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Until this Sunday, ALL products on Glasses Direct are VAT FREE with the 17.5% reduction. In addition, click through Quidco for 18% cashback, and check out their designer frame sale for discounts up to 50%.

I'm off for an eye test on Sunday to make sure I can order the frames I want before the discount is up, The frames I've seen are £45 reduced to £34 in the sale (though there are bigger reductions to be had!), with 17.5% discount reducing them further to £28.05 including frames! Even if I don't buy any extras, I'll then get £5.05 cashback! Effective price: £23.00 down from £45.00.

There's also a 10% off voucher on HUKD, but having not been through the checkout process I haven't been able to see if this can be applied on top of the above offers.
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#1
I dont wear glasses but my wife and 2 lads do. Now that the lads are paying for there own glasses i decided to give Glasses Direct a go, i mean for £18.50 a pair what did i have to lose right? Well we ordered them using his last prescription and they arrived a week or so later. They were allmost exactly like his old pair that had cost the NHS god only knows how much and they are perfectly fine. My younger son now has a spare pair and my wife has a pair of tinted ones for driving, all for alot less than one pair from any well known high street shop. So if you are unsure, i can recommend them from personal experience.
#2
You have to add £3.75 for shipping if you only buy one pair and the hukd code wont work as you can only have one code and the vatfree code takes that up
#3
has anyone ordered prescription sunglasses or tinited lenses?

im looking to do this but cant get an idea of how the tint would look and altho you can see the glasses you cant change the tint.
#4
I also buy my glasses from them, and have done for 4 years, they're great

voted hot
#5
Just had my first pair from them and was really pleased. If you don't like them you can return them within 14 days for a full refund or replacement.

They even included a free mirror and a sweet in the shape of an eyeball!!!
banned#6
They are cheap sh1t, there have been hundreds of people fleeced by these crooks
banned#7
Why do they always do deals just after I buy a pair!!!!!

Good deal tho! thanks! (gonna buy another pair now - get another eye sweet! lol)
#8
you only get 10% off at checkout if you go through quidco and not the 15% stated above,

used them before , poor quality glasses
#9
Mascherano
They are cheap sh1t, there have been hundreds of people fleeced by these crooks


I can firmly state that I'm NOT one of the 'hundreds' you speak about. I've had my glasses now for a year, and they seem to be holding up better than most 'normal priced' pairs I've had. And I will be buying further pairs when my prescription runs out.

Their customer service is spot on too. When I managed to lose one of the screws I contacted them about buying spares. They asked me for my address and said they would see what they could do. The following day I had a letter containing two screws and a 'hope this helps' note. Totally free of charge.

I'd recommend them to anyone, if you're really unsure get a pair as a spare and see what you think.
#10
slimy31

I'd recommend them to anyone, if you're really unsure get a pair as a spare and see what you think.


Totally agree - for between £20 and £40 you can get a cheap pair as a 'second' pair, if you're satisfied however, then you can buy more and you're quids in!
#11
After working in optics for over 15 yrs it always complexes me how they take your pupil measurements to centre the lenses correctly.
Also, if you have a high prescription where your lenses may not look good in a particular frame, who's going to tell you?
And how do you know if they are going to fit? I spend half my days making fitting adjustments (free of charge) and replacing screws. How can you see to put the screw in that they send you if they're off of your face?
#12
Don't know what their glasses are like but the web site is c**p! Tried to order twice only to have it come up with the wrong price and go back to the beginning - you need more patience than I've got to deal with this lot!
#13
I ordered a pair of glasses for my mum and was sent the wrong prescription. I won't be using them again.
#14
mittu1
I ordered a pair of glasses for my mum and was sent the wrong prescription. I won't be using them again.

Did you send them back and get a replacement? Generally their customer service is excellent. Every company gets an order wrong from time to time, it's how they deal with the error that counts.

I've got nothing but praise for them. I've had a few pair of glasses costing nearly £100 for Specsavers and none of them were as good as the £24 semi-rimless pair I'm currently wearing.

