By now most of us are used to shopping online. Small and big retailers have made it simple for us to shop on their websites and to add items to a cart to be purchased in a few quick clicks. If you haven’t already shopped online, you can ask for some help to get started. Children and grandchildren are a good resource.
Some things are no-brainers to buy online and to have delivered to our home, sometimes in a matter of a day. A set of utensils or candles probably don’t need much thought. Other items, like clothing and footwear, will need a little more thought because of sizing and fit.
Eyeglasses are an item that will take you a fair bit of time to purchase, in real life and online. I have researched websites that sell glasses and have put together a list for you of the websites I think are easy to shop, have a great selection, and that have good customer service.
Wondering what style you should go for? Read our article listing some of the best eyeglass styles for women over 50.
FYI: Some eye prescriptions cannot be bought online. People with astigmatism or those who need glasses with progressives are best to buy their glasses in person.
Remember: Most of the prices listed are for the frames only. Lenses and other specialty features like Blue Light lenses or progressives, for example, will make the prices go up considerably.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping online for glasses.
EYEBUYDIRECT have been around since 2005 and stock thousands of glasses and sunglasses. They offer a handy virtual try-on feature and promise a 2-day delivery on certain items. Frames start at only $6 and go up to $320.
The website is easy to navigate with videos and instructions answering any questions you may have during the process of buying your glasses. They also have a 14-day no-questions-asked return policy.
Keep an eye on the regular sales and promotions that they offer!
Warby Parker offers glasses starting at $95, including Rx lenses. They have a very handy free option where you can order up to 5 frames to try on at home and then you simply return them.
You can also try on some frames virtually by downloading their app on your phone.
Liingo is a newcomer online retailer that specializes in eyeglasses and sunglasses. They also offer the try-on-at-home option where you can order up to 5 frames to try on and then return – at no cost. All frames range between $79 and $129.
Their virtual try-on is also a good option. Follow the easy instructions on the website and then go shopping with the photo of your face to try on as many frames as you wish.
What makes Liingo stand out from the other websites is that you have up to 60 days to return your glasses with no questions asked.
They claim you can get a full prescription pair of eyeglasses for as low as $6.95 and up to $45.95. Be prepared to pay more for specialty lenses, of course.
The return policy is not on-par with other online stores. You get a 100% store refund, or 50% money back, if you want to return your glasses.
GlassesUSA carries top brands like RayBan and Oakley, and also designer brands like Prada and Burberry. Of course, you are expected to pay designer prices, but they regularly have discounts on their styles.
They, like other online glass shops, have the virtual try-on. They offer a 14-day return policy.
Lenscrafters have been around for decades and didn’t miss a beat when it came time to start selling online and they are definitely competitive with other glasses websites.
They carry the designer brands that you can also find in the brick and mortar Lenscrafters. One good thing about purchasing online at Lenscrafters is that you can go to one of your local Lenscrafters stores for any adjustments you may need.
Have you ever bought glasses online? What was your experience like? Will you be purchasing glasses online soon? Do you have another online glasses website you would like to add to our list? Leave your comments below.