How do I get online prescription glasses?
November 30, 2010 9:58 AM Subscribe
Walk me through getting prescription glasses online, please.
posted by mygothlaundry to shopping (25 answers total) 98 users marked this as a favorite
I have a very strong prescription that's just recently gotten even worse (-9 in one eye, -8.5 in the other). So I need new frames and new lenses. The glasses I'm currently wearing, which I've had since 08, are 9 West and kind of wobbly at this point. I wear glasses whenever I am awake and have since I was 6, except for the years of contacts which no longer work very well for me. The severe myopia I was born with is now complicated by presbyopia, oh joy, and so these glasses must also be line free bifocals. Because the lenses are thick even with modern lens technology (and you have no idea how much I, the original bottle bottom glasses girl in middle school with resultant self consciousness scars that are only barely healed, love modern lens technology) I cannot have metal rims or rimless or any big frames.
I am unemployed and can't face another $500 for glasses, which is what I paid for the ones I have. I got those at the optometrist. I hear that it is possible to do this whole thing now online for considerably less but I am wary and unclear on how it works. I have the new prescription in my pocket. What do I do now? How do I tell if the frames will look okay? I am also vain although not, really, all that picky in general. What sites will not land me in glasses hell?
And roughly how much is this all going to cost?