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link to LBW Eyewear [lbweyewear.com] Great customer service. Shipping takes one to two weeks USPS first class mail. Glasses come in padded envelope with a nice soft-touch hard case.

link to Zenni Optical [zennioptical.com] Customer service is not the best. Shipping takes one to two weeks USPS first class mail. Glasses come in padded envelope with a translucent plastic magnetic case.

link to 39dollarglasses [39dollarglasses.com] best place to get a lens replacement for your frame. i used it because i couldn't find my frame for sale anywhere. Shipping is very fast and glasses come in padded envelope with a high quality case AND pouch.

I know there are many more out there, but I have personal experience with these two companies. Both eyeglasses I received from them were of exceptional quality.
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How to Buy Glasses Online Eyeglasses: How it works. | GlassyEyes [blogspot.com]

Zenni Optical.com (Based on 5 frames purchased 2013)

Random Discounts: Nov B1G1/2-- March to Feb Buy 2,Get 1 FREE,--May FREE Shipping-- 1st Week of July FREE Tint,
Low Lens & Frame Defects(10%) with True Fit

Thin lens CR1.57 is free and CR1.59 poly is very low $9 extra
AR coating is sub-standard based on 2013 customer comments and 2009 glass review sites
Tint coating is a bit dark for 50% grey and too dark with dull colors for 80% grey for most lighting conditions
Favorite frames in stock for 6-12 months
Fast 1-2 week $5 Shipping and Processing
Lists customer reviews on website
Virtual Try-On Frame is very accurate and easy to use

Goggle4U.com(Based on 20 frames purchased 2012/2013)
Discount Code: "discount" for 20% off
High Lens & Frame Defects(40%) with Non-True Fit

Very High Tinted Lens Defects (60%)
Thin lens CR1.57 is free
Tint coating is great at 40% grey and too cartoonish for 70% grey
AR coating is good with a slight greenish hue
Favorite frames in stock for only 1 month
Slow 4 week $5 Shipping and Processing
Slow 1-2 month Problem solving if frames break with no email alert


Eye Buy Direct 20% off coupon: IFMNN5LIMZ

a great source for information.
http://www.eyeglassretailerreviews.com/index.htm

Here's a good blog on buying glasses over the Internet
http://www.getbetterglasses.com/

You should checkout GreatEyeGlasses.com... way better and only $15 for a cool pair: http://www.greateyeglasses.com

Printable PD ruler [yahoo.net]
Be careful. I thought this was a great deal and bought a "backup pair" of glasses for my six year old. I discovered about a month later that they did not put her prescription into the glasses. She is blind as a bat in her extra glasses but can see fine in her original pair from the optometrist.

Here's a few helpful posts from an Optician: Post 1 Post 2

Donate your extra glasses - "New Eyes for the Needy" http://www.neweyesfortheneedy.org/impact/shipping.html

Great blog that debunks a lot of the myths out there. http://www.glassyeyes.com


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Do be aware that some professional optometry shop employees feel that their business model is being threatened by discount internet eyeglass websites and will become unfriendly if they suspect you have bought eyeglass stuff online. So if you purchase your frames online and want to have bifocal lenses cut/installed locally, you might have to hunt around a little bit to find a shop that is willing to install lenses into a new frame you bought on the internet.

Some optometry shops are also very uncooperative when it comes to getting a pupillary distance (PD) reading too. It's not uncommon for the optometry doctor that gives you your eye exam to refuse to tell you your PD measurement after the exam is finished. And then tell you that you should talk to the shop's dispensing optician to obtain PD measurement. But the dispensing optician will then give you excuses about why you cannot have this reading unless you purchase a pair of glasses from their shop.

In canada, http://www.cmaj.ca/earlyreleases/4may10-new-eyewear-regulations.dtl [new regulations] require optometry shops to give out pupillary distance readings with each prescription. There is also an http://givememypd.epetitions.net [online petition of people in the united kingdom] to require pupillary distance readings with each prescription too. But no such regulations exist on a federal level in the united states.

