Pay Less for Quality Prescription Glasses – $40

Quality for less

Don’t feel like you have an option as to where to buy your prescription glasses? Always feeling pressured to purchase your glasses from the same place you just had your eye exam?

Well you’re not alone. Why? Because these eye places are run by amazing sales people. They make you feel compelled to buy something—spending time to assure you that the glasses you tried on look great and in return you feel obligated.

For the longest time, I never thought I had a choice. I expected and accepted the fact that I would spend more money than I really needed for new pair of prescription eye glasses.

Shame on me! Why should I give in to the eye glass industry and pay unnecessary costs for my medical needs? There has to be a better way.

I get it. We need to try on glasses and get a “professional” opinion because every frame feels and fits different. Of course, once we find that pair that we like, it’s just straight up convenient to make the purchase right there in the store.

No more! I was determined not to over spend and find a better way.

After doing research, I noticed that there is pretty much a monopoly in the industry (it’s crazy just Google it or check out this 60 Minutes video). More power to them I guess, but when you are trying to be frugal and pursue a life of financial independence, paying jacked up prices doesn’t help. It’s absolutely insane.

So, before you make your next eye-wear splurge, think about it for a second: Are you really okay with paying an inflated price that has nothing to do with quality?

I wasn’t okay with this, so I decided to do a little research into alternatives. I searched to find independent providers that may have similar frame styles for a reasonable price tag. At first, I thought that I would have to settle on a lesser quality product but I was determined to give it a try.

Here’s how I saved more than a few significant bucks to apply towards our f-you money! 

Okay, let me take you through my recent experience.

It was time for my yearly eye-exam. After checking-in early, I had some time so I decided to wander around the eyeglass display before I was dilated (highly recommended this so you can see the price tags clearly).

I eventually found two frames that I thought were just okay; $120 and $150 retail. Next, the technician sat down with me and gave me a quote on the frames only. I thought wow what a great deal! My copay was $25 and I got a $130 allowance for frames. So, that meant I would pay $25 for one pair and $45 for the other! Not bad right?

But wait a second, that was just for the frames. We haven’t even talked about the lens options yet. After selecting my lens options with anti-scratch, UVA/UVB protection, anti-glare, polycarbonate lenses, etc. plus the frames, my total price, not including taxes, would be $160 for the cheaper pair and $190 for the more expensive pair. Ouch!  Okay, fine, that’s not too bad since my last pair cost me about $300.

Thankfully, it was time for my eye exam, and I had some processing to do.

After my exam, with my new prescription in hand, I decided to head home instead of dropping $200 for new glasses which I wasn’t even 100% sold on.

EyeBuyDirect Now

During my search for a better option, I came across and started poking around. I was intrigued with what I found: They offer over 1,000 frames with customizable options, and you get a full refund if you aren’t 100% satisfied. Best part, the prices are super reasonable. 

According to EyeBuyDirect, they are a vertically integrated business: “We don’t work with wholesalers or retail shops. We design and manufacture all our own products… All you need is your prescription, and we’ll take care of the rest.”  

Basically, they design, manufacture their own products,  own their own optical lab, and online store allowing them to pass the savings on to the consumer. Sounded great to me, so I gave it a try.

Being set in my old ways, I knew the exact look and style I wanted. I was more concerned about finding glasses that fit my small face.

Using EyeBuyDirect’s frame measurement guide, I was able to compare the inside arms of my previous glasses to get an idea of fit and what felt comfortable. Once I knew my size, I narrowed down the search based on size, material, shape, color and lens feature.

My Mesquite Glasses–Love them!  Frame Price: $19.

After, narrowing down my selection, I took the plunge and went for the Mesquite style. I entered in my new prescription and was super surprised the site didn’t ask for verification of the prescription.

BTW, at first, I wasn’t able to select the Polycarbonate lens since I live in California (apparently due to Prop 65 or something), but a quick Live Chat session fixed that.

Sweet, my order was placed with all the bells and whistles I wanted… total price: $36.31 including free shipping… seriously!

I saved a minimum of $120. A 75% savings from retail store!

I was super excited, a bit skeptical, but couldn’t wait to get them!

Finally, after 10 days of not so patiently waiting, they arrived! (Not bad since my local eye glass store said it would take up to two weeks before they would be ready for pick up.) 

I opened the shipping box and immediately knew these weren’t just another pair of cheap ass glasses. The glasses are shipped with a hard-protective box/case cover, dust wipe, and a really cool mini screwdriver set.

The quality of the frame and lens was impressive. They’re made very well with spring hinges, super clear and lightweight. I took them on a test run at night to check for halos—none.

It’s been a few weeks now, and, so far, I am very impressed considering they were 75% cheaper than the cheapest pair of glasses I would have paid at the local optometrist.

Bottom line

If you want a good quality pair of prescription glasses for a fraction of the cost of the brick and mortar retail giant, I highly recommend ordering a pair from Feel free to grab $10 off by using this link:


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