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How To Buy The Right Eyeglasses

Updated on August 24, 2019

How To Buy Glasses Online

How do you find the right eyeglasses for you? This is a topic I know about because I have been wearing glasses since I was seventeen. I actually probably should have got glasses when I was fourteen, but my mom thought I was exaggerating when I said things were becoming blurry in the distance around that time. I actually was still able to write things off the board up until my senior year of high school, but then I learned how bad my vision really was when my teacher had us take a test off or our projector for US government class. Who makes their kids take a test off a projector? To me, that is just not good planning because I can say right off the bat some kids do not have glasses and will not be able to see. After that experience, I was going to get glasses, but being called into the school counselor to talk about it was kind of silly. Yes, I know that teacher had good intentions, but I was slightly offended because I had already told him that weekend I was planning on getting glasses. Also, I had never talked to a school counselor during my entire time at school up until that point, so it was very annoying.

There were so many other kids that acted out in class and who had real issues during their senior year, so I find it a little silly that I had to go talk to the school counselor over glasses, but other ditched class and talked back to teachers without much recourse. I was not ten, but in that situation, I was treated like an elementary school student. When I went to buy glasses that weekend I learned my vision was not really all that bad. I simply could not see things in the distance, but distance vision has become worse over the years, so I wear my glasses all the time now.

I love to wear glasses! My burgundy rhinestone glasses from Lenscrafters from December 2007.
I love to wear glasses! My burgundy rhinestone glasses from Lenscrafters from December 2007.

Lenscrafters: A Quick Place To Buy Glasses

Back when I was seventeen I discovered Lenscrafters was the quickest place by far to purchase glasses. I had my eye exam at a Sears optometrist, but my mom and I did not like the limited selection of glasses there. Also, I would have had to wait several days to obtain my glasses, which was just unrealistic considering we had to travel up and down the mountain to get these. My sisters got their glasses and contact lenses at the local optometrist, but he took over a week to fill their prescriptions. Their glasses and contact were often more expensive than the deals at Lenscrafters, which used to have many affordable options. I have never had vision insurance, so I would usually pay for my glasses upfront, or I would charge these and pay these off over time. I will no longer charge a pair of glasses because the amount of interest paid is just not worth it, but it is helpful to have this option if you do not have insurance and need glasses right away.

In my late teens and into my late twenties, I had a love affair with Lenscrafters because of the wide selection of lenses to choose from. The lenses my dad and sisters got from their local optometrist were often thicker and scratched more easily than mine. I liked the featherweight lenses sold at Lenscrafters for this reason, which during the last two years have been indispensable considering my prescription has gone up quite a bit. At the time, I thought paying extra for featherweight lenses and anti-glare lenses were completely worth the investment.

My first glasses at seventeen were multicolored frames that reminded me of a rainbow cheetah. I absolutely loved these glasses, as did my mom, so these were the ones of choice. Unfortunately, one lense did fall out a year later, but I simply bought a glass repair kit. You can also go to Lenscrafters for free cleanings and adjustments, which is what I have done more recently. I know some people are thinking well, of course, they are willing to offer these services because they hope you will buy new glasses, but I actually appreciate the fact they go above and beyond.

When choosing a pair of glasses I have always find the sale representatives to be very helpful and to discuss frame options with you at length. Several times I have had a rep spend up to a half-hour helping me decide which frames look the best on my face. I usually pick several frames to begin with, but since I am an indecisive shopper I thus begin the process of elimination.

Around the age of twenty-four, I started buying strong plastic frames as I have learned my metal frames often break easily. Okay quite often this is my fault because I fall asleep with these on from time to time, but given I do that I have opted from stronger and more sturdy frames. Also, my lenses, even with featherweights, have become thicker over time with my higher prescriptions, so the optometrist pointed out that it would be better to buy plastic frames. I could have still bought the skinny metal frames as I used too, but the lenses would definitely protrude out of these. Once I decided to start buying the colorful plastic frames I have not looked back, and I have not had broken in frames in years. I still have my silver frames from 2003, and this current burgundy and rhinestone pair I bought in 2008. If you or your kids find that metal frames are often breaking, I definitely recommend the stronger plastic ones!

