Best Places to Buy Glasses Online

If you’re available in the market for a brand new pair of glasses, you must look on-line. Buying glasses over the online is among the most handy and cost-effective methods to store, with dozens of on-line optical retailers to select from. It permits you to evaluate a number of prescription eyewear choices to be sure you get the very best worth. And with tons of offers and provides, you may battle eye pressure with out placing a pressure in your finances.

These on-line glasses outlets have brought on the worth of glasses to drop — in some instances, it can save you a whole bunch of {dollars} on prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, blue mild filtering lenses and sun shades. Buying glasses on-line from a producer like Warby Parker shouldn’t be solely cheaper; it is also rather a lot much less time-consuming than getting into individual. It solely takes a couple of minutes to enter your prescription and measure your pupillary distance, then you definitely’re in your approach to ordering glasses on-line. 

If you are nervous about lacking out on the try-on expertise or afraid you will find yourself with a foul match, loosen up. Several on-line shops will allow you to add a picture of your face and “strive on” numerous body types to see how they’re going to look. Warby Parker and related websites will make it easier to decide your face form, and even ship you pattern frames to strive on. Just ship them again whenever you’re carried out. 

To make it easier to slim down your choices and discover the very best prescription glasses on-line, I’ve pulled collectively the 9 finest on-line distributors I’ve discovered for purchasing prescription glasses, vetted by me or by another person on the CNET workers. We’ll replace this checklist as we strive extra. But earlier than we dive in, observe the next conditions, caveats and ideas.

You’ll want to know your prescription and pupillary distance out of your optometrist earlier than you employ an internet glasses retailer — so be sure you get a tough copy the subsequent time you get your imaginative and prescient checked. Be conscious that generally optometrists will not give your pupillary distance as a result of they’re going to say they need to measure you for a selected set of glasses. But insist on getting one. You may measure PD your self utilizing an app in your smartphone or obtain a PD ruler that almost all on-line shops have available for download with directions on how to use it. Pupillary distance is vital as a result of when lenses are made it is essential to know the place your eye is in relation to the middle of the lens.

Once you might have all that, most of those websites will allow you to enter your numbers or add an image of the prescription out of your cellphone the primary time you purchase one thing.

You may choose up a tool just like the $99 EyeQue Vision Check to use your smartphone to examine your imaginative and prescient and create a prescription that many on-line glasses shops will settle for (some do require an Rx from an optometrist). 

What can I count on to pay for a pair of prescription glasses on-line?

You can typically get glasses with fundamental frames and lenses for lower than $100 and generally even lower than $50 throughout sure promotions. (I as soon as purchased a pair of prescription glasses for $9 that I can not say had been all that good, however I’ve saved them in my automobile as an emergency pair.)

More premium lenses manufactured from lighter and stronger supplies, with further scratch resistance and anti-glare coating or photochromic lens that change from clear to tinted, price considerably extra. But a pair of premium RX glasses that may price you $300-$400 on-line would in all probability price double that or extra in a brick-and-mortar store.

Note that some on-line glasses outlets do settle for imaginative and prescient insurance coverage, although even when they do, you will have to examine whether or not they settle for your particular imaginative and prescient insurance coverage.

Can I return prescription glasses I purchase on-line?

Yes, generally prescription glasses do not find yourself being excellent and should find yourself bothering your eyes. I as soon as had a sure on-line retailer screw up the prescription within the left lens whereas the best one was appropriate. In many instances, you may return the glasses in the event you’re not glad, however be certain to learn the effective print on the shop’s return coverage. Often, the shop will remake the glasses for you or offer you a full refund. However, sure websites solely supply partial refunds.

What sort of offers can I discover for prescription glasses on-line?

Most websites supply 15-20% off your first buy in the event you present an electronic mail deal with. Many websites additionally supply further offers with sure codes at checkout, whether or not it is reductions on frames, lenses, lens upgrades and generally you will see a buy-one-get-one-free deal. However, sometimes restrictions apply, which might imply you may solely use the code for sure frames and easier prescriptions (single lens as opposed to progressive lenses). Look for gross sales and new codes to crop up round numerous holidays.

Read extra: How to Use Your Smartphone to Check Your Vision

Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET

Several CNET editors have purchased their glasses on Warby Parker, which has a wide selection of sharp-looking eyeglass frames. While glasses begin at solely $95 with a single-vision prescription, chances are high you are going to pay a bit extra — round $150 to $200, in accordance to my colleagues — based mostly on the kind of body choices you select, your prescription and kind of eyeglass lenses. Sunglasses begin at $175, and progressive lenses in each eyeglasses and sun shades begin at $295. But the completed merchandise have a tendency to be a step up from what extra budget-oriented websites supply. 

