Best Place to Buy Glasses Online?

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Found 30th Jan 2015
As above ... anyone point to the best place from user experience of buying online? Is all you need is your prescription details?
What happens about adjustments or if you don't like them? Free to return?
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I'd like to know as well, plus prescriptions sunglasses
You cant return once they have been made up so make sure prescription is right and you like the frames. Iv had them from eyewearbrands and specky four eyes. Personally i prefer eyewearbrands.

Thanks
Glassesdirect.co.uk always get mine there and never had problems, can return in 14 days too if not right I believe (from the email I got)
Pretty much any opticians should adjust specs if required.
You may also need an optician to measure your PD (for getting you looking through the right part of the lens).
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chuckiedoll

Pretty much any opticians should adjust specs if required.You may also … Pretty much any opticians should adjust specs if required.You may also need an optician to measure your PD (for getting you looking through the right part of the lens).



I went Optical Express and they gave me a report ... will it be on that? Not sure what a PD is.
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STACEY141

You cant return once they have been made up so make sure prescription is … You cant return once they have been made up so make sure prescription is right and you like the frames. Iv had them from eyewearbrands and specky four eyes. Personally i prefer eyewearbrands. Thanks



Thanks ,... Been browsing eyewearbrands ... Looks nice and professional.

Any more sites that you or anyone can recommend?
lealea66

Glassesdirect.co.uk always get mine there and never had problems, can … Glassesdirect.co.uk always get mine there and never had problems, can return in 14 days too if not right I believe (from the email I got)



use them as well, 6 times now, no issues, cashback as well
We have used Vision2u a few times with no problems.
Goggles4U I've used a few times, got a few pairs of prescription sunglasses and everyday spectacles from there.

The site is a bit of a nightmare to search on, so you would need plenty of time to search through the options. There's lots of offer codes if you sign up to emails. Typically I spend around £10 a pair delivered for the £15.95 range glasses (bought two pairs recently that came to just over £20).

One current code is 2FOR10, for 2 pairs of £6.95 frames, 1.57 CR single vision lenses, anti-scratch coating and UV protection.

Another is 2NDFREE, buy one get one free £15.95 frames. www.goggles4u.co.uk/

Some frames I have: goggles4u.co.uk/ins…tml (kinda unisex)
goggles4u.co.uk/yas…tml (more girly)
goggles4u.co.uk/ins…tml (girly again)! *there's a few colours of both of these girly designs, usually only a few SKU numbers up/down
Quite fancy these next: goggles4u.co.uk/hic…tml (unisex)

Goggles4U are based in Pakistan, but any packages I've had have a UK address on the label, not sure why. Typically delivery takes around 10-14 days.

Can't speak for all Specsavers opticians, but my local store is more than happy to adjust them when they get a little loose. They gave me my prescription with all details when I asked for it, and I was honest about my intention to buy online.

In contrast, Tesco Opticians a few years back were horrible! The Optician refused to give me my PD measurement and gave me the hard sell throughout the appointment. She was very against me ordering online and wasn't nice at all. Needless to say, I didn't go back!

Here's a print-out PD Measurement: static.zennioptical.com/med…pdf
Edited by: "louiselouise" 3rd Feb 2015
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louiselouise

