low-profile styles to bold, standout picks that make a fashion statement while improving your vision. In addition to a virtual try-on feature, you can also choose up to five different frames to try at home, absolutely free.

All frames, including the best-selling Adele frame pictured here, come with free standard prescription lenses; alternatively, you can add optional upgrades like progressives, high-index and DuraSeal HD (to prevent scratching and smudging and help reduce glare) that tack on anywhere from $39 to $149, depending on which ones you choose. If you’re not sure what kind of lenses work best for your prescription, you can connect with trained opticians who will evaluate your needs and make specific recommendations just for you.

Liingo offers a 60-day money back guarantee, so if you don’t love your new specs, you can return them for free—no questions asked. The retailer also backs up any adjustments you need: If you need the ear pieces tweaked, you can take them into any optical shop and Liingo will reimburse you up to $25 for the service.

Special savings: Save an extra 15% plus free shipping with code FORBES15.

Best for

  • Men and women
  • Wary purchasers, thanks to a generous return policy and adjustment reimbursement
  • Prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, blue light glasses and sunglasses

Keep in mind

  • There are no kids-specific frames but you can shop by size from extra small to large
  • Liingo only offers its house brand frames

Best Specialty Prescription Glasses Online

From cool, unique style to special-fit designs, these brands offer frames you won’t find anywhere else.

Pair Eyewear: Clip-On Toppers Change The Look Of Your Frames

The Wanda Eyeglasses

Turnaround time: 10 to 14 business days | Return policy: 30 days for a return or exchange | Insurance accepted: No, but HSA/FSA accepted | Virtual try-on: No | Virtual Rx renewal: No, but expired prescriptions accepted

Pair was created with kids in mind. The founders—Nathan and Sophia—teamed up with the former head of product from Warby Parker to come up with an affordable and fun line of eyewear that kids will actually want to wear. From there, things took off and an equally eye-catching adult line of frames was born.

There are only a handful of frame styles, but there are hundreds of colors and patterns of “tops,” pieces that go on top of the frame base to change the color, from solid pink to rainbow tie-dye to NBA logos. Pair also creates limited edition tops and collabs with big names like Marvel and Harry Potter to design themed styles that allow you—and your kids—to showcase your personality.

Each frame starts at $60, including the standard prescription lenses, and the tops go for $25 to $30 each—creating an affordable and easy way to regularly change your look. During checkout, you can choose optional add-ons, like light-responsive lenses or blue light filtering, that add $49 to $199 to the final cost. For peace of mind, Pair offers a 30-day, no questions asked return policy on frames and tops.

Best for

  • Men, women, kids
  • Anyone who likes to switch up their style
  • Prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses and blue light glasses

Keep in mind

  • Pair Eyewear only offers its house brand frames

DIFF Eyewear: Designer-Inspired Frames That Give Back

Gives Back

Reese Eyeglasses

Turnaround time: 4 to 9 business days | Return policy: 14 days | Insurance accepted: No, but HSA/FSA accepted | Virtual try-on: No | Virtual Rx renewal: No

While DIFF doesn’t carry any name brand specs, the frames are designer-inspired—you’ll also find fun collabs à la Marilyn Monroe, Harry Potter, Star Wars and more. The price you see includes premium prescription lenses, adding to their affordability. You can also add upgrades like thinner lenses or blue light blocking technology for an additional fee of $35, or swap out your lenses for photochromic glasses that darken when exposed to sunlight.

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To make you feel even better about your purchase, DIFF Eyewear prioritizes giving back and is partnered with Sightsavers, an international organization that helps provide vision to billions of people throughout the world. For every pair of glasses sold, DIFF offers eye exams, surgeries, glasses, medicine and more to someone who wouldn’t be able to get the proper eye care otherwise.

You can make a prescription eyewear return within 14 days for prescription eyewear, 30 days for non-prescription eyewear, and you will be charged a $9 restocking fee. Exchanges are free, and you can make up to two swaps of equal or lesser value; after that, you’ll be refunded.