Choosing from all the colors and styles available at Lenscrafters is half the fun. I used to be that wearing glasses was considered quite nerdy, but today it is often very trendy and fun. If you have the budget there is the possibility of buying several glasses to go with all of the ensembles in your wardrobe, so the glasses frames of today are definitely trendy.

Yes I have bought the Italian designer Armani frames and it makes me feel kind of cute and sexy, but I was sad to learn many of the newer Vogue frames were made in China. I definitely still love these frames, but something about wearing the Italian ones is just more fun! My burgundy and rhinestone frames are definitely very elegant, so I am not exactly complaining.

There is no need to buy designer eyeglasses, and many of the lower end frames are actually very cute and some are priced around fifty dollars, which is good for families on a budget. However, since my first pair of glasses, I have been buying the mid-range to higher-end frames. My first pair was around three hundred and my most expensive pair was around five hundred, but I wore these for several years too!

Also, people I know who wore contact lenses spent much more than I did on my frames, and they often had a nice pair of the back of glasses to boot! Contacts were intriguing to me a few years back, but I have decided I love my glasses.

Contacts Are Not My Thing

Once I told my sister she looked really nice without contacts, and the clerk at her optometrist office said women could only look fashionable with them. I felt this was sort of a put down towards me since I was wearing glasses at the time, so I pointed out to the clerk I felt very trendy with my glasses. I do not usually always speak up for myself like that in public, but my firm opinion is no one should feel awkward because they wear glasses. Even as of recent I still hear adults talk about how kids and other adults look dorky or funny for wearing glasses, and I just wish people could get over their prejudice on this one. You may not like glasses for yourself, but the nerdy stereotypes of people wearing glasses are just way overdone in my opinion. Ironically, this has changed in recent years since many people on social media platforms such as Instagram are sporting fake eyeglasses simply for asthetic purposes.

Several times in my early twenties I attempted to learn how to put contact lenses in, but my eyes would never allow me to do it. Once my grandpa told me he was glad I wore glasses and not contact lenses, and that I should be proud of the way I looked with my spectacles on. All these years later I have never found the desire to have LASIK surgery or to wear contacts. I have heard horror stories where LASIK surgery caused damage to vision, and I just do not want to take that chance. People call me chicken for being apprehensive, but that is me.

Even in cases where LASIK surgery worked well my friends said they would never have this procedure done again because it wears off after several years. They initially paid several thousand dollars to have these surgeries, and they did not feel like doing it ever several years. So they are back to wearing glasses and seem happy with it.

I have never felt like glasses were heavy on my nose or cumbersome, and I actually am very used to the extra weight they place on my face. I love my glasses and would not have it any other way!

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GlassesUSA Is Now My Favorite Option

Several years ago when I wrote this article I was an avid Lenscrafters fan, but over time I realized paying extra for a pair of eyeglasses is just not monetarily conducive. Recently I have started purchasing my prescription eyewear on the GlassesUSA website, which often runs promotions to purchase two pairs for the price of one. So now that I am more budget conscience than I was in years past, I will be sticking with purchasing glasses online. There are several online websites that are similar to GlassesUSA where you can upload your prescription and buy a pair of glasses online.


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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Southern California, USA


      As you know I like my glasses also. Thanks for sharing!

    • Dixie W profile image

      Dixie W 

      11 years ago from Odessa, Texas

      I had contacts for a couple of years and I liked them. But I switched back to glasses when I needed bifocals. They said one eye would be for close up and one for distance. I thought I am dizzy enough without adding anything like that. HaHa Most of the time I like my glasses.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi VacationAustralia,

      My sisters are lucky enough not to have to wear glasses, and my mom only wears these for reading. Unfortunately most people on my dad's side of the family have worn glasses from a very young age, and I was actually lucky not to need these until high school. I have near sighted, so glasses are essential for most everything in my life. I can see somewhat without glasses, but things are a little blurry. I like the rimless glasses also, but I tend to put my glasses in not so good places, so I decided I can only really go with the plastic rims.

    • VacationAustralia profile image


      11 years ago from Australia

      I have just started wearing glasses in the last few years SweetiePie, but just got some nice rimless ones.

      Trouble with the rimless is that the scews come loose in the glass with time and use.

      They look good though!