Goggles4U I've used a few times, got a few pairs of prescription … Goggles4U I've used a few times, got a few pairs of prescription sunglasses and everyday spectacles from there.The site is a bit of a nightmare to search on, so you would need plenty of time to search through the options. There's lots of offer codes if you sign up to emails. Typically I spend around £10 a pair delivered for the £15.95 range glasses (bought two pairs recently that came to just over £20).One current code is 2FOR10, for 2 pairs of £6.95 frames, 1.57 CR single vision lenses, anti-scratch coating and UV protection.Another is 2NDFREE, buy one get one free £15.95 frames. http://www.goggles4u.co.uk/Some frames I have: http://www.goggles4u.co.uk/inspire-101408.html (kinda unisex)http://www.goggles4u.co.uk/yashilu-107495.html (more girly)http://www.goggles4u.co.uk/inspire-100130.html (girly again)!Quite fancy these next: http://www.goggles4u.co.uk/hickey-freeman-grey-stripe.html (unisex)Goggles4U are based in Pakistan, but any packages I've had have a UK address on the label, not sure why. Typically delivery takes around 10-14 days.Can't speak for all Specsavers opticians, but my local store is more than happy to adjust them when they get a little loose. They gave me my prescription with all details when I asked for it, and I was honest about my intention to buy online.In contrast, Tesco Opticians a few years back were horrible! The Optician refused to give me my PD measurement and gave me the hard sell throughout the appointment. She was very against me ordering online and wasn't nice at all. Needless to say, I didn't go back!Here's a print-out PD Measurement: http://static.zennioptical.com/media/Zenni-Optical-PD-Ruler.pdf



Thanks ... a good range here... Thanks for the recommendations ... I'm male though so girly ones won't cut it hehe
why buy online, no fitting service.
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doubleyoutea

why buy online, no fitting service.



Price ... cheaper ... same specs in stores are like £50 cheaper
I bought mine from vision express and was even recommended to just take my prescription and look online for specs and they are a lot cheaper...
... some online services let you try the specs for free and return them for fitting before buying.
Yes you don't get the personal touch but as long as your prescription info is correct then it'll save you lots
I've used both glassesdirect and lensway. Both have been fab. As for pd measurement, I waited till optician measured it and made sure I saw what be typed in to his computer.
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davidphoto

I've used both glassesdirect and lensway. Both have been fab. As for pd … I've used both glassesdirect and lensway. Both have been fab. As for pd measurement, I waited till optician measured it and made sure I saw what be typed in to his computer.



PD measurement do they not put that on the report they give you? Will have to look
krazyasif786

PD measurement do they not put that on the report they give you? Will … PD measurement do they not put that on the report they give you? Will have to look

I found Specsavers (where I got my last prescription) gave me my PD, but some opticians are a bit sniffy about it...maybe to put you off buying online? Depends where you go. It's quite easy to do yourself, though.

Also, about Goggles4U and their search facility (which is a bit pants): you find silly things like, looking for Cats Eye or Wayfarers, doesn't always bring up the whole selection. I make a point of looking through every page as I'm quite picky about what I like.

When their frames go out of stock, they tend not to come back...if you don't like what you see and you're in no rush, try looking a few weeks later when there's some newer frames uploaded.

I also have the suspicion many of the "Designer" frames aren't real on G4U as a lot of them look like the "regular" selection (especially when you compare the frames at Eyewearbrands, which are gorgeous)!

I got myself a pair of "Vivienne Westwood" sunglasses from Goggles4U about two years ago but I've never seen them anywhere else! http://www.burjoptical.com/media/catalog/product/cache/7/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/7/2/72628.jpg

Sunglasses from G4U are a little more expensive, I paid $49 (around £30) for those sunglasses, above. I find the dark-brown tint is the best, the black is too dark for me, especially indoors!

Discount codes for sunglasses don't appear as often, but they tend to email codes around summertime.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 3rd Feb 2015
chuckiedoll

Pretty much any opticians should adjust specs if required.You may also … Pretty much any opticians should adjust specs if required.You may also need an optician to measure your PD (for getting you looking through the right part of the lens).


or just use this site if you have a credit card and a webcam for measuring pupillary distance

https://pd.warbyparker.com/

+1 for googles4u

got two pairs of different specs with Anti Reflective Coating for £20.95 delivered (takes 3-4 weeks)
I've put in my first order at Zenni Optical, saw a pair of glasses I *really love* It costs nearly three times one Goggles4U pair did (seeing as each G4U pair was just over £10). These came to £31 delivered.

I signed up to Zenni's mailing list and Facebook page to be notified of codes for the future.