Best for

  • Men and women
  • Affordable, designer-inspired frames
  • Prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, blue light glasses and sunglasses

Keep in mind

  • No kids’ styles
  • For returns, you’ll be charged a $9 restocking fee
  • DIFF Eyewear only offers its house brand frames

Jins Eyewear: Low-Bridge And Adjustable Fits For All Noses

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Turnaround time: Within a week but up to 3 weeks for special order lenses | Return policy: 30 days | Insurance accepted: No, but HSA/FSA accepted | Virtual try-on:Yes |Virtual Rx renewal: No

For glasses-wearers who are always frustrated with frames slipping down their noses, this Tokyo-based offers low-bridge and adjustable fits (as well as standard fits) to suit all nose shapes.

"Traditionally, the eyewear industry has catered to faces with higher and narrower nose bridges,” explains a Jins Eyewear representative. “Our low bridge fit frames are designed for the spectrum of nose bridges that are lower, wider or flatter than this standard. They're made to fit more securely without slipping down your nose or resting on your cheekbones."

Frames with non-prescription lenses are $50 while the rest range from $90 to $290 with single-vision (or reader or non-prescriptive) lenses included. Progressives tack on an extra $120 and special tints and transitional lenses are also an extra $120. For those wanting blue light blocking lenses, they cost either $30 or $60, depending on the type: Screen Daily Use lenses block 25% of blue light and Screen Heavy Use block 40%. And a final heads up for ordering: Unlike some other online glasses retailers, the field to add your prescription pops up after you place your order.

Best for:

  • Men and women
  • People with low-bridge or hard-to-fit noses
  • Heavy screen users, thanks to a lens option that blocks 40% of blue light

Keep in mind:

  • Kids glasses are not available
  • You have to add your prescription after placing your order

Why Trust Forbes Vetted

As glasses-wearers ourselves, the Forbes Vetted team members who assembled, edited and continue to update this list know what it takes to find the right pair of glasses. Having written several stories on eyewear (including contact lenses, blue light blocking glasses and kids’ glasses), we also tapped into our subject knowledge to highlight retailers that offer the best products and the best online shopping experience.

We also enlisted the help of two experts whose tips you’ll find below. Dr. Sandra Young, OD, advises on the technical aspects of ordering the right prescription by detailing with how to measure pupillary distance, explaining lens and coating options and more. Kari Molvar, senior fashion editor at Forbes Vetted, shares her tips on finding the best frames for each face shape (below).

How We Chose The Best Prescription Glasses Online

We spent hours researching popular eyewear companies and what they offer in terms of selection, value, insurance eligibility, return policy and turnaround time. We also thoroughly browsed each site to test out the user-friendliness of the glasses-buying process and discover special features like virtual or at-home try-ons and prescription renewals. Finally, we included firsthand recommendations from Forbes Vetted staffers like GlassesUSA, Zenni Optical and Warby Parker.

To help you pinpoint the best eyewear retailer for your needs, we indicated the estimated turnaround times, return policies, availability of a virtual try-on features and vision renewal tests, and whether insurance and HSA/FSA funds are accepted. We also noted key points about the eyewear options offered as well as reasons one might prefer shopping somewhere else.

This story is regularly updated and was last edited in January 2023.

How To Purchase Prescription Glasses Online

If you’re new to buying prescription glasses online, it may seem a bit complicated, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As long as you have the correct information handy—and you purchase from a trustworthy retailer that offers a fair return policy—you can shop with confidence at your convenience, and save money, too.

1. Get A Current Prescription

For new prescriptions: No matter which online prescription glasses store you choose, you’ll need a current prescription. In most cases, this means you’ll have to make an appointment with your regular eye doctor first. Some stores, like Warby Parker, allow you to schedule an eye exam right through the website, but the actual exams are still done in person. It’s important for your eye doctor to get a close look at your eyes to make sure everything is healthy and functioning as it should.

