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Cheap prescription glasses. Total beginner

Kewkin 1 10 January 20, 2016 at 11:27 PM
Never have gotten glasses before, or have insurance. I know my 'power' (-1.5) as I've gotten checked free before - eye sight has been bothering me for awhile, is there a good deal online from 10-90$ ? Not sure where to start or how it goes



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Goggles4u is cheaper for normal glasses, Zenni is cheaper for Bi Focals.
$10 gets a good pair, $50 will get you a great pair.
Generic/store brand frames are cheap or free from Goggles4u.

They take 2-3 weeks to be delivered.
Goggles4u has a very helpful chat feature if you need help.

Take a picture of your Rx from the eye doctor and upload it.
Doctors are required by US law to give you your Rx.
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Get a real prescription first. there are several numbers, not just the "power" all the glasses sites will ask you for those numbers, i think it's 3 measurements/numbers per eye. your prescription will show those numbers.

2. go and try on some frames at lenscrafters. then pay attention to the numbers on the arms of the glasses - you might typically see something like 49-119 on the arm of the glasses. the 49 denotes the width of each lens, and the 119 denotes the length of the arm, as in the arm is 119mm long. the only thing you wont be able to tell is the length of the nosebridge. these numbers are important because when looking at the online glasses place, these measurements will help you choose which frames will fit your head. pick the glasses online that match closely to the ones you tried on. again, the measurement is in mm (millimeters) so if you're off by 1 or 2 mm, not a huge deal.

3. goto one of the online glasses store as mentioned above and shop, using your measurements as a bit of a guide to which frames you pick out.

other tips:

not all glasses places make you upload your prescription.

if your RX is -1.5, that's pretty light, so the glasses should be cheap. you dont have to buy high index lenses. the anti-reflective coating is nice if you will wear your glasses alot, since it helps when posing for photos. the UV coating i think is a must.

order a spare pair, or a pair to leave in the car. or a RX sunglasses pair. shipping is usually a flat fee regardless of how many pairs you order.
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