Notable web site options: The firm’s iPhone app — sorry, there isn’t any Android model but — permits you to search the positioning by body dimension and to strive on numerous frames just about (it really works surprisingly properly) and higher but, you may strive up to 5 frames at dwelling for 5 days free of charge. Once your 5 days are up, you place your field within the mail with the pay as you go return label. Hopefully, you discover a minimum of one model that you simply like from among the many 5 you picked for the house trial.

Warby additionally has physical optical stores in some locations around the country if you’d like to go in and check out frames that approach, and lots of have reopened after being closed due to the pandemic. Some of those places additionally supply eye assessments — and that prescription can be utilized at Warby or elsewhere.

The on-line glasses retailer additionally has a “purchase a pair, give a pair” program, so for each pair of glasses you purchase, the corporate distributes a pair to somebody in want, both free of charge or for “ultra-affordable costs.” (See details.)

Current offers and coupons: Nothing notable.

Shipping instances: According to Warby: “Single imaginative and prescient glasses take seven to 10 enterprise days to attain you from the time now we have all your order info. Sunglasses and progressives take 10 to 12 enterprise days to attain you.” (These estimates jibe with the expertise of CNET editors who’ve used the service.)

David Carnoy/CNET

Austin, Texas-based Roka has solely not too long ago branched out into the net prescription eyewear enterprise. The retailer’s advertising and marketing slogan is “The most technically superior eyewear that does not look technical,” and its glasses are impressively mild, sturdy and trendy trying. Like Warby Parker, these are on the higher-end of the net prescription eyeglasses spectrum, with costs of round $200 for a accomplished pair of prescription glasses, relying on a number of the lens upgrades you may add. But Roka has a number of the finest glasses frames on the market.

Roka began out making athletic glasses for runners, bikers and triathletes, and lots of of its prescription frames are bendable on the ends and have rubberized tracks that make it easier to get a safer match. The frames additionally include three sizes of grippy nostril pads to guarantee a greater match. They are among the many most comfy glasses I’ve worn — and so they actually keep in your face. I personally just like the small Oslo body in clear. 

Notable web site options: Like Warby, there is a home-trial program. You can strive up to 4 frames at dwelling for up to seven days. The field ships with a pay as you go return label — you simply drop it off at a put up workplace to ship it again.

Current offers and coupons: 10% off for brand spanking new clients in alternate in your electronic mail deal with.

Shipping instances: Roka has improved its turnaround instances now that it is chopping lenses in Austin. It says its normal prescription eyeglasses, readers, and nonprescription sun shades “will typically ship by the subsequent enterprise day. Our prescription sun shades and progressives will typically ship in 5-7 enterprise days.” For all its glasses, Roka provides free normal delivery within the contiguous United States, in addition to non-compulsory expedited delivery choices, together with in a single day delivery.


Founded over 10 years in the past in Israel, provides extra inexpensive choices for purchasing prescription eyeglasses and designer eyeglasses on-line than websites like Warby Parker and Roka, with full prescription glasses beginning at $38. But it additionally options premium designer frames from top quality eyeglasses manufacturers, together with Ray-Ban and Persol. The designer eyewear lists for extra — frames begin at $89 for fundamental accomplished Rx glasses — however reductions can carry them down in worth. 

The one-stop store for fashionable glasses provides a 65% low cost off your first frames, in addition to reductions on lens upgrades (photochromic, as an illustration), contact lens choices and studying glasses. It additionally not too long ago launched a touchdown web page for flash sales on nonprescription sunglasses. And round main holidays you may search for seasonal promotions on males’s eyeglasses, ladies’s glasses and call lenses.

Notable web site options: A digital “mirror” characteristic permits you to add your picture to the positioning and see what a pair of eyeglasses appears like in your face form to make it easier to discover the proper pair of optical frames. And the corporate is upping the try-at-home ante. Instead of simply sending you the frames, GlassesUSA will ship you the body along with your precise prescription in it so you may actually strive it out for up to 14 days — although the characteristic is restricted to sure frames and lens choices. The web site additionally provides a 100% money-back assure so you may return your eye glasses in the event you do not like what you in the end get. Lastly, you may obtain a free prescription scanner app for iOS or Android that permits you to “extract the optical parameters out of your present glasses” utilizing your cellphone and a PC (it really works with comparatively easy prescriptions, so learn the effective print to see its limitations). While we have noticed just a few destructive on-line evaluations for GlassesUSA, the corporate appears to diligently comply with up and reply to every one.

