I think everyone can agree that having an impaired eyesight can add up with purchases of contacts or glasses. I use both contacts and glasses and there are times when I look at glasses and think, geezus, where would I ever find $600 to fork out for just one pair of glasses? And God forbid I break those!
In comes Zenni Opticals, an online glasses store. Zenni Optical offers affordable eyewear for kids, women and men, and has frames starting as low as $6.95!
I decided to order the Blue Acetate-Rim Frame #445816 because I wanted a pair of blue glasses and the frame was only $30. The basic lens were free but I also ended up paying about $5 for standard anti-reflecting coating and shipping to Canada ($10).
Zenni Optical took 1.5 weeks or so to produce the glasses and a few days to arrive to my doorstep. In all, it took about two weeks for me to receive these pair of glasses.
To be honest, I find it hard to believe these frames were only $30! The quality of the frames are up to par and I’ve thrown them into my bag without a protective case and it still survived at the end of the day. In addition, because I opted for the basic free lens, I was surprised at how strong they are – in my bag filled with keys, sharp books, etc. I’m surprised the lens aren’t damaged or scratched.
Now, I’m not sure if it’s the pair of glasses I chose, but the downside of an online store is obviously the lack of physical testing. Zenni Optical allows you to upload a photo to see roughly how you would look with the pair. When I wore these pair of glasses, there was no support around the bridge area so the glasses would always slide down my nose and it’s extremely frustrating… especially in the summer time! I ended up getting it fixed in person in a local optical store but it still didn’t fix the problem.
The glasses came with a protective case and a cleaning cloth.
All in all, Zenni Optical provides quality frames in a cheap price. They have great stock of frames available in wide ranges of colours and styles. They took two weeks to complete my order and ship to Canada. I haven’t had any problems with the ordering or billing so I haven’t touched based with their customer service but their policies and customer service seems to be reasonable.
Long gone are my days forking out hundreds and hundreds of dollars for a pair of glasses. Whenever I’m in the mood to switch up my frames, Zenni Optical is one the first places I check for frames.
For anyone skeptical about the quality of online frames because of their prices, definitely give Zenni Optical a try! I’m all about being frugal without compromising styles and quality so Zenni Optical meets me halfway.