Monday, December 31, 2012

Cheap glasses: Zenni optical review

Dear Diary,

A few years back, I asked a pharmacist why I could buy a pair of reading glasses for $10 or $15 over the counter, but I have to pay over $200 for glasses that can only be made by special people in a special place. I can, furthermore, buy corrective swim goggles for my nearsightedness, but not glasses.

I ordered three pairs of glasses from Zenni. My existing glasses had numbers on the arm (see below). When you look on the Zenni website, you can look at numbers that correspond to these. They have to do with the width of the temple, the width of the nose bridge, and width of the lenses.

Mine were single vision. One pair was tinted. One was a pair of frames with spring hinges. I ordered my specs on December 20th, and they were around $47. for all three.

They arrived on the 31st, which is pretty good considering that this occurs over the span over a major holiday.

They arrived in a single bubble padded envelope. Each pair was on a tiny plastic case, inside a ziplock bag, with a nice microfiber cloth.

Here is the result. I don't know why these pictures are so yellow.



I love these prescription sunglasses. Aren't they awesome?

$47. Quite worth it. I plan to order a nice pair of running glasses next. I'm picking out a pair of lightweight frames, with transition lenses, and a mirrored finish. I'm also ordering a pair of yellow-tinted goggles for playing racquetball. I'll try it tomorrow to see if I can use my FSA card. At those prices, I might even get some more pairs to match my wardrobe.
In shirt, fellow cheapskates, I highly recommend Zenni optical. Go getcha some cute glasses.



  1. Thanks for the tip on Zenni, this will save me big bucks on new prescription reading glasses. Happy New Year to you!

  2. I have gotten several pairs and have liked them.I did get a second pair of sunglasses with a lighter tint, as in some conditions the full was too dark. My vision is better in their lenses compared to the lab my insurance used.
    would you mind sharing the model# of the pair in the first picture?

  3. 263318. That's the first pair. They're red.

  4. Thanks! :)
    My neighbor ordered a few years ago and I liked the styles she got and went with them. I'm getting better at picking pairs that look better on me though :)

  5. Thank you for this link! I recently had prescription lenses put in my sunglasses because I can no longer see distance. Add to that new readers and distance glasses for driving at night, and I nearly choked when I got the bill. And that doesn't include any other sunglasses options OR swim goggles OR glasses to run in. Now, maybe, I'll have money left over to pay the mortgage.


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