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Buying Prescription Glasses online

CalousCalous Registered User regular
edited July 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Has anyone ever purchased glasses online? They seem really cheap but I have no idea how it works. Usually when I buy glasses you put a pair on and they align it based on how you wear your frames.

Has anyone done this before? any down side? I like the idea of getting a local prescription and then being able to buy ten different frames online for a hundred dollars. Any suggested sites to do this?

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  • Caramel GenocideCaramel Genocide Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I've purchased several from zennioptical. I'll use them again in the future.

    Several things I highly recommend to do before buying online the first time:

    - Learn which type of frames suit your face shape. There's a good number of online guides.
    (I didn't do this before my first purchase, and ended up with some good looking glasses that looked shitty on me.)

    - Make sure your optometrist gives you your Pupillary Distance - some don't.
    (You can figure it out for yourself if you need to, however it's just easier if they give it to you.)

    - Try on frames locally, and get their measurements once you find a nice pair.
    (I've got a wide head, and my first pair wasn't quite wide enough.)

    - Even making sure you've got all of this, buy a cheap pair at first (with the correct measurements) to confirm that you've got everything right.
    (My first pair cost about ten bucks - once I learned from that one, I spent 40 bucks on all the frills for my next pair.)

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  • CalousCalous Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    wow, thanks alot. I just had my prescription faxed to me and no mention of pupillary distance. Thanks for your feed back though.

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  • tofutofu Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I've purchased from eyebuydirect and goggles4u multiple times, never had any trouble.

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