For renewing prescriptions: That said, there is an exception when it comes to renewing prescriptions. Some sites, including Warby Parker, let you renew your prescription via a virtual vision test, but only if your health qualifies and your current prescription is still working for you. It’ll likely cost you, but not much (Warby Parker’s exam is $15, and only if your prescription is renewed).

2. Measure Your Pupillary Distance

In addition to a current prescription, you’ll also need your pupillary distance (or PD), which is the distance, measured in millimeters, between the centers of your pupils. This number is essential because it represents the spot on the lens that you’ll actually be looking through. If it’s off, you may be left with blurry or distorted lenses.

For the most accurate results, your best bet is to have your eye doctor measure pupillary distance during your eye exam and give you that number with your prescription. There’s also the option of using apps, like EyeMeasure, or online tools, like Warby Parker’s PD measuring tool.

3. Choose Your Lens Type

Dr. Young explains the three major type of lenses:

  • Single vision: “A single-vision lens has one optical prescription correction for the entire lens. These lenses include prescriptions for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.”
  • Multifocal: “Multifocal lenses are lenses that have two or more optical power zones combined into one lens. A bifocal lens is designed for two different distances to be clear; a trifocal has three distances. Typically the two zones of clear vision in a bifocal lens are close up and across the room. Trifocals have the addition of an intermediate zone of clear vision between distance and near vision.”
  • Progressives: ”These gradually change zones from distance to near, providing clear vision near, far and all points in between.”

4. Choose Your Lens Coating

Most retailers also give you the option to add different coatings. Dr. Young details some popular types:

  • Anti-reflective: “Anti-reflecting (AR) coatings are recommended for lenses that reflect more light, such as high index and polycarbonate lenses. AR coatings decrease halos around lights, which is especially helpful for night driving.” These may also be helpful for anyone who frequently uses a computer screen.
  • Anti-scratch: “Currently, many plastic lenses have built in anti-scratch resistance. But if it doesn’t have scratch protection, plastic is soft and needs an anti-scratch coating.” If you have kids or tend to be rough on your glasses, consider getting durable lenses or ones with an anti-scratch coating.
  • Anti-fog: “These coatings help to minimize moisture condensation that occurs [when] going from an indoor environment to outdoors, especially during winter months.”
  • Blue light blocking: Perhaps one of the most popular add-ons, these coatings help block the blue light emitted from screens to help reduce eye strain. This is a great option for anyone who wears prescription glasses regularly and works at a computer.
  • Transitional: Another common add-on, this coating allows your lenses to automatically transition to sunglasses in the sunlight, then return to clear once you’re out of the rays.

A Few More Tips For Buying Prescription Glasses Online

  • Look for HSA or FSA eligibility: The best online prescription glasses stores also accept vision insurance or funds from flexible spending or health savings accounts. If you have these benefits, pick an eyewear retailer where you can apply these plans to keep more money in your pocket.
  • Try them on ASAP: Most online glasses stores offer an accuracy guarantee—if the glasses aren’t right, they’ll replace them or send you a new pair—but you’ll have to let them know quickly, usually within two weeks to 30 days of receiving them.
  • Expect an adjustment period: Keep in mind that it can take some time for your eyes to adjust to new glasses, especially if the prescription has changed significantly. Give yourself up to a week to get used to your new pair, and if you’re still having problems, reach out for troubleshooting tips and possibly a replacement.

How To Find The Best Frames For Your Face Shape

“The rule of thumb is essentially to create contrast between your face shape and frames,” explains Kari Molvar, Forbes Vetted’s senior fashion editor. “Note that you can also be a blend of two types of face shapes.”

