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Having worn glasses since 7th grade, I have experienced the need to purchase prescription glasses on numerous occasions. When insurance picks up the bill, I’ve bought from the eye doctor’s office. And, I bought a pair at a warehouse club one time as the price was better. Buying on-line was a completely new experience.
Just Eyewear sent me a code to cover up to $50 on one pair of glasses. As I decided to order with upgraded lenses (with anti-glare), I ended up selecting frames from the bottom end of the options. And, I can tell the difference between that frame and the one I’ve had for 2 years (from the doctor’s office.) But, considering the total ‘bill’ for this pair was under $40, I wouldn’t be complaining.
The process is relatively easy if you have your complete prescription, including pupil distance, in front of you. And, if you have a frame with complete sizing information written on the inside, then you can quickly find something close to what you already have. They have a nifty search feature where you can input those numbers.
Sadly, my prescription did not have the pupil distance recorded. Mr. O tried to measuring with a ruler as they suggest on the website. After my eyes wandered one time too many for his liking, he remembered that the microscope he owns has mm measurements that register when you adjust for optimal viewing. I later found that this number was sitting in my file at the eye doctor’s office. The number we measured was close, but still a few millimeters off from what the optometrist got.
Over the years, frames have shrunk in size to the point of barely covering your eyeball with a lens to view. Sadly, it has gotten near impossible to find a larger frame if that’s your preference. While I did my best to measure my previous frames, the ones I selected are still noticeably smaller. But, since this is a back up pair, I’m not too worried.
When you have a toddler in the house, you run the risk of your glasses going missing or being crushed in exuberant hands. Trying to live without a backup pair of glasses is courting certain disaster when you NEED them to see. Between this pair and the pair I recently got at the eye doctor, I’m prepared for my older pair to become unusable.
Maybe you have someone in the house that constantly lose their glasses. R recently got a pair of glasses to help with distance vision. Should something happen to that pair, I’d be visiting Just Eyewear to order a back up with less out of pocket expense.
Or, maybe you or someone else in the house wants to change their look with a different frame. The receptionist at our dentist’s office did just that. She ordered several different pairs to change her look when she wants AND have built in back up for her primary pair.
This is where I think Just Eyewear really shines for anyone needing prescription glasses. Their prices are significantly cheaper than any brick and mortar store you might visit. Shipping is included in the price. You just pay extra for features (like the anti-glare coating I got.) Many of their frames are $50 or under, so you have a lot of options.
The only downside I can see with ordering glasses online is not being able to try on that particular frame before ordering. But, you could go visit your local vision ‘store’ and try on ones that look similar to get an idea of how you’d like them.
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