I think I might go for some designer ones that are in the sale. Definitely a hot deal.
#15
Can anyone help - I can't get this code and qudico to work at the same time...going through quidco defaults to the 10% off code, not the vat discount??
#16
unseenangelwings
After working in optics for over 15 yrs it always complexes me how they take your pupil measurements to centre the lenses correctly.
Also, if you have a high prescription where your lenses may not look good in a particular frame, who's going to tell you?
And how do you know if they are going to fit? I spend half my days making fitting adjustments (free of charge) and replacing screws. How can you see to put the screw in that they send you if they're off of your face?


The PD measurement is supposed to be required when placing an order, and should be obtained when having an eye exam beforehand,

As for the lenses, most people who regularly wear glasses (and have for some time) tend to already know these things - for example, I have quite a high prescription that's no good for frames that are too square. To be honest, anyone that orders without at least looking in a regular opticians store, trying on some frames and asking for advice (if this is new to them that is), is asking for trouble.

Not sure they'll fit? The website will lend you a pair without lenses free of charge, you just have to pay postage.

The last comment about not seeing the screw is just plain daft. Do we all live in solitary confinement with no friends or relatives, or do we not have second pairs of glasses? Sounds like trade might be affected by online retailers and someone has an axe to grind!
#17
unseenangelwings
After working in optics for over 15 yrs it always complexes me how they take your pupil measurements to centre the lenses correctly.
Also, if you have a high prescription where your lenses may not look good in a particular frame, who's going to tell you?
And how do you know if they are going to fit? I spend half my days making fitting adjustments (free of charge) and replacing screws. How can you see to put the screw in that they send you if they're off of your face?


Taken from the Glasses Direct FAQ :

Q: What is my pupillary distance (PD), and how do I find out what it is? top

It's the distance between your pupils.

For a pair of glasses to perform as well as they can for you, the lenses need to be made to match the distance between your eyes, so that the centre of each lens aligns with the centre of your pupils. To achieve this, we need your pupillary distance measurement, also called PD measurement.

Unfortunately, many prescriptions given by high-street opticians don’t include it.

So, what can you do about it? We suggest you directly ask your optician for your pupillary distance measurement when he or she is doing your eye test. If you'd rather not, then we can make your glasses using an average PD measurement based on a survey of 4,000 people. This works very well for most customers; they don't harm the eyes but they can cause discomfort or strain. People with strong prescriptions and whose pupillary distance diverges significantly from the average may experience problems with spectacles made using an average PD measurement.

If you decide to order a pair of average PD measurement glasses and find yourself getting along with them less than perfectly, do tell us, and we'll arrange either for your pupillary distance to be measured and then replace your glasses, or give you a full refund.
#18
This post needs to be ammended, you can't claim quidco and get the vat free discount.
#19
For even cheaper prescription glasses try goggles4u http://goggles4u.com/

I have bought x3 pairs of glasses from them, two rimless. My glasses aren't too strong so thin lenses. Very happy with the results. $50 delivered for rimless, Multicoated CR39 Material High Index Lenses. They look very similar to my wifes glasses that cost £200.

I went on to buy a pair of sunglasses, normal thickness lenses for $25.

The glasses come from Pakistan, explaining why they are so cheap, I thought it was worth a risk and happily paid off.

I see varifocals are more expensive, don't know if I would risk spending too much in case they cocked them up.
#20
Has anybody used them for varifocals as my wife needs them, her last pair cost me over £250 from the high street.
Cheers
#21
So, anyone know where the cheapest eye tests can be had (for those you don't get em for free)?

and on another note... something I have often wondered about paying extra for extra-thin lenses (would apply to buying in-store, as well as on-line I guess) is...

How do you know that the lenses in your new glasses actually have the refractive index that they are supposed to have? Is there any way of testing this???

It might be possible to tell the different between standard lenses and, say 1.57 RI ones, but what about between 1.61 and 1.57? I bet they could get away with giving people 1.57 when they've paid for 1.61s!

Someone should invent some little device that tests the refractive index of lenses and go on Dragon's Den or something! :-)
#22
Is it just me or is the difference between men's and women's glasses often a bit meaningless? I certainly can't tell whether some of those frames are meant for men or women without looking at the description.
#23
Dewolf
If you decide to order a pair of average PD measurement glasses and find yourself getting along with them less than perfectly, do tell us, and we'll arrange either for your pupillary distance to be measured and then replace your glasses, or give you a full refund.