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It should be noted that if you are nearsighted (myopic) and want the thinnest possible lense at the outside edge, then you will want to purchase a frame with the minimum distance possible from the corner of your eye to the outside edge of lense. You do not want a lense that is so small horizontally that you see around the edge of your glasses with the slightest turn of your eyeball. But you also do not want a really huge lense horizontally with lots of extra area on the side that you will seldom use. With something massive like a 60mm wide lense and a small pupillary distance, even a mild -2.00 prescription can give you thick "coke bottle" lenses towards the outside edge. There will also be a noticeable amount of weight associated with the extra lense thickness which will make the glasses grind into your nose a little more. High index lenses can help reduce the thickness of the lenses towards the outside edge, but they often cannot completly undo the damage of making a poor frame choice in the first place.

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Most people are very happy with the single vision lenses that they have ordered from the internet.

But purchasing a pair of bifocals or progressives online is a risky proposition at best. To get a pair of bifocals or progressives that work properly, the optometrist really needs to see the frame on your own face to take some measurements before making the lenses. This is not possible when you order a complete pair of eyeglasses online. The online shops try to guess at these segment readings and sometimes you'll get a pair of bifocals that works good. But often, you'll get a pair of glasses that you don't want to wear again because the magnifying add areas are in the wrong locations.

You can convert a bifocal prescription to a single lense one if you'd like. Just add the "ADD" column number to the SPH number. For example, you have a prescription of SPH -3.00 ADD 2.00 and want a pair of single lense reading glasses. You would add -3.00 to 2.00 and order a -1.00 lense. These reading glasses will often work better than the store bought "readers" because:
-they can have a different lense strength in each eye in case your vision correction needs are different in each eye
-they can correct for astigmatism
-you can customize the pupillary distance reading for your own particular face instead of using an "average" reading from the general population

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New digital technology for progressive wearers makes it easy to adapt to new glasses. There are many names for this new tech: Free-form, Digital, HD, and Back-surface Rx. The lenses are cut more precisely using your Rx and intermediate and near vision areas are expanded about 35%. This reduces the "swimming effect" old-tech progressives are known for. Here's a list of sites offering free-form progressives:
**-------- Free-Form Progressives --------------------**
www.choiceeyewear.com - Previously known as LBW Optical
www.bestpriceglasses.com - "discount10" "appreciation" 10% off
www.39dollarglasses.com
www.coastalcontacts.com - Great customer service, but few choices
www.globaleyeglasses.com - "glassyeyes" 10% off
www.eyeglassfactoryoutlet.com - $200+, offers Varilux Comfort,
www.savemoneyonglasses.com - $$,
www.SimplyEyeglasses.com - $$$ Brand names,
www.eyeglasslensdirect.com - $$$, your frame their lens, Great selection if you have the money
www.framesdirect.com - $$$, offers WileyX, Military discount
www.optical4less.com - $$$,

www.visionworkseyewear.com - B&M shop with semi-decent prices offering Trivex HD lenses for $140 extra per pair.

**-------- Regular Progressives ----------------------**
www.eyebuydirect.com
www.eyeglassdirect.com
www.glassesshop.com
www.glassesusa.com
www.goggles4u.com
www.greateyeglasses.com
www.myglasses.com
www.selectspecs.com
www.specsonthenet.com
www.zennioptical.com - Best bendable rimless frames selection IMHO
www.greateyeglasses.com - $$$

I always take my online glasses to LensCrafters and my EyeDoctors office to check the Rx AND the PD! LensCrafters adjusts the frame and checks the Rx for free for anyone.

http://www.opticampus.com/tools/thickness.php - Great site for Lens Thickness Calculation (see in advance how thick your lenses will be based on your prescription)

------ Thanks, CoolSimple -------
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Zenni has been posted here a number of times... they are good I have used them... not sure about the other... also be prepared for all of the optical people to cry foul since they charge way to much and will try to defend their practices of overcharging.
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nice find...repped for this, thanks!
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Do these places work for people with REALLY BAD eyes?
While I realize that most B&M stores are overpriced (I just paid $700 for a pair of designer frames) it's hard to find places online that use the ultra-high-index plastic lenses which I have to use since I'm veryvery nearsighted...
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thanks guys. i think both these companies are overseas (lbw is in Hong kong i believe) so shipping might take liike a week or two. but still the prices and selections are awesome.


jacksonpritt, I think they have prescriptions for like +300 to -800 and anything outside of that is an extra 9.95

hope this helps
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Please be careful as they for strong RX use really thick lenses. My sons were about 1/2 inch thick. You need to upgrade to the higher index lens I think it was 39.00 extra.
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Quote from Mrs.Chevyman View Post :
Please be careful as they for strong RX use really thick lenses. My sons were about 1/2 inch thick. You need to upgrade to the higher index lens I think it was 39.00 extra.
Did you ordered from zennioptical? what kind of lenses were they. the standard 1.57? What was your son's prescription?