  • Round: Round faces are characterized by symmetry all around, with equal fullness above and below the cheekbones. The best frames for round faces include square and rectangular shapes.
  • Square: Square faces are defined by a straight jawline and forehead line, with narrowness at the sides of the face. Look for round or cat-eye frames that are extend slightly beyond your cheekbones or temples in width.
  • Oval: Oval faces are longer than they are wide, with a jaw that’s narrower than the width of your cheekbones. Since this face shape is proportional, it looks good with most frames, from round to square and everything in between.
  • Diamond: Diamond faces are described as having a narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones. Frames that work best for this face shape have narrower sides and fullness at the bottom—such as aviators and cat-eye styles.
  • Heart: Heart faces are characterized by a wider forehead and narrower chin. Consider round frames and low-bridge options that tend to sit a bit lower on the face, which brings fullness to the lower half of your features.

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What shape of glasses are in for 2023? ›

Geometric frames, clear frames, large glasses, and thin-metal frames are emerging eyewear trends in 2023. Classic tortoise-shell frames and vintage aviator and cat-eye shapes have withstood the test of time and continue to be popular modern styles in the coming year.

Is it better to get prescription glasses online? ›

Reasons Not to Buy Glasses Online

Some experts say it's like trying to cut your own hair. It may be difficult to return the glasses. A large study found about half the online glasses had the wrong prescription or other problems. An incorrect prescription may give you blurred vision or make your eyes feel uncomfortable.

Is zenni optical trustworthy? ›

Zenni Optical has an excellent reputation for being a trusted and straightforward company selling affordable online eyeglasses. Their Trustpilot rating is 4.6 stars, with many reviewers pleased with fast shipping, reasonable pricing, and top-notch customer service.

Why is Zenni so cheap? ›

Why are Zenni glasses so cheap? There are various reasons why Zenni Optical is able to keep the cost of its eyeglasses low. Zenni glasses are made at a dedicated factory and shipped directly to the consumer. Also, because Zenni sells its glasses online, they don't pay for brick-and-mortar retail space.

What frames are in style 2023? ›

Geometric frames, clear frames, large glasses, and thin-metal frames like the Korean style glasses, are emerging eyewear trends. Fashion creators divided the 2023 eyewear trends into three broad categories: Design-Wise, Full Spectrum, and Soul Space.

Should your eyeglasses cover your eyebrows? ›

As a rule, at least the top half of your eyebrows should be visible. Your glasses shouldn't cover them completely, nor should they show them so much that your eyebrows look like they're floating on top of your frame.

Why are glasses more expensive in store than online? ›

Eyeglasses in brick-and-mortar stores cost extra.

Physical optical stores have other expenses, such as electricity, employee costs, rent, and so on, which is a big expense, naturally, but also to the customer to share.

What to look for when buying glasses online? ›

You typically only need the following three things to shop for glasses online:
  1. Your eye prescription.
  2. Your pupillary distance.
  3. Your insurance information (if you have vision insurance)
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How do I know if online glasses will fit? ›

The width of your frames should not be wider than the width of your face at the temples. The top of your frames should be no higher than the line of your eyebrows. The lower edge of the frames shouldn't sit on your cheeks otherwise they will start to rub against your skin and cause irritation.

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Zenni Optical (formerly is an American online retailer of prescription glasses and sunglasses. Founded in 2003 by Tibor Laczay and Julia Zhen, it is based in Novato, California.

Will insurance reimburse for Zenni glasses? ›

Do you accept insurance? We do not accept insurance. However, some insurance companies will accept an invoice copy for reimbursement. Check with your insurance company, and if they do, you can request an emailed invoice copy from our Customer Service department.

How long does it usually take to get glasses from Zenni? ›

Get single-vision prescription glasses delivered to your doorstep in just 2-3 business days. Most orders placed before 12PM PT/3PM ET on a business day will be shipped the same day.

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If affordability is the most important element of your next eyeglass purchase, Zenni might be the way to go. Though it tends to have lower prices than your local eye doctor's office, Warby Parker still tends to be more expensive than Zenni.

