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How To Get Eye Glasses For A Fraction Of The Price

Updated on January 4, 2012
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A couple years ago I went in to see an eye doctor. Although I wear glasses as I am near sighted I had been wearing the same glasses for eight years and had not seen an eye doctor is about that long as well. Not surprisingly my prescription had changed quite a bit and I needed new glasses. After my exam I was given my prescription and given a quote for frames and lenses. Altogether my new glasses would cost me $500. After leaving and getting several other retail quotes I realized that the price would range between $450 - $550.

Thinking about spending that much on eye glasses seem a little ridiculous to me. I wondered if mabye I should just hold on to my old glasses for a little while. After all they had seen me through a lot my previous job and even while I was in flight training. If I could see just fine to land a plane and fly through cloud cover and at night(even though I wasn't supposed to be doing the last couple) then they should be good enough awhile longer.

But I knew eventually I would need to purchase new glasses and I would just be paying it then if not now so I decided to just buy them. The day before I was to go purchase my new expensive glasses I did a search online on a whim just to see what sort of price I would pay if purchasing from a website and upon perusing a website called eyebuydirect I realized that I could get my glasses at a small fraction of what I would be paying locally at a retail outlet.

I immediately cancelled my order locally and purchased glasses on the website. The way it works is the lenses are completely free, you only pay for the frames, shipping and if you add extra things to the lenses. I placed an order for eye glasses choosing the frames I wanted, lenses containing reflective/UV protection, photochroma (like transition lenses) with shipping and taxes all for $88. Less than a fifth of what I would have paid retail. You'd also have to keep in mind that the $500 eye glasses had nothing special no reflective/UV protection or photochroma embedded.

After the fact I found many online websites that offer extremely low prices on both eye glasses and contacts. When you think about it eye glasses cost very little and it is simply middle men and retailers and optometrists that are making serious money from them. I will probably return to the optometrists for an eye exam every other year now instead of waiting 8 years as I did previously somehow know that even if I were rather low on money I could purchase the glasses I need at a very low price.

If you like me appreciate an incredible deal use this discount code "IFWUVTSLIJ" and check out www.eyebuydirect.com trust me it is much, much better than buying retail and with the economy the way it is everyone needs to save money on bigger expenses.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Yes, you can get taken by these eye shops today. My husband and were told by a FRIEND the place he uses sells lens and frames for $79. That is until you say the word bifocals and that's when we should have left. The cost of mine was $350.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      I checked on the website and chose the cheapest lenses that are $6.95 and added bifocal to the lenses which just adds $19 to the price. With the shipping it would still be under $40 for the glasses unless you add other things like transitions or UV/reflective coating. But even then with everything you could get on the glasses and shipping would be under $80.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I have to have trifocals, they are outrageous. The last pair I got was 3 years ago and it cost me $450, at Wal-mart. Of course since I have Graves Disease, they need to have all these coatings for UV and they need to darken so I don't damage my eyes more with the sun. Now I am finding that the coatings are starting to peel off.

      The optometrist who examined my eyes will only allow them to be made for one year without having another appointment. So, when I dropped them and one of the lens got scratched, I couldn't just have a replacement lens made. I would have had to get my eyes reexamined before they could do that. I am putting up with the scratch.

      I will definitely look at this site.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Becky Katz - sounds like your glasses are pretty complex but trust me online is still going to be far cheaper than at the optometrists or retail.

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      britishTV 5 years ago

      I get prescription sunglasses from ZenniOptical and don't get mad when my kids break them since I only pay $20 for them. A few years ago I got my regular glasses at an eye doctor and paid a couple hundred bucks. When I went in last year for a much-overdue eye appt I was grateful to find that my prescription hadn't changed. I asked for a copy of my prescription and plan on ordering new glasses from Zenni sometime this year. YAY for cheap glasses!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      britishTV - cheap glasses are awesome your right and online is always much cheaper :)

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      Kaie Arwen 5 years ago

      My entire family is due for a visit and new glasses........... I found this right on time! Thank you! K

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Kaie Arwen - glad to be of assistance :)

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. I, too, am overdue for eye examine and glasses but dreading what I know I would be paying until I found this hub. With the economy what it is we all need to save money whereever we can, Thank you for sharing. Voted up, useful and awesom.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Dee aka Nonna - you are welcome it is really the easiest way to go. Eye glasses online are very inexpensive compared to retail I think we all just get used to buying retail we forget there is a whole other market online.

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      Angela Kane 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for the website. I get new glasses every year and I pay anywhere from $300 to $400 and that is with discounts so any place that can save me money is a plus.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Angela Kane - you will save a lot buying eye glasses online :)

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      calico Stark 5 years ago from Earth for the time being

      Thank you for this great info! Voted up and useful! And I am letting my facebook friends know about it being they are all in the ministry and probably broke lol.

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      carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

      Terrektwo, what a hub! This is great news, and thanks for sharing. I will definitely pass this to my friends amd family. Wow, who knew? Very genuine !!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for the info! This is especially great for us here in Latvia where everything is so expensive. Passing this on cause there are similar sites from the UK which is closer.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      calico Stark - I know what you mean everyone deserves to save money in our current economy, if this helps I'm glad :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      carolyn a. ridge - if your happy I'm happy :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Gypsy Rose Lee - I know it will be beneficial for you. Eye glasses online are far cheaper than at the eye doctor.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Even in retail, you can shop around to get better prices. They will adjust them to your face and make sure that they fit properly on you. But those prices are very tempting.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this terrific and needful Hub. I am going to check this out ASAP. I appreciate your excellent service here to the Community.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Millionaire Tips - true hard not to buy a pair of glasses with free lenses and frames for 6.95 that cost $100 retail. It is just to good not to do it, that's why I'm wearing one of those pairs right now :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      James A Watkins - hope you like the glasses and it helps you.

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      GiftedGrandma 5 years ago from USA

      Great idea!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      GiftedGrandma - getting glasses for a small fraction of retail is a great way to save money for sure. Glad you liked this hub :)

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