Can't find any codes online currently, apart from a buy two pairs, get one free but worth a look too if you want more of a varied selection. Goggles4U can be a bit samey with theirs.

Here's what I got: zennioptical.com/wom…tml (not suitable for a guy, I know!).

They have a $6.95 range too: http://www.zennioptical.com/u6.95-glasses/?siteID=f5BmVTEYKew-uO0zwwzm1WwzEBXzNy2v.g&ls_affid=f5BmVTEYKew

Also, curiously enough a couple of their frames are on Googles4U cheaper!

A few examples: http://www.zennioptical.com/111018-acetate-full-rim-frame.html
http://www.goggles4u.co.uk/inspire-100121.html

http://www.zennioptical.com/483921-acetate-full-rim-frame.html
http://www.goggles4u.co.uk/inspire-100133.html

And a pair I bought a few months back from Goggles4U for just over £10 delivered (spring hinges as well, same as the scalloped cat eye frames!!):
http://www.zennioptical.com/623017-acetate-full-rim-frame-with-spring-hinges.html
http://www.goggles4u.co.uk/inspire-100130.html

Doesn't seem to be many identical pairs, but double-check Goggles4U first if you can spare the time. Some are saying delivery from Zenni is quicker than Goggles4U, but it will take a bit longer if it's a higher prescription/more complicated.

Edit: OHMIGOD I love these too! scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hph…jpg?oh=71179d2c81fe43dd7d55712fe5b6c62d&oe=55495777

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zennioptical.com/626…tml
Edited by: "louiselouise" 6th Feb 2015
Hi, can anyone tell me if they've bought varifocals from any of these online sites? I got my first pair of "real"glasses almost two years ago now at Specsavers. They were wonderful, so thorough on the eye exam that I had "browache" for two days! but I got perfect glasses, varifocals with anti glare which is excellent, never had sore eyes from working at the computer since. Anyway, are any of the sites any good for these kind of glasses or are they better for more basic? It would be nice not to have to pay £170 again (which included NHS discount!)
Hi, therealslimkaty

Many people have mixed reviews about more complex prescriptions, but this buyer loved her Zenni varifocals http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=74020657#post74020657

More about Zenni and varifocals:
forums.moneysavingexpert.com/sho…php?p=5689290post5689290
forums.moneysavingexpert.com/sho…276 Posts from 2007, though.

Trying to find Goggles4U varifocals feedback and not coming up with much so far!

Looks as though Goggles4U sometimes do varifocals offers (can't remember seeing varifocals deals in their emails, though I don't wear them, that's probably why!) http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/varifocal-glasses-34-17-goggles4u-932373

You could ask on G4U's online chat if they have any varifocals offers as you're a new customer, worth a try!

I can see lots of good comments about Asda Opticians re varifocals, though they are more pricey (£99 a pair or 2 for £157, from a forum comment in April 2014).

Think I've bought fourteen pairs of glasses and sunglasses from Goggles4U over the years. I'm a medium prescription but it's pretty straightforward. Only had an issue with two pairs: ordered two at the same time and one was the correct lens thickness, the other wasn't (bought thinner index frames on my first order). They replaced it with another pair quickly. Another pair seemed to have issues with the reflective coating "smearing" after a while.

I've learnt that I don't really get along with rimless frames, I seem to have a knack of dropping and breaking them, or rolling over on them in bed by accident! But at such cheap prices breaking glasses isn't the financial dent it used to be.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 4th Feb 2015
Also seen another tip about measuring PD (can't verify this, though) "Another way to measure your own PD is if you have a serious pair of binoculars. On most of these when you adjust the width until you can see properly, there's a mark in mm on the rotating bit that is your PD. or you can measure the distance between the left edge of one eyepiece to the left edge of the other."

boards.ie/vbu…=72
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louiselouise