What is the actual cost of Zenni? ›

You can find men's and women's glasses starting at $6.95 with select styles on the higher end of the scale at $49.95. Children's glasses begin at $6.95 and go up to $45.95. In addition to basic prescription lenses, Zenni also offers progressives and bifocals for equally impressive prices.

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All rewards members at Zenni Optical get free shipping with their membership. If you are enrolled in the program and have spent at least $66, Zenni Optical offers free delivery on your order.

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Retro, 1970s-inspired tinted lenses will be popular in 2023, especially lenses in red, orange, and yellow, which have been spotted by trendsetters at Coachella. It's being called the “new retro.” Metallic frames paired with tinted lenses will also trend next year, as well as aviator-style frames.

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Earthy hues and natural textures

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Tip #1: Your frames should flow with the shape of your eyebrows. Choose frames that flow with the shape of your eyebrows. If you have thin, arched eyebrows, square-shaped frames are probably not a good idea. You want the eyebrows to be parallel to the top of the frames when it comes to the position of your eyebrows.

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Where should eyeglasses sit on your face? ›

A good pair of glasses should rest comfortably on the bridge of your nose and not press against your brow or cheeks. However, they shouldn't be so close to the tip of your nose that they slip when you wrinkle your nose or squint.

Are Costco glasses cheaper than Walmart? ›

But if you need basic, plastic single-vision lenses, you can pay as little as $29 at Walmart, about half as much as at Costco. These retailers got high marks from readers, with Costco, our top-rated eyeglass retailer, edging out Walmart in several areas, including the quality of frames and lenses and follow-up service.

Is it better to buy glasses from optometrist? ›

An optometrist is an expert regarding eyes. A significant advantage of buying your glasses from them is that they can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. With an eye doctor's help, you can be assured you'll get the best frames and lenses for your eyes.

Why is LensCrafters so expensive? ›

Why are lenses so expensive at Lenscrafters? The characteristics of metal material The material of metal glasses frame chooses some kind of metal material or alloy to make mostly. Most of the copper alloys are treated as the base material and then have surface treatment processing.

What is the best frame shape for progressive lenses? ›

Progressive wearers should avoid aviators and cat-eyes because both can cut off the bottom portion of the prescription, resulting in a loss of reading vision. Instead, they should look for shorter frames with rounded edges such as horn-rimmed, retro wingtip, circular, and oval ones.

How do you choose glasses that make you look younger? ›

You may want to consider choosing frames that soften your natural features. For people who want their frames to make them look and feel younger, cat-eye frames or upswept rectangular frames with rounded corners can achieve a younger feel. Remember: A well-fitting pair of glasses should not touch your cheeks.

Are glasses with nose pads better than without? ›

Are Glasses Better With or Without Nose Pads? The answer is generally up to personal preference. Some people find glasses with nose pads more comfortable because they hold the glasses on their face better and help prevent them from sliding down your nose or off your head.

How do I determine my face shape for glasses? ›

All you need is a hair tie, a mirror, and a dry-erase marker. Pull your hair back, and trace your face to see which parts of your face are the widest. This can help you find out your face shape, making the eyewear selection process as simple as possible.

How do I know my glasses frame size? ›

Measure the temple from the hinge on the main body of the frame to the point where it starts to curve. Then measure from the curve to the very tip of the temple arm. Add these two numbers together. How to measure frame width: Measure across the front of your glasses frames horizontally at the frames' widest point.

What state does Zenni ship from? ›

All Fast Frame glasses are globally sourced and finished and processed at Zenni's new manufacturing facility in Obetz, Ohio.

Are the lenses from Zenni glass or plastic? ›

Our lenses are all made with advanced plastics and are available in seven indexes, which will determine how thick or thin your glasses lenses will be. Those with a stronger prescription often prefer high-index for thinner lenses, while those who are active may need impact-resistant options.

Who is Zenni Optical competitor? ›

Top 2 Zenni competitors
  • Warby Parker.
  • Lenskart.

