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    Zenni Optical - A Better Way to Buy Glasses

    Like millions of other Americans, I buy new glasses every year. Three pair of glasses and the total runs about $1,500 (most paid by my vision insurance). Did I get great glasses? And why three pairs? I had Lasik a couple years ago to give me mono-vision. Left eye is corrected for distance, right eye for reading. I can go without glasses but glasses correct both eyes for stereo vision when I need it.

    One pair are sunglasses that I use for driving. One pair are reading glasses and the third are progressive lens that can be used for both reading and driving. But I digress. Is there a better way to purchase glasses?

    Clark Howard recommended Zenni Optical as a low-cost place to purchase glasses. I gave them a chance. I purchased five pair of prescription glasses. Three for me, two for my teenage daughter. I included everything that I got on the designer pairs. Polarized lenses, blue blocker, same protective coatings, same prescriptions. My total including express shipping? $197.25, which is less than any of the three designer pairs. The quality? The only thing missing is the designer names. They fit the same. I can see the same.

    Do you wear glasses? Do you buy them through your optometrist? The kinds he or she recommends? The frames that they push? Do you go to Pearl Vision or Lenscrafters? Hit the mall? I never thought about buying glasses online. My reason for starting this thread? To start a conversation about buying eye ware from less expensive sources than just the places our insurance companies send us.





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    I have one pair that I got about 5 years ago.

    I only need them when I actually need to see stuff like going to a lecture or baseball game.

    I've gotten used to the fuzziness...

    When I had to pick them out my ex did it for me, I just told her to pick the ones that look the best on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Like millions of other Americans, I buy new glasses every year. Three pair of glasses and the total runs about $1,500 (most paid by my vision insurance). Did I get great glasses? And why three pairs? I had Lasik a couple years ago to give me mono-vision. Left eye is corrected for distance, right eye for reading. I can go without glasses but glasses correct both eyes for stereo vision when I need it.

    One pair are sunglasses that I use for driving. One pair are reading glasses and the third are progressive lens that can be used for both reading and driving. But I digress. Is there a better way to purchase glasses?

    Clark Howard recommended Zenni Optical as a low-cost place to purchase glasses. I gave them a chance. I purchased five pair of prescription glasses. Three for me, two for my teenage daughter. I included everything that I got on the designer pairs. Polarized lenses, blue blocker, same protective coatings, same prescriptions. My total including express shipping? $197.25, which is less than any of the three designer pairs. The quality? The only thing missing is the designer names. They fit the same. I can see the same.

    Do you wear glasses? Do you buy them through your optometrist? The kinds he or she recommends? The frames that they push? Do you go to Pearl Vision or Lenscrafters? Hit the mall? I never thought about buying glasses online. My reason for starting this thread? To start a conversation about buying eye ware from less expensive sources than just the places our insurance companies send us.





    I've got a pair but just for reading. They're 18 carrot gold rim and cost me $18,500. I don't buy or wear the cheap shit like you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatist View Post
    I've got a pair but just for reading. They're 18 carrot gold rim and cost me $18,500. I don't buy or wear the cheap shit like you do.
    Jesus dude.....

    Seriously?

    Somebody sounds like a Trump wannabee.

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    I am absolutely going to use them. My vision has changed requiring me to wear glasses all the time rather than just as a back-up to contacts. I ask people everywhere all the time where did you get those cuties? 'ZENNI. I have ten pairs!'. Sounds good to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    I am absolutely going to use them. My vision has changed requiring me to wear glasses all the time rather than just as a back-up to contacts. I ask people everywhere all the time where did you get those cuties? 'ZENNI. I have ten pairs!'. Sounds good to me.
    How the hell do you stick your finger in your eyeball?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    I am absolutely going to use them. My vision has changed requiring me to wear glasses all the time rather than just as a back-up to contacts. I ask people everywhere all the time where did you get those cuties? 'ZENNI. I have ten pairs!'. Sounds good to me.
    There are other companies like Zenni Optical. They are just the one that I tried. When I can get five pair of glasses with tinting for under $200, I'm game. I am happy with the prescription matching just as well as my glasses purchased through my insurance.

    Once I had Lasik done, I thought that I was done with glasses but having mono vision meant that I would be required to wear glasses if I want stereo vision for either distance or reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    How the hell do you stick your finger in your eyeball?
    That is why I had to use 30 day lenses. I just could not stick my finger in my eye daily.

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