Buying Glasses: These 3 Online Stores Make Life Easier

Buying glasses at a brick and mortar store is too much work. You have to travel to the store and check out their selection. When a sales associate finally helps and unlocks the glasses from the Ft. Knox-like case (the only thing worse is buying razors at a drugstore), you try on a bunch, snap a few pictures, send them to your friends and hope for the best. Then when you finally make a choice, you have to deal with the pain of sticker shock because the middleman always drives up the cost. After waiting in line, you have to go back a week later and pick them up. What a time suck! It’s so easy to buy glasses online and pick the right pair. If you can’t see this vision clearly, here are three sites that offer the easiest way to buy glasses online. 

1. Warby Parker

Durand Glasses by Warby Parker

Warby Parker glasses | Warby Parker

Warby Parker is the TOMs of glasses. For every pair you buy, a pair is donated to someone in need. So, you can feel good about your purchase. Warby Parker is a great option for people who might not feel so sure about what they want to purchase. The company offers at home try-on, which lets you try up to five pairs for free. Plus, you always have the option of going to one of their brick and mortar locations. So, no matter how you like to buy your glasses, Warby Parker will accommodate. You also have 30 days to return or exchange your glasses, should you decide you didn’t buy the right pair. All of their lenses are made with a scratch resistant coating and guaranteed for a year. With glasses starting at $95, which includes lenses and frames, Warby Parker keeps eyewear equally affordable and stylish.

2. Classic Specs

Whitman Glasses by Classic Specs

Whitman Glasses by Classic Specs | Classic Specs

Classic Specs is similar to Warby Parker, but caters to a larger range of prescriptions. Their frames are made in Italy and their lenses are made in Los Angeles. So, it’s the best of all worlds. The company also offers at home try-ons for up to seven days. And yes, Classic Specs has several brick and mortar locations, including California and New York. As if that wasn’t enough, you an also upload a picture for a virtual try-on. The virtual try-on is accurate and takes a variety of face measurements. It is also virtually fail-proof because you can have your glasses refunded if you don’t like them or exchange them for another pair.

Glasses start at $89 for a single vision prescription, which is incredibly affordable. Progressive lenses, as you would assume, are an additional cost. Classic Specs has so many great pairs to choose from and lenses that look good on every face shape, that you might end up buying multiple pairs.

3. Zenni


Eyeglasses | Zenni

Zenni doesn’t have a cool factor of Warby Parker or the style Classic Specs, but it does have the best prices. The company also donates to the Lions Club, so your purchase helps support a good cause. Zenni’s frames are stylish, but a true bargain. The company offers virtual try-on. Plus, there are online reviews and size specs for the frames, so you can make sure they will fit your face properly. You can always return your glasses for a credit or a 50% refund within 30 days, but why would you?