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Old 04-05-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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Has anyone bought eyeglasses online. I've been perusing a few sites and zenni optical keeps coming up in my research. I'm curious if anyone has used Zenni or a ny other site and what were your experiences, positive or negative?
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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Do you know how the frames will fit? Or what your pupil distance is? I've ordered glasses but only after trying them on and stuff.

My optometrist didn't have the frames I wanted went to lens crafters tried em on left and ordered them and had my optometrist put in lenses.

Are you gonna try and get the lenses fit by the website or are you just ordering the frames?
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:23 AM
 
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From what I have found out, when you buy glasses online, you measure your current pair as this will give you an idea as to how a new pair will fit. They also have a system where you upload a photo, and specify your pd to get an approximation of how they will fit.

Price is much lower then going to what is termed a brick and mortor store. It's possible to get a pair for under $100 as long as you have a current prescription
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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Buying glasses online is like buying jeans online. No way to know how they will fit and look. I've seen frames online that look cool, put em on, hate em. Don't fit, color looks dif in person, plus, if the prescription seems off, I like having the people who did it nearby b
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:21 AM
 
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There is another thread about this that I started.

Purchasing eyeglasses online

Basically, I used to order from Zenni, but the quality severely diminshed for some reason.
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:24 AM
 
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Buying glasses online is like buying jeans online. No way to know how they will fit and look. I've seen frames online that look cool, put em on, hate em. Don't fit, color looks dif in person, plus, if the prescription seems off, I like having the people who did it nearby b
But buying jeans is different. You more or less know how your jean brand sizes already unless you happen to be switching to a new brand.

Same applies to glasses. As long as you're buying one of your usual brands and you know your size, you should be okay.

Either way, you can go to the store, try them one (jeans or glasses) and if you like the way they look, go for it online.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:11 PM
 
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Yea I'm saying try them on in person first.
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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Just thought I'd update this thread. I bought my glasses online from Zenni optical and am completely satisfied with them. From initial ordering to getting them in the mail took two weeks.

The lower priced full frames I bought did need a minor adjustment to the right nose piece, but every pair of glasses I have ever bought needed this adjustment. I also bought a pair of rimless and am very happy with them. The only problem with rimless frames (I got a pair with magnetic clipons) is that the bright sun reflects off of the edge of the glass creating some strange effects as you wear them, but otherwise they are fine. The polarized clipons I bought for the standard full frame lenses sometimes prevent you from seeing certain things, like the display on your car radio when you are wearing them while driving. I would buy from these guys again. I only spent about $86 for two pair of glasses (of course you will need a current eyeglass prescription that you pay for separately).
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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We started buying them online some time ago after reading this article

How to get an unbelievable, thrilling deal on new glasses. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

Basically - the reason mall stores cost so much is overhead (rent, employees, designer licensing) not quality.
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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I have my glasses made in the UK and shipped over because the type of high-index (thin) lens that I prefer is not available in the US. I had a pair done last year for about $200. Same pair would have cost me almost that much with insurance here.

The company is thinlenses.co.uk. No, I don't work for them.
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