Ever heard of a brand called Warby Parker? Yeah, we have too. They basically broke the eyeglass industry a few years back by offering high-quality eyewear at ultra-low prices, online only. Since then, a number of other companies have followed in Warby Parker’s footsteps. To help you navigate what the online eyewear market looks like now, we’ve rounded up just how and where to buy prescription glasses online.
Get Your Prescription
Sorry — for this step you’ll actually have to interact face to face with other humans, but it will be worth it. Visit a local optometrist and go through the process of updating your eye prescription. Make sure you find out your pupillary distance (PD), which is the horizontal distance across your face between your two pupils. It’s possible to figure out your PD yourself using online resources, but it’s always easier to just hand that task over to the experts, especially considering you’ll need to visit the optometrist anyway to find out your prescription.
Where To Find Glasses Online
There are an infinite variety of eyeglasses on an infinite number of websites these days —there’s no lack of options in this arena. And while it’s convenient to have the product delivered directly to your doorstep, picking out the perfect pair can be daunting, especially when you can’t see them in person. Many eyewear sites will guide you through this process, offering tutorials on exactly how to pick out the perfect frames for you, including what frames fit your face shape best, and how to utilize your insurance and send in your prescription. After all, these frames are an important purchase — they’ll soon become a part of your daily life. But overall, don’t sweat it: Brands are constantly getting smarter and offering more educational tools to help you make the right decision. We have our favorites below.
Check The Return Policy
This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes it’s easy to forget. Checking the return policy is crucial because a piece of eyewear is such a personal purchase. They’re on your face, they’re how you see the world. Luckily, most sites are sympathetic to this and have generous return policies.
There are so many reasons to love Warby Parker. For starters, its site offers educational tools on how to choose the right lenses for you, which include a short quiz on how to pick your frames, and take your insurance, personal budget, PD and prescription into account. Warby Parker’s home try-on kit allows you to pick five frames to try for five days, then return the ones you don’t want with the already provided prepaid label. The company also offers the Buy A Pair, Give A Pair program, through which it donates a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair sold.
If you need glasses fast and hassle-free, Overnight Glasses is where you turn. The company ships your glasses in as fast as 24 hours and offers a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee with a no-questions-asked return policy. A plethora of tools and customer reviews on the Overnight Glasses site can help you make an informed decision.
Eyeconic carries a vast array of designer frames for you to choose from. Through its site, you can connect to a doctor to obtain a prescription and have your PD measured, and it’s the only place that allows you to purchase frames straight through your vision insurance.
Eyebuy Direct does all of its designing in-house to create affordable eyewear. Its site offers education on how to purchase eyewear and read a prescription and has a variety of programs, from referrals and loyalty to affiliates and student discounts. Eyebuy Direct also partners with two charities, Feed the Children and The Lions Club, for eyewear donations.