07-24-2018, 10:09 PM
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I need some new spectacles and was looking online for some.  

Prices seem real good but there's like a million vendors to choose from.  Anyone have an online eyeglass vendor that you would recommend?  

Can I even ask this here?  Maybe if we keep it positive experiences only?

Thank you.

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 07-25-2018, 02:52 AM
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  • racebmx
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  • Charleston, South Carolina
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I’ve been using Zenni Optical for years. I like that you can upload a selfie and virtually try on glasses (though I’m sure others have this). My glasses are $35 shipped to me, usually within 10 days. Completely solid company.

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 07-25-2018, 03:29 AM
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What about adjusting the frames?  I have always been hesitant about buying glasses online since the nose and eye pieces have to be adjusted for them to sit right.

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 07-25-2018, 03:50 AM
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  • DannyZ
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  • Harker Heights, TX
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Adjusting the nose pieces is easy.  A pair of jeweler's pliers and light pressure.  The arms are also easy, just more care has to be taken with them.  I have used Zenni many times for my family and I and have always been satisfied with our glasses.

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 07-25-2018, 07:39 AM
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I'll take a look at Zenni.  Figured out I'm a little rough on glasses so plastic frames with built in nose piece seem to hold up better.

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 07-26-2018, 05:36 AM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(07-24-2018, 10:09 PM)old school Wrote: I need some new spectacles and was looking online for some.  

Prices seem real good but there's like a million vendors to choose from.  Anyone have an online eyeglass vendor that you would recommend?  

Can I even ask this here?  Maybe if we keep it positive experiences only?

We have had good success with on-line eyeglass replacements, but we have some strong opinions (prejudices?) about eyeglasses.  

Typically, the major component of the price of a pair of glasses is the cost of the frame; but the frame is not the most important component for vision.  The purpose of wearing eyeglasses is for vision enhancement, and it is primarily the lenses that serve that function.

Frames typically have a much higher profit margin than lenses do, and so  purveyors of eyeglasses promote frames in their advertising.  But the suitability of frames for you, the buyer, comprises two factors, style and fit.  You can select frames on-line for the style component, but the only way to know whether the frames will be comfortable when you are wearing them is to try them on.  When you visit a brick-and-mortar optician, you certainly will try out several different frames (with non-prescription dummy plain glass “lenses” in them) for fit, and, likely, some will be comfortable and some will not sit right. However, technology has not yet come up with a way to try out the fit of new frames when you make a selection on-line.  

Chances are, you already have in your possession a pair, or several pairs, of frames that you know fit right, because you have worn them for years.  Unless you followed some now-regretted impulse when you purchased them, chances are that you still find the style acceptable, or better than acceptable.

There are on-line vendors of replacement lenses only, and we have had excellent results when we have patronized those businesses.  Our most recent purchase from that kind of business was from the generically named Replacement Lens Express in Manchester, CT.  

Generally (though not necessarily), the lens-only vendors will give you a more precisely tailored range of options for the lenses than the vendors of complete eyeglasses will.  You can select the kind of material (glass or various brands of plastic) and the type of coatings (usually multiple per lens) that you will have.  The lenses are what you will look through; that is where we focus our attention when we are replacing our eyeglasses.

ADDENDUM:  If you really are comfortable buying frames on-line, you may want to look into (even though you probably will not purchase) frames made in the town of Sabae in Fukui Prefecture, Japan.  Somewhere north of 95 percent of all of eyeglass frames made in Japan are fashioned by 47 mutually independent firms in Sabae, where (obviously) frames are taken very seriously.  From a quality (materials and workmanship) standpoint, Sabae-made frames are probably the best frames in the world.  (See, e.g., this news article.)

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 07-26-2018, 09:05 AM
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I've used Zenni several times.

The frames in titanium are not 100% titanium. I've broken a pair falling asleep on the couch. Past their 30 day guarantee. My only recourse was to buy a new frame and move the lenses myself. That being said, I usually order more than one pair when I get a new prescription. So I wasn't left stranded.

I think they have a wide variety of options available. I've bought several pairs of prescription sunglasses from them as well.

One thing that stands out to me is the add-ons can really stack up quick. Things like antiglare coating and scratch resistance/smudge resistance have many tiers. The shipping time is also, realistically, nearly always 3 weeks to the east coast USA. They say so many business days, but I've ordered from them for years and never got anything in less than 2 weeks.

They also ship in a padded bubble mailer. I've never had an issue though.

Their clip on sunglasses are junk. Often with random screws and hardware that look terrible and will scratch the frames. The lenses of their clip ons though are always cut to perfectly match your glasses...

There are pros and cons. For the money, even with insurance, I usually get Zenni glasses. I use my insurance to get contact lenses. I can get several pairs of prescription eyeglasses from Zenni for what it would cost to get them anywhere else.

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 07-26-2018, 09:44 AM
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One thing I've noticed about Zenni and a few other sites is trying to whittle down choices takes a while.  That makes replacing just the lens attractive, hadn't thought of that.

Appreciate all the tips!

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 08-07-2018, 09:37 PM
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(07-26-2018, 09:44 AM)old school Wrote: One thing I've noticed about Zenni and a few other sites is trying to whittle down choices takes a while.  That makes replacing just the lens attractive, hadn't thought of that.

Appreciate all the tips!

Hey. Nice avatar. Replacing just the lenses does make sense. New frames need to be sized properly and the lenses are also calibrated to account for how they sit on your face, where you look through the lens and distance of the lens from your eye. Without a proper fitting you may not be taking full advantage of your prescription. But people mistakenly think that a visit to an optometrist is just to get a prescription and pair of glasses or contacts. All optometrists perform tests and do a thorough exam to check for diseases, many of which have nothing to do with the eyes. Many systemic diseases remain hidden with no symptoms other than what shows up in the eye. I’m not an optometrist but my wife is and I hear stories all the time about how she identified issues and told them to go see a specialist resulting in potentially life saving diagnosis. So, if you haven’t been to an optometrist in a while and considering buying glasses online, maybe rethink that decision instead of trying to save a couple bucks. Not trying to scare anyone. Just telling it like it is.

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 08-08-2018, 09:14 AM
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Another option than online is if you have an eye doctors optical outlets near you. They have really good prices I just got my glasses from there, eye exam two pairs of glasses with progressive lenses one transitions for 238 I really liked the service.


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 08-08-2018, 12:59 PM
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  • chazt
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  • Queens, NY
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I second the recommendation for the local optician/optometrist. Personal service, human interaction, neighborhood business, etc., etc.

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 08-09-2018, 05:41 AM
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  • SCOV
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The more complex the lens (bi-focal, progressive, etc), the more professional help is needed for a good fitting.

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 08-09-2018, 08:14 PM
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  • MaxP
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  • Des Moines, Iowa
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(08-09-2018, 05:41 AM)SCOV Wrote: The more complex the lens (bi-focal, progressive, etc), the more professional help is needed for a good fitting.

I have found this to be very true.

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