I've put in my first order at Zenni Optical, saw a pair of glasses I … I've put in my first order at Zenni Optical, saw a pair of glasses I *really love* It costs nearly three times one Goggles4U pair did (seeing as each G4U pair was just over £10). These came to £31 delivered.I signed up to Zenni's mailing list and Facebook page to be notified of codes for the future.Can't find any codes online currently, apart from a buy two pairs, get one free but worth a look too if you want more of a varied selection. Goggles4U can be a bit samey with theirs.Here's what I got: http://www.zennioptical.com/womens-fullrim-mixed-materials-wayfarer-eyeglass-frames-193417.html (not suitable for a guy, I know!).They have a $6.95 range too: http://www.zennioptical.com/u6.95-glasses/?siteID=f5BmVTEYKew-uO0zwwzm1WwzEBXzNy2v.g&ls_affid=f5BmVTEYKewAlso, curiously enough a couple of their frames are on Googles4U cheaper!A few examples: http://www.zennioptical.com/111018-acetate-full-rim-frame.htmlhttp://www.goggles4u.co.uk/inspire-100121.htmlhttp://www.zennioptical.com/483921-acetate-full-rim-frame.htmlhttp://www.goggles4u.co.uk/inspire-100133.htmlAnd a pair I bought a few months back from Goggles4U for just over £10 delivered (spring hinges as well!!):http://www.zennioptical.com/623017-acetate-full-rim-frame-with-spring-hinges.htmlhttp://www.goggles4u.co.uk/inspire-100130.htmlDoesn't seem to be many identical pairs, but double-check Goggles4U first if you can spare the time. Some are saying delivery from Zenni is quicker than Goggles4U, but it will take a bit longer if it's a higher prescription/more complicated.




hi

Buying from the american company is shipping free? What about customs charges? Did you face any?
Going to bookmark this!
krazyasif786

hiBuying from the american company is shipping free? What about customs … hiBuying from the american company is shipping free? What about customs charges? Did you face any?

Never had to pay customs duty with Goggles4U, though the packages have a UK address on them.

Post #40 on this Irish Forum says Zenni Optical should be okay. boards.ie/vbu…e=3 (though many report back they got deliveries within 10 days...).

I can see various stories on US sites of deliveries taking longer from Zenni via customs, but not about actual charges incurred. http://www.disboards.com/threads/zenni-optical.3133465/#post-48811449

Can't say for sure, as it's my first order.

Edit: Woops, you also asked me about Zenni's shipping costs. My Zenni frames last night (including 1.57 mid-index lenses, anti-scratch & UV protection) came to $35.95 for the frames and $9.95 standard shipping. It's free shipping on second and consecutive pairs.

Zenni Optical FAQ page here: zennioptical.com/faq/ Delivery seems to be by Royal Mail when in the UK (from looking at feedback).
Edited by: "louiselouise" 4th Feb 2015
louiselouise

Also seen another tip about measuring PD (can't verify this, though) … Also seen another tip about measuring PD (can't verify this, though) "Another way to measure your own PD is if you have a serious pair of binoculars. On most of these when you adjust the width until you can see properly, there's a mark in mm on the rotating bit that is your PD. or you can measure the distance between the left edge of one eyepiece to the left edge of the other."http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=79748142&postcount=72



Thanks very much for the time you took to reply to my query. I'll be scouring both those sites now and will definitely try the live chat to ask about varifocals. I'm pretty sure that Specsavers gave me my PD, I think it's written in my little prescription card, so I should be all set.

I keep seeing frames I like on Zenni after signing up to their Facebook feed, argh! No more pairs for me! Hope you all find a pair (or pairs) you love
Just had an email from Zenni Optical. They're doing a code for their Valentine's range, LOVE143 gives 15% off.

http://www.zennioptical.com/valentine-day-sale-eyeglasses-collection?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=banner+1&utm_content=banner+1&utm_campaign=20150203+WproJ+Love+Letter

Though you'd have to really like the colour red X)!
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