      Very nice useful hub as usual!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Southern California, USA


      Really I disagree with you completely. Some of us like to buy cute and fun frames, and no one is making us do it. Women like different styles, and it may be more of a female thing to buy frames more often. Lenscrafters has been the best place I have encountered with the largest selection of frames.

      You are definitely not a lady interested in fashion, so I will just share much of this article probably does not apply to you.

    • someonewhoknows profile image


      12 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Ralph Deeds is right.The eyeframe manufactures are changing styles constantly ,just like the car manufactures.They claim it helps them sell their products.That is a two edge sword.It also turns away customers.Unfortunately,for their customers it costs more to buy frames and lenses ,rather than just the frames or the lenses.They know this and are hoping that you will buy at least two pairs because of it.

      The savey cost consious customer who knows this will try to buy the cheapest pair they can afford and the customer who can afford the higher cost frames will be pissed when they want new frames for their lenses and can't find them.Eventually their customers try to go elsewhere to find their next pair of glasses.Then they find out that none of the eyewear companies are any different in this respect.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Also if you have AAA they have really good discounts. I like the feather weight lenses also, which are light and durable. I have not see the same range of frames or lenses at other places, so Lenscrafters is my favorite.

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      12 years ago

      This hub is very timely because I desperately need new glasses and didn't know where to go. I was thinking about trying Costco since we have a membership there but maybe I'll try Lens Crafters instead. I think it will be fun to have a large selection to choose from and maybe I will get a couple of different pairs. Thanks for the hub and I think you look great in glasses!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Vibrant Views,

      Actually every Lens Crafters I have been to here in California is top notch. When I bought a new pair of sunglasses they even called one branch to option my old prescription.


      Thanks for stopping by.


      Glad you enjoyed this hub.


      Try to take breaks for the computer to rest your eyes from time to time.

    • Vizey profile image


      12 years ago

      Your hub is not doubt informative for those persons who wear specs for vision or any other purpose. I don't wear specs but I will wear start wearing specs as my eys are getting weaker due to computer.

    • askjanbrass profile image


      12 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Useful information.


    • KyonSOS23 profile image


      12 years ago from Nabon

      Cool tip ,It hard for select glasses my style.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Southern California, USA


      Thanks for bringing a smile to my face :). You are still looking very sexy as well ;).

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Southern California, USA


      I could not even get contacts in, so you got farther than I did. I definitely feel like glasses work better too, at least for me :).


      You are welcome to hate glasses :).

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      Ashraf Mir 

      12 years ago from Dhaka

      Dear SP, I don't need glasses. I don't like glasses yet I read your passionate hub.

    • emievil profile image


      12 years ago from Philippines

      I have been wearing glasses since I was 11 years old, making it feel that I've worn them all my life =)! My grade is like 500 and, without them, everything's just a blur for me. Like you, I tried wearing contacts but just can't seem to like them. The first time I wore contacts, it took me 30 minutes just to put one in my right eye! So, I'm sticking with my trusted old eyeglasses. Right now, I'm using glasses that will darken like shades when I'm out in the open =). It's really cool (at least for me) but it cost me an arm and a leg (my optometrist's statement, not mine) LOL. Great hub SweetiePie, as always. =)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Southern California, USA


      If you think glasses my help these are always a good option. My sister picked up a cheap pair for driving and distance vision, but she does not wear them beyond that.


      I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      12 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, Sp. I need a new pair of glasses and this was very helpful.

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      12 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I think it may be time for me to invest in a pair of glasses. A couple of years ago, my vision actually improved from 20/24 to 20/30, which is usually. I actually taught myself to improve my vision! However, my vision isn't perfect and think I need glasses for driving and watching TVs and theater screens from a distance. Aside from that, I've always liked how glasses look on most people. Thanks, SweetiePie.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Mighty Mom,

      You know that forum is very typical and very silly. I actually have decided to excuse myself from the political forums altogether because anyone who has to disparaged someone's education is very insecure and mean spirited. The people carrying on that conversation are like a bunch of high school bullies, and I just do not find it amusing at all. Oh well, they can have their fun, and I am going to write hub regarding my thoughts about their comments.

      Your point regarding picking frames that compliment my face is a very good one. That is why I always like to ask the sales rep for a second opinion because I feel like they have usually helped me find unique, but stylish frames. I always appreciate you comments, and take care :).

