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    Tips on finding cheap prescription glasses?

    The mrs and me have appointments for free eye tests at Specsavers in a couple of weeks, but want to buy our glasses somewhere not as expensive.

    I was thinking of ordering online once we have our prescriptions, but not sure where to go and what to look out for. Can anyone who has gone this route offer some advice/tips? Are there any pit-falls?

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    Try Superdrug Opticians - They're cheap (compared to high street opticians), and a reputable main name, so you'd expect a decent service!

    You can purchase glasses frames online, and take them into any opticians chain for them to make and fit the lenses for you - it costs around £50 to do so.
    Edited by: "LondonTTB" 21st Oct 2016

    SpekyFourEyes are great. I've been using them for years. You can get designer glasses for as little as £20 delivered. I've just got my newest pair Ray Bans for £111 incl thin lenses, uv and scratch protection. The exact same pair were £235 in the opticians with standard lenses. They offer money back guarantee too no questions asked. Highly recommend them. You also have the option of try before you buy too. They send out up to 5 pairs to try on and send back.

    Glasses direct - I heard about them from Martin Lewis emails. I've used them and happy with glasses.
    They do free home trials and free returns if not happy / don't like style.
    Try on different styles at Specsavers first to get an idea what you like

    Ps I got a good offer and two pairs with lenses for £20 delivered - had both 18 months now

    sad but...tescos...free eye test an two pairs for £30.....really cant go wrong.

    MSE site has links for online purchase.

    selectspecs usually the cheapest for me. Had 2 pairs so far.

    once you know what specification/magnification you need,
    go to most pound shops or range,any shop like that,only cost you a few pounds.
    i got a couple of pairs to use as spares,cant tell the differance,thats if your not too bothered what the frames look like.
    happy shopping.

    specky 4 eyes

    I've used both Goggles4U and Zenni Optical.

    Goggles4U's site needs more patience to search through compared to Zenni's - Zenni's selection seems a bit funkier.

    I've found G4U offers more generous customer service and Zenni seems to only offer partial refunds from reading around, which is a pity as Zenni tend to be the more expensive out of the two. (I've only used G4U's customer service for petty things like a nose pad coming off, or last time, "brown" tint sunglasses being amber!!).

    Goggles4U always has offer codes which makes their offerings even cheaper. They dropship to the UK so you get your order in around 10-14 days - though it's been about a year since my last order.

    Out of the two, I'd recommend Goggles4U as I've ordered from them loads of times now, Zenni twice.

    Edit: Also, re the prescription side of things - I once asked a very snotty Tesco Optician for mine, and she asked why - I told her that I was buying online and she was NOT pleased. Whereas Specsavers were more than happy to give me mine and even adjusted one of my internet pairs!!

    Obviously I can't speak for all Specsavers branches but I've always found them very helpful.
    Edited by: "louiselouise" 22nd Oct 2016

    Banned

    We ordered ours from Specky4Eyes, Our local Opticians wanted nearly £200 in total for basic lenses basic frame for my partner's and 'unbranded' frames and standard lenses for me ! Got a copy of our prescription and bought Converse and Goldigga frames in the sale with a discount code for just under £40!! When I told the opticians I wouldn't be ordering with them they were a bit miffed, I'm all for supporting your local shops (they're not a chain store) but their prices are ridiculous lol.
    Edited by: "Holly1985" 22nd Oct 2016

    My best tip is, if you want designer glasses. Go try them on at a shop, on the inside arm is the product code, usually 2 letters and 4 numbers. Make a note of it then Google the code and check prices. Check for discount codes on the site too. You will save a fortune, compared to the high street

    specs4less are cheapest and r excellent

    pookynuts

    Glasses direct - I heard about them from Martin Lewis emails. I've used … Glasses direct - I heard about them from Martin Lewis emails. I've used them and happy with glasses. They do free home trials and free returns if not happy / don't like style. Try on different styles at Specsavers first to get an idea what you like


    +1 for glasses direct. Cost me £16 for two different pairs and decent enough quality. Free home trial of up to 4 frames at a time.

    Original Poster

    Thanks to all for the replies. It's given us plenty to consider, and I'm looking forward to saving some cash!
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