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How to Purchase Eyeglasses Online

Eyeglasses can be expensive–especially when you are like me and you are thisclose to being legally blind.   I’ve worn glasses since I was nine years old and my vision has gotten worse as I have gotten older.  It is bad.  Like, I can’t even read the big letter E bad.


Since my vision is so poor, I have to get thinned out lenses for my glasses.  I typically pay upwards of $200-$250 for one pair of glasses.  (Did you know that eyeglasses from a typical brick and mortar eye care store have been marked up 400%?  That is crazy!)  I had always thought since my vision was so poor that I couldn’t buy my glasses online and I was so excited when some friends with equally bad vision told me they had success with purchasing online glasses. So I decided to give it a go and after doing some online research I decided to use Zenni Optical.

There are a couple things I needed before ordering:

  • I had to get a copy of my prescription and it had to be faxed or e-mailed to Zenni. I told my doctor I planned to order online and asked for a printed copy of my presciption.  I ordered my glasses and then faxed my prescription the next day.
  • I had to know my pupillary distance.  You can measure this yourself but I just had someone at the eye care center measure it for me.  I didn’t even ask–when I told the doctor I was going to order online she said, “Okay–you’ll need your pupillary distance measured.”

Once I had those two things I was ready to shop!  I logged onto the Zenni website and browsed through several pages of frames.  After choosing a few that I like, I uploaded a photo of myself and “tried on” several pairs.  They have a huge selection for adults and kids.  I settled on some black frames with white detail.  (A couple months later I also ordered a pair with a skull and crossbones on them!)

Zenni Optical Glasses
Annagrace needed a new pair as well.  She picked out a metal frame pair and a few months later decided she wanted something different so we ordered her a second pair as well.  Zenni Optical keeps our prescriptions on file so we don’t have to enter it in every time we order.  Ordering a new pair is so easy–just log on, pick out a pair and place the order!  Her glasses–frames, lenses and all–were only $20!  She loves her new “nerd” glasses!

Here are my thoughts on ordering eyeglasses online with Zenni Optical:

  • Very economical
  • Easy to place orders (and reorders)
  • Stylish frames
  • Large variety
  • Free hard case and cleaning cloth with every order


  • Can not physically try frames on prior to purchase


I really can not think of any other cons.  Annagrace and I have been very happy with our glasses.  I’ve had them for several months and they have held up well to daily wear.  I will definitely use Zenni from now on and I have referred several friends to them.  I can’t imagine paying $200 again for a pair of glasses!

Have you ever purchased eye glasses online? If you haven’t, you should give it a try!

Shop up front low prices on prescription glasses at Zenni Optical. Frames starting at just $6.95.
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1 thought on “How to Purchase Eyeglasses Online

  1. Thanks for this, Laura!!! I know I had asked you about it before but this was very informative. I am saving this on FB so I can find it later when it is time to order some new specs!

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