Does your insurance go up if you wear glasses? ›

Vision and medical history

Being a glasses wearer doesn't impact your auto insurance rates, nor do the results of your most recent health checkup.

Does zenni take old frames? ›

Yes, ReMakes™ frames can be recycled.

What if my zenni glasses are wrong? ›

If you feel there is a manufacturing error, please contact us for a return authorization to return the glasses for inspection within the 30-day warranty period. If our inspection shows the glasses were made incorrectly, we will remake them for you at no additional charge.

Is Zenni Optical trustworthy? ›

Zenni Optical has an excellent reputation for being a trusted and straightforward company selling affordable online eyeglasses. Their Trustpilot rating is 4.6 stars, with many reviewers pleased with fast shipping, reasonable pricing, and top-notch customer service.

How fast can you get glasses from Warby Parker? ›

Expect to wait 7–10 business days to get new prescription glasses following your eye exam, though quicker turnaround times are possible (especially with expedited shipping). And remember, once you get your prescription from an eye exam, you can use it to order glasses at any optical retailer (online or in person).

Where are Warby Parker glasses made? ›

Products. Warby Parker designs its product in-house, and sells directly to consumers through its website and stores. The company orders its own materials, such as acetate, from Italy and then manufactures frames at the same Chinese factories as competitors such as Luxottica.

Where to get glasses for the best price? ›

Where to Buy Affordable Eyeglasses
  • Zenni Optical. ...
  • Eyeconic. ...
  • Eyebobs. ...
  • Costco Optical. ...
  • Sam's Club Optical. ...
  • 39DollarGlasses. ...
  • ...
  • Lensabl. Pros: Free U.S. shipping; extensive upgrade options; free blue-light protection; offers lens replacements; more affordable than some of the competition.
Apr 4, 2023

Who is Warby Parker's biggest competitor? ›

Warby Parker's competitors and similar companies include MyOptique Group, Fedon, Pair Eyewear and Lenskart. Warby Parker (formerly know as Jand) is a company that manufactures, designs, and sells vintage-inspired style eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Who is one of Warby Parker's biggest competitors? ›

Warby Parker's top competitors include eyebobs,, and Jimmy Fairly. eyebobs designs and sells eyewear. It offers prescription spectacles, sunglasses, and more. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Does zenni save your prescription? ›

Zenni makes it easy to order multiple pairs of glasses for all your needs by giving you the option to save your prescription. You can easily save your prescription during the order process.

What is the difference between Zenni premium and standard? ›

FAQ. What is the difference between the premium progressives and standard progressives? Our high-definition premium progressives feature wider viewing areas for the intermediate and reading areas of the lens than standard progressives. Peripheral (side) distortion is reduced by up to 40% compared to the standard design ...

Can you get progressive lenses on zenni? ›

Zenni currently offers three different types of progressive lenses: Standard Progressives: designed primarily for distance vision with narrow near- and mid-range viewing areas, they offer greater comfort and visual clarity within 20+ feet.

How to get discount on Zenni Optical? ›

More ways to save money at Zenni Optical
  1. Zenni Optical coupons, offers and sitewide sales.
  2. Refer a friend and get $5 coupon for you and your friend.
  3. Get 10% off your entire next purchase when signing up.
  4. Receive a free blue light laser pen with your Blokz® lenses purchase.
  5. Members receive a one-use 5% off coupon.

Is Zenni a good place to buy glasses? ›

Zenni really does have a great selection, and the glasses come fast. They're great if you find yourself in a bind and in need of eyewear within a specific window of time. As we mentioned, if you have kids that love to stay on-trend, Zenni is a great place to shop for their prescription glasses.

What are the eyeglass trends for 2024? ›

Five main shapes stand out: Slim Racer Frame, with thin, sporty lenses reminiscent of competition; Fashion Shield, oversize styles, true to their name; Future Classic Frame, with retro contours and shapes skillfully reinterpreted with a futuristic vibe; Geometric Frame, 1980's vintage-inspired geometric lenses; and ...

