Anyone Ever Order Prescriptions Glasses Online?

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  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020

    HappyDude20

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    Hey all,

    I've never ordered prescription glasses online but would be willing to pay a little extra for the coated lenses, as opposed to the cheap $29 lenses to go into these frames.

    I have two frames and assume i have to send them in, they put the prescriptions in and then send them back to me. As mentioned, I've never ordered online but would imagine it isn't a terrible ordeal.

    Any help in the right direction is appreciated.
     
  2. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    I buy all my glasses from Zenni Optical now. The frame selection is okay, unless you want brand name frame; they're all no name frames. They have the entire range of lenses material to choose and coating. I usually go for polycarbonate, but one went with the top grade ultra thin. It's the same quality as what you get from the local optometry shop. I'm guessing it's exactly the same, since they'll take 2-3 weeks (Judging from the time frame, I'm guessing they're made in China too).

    $200 for 2 pairs of the same glasses and 12 blank frames makes more sense to me than $200 for one pair of glasses, most likely of the exact same quality. I order multiple copies of the same glasses because I've got a toddler who love to grab and twist 'em. Lost 5 pairs in 2 years at the hands of little kids.:eek: Pop out the old lense and place them in the new frame. Done and done.

    The most difficult part of ordering online is knowing what your PD (Pupillary Distance). I doubt the optometrist is gonna give you that number, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Selling glasses is how they make their money after all.
     
  3. powerslave12r macrumors 6502

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    Coastal.com has been a great experience for me.
     
  4. MacNut macrumors Core

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    If you find a pair that you like sure. But I would try things on in person first.
     
  5. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I bought glasses from zenni.com and was very happy with the product and the price.
     
  6. fcomstoc macrumors member

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    +1 for Zenni I have ordered from there a few times with great results.
     
  7. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I have two frames already. I'm hoping whichever online service will take
    My
    Frames and add my
    Prescription to them.
     
  8. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Never. I got my glasses a few years ago and I'm still using the same ones. Would love to upgrade to google glass soon. But the problem I have with google glass is I don't think you can easily take out prescription lens. I don't wear my glasses most of the time even though I problaly should. I use them when I must see something a little far away. Like at school a lot and when I watch TV and sometimes the computer if I don't want to touch my eyes to it. Google should really make it so you can take the glasses part off easy.
     
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  10. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    No, I haven't. On matters related to my eyes, I'm old school; I prefer to visit my ophthalmologist on an annual basis and order lenses accordingly.
     
  11. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    You ophthalmologist isn't going to be the person making your glasses. Before I had my Lasik, I would get my eyes examined either by an ophthalmologist or optometrist every year. Then they would have my glasses made elsewhere and sent to them. I don't even know if they were made in the USA.
     
  12. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    True; but this is not a process I care to do myself, and I prefer to leave it in the hands of specialists.

    The last lenses I had made - which I am wearing now, - were ordered from Zeiss in Germany, last summer, following my annual visit to my specialist, when it was decided that a change, but not a major one, in the prescription was necessary, while my previous ones had been made in Stockholm a few years earlier, as I had been visiting the city for several weeks and decided to have an eye examination while I was there.

    I selected certain frames which I liked, (by Oliver Peoples) and require quite precise vari-focals.
     

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