You can't really get fairer than that. When I ordered mine I did see this PD stuff, so I asked my girlfriend to grab a ruler and measure mine! OK, its hardly as accurate as it might be from a proper opticians, and it turned out I was in their 'average' band anyway, but it was worth a check.

And as for the thick or complex lenses, I probably would say that if your prescription is a bit extreme (as an example my mate requires tri-focals!) you should stick to a high street optician and get the full service.
#24
This a good deal.. Buy i purchase my glasses from goggles4u.com

Cheaper, so not as hot as u think this peeps
#25
unseenangelwings
After working in optics for over 15 yrs it always complexes me how they take your pupil measurements to centre the lenses correctly.
Also, if you have a high prescription where your lenses may not look good in a particular frame, who's going to tell you?
And how do you know if they are going to fit? I spend half my days making fitting adjustments (free of charge) and replacing screws. How can you see to put the screw in that they send you if they're off of your face?


Good Comment, but sadly the price that they are charging peeps in the high street is shocking & a total rip off to be honest. I can't justify paying the prices that they are charging, Sometimes as much as £300 and u can get the exact same for £25 - £50 MAX :whistling:
#26
celticbull2008
This a good deal.. Buy i purchase my glasses from goggles4u.com

Cheaper, so not as hot as u think this peeps


Goggles4u are appalling: no customer service, dirt-cheap frames, very poor attention to prescription, and around a month's wait for them to be delivered from Pakistan.

For anything above a very small prescription, it's best to steer clear of them as they are the reason the term 'false economy' was coined.
#27
Ive lost my glasses and as i dont wear them very often would love to pay less than thirty quid for a pair.

BUT....................the one I want are out of stock!!!!TYPICAL
#28
unseenangelwings
After working in optics for over 15 yrs it always complexes me how they take your pupil measurements to centre the lenses correctly.
Also, if you have a high prescription where your lenses may not look good in a particular frame, who's going to tell you?
And how do you know if they are going to fit? I spend half my days making fitting adjustments (free of charge) and replacing screws. How can you see to put the screw in that they send you if they're off of your face?


totally agree - made the mistake and ordered a pair from them earlier this year, there was a 2 week delay on my order but no-one informned me and when I did get them the prescription it was totally wrong! (and i have a fairly weak prescription)

Never again, I think it does cost too much in the high street shops but you do get a all year service. Any problems and you can go straight in.
#29
Do you know what is the cheapest way to do the Eye Test?
#30
fai392
Do you know what is the cheapest way to do the Eye Test?


It depends where you live. In Scotland (and I believe Wales also) they're totally free at any opticians you choose. In England, you'd need to look for a voucher for a free one. Dollond & Aitchison often do free tests. However, you may find that with these kind of deals, the opticians are reluctant to give you a copy of your prescription. Ignore them - it's your legal right to be given a copy of it.
#31
The high street prices are so high for one reason.

It's a highly regulated industry (By the Government) and the high streets are only allowed to charge a certain amount for the eye test (£30) however it actually costs them £60+ to perform an eye test so they claw back this money by over charging for the frames et al.

Glasses Direct was started by a young entrepreneur (24) who was studying at Oxford and was shocked at the prices he had to pay for his glasses, they don't do the eye tests so they don't need to rip you off when you buy the glasses ... they're a good quality service from what I've heard no company is perfect as mistakes do happen so there's always going to be complaints.
#32
Decided to take a risk and gone for a pair from Goggles4u - £17 delivered LOL

Only need a cheap pair for driving so happy to pay that much.
#33
I see the VAT@ 15% still on my order.....How can it be VAT free....>Do I need to proceed with my order first..?
#34
I bought a pair of glasses from Budgetspecs.com recently, the delivery was quick, the prescription appears to be spot on and the frame appears to be of a quality that would have cost me £60 or more in the high street. At £10.99 including delivery Budgetspecs appear to have the edge on Glasses Direct.
#35
Expired?????
#36
It's not expired, I just ordered a pair of the Speedo ones today. Should have been £99, reduced to £54, but paid £52 when delivery and a couple of extras I chose were added on.

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