Thanks!
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what about your prescription? I just got my first pair of glasses ever almost a year ago. I'm constantly losing them, so this would make a great back up pair. Do you have to know your prescription or what?
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I ordered two pairs from Zenni. The first was a titanium frame with 1.67 high index lenses. They are perfect, I love them. The second pair from Zenni was a regular metal frame and the same 1.67 high index lenses. The frame was ok but the right lens was the wrong strength and the lenses were not 1.67 high index. Compared to the first glasses, these lenses were thicker. I sent them back a couple weeks ago and I have not heard or received anything yet. We'll see...

Update: I received my glasses finally and they are perfect! The lenses are 1.67 high index and the presciption is right on. I'm not sure I will use Zenni again because of the slack customer service but i am happy with the product.

1.67 is NOT a rip off. I have two pairs with 1.57 and one with 1.67 and they are thinner and lighter.
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I ordered two pairs from Zenni. The first was a titanium frame with 1.67 high index lenses. They are perfect, I love them. The second pair from Zenni was a regular metal frame and the same 1.67 high index lenses. The frame was ok but the right lens was the wrong strength and the lenses were not 1.67 high index. Compared to the first glasses, these lenses were thicker. I sent them back a couple weeks ago and I have not heard or received anything yet. We'll see...



Of course you need to know your prescription... glasses prescriptions are good for two years so you should hold on to your script for that long.
What if I got my glasses from my doc's office? Dontknow seriously I'm clueless about this! He said I was about 20/25 does that account for anything? Big Grin Stick Out Tongue Edit: I see that it doesn't.

www.zennioptical.com doesn't work for me.
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Quote from greatvyper View Post :
I ordered two pairs from Zenni. The first was a titanium frame with 1.67 high index lenses. They are perfect, I love them. The second pair from Zenni was a regular metal frame and the same 1.67 high index lenses. The frame was ok but the right lens was the wrong strength and the lenses were not 1.67 high index. Compared to the first glasses, these lenses were thicker. I sent them back a couple weeks ago and I have not heard or received anything yet. We'll see...
I've gotten 5 pairs of glasses from Zenni over the years. Overall, they are good. If you have to deal with them for a return, prepare to wait and be frustrated. Zenni is one of those companies that as long as things go as planned, then things are fine. If there is even the slightest problem, they are a PITA. Also, I've gotten the standard 1.57 and the 1.67 lenses from them. I don't see any difference in thickness at all. I've come to a conclusion that the 1.67 index lenses are just a rip off. Just get the 1.57. Also, the word on the street is that paying $4.95 for the anti-reflective coating is a rip off as well. I've heard that you get it regardless of whether you pay for it or not.

Of the 5 pairs of gotten. One I use as my everyday glasses. I've had them for 2 years and they've held up a lot better than my last pair of $400 Lenscrafters glasses. One other pair I'm going to switch to. I just got them. One pair I keep as an emergency backup and two others that I should just donate to charity. Overall, the 5 pairs cost me about $200. Half the price of Lenscrafters and I got two really good pairs out of it. It's still a deal but with Zenni, you may have to order a few times to get a decent pair. The one time I tried to return and get a new pair was such a hassle that I've decided to just factory in the 40% chance of getting a bad pair into the cost.
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Also, the word on the street is that paying $4.95 for the anti-reflective coating is a rip off as well.
From my experience, that is not true; I've ordered a pair from Zenni that did not have AR coating, and the lack was very noticable and distracting. Since then I've gotten 3 other pairs, each with AR coating. My opinion has basically been the same as everyone else on here, they have a nice selection (and let you choose between ~30 different lens shapes if you go rimless) and dirt cheap prices, but shipping is slow (consistently around 2 weeks) and I have heard that they basically do not respond to complaints / questions / refund requests.
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I've used www.glasses4less.com
Great custmer service, they even called me on the phone since I had so many questions.
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I usually buy 4-8 pairs of glasses from zenni every time my prescription changes or I've either slept on, stepped on, sat on, or lost my previous pairs of glasses.
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