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      Susan Reid 

      12 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi SP -- great hub made even more personal because we all associate you with wearing stylish glasses (which make you LOOK smart even if some people on HP accuse you of being otherwise --which you are not:-).

      I was going to suggest making the job easy and just copying eyeglass style maven Sarah Palin, but I saw her glasses are being auctioned off. Go figure!!

      One thing I think is important is to pick a frame style/size that suits your face. There is a current style that's rectangular that looks really good on some people but awful on others. So don't be afraid to go with what works on YOU even if it's not the current look that everyone else is wearing!!!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Southern California, USA

      whispers of faith,

      You are a nice sister to help your brother :).


      You are absolutely correct about how it is hard to find the proper parts for repairing glasses. I have a pair of silver frames that I still wear occasionally, but I had to repair these with a screw that was larger than the original. It was not even easy to screw it in, which really annoyed me. Thanks for sharing your experiences with glasses.


      I like the analogy of how people who wear glasses these days can be both book smart and street smart. The glasses of today are definitely much more trendy!


      I have had the best experiences with Lenscrafters, so I hope it goes well for you.


      Very interesting observation. Thanks for reading and sharing :).


      Matthew McCaughnahey is sexy, so I totally agree. I am glad you feel more comfortable wearing contacts. My sister did too, and honestly I think she still should. She pretends her vision is better now, but I think she exaggerates. My dad also pretends his vision is all cured now. Maybe their vision did get better, but I wonder how I became more near sided over the years. My vision is not that bad, but I definitely need glasses to see things in the distance.


      I appreciate you stopping by to read.

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      12 years ago


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      12 years ago

      I have been wearing glasses since I was one. As a kid mom wouldn't let me get the wire ones, cause she was afraid I'd break em. For a short while I did contact lenses, and than went on to wire frames. Never had a problem with them till I had Spencer. He bonks his head on my glasses, and if I leave them out he bends them out of proportion. Im starting to think I should go back to contacts.

      P.S. Mathew McCaughnahey looks super nice in glasses.;)

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      12 years ago from n.e. portion of U.S. on Planet earth

      Four eyes plus the middle eye, known as a third eye, can really provide excellent visualization. Great hub and thank you for sharing !

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      James Ginn 

      12 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for turning me on to Lenscrafters. I found one in our area and plan to make an appointment. Based on your recommendation, of course.

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      12 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      glasses are cool, if you pick the correct ones. I'll need osme sone from the past 1 years of internet work. it isn't like 20 years ago when it was a little uncool. and I think it adds some an appearance of being educated, or book smart. Bu tnowadays people who wear then seem to be both book and street smart.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      12 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Good Hub! I've been wearing glasses even longer than you--more than 60 years. They have improved greatly since I started wearing them. Now they are much stronger and lighter. However, one of my pet peeves is that repair parts are usually not available--e.g. temples. Eyeglass makers are worse than car companies about always coming out with new models. That's another pet peeve. I get a pair of frames that I like and would like to replace them when they break with an identical pair which is never or rarely available.

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      whispers of faith 

      12 years ago

      that was great my brother is getting his first pair of glasses so now i can help him out

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Southern California, USA


      Why thank you!


      Lenscrafters has a good range of selections, so I recommend them. Personally I do not want to wait several days to have my glasses made, and Lensecrafters does a good job within a few hours.

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      Pete Maida 

      12 years ago

      I started wearing reading glasses about 14 years ago. I am now starting to need to glasses for driving. I have some but I'm going to need a pair of bifocals. Maybe I'll check out Lenscrafters. btw that's a very nice picture; the glasses do look good.

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      12 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      You look good in glasses so keep wearing 'em. I am lucky (so far) in that I dont need glasses.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Southern California, USA


      I like my glasses.


      Most glasses I have seen today are super cute! I just love glasses I suppose.


      Sorry to hear you had to wear glasses. At least now you can decide differently since you are an adult.

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      Tracy Behr 

      12 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      In my case it was my mom who wanted me to wear the glasses and I who refused!

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      12 years ago from Indonesia

      I agree, suitable glasses give impression that the wearer looks mature and educated.

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      12 years ago from Georgia, USA

      they are very cool on you sweetie


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