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Affordable Eyeglasses

Bargain EyeglassesWhen I was two-years-old I donned my first pair of eyeglasses and by the time I was in second grade, my prescription was for bifocals. Set aside the fact that I already had red hair and freckles and, as you can imagine, I was a walking “Kick me!” sign.

When my eyes miraculously and completely healed at age 12, I thought I had served my time. But when my oldest child ended up with her first glasses at age four and my fifth child at about the same age (and my second by her mid-teens), I realized glasses would be a lifelong burr in my side.

Just las month — at the age of 50 — my dear husband finally had a taste of his own in the optometry hot seat. So now, half of my family of eight wears either glasses or contacts. And, truthfully, it would be more if I stopped ignoring how short my arms are getting.

In any event, glasses and contacts can give you incredible sticker shock. When you think you’re just dropping in for an annual checkup and walk out with a bill of hundreds of dollars — after insurance — you might start considering whether bumping into things is really all that bad.

We learned long ago that a great cost-cutting measure was to buy eyeglasses and contacts online. There are a number of quality discount retailers and, in my experience, they all undercut your local eye store by a huge margin (even Wal-Mart’s in-store optometrist has prices close to industry standard). It really is possible to get quality prescription eyewear at a reasonable cost!

Today I read a review by Eric Hammer at Examiner.com that introduced me to a new company. Zenni Optical is unique in that rather than just resell designer glasses, they manufacture their own stylish eye​glasses — and resell at a fraction of what I have seen elsewhere. They aren’t paying overhead to another company and they pass the savings on to you.

They actually offer a pair of prescription eyeglasses for $8.00. Seriously. Have you ever seen that before?

Next time we’re in the market for eyeglasses, we will be looking at Zenni Optical to compare prices. If you have experience with them, I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Sherise March 15, 2010, 9:09 pm

    I’m waiting right now for Target Optical to call and let me know when my very expensive new glasses come in. All I can say is, “Well, #%%$#! Why couldn’t I have heard about this company LAST week?!?”

  • Alison Moore Smith March 15, 2010, 9:50 pm

    I know! I hadn’t heard of them either. Sorry! But next time, you’ll be ready! 🙂

    But we did get some good prices. My husband bought his at 39 Dollar Glasses. (That link will get you $12 off your next purchase. Or…ahem…someone else’s next purchase!) We got my 9-year-old boy some expensive indestruct-o twisty glasses, but still beat the store price buying them online. I’ll look up that info and post about it, too.

  • Anne Moss March 16, 2010, 2:55 am

    That’s so cool that you were healed at 12. I had no idea an eye condition can be reversible like that.
    .-= Anne Moss hopes you’ll read The World’s Most Obedient Dog =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 16, 2010, 10:01 am

    Neither did my doctors! It was odd because I had just been through the full exam just a couple of months earlier. I got these new, cool glasses (my parents trying to make it less painful) that had tinting and a tennis racket with a rhinestone ball etched on. (I didn’t even really play tennis, I just loved the rhinestone and they accommodated me!)

    My glasses broke and were in getting fixed. Back in the day it took a couple of weeks for such work and in that two weeks I never got a headache — which always happened when I didn’t wear my glasses. I told my mom and she took me back to the doctor. I had gone from years with a lazy eye and farsightedness to 20/20 in a couple of months.

    I haven’t worn glasses to this day. (But I need them now and am resisting. I did my time!)

    Maybe God just had pity on the poor chubby, freckled, redheaded kid. 🙂

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