Has anyone ever ordered prescription eyeglasses online?

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  1. yaxomoxay macrumors 68000

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    Hi guys - as by title. Has anyone ever ordered prescription eyeglasses online? How was your experience?
    I just tried and ordered a pair. I spent $80, including shipping, lenses, frame etc. which is true amazing if it works out.
    FYI here's what I chose:

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  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I'm considering it. My Rx requires extremely high index lenses that cost a bloody fortune, but I found a site that will do it for a fraction of the price. Let us know how you like yours.
     
  3. yaxomoxay thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I can send you the link via PM if you want (not sure I can "advertise" the site here) so that you can enter your prescription and see how much it would cost.
     
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Please do!
     
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    No.

    And, to be honest, it is not something that would much interest me.

    I have needed glasses since I was a small child, and it is something which it is important to get absolutely right.

    In common with @mobilehaathi my eyes do not offer your common-or-garden problems; both eyes are short-sighted, but one is worse - a lot worse - than the other. And, in common with @mobilehaathi, my lenses (I get lenses - for both my ordinary glasses, and my prescription sun glasses - made to order by Zeiss in Germany) - yes, they cost a fortune.
     
  7. yaxomoxay thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Howdy, fellow geek ;)

    Of course it would depend on the degree of our optical issues, but I don't think that there's anyone that does lenses in house anymore. Obviously the eye doctor's visit has to be in person, and by a professional, but once you choose the frame nothing is under your control. Someone who's outsourced to make the lenses will do them. What's the difference in getting glasses in real life than on the internet? I mean, except getting a bad service and a bad frame of course, but it could happen in real life also (and it happens :( )
     
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    The difference is that when I pay someone who is professionally qualified to take charge of this, the person who has examined my eyes, and with whom I have discussed this - someone who has the knowledge and the contacts and the qualifications - and the professional, engaged interest to follow stuff up - to know what, where, from who and how to order such things, and to be able to specify my particulate (quite precise) needs - I will expect a higher standard, and will have comeback if it doesn't work out. Moreover, I expect them to take responsibility for this - I have more than enough else going on in my life.

    While I find the internet extraordinarily useful for many things, this is not an area where I would seek to source something; my eyes are too important for that.
     
  9. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I genuinely wish I could take this angle, but my last pair of lenses cost $650. If I can save $500 on that, given my current situation, it is worth exploring.
     
  10. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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    Me too.
     
  11. ThinkDifferent24 macrumors member

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    Im just afraid of it not matching my face. I prefer to do it at Costco. It's obviously more expensive but not as expesnive as Lens Crafters, plus you get to try it on before you buy!
     
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    Warby Parker is pretty terrific, they'll send you five to try, it's easy to setup your prescription, and the frame quality is +outstanding+
     
  13. MacNut macrumors Core

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    I need to try on frames. But getting lenses ordered online sure.
     
  14. mscriv macrumors 601

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    Another positive vote for Warby Parker from me. Granted, we have a local brick & mortar store here in Dallas, but I have relatives who ordered online from them and it was a great experience. I have bought two pair from them at this point and really like them both.
     
  15. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    My partner just used Warby Parker for a couple of pairs and she's completely satisfied. On the second pair, she accidentally sent them the wrong prescription, and when she said "It's my fault" they said they'd take care of it, no problem.

    I'm planning to use them myself.
     
  16. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    I'm going to have to try this Warby Parker.

    I did try another company, and the glasses were unusable. The frames were little like the picture, and the lenses were awful (I wear progressive bifocals).
     
  17. BernyMac macrumors regular

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    Yes, my whole family (3 out of 5)has been ordering prescription glasses online for 5 years. Haven't had any issues even with complicated prescriptions. Incredibly cheap (and I am one cheap bastige) as well.
     
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    The one issue I could see is if you want progressive or bifocal lenses. The measurements needed are dependent on a combination of the individual and the frames themselves. Simple prescriptions would be ok but getting those types of glasses may be frustrating. I used to wear those types of lenses, until I had Lasik, even at the eye doctor's office it took a while to get the measurements right, and they even had to enlarge the lenses vertically on a pair of frames that I liked (they were half-frames) in order to get my progressive prescription to work.
     
  19. yaxomoxay thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I finally received my prescription glasses, two days early than the estimated delivery date.
    The verdict? They are all I was looking for, and they are better than my $250 Oakley glasses which I ended up despising as the worst glasses I ever had in my 25 year long four-eyed life :cool:.
    I already tested them. The lenses are clear, the frame seems robust enough. I did my first martial arts class and I can tell you that with all the sweat on the lenses, they never blurred, and cleaning them after the class was as easy as it could get. The frame never bounced, and at a point I was so sure that I was wearing contacts that I tried to dry my eyes with my hand only to hit the glasses.
    I drove at night and there is virtually no "fake light". Also, in front of the computer they are pretty good.

    What I don't know is their durability of course. They seem durable enough, but you never know if they can resist the test of time. I will let you know.

    Grades:
    Frame: 9/10
    Lenses: 10/10
    Price: 10/10 - Summa cum laude
    Durability: N/A
    Comfort: 8/10 (2 or 3 mm bigger would probably be slightly better)
    Service: 8/10
     
  20. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    This is good to hear; thanks for the feedback! I think I'm going to order a pair myself towards the end of Sept.
     
  21. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    I agree. Don't scimp on your glasses.
     
  22. yaxomoxay thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I think it comes down to price and risk.
    I got my $80 pair, so the risk was minimum. They claim that the return is "no question asked," and the worst case scenario was wasting $80 (half of what Apple's earpods cost) which is not the end of the world. It was definitely worth the risk.
     
  23. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    I ordered prescription glasses online about a year ago and have no regrets. I went to LensCrafters and found a set of RayBan frames that fit my face and looked good on me but the price was ridiculous. So I went online hoping to just buy the frames only and came across a company that did everything. So I typed in my prescription, picked my frames, and a week later I had the frames with prescription lenses at my doorstep. I took the frames to the optician at Target and they adjusted them to better fit my face and they've been great ever since.

    I ended up paying less for the frames + lenses than what I would have paid for only the frames at LensCrafters.
     
  24. MacNut macrumors Core

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    What Oakleys did you have that you hated? I have nothing but love for Oakley frames.
     
  25. yaxomoxay thread starter macrumors 68000

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    They kept falling, and when I asked for them to be adjusted they started making "crackling" noises. They discolored after about two months of use, they felt uncomfortable, and they also made exercise impossible, flying like bullets once the sides were wet with sweat almost to the point of becoming a secret weapon during sparring...
    I agree that I might have been unlucky, but this is my experience with them.
     

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