What are the glasses that future wears? ›

Future Wears 9FIVE Sunglasses – 9FIVE Eyewear.

What are the sunglasses trend in 2024? ›

10 Hottest Sunglasses Styles For Men 2024
  • 2, Wayfarer Sunglasses. Wayfarer sunglasses are another classic style that's making a comeback in 2024. ...
  • 3, Aviator Sunglasses. ...
  • 4, Oversized Sunglasses. ...
  • 6, Sporty Wraparound Sunglasses. ...
  • 7, Bold Rectangular Frames. ...
  • 8, Clear Frames. ...
  • 9, Wayfarer with Mirrored Lenses. ...
  • 10, Cat-Eye Sunglasses.
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Which glasses shape is best for my face? ›


For women, round and oval frames add softness to angular features, while cat-eye frames can add volume around narrow cheekbones. Men might opt for round or browline frames to balance facial features.

How do I know what glasses fit my face? ›

The shape of your face will help you determine which frames enhance your look.
  1. Round Face: Eyeglass frames that are square or rectangular tend to be wider than a round face. ...
  2. Oval Face: Frames that suit an oval face have a strong bridge, are wider than the broadest part of the face and are geometric in shape.

What frames are unsuitable for progressive lenses? ›

Progressive wearers should avoid aviators and cat-eyes because both can cut off the bottom portion of the prescription, resulting in a loss of reading vision. Instead, they should look for shorter frames with rounded edges such as horn-rimmed, retro wingtip, circular, and oval ones.

What are those glasses called that everyone is wearing? ›

Also called tea shades, the simplistic round or circular glasses have long been considered a fashion staple among pop icons, including John Lennon, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne and Andy Warhol, along with more contemporary celebrities like Kendall Jenner.

What is the most expensive vision glasses? ›

Most Expensive Sunglasses In The World
  • Bentley Platinum. Price – $45,276. ...
  • Gold and Wood 253 Diamond. Price – $55,000. ...
  • Bulgari Flora. Price – $59,000. ...
  • Maybach The Diplomat I. Price – $60,000. ...
  • Luxuriator Style 23 Canary Diamond. Price – $65,000. ...
  • CliC Gold 18 Carat Gold Sport. Price – $75,000. ...
  • Cartier Panthere. ...
  • Shiels Jewellers Emerald.
Mar 6, 2023

What glasses is Tom Cruise wearing? ›

Cruise is still wearing the Ray-Ban Aviator Classic sunglasses he had in the 1986 original.

What color to wear this coming 2023? ›

Digital Lavender, Luscious Red, Sundial, Tranquil Blue and Verdigris are the color names for 2023. Who chooses the names of the new colors? Names are selected by the WGSN and Coloro color team, before being verified by our in-house Equality Vision Team to ensure a proper translation on a global scale.

What is the most popular color for winter 2023? ›

The absolute protagonists of the Autumn Winter 2022 2023 season palette are orange, red, pink and light blue. Neutral colours are juxtaposed, creating balanced styles: strong tones are combined with softer shades, mixing them with taste and style.

What color is winter 2023? ›

From bright and energizing tangerine tones to soft and refined caramel tones, orange found its way among the trend colors for next winter.

What's better mirrored or polarized? ›

While both types of lenses effectively allow you to see better in bright light, many people prefer mirrored lenses for cycling, skiing, climbing, or motorcycling. Polarized glasses, with their unique ability to pick horizontal light and block it, are extra helpful for water activities like fishing and boating.

What female designer always wears sunglasses? ›

Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour is rarely seen without her iconic sunglasses.

Are aviators still in style 2023? ›

Aviator sunglasses are getting an upgrade in 2023. Think everything but the classic style that pilots wore without straying too far away from the frame's roots. Look for colored lenses, angular frames, and extra-wide styles.


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