Current offers and coupons: GlassesUSA is at all times providing numerous offers that do not fluctuate a lot from month to month however have totally different codes. You can see all present offers on the positioning’s coupon and promotions page, together with 50% off eyeglasses and sun shades with code SPRING50, purchase one pair get one free with code BOGOFREE, 50% off lens improve with code LENSES50 and 40% off designer frames with the code DESIGNER40; and 65% off your first body whenever you join to obtain promotional emails. Coupon codes can’t be stacked.

Shipping instances: Expect seven to 10 days between ordering and arrival of GlassesUSA merchandise, depending on the types of glasses and the shipping option you choose

Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET

As its identify implies, Overnight Glasses could make you a brand new set of prescription glasses rapidly — and actually rapidly in the event you’re prepared to pay additional for it. If you purchase a body/lens bundle, quick three- to four-day service is obtainable for $9. (It takes barely longer for progressive and bifocal lens sorts.) The high quality of the lenses I obtained was pretty much as good as that from different replacement-lens websites, so there isn’t any sacrifice on prescription eyewear high quality for pace.

As for brand spanking new lenses, you ship your frames to Overnight Glasses and so they’ll substitute your lenses with new ones in 48 hours. They can do polarized, blue mild, Transitions and lots of different sorts, although progressive take an extra two days (so 72 hours complete from the time your frames are obtained).

If you are in search of a really in a single day possibility, its emergency, 24-hour rush service prices an extra $59 for single imaginative and prescient. As famous, a progressive lens order can take an extra two days, so the quickest you will get new progressive lenses is three days.

Overnight makes lenses for Bose Frames and Amazon Echo Frames audio glasses.

Notable web site options: The web site has a clear look and is straightforward to use. Shipping choices are one of many key focuses. 

Current offers and coupons: Look underneath the “Specials” hyperlink on Overnight’s web site for the most recent offers, which embrace 25% off your order (restrictions apply) with code Get25, 25% off designer frames with code Lens25 or $90 off any order over $299 with code 90back

Shipping instances: As quick as 48 hours from the time your eyeglass body is obtained, whereas 24-hour rush service prices an extra $59 for single imaginative and prescient (progressives take an extra two days).

Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET’s large collection of each frames and lenses is a giant promoting level, nevertheless it additionally has the draw back of providing so many choices that it may be a bit of daunting to determine precisely what to purchase. You can get finances choices — lens costs begin at $39 — however the web site skews towards extra premium choices. The thought is to get a major low cost (upwards of $200) on a high-quality frame-and-lens combo that you simply’d spend massive bucks for in a brick-and-mortar store. “Our enterprise targets the principle a part of the eyewear trade, to provide the identical merchandise that clients would get on the eye physician, however at 50% decrease costs,” CEO and Founder Mark Agnew instructed me.

The web site carries over 300 manufacturers and 200,000 particular person fashions, which appears to be the most important catalog of any on-line glasses web site. The filters are additionally respectable, permitting you to filter by rim model, materials, model, worth, class, eye dimension, clips and nation of origin. There are superior search choices too, corresponding to bridge dimension and temple dimension, and B measurement. There’s no digital try-on characteristic, nonetheless, and lots of the frames haven’t got fashions to present you what the frames seem like on somebody’s face. 

Notable web site options: says it solely sells “top quality, individually made lenses made within the USA” and the pattern glasses I attempted had glorious lenses that gave me a really sharp picture. As I mentioned, there’s an enormous collection of lens choices, and also you get a “Perfect Lenses Guarantee” that permits you to ship your glasses again if they do not be just right for you — you will get a one-time free redo or a full refund on the frames and 50% money again on the lenses, your selection.

The web site additionally provides a lens substitute possibility in your present frames (you ship your frames in). Unlike Lensabl (see beneath), which highlights the characteristic, does not market the choice entrance and heart.

You may get new glasses in a short time in the event you select to pay additional for expedited delivery.

Current offers and coupons: 15% off for brand spanking new clients in alternate in your electronic mail deal with.

Shipping instances: Less than six days, in accordance to the positioning. I obtained a brand new pair in a few days, however I had an expedited delivery possibility.

Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET

EyeBuyDirect is comparable in some ways to a whole lot of its rivals. Along with an in-house body model (Rflkt Eyewear) it has some Ray-Ban and Oakley frames. I went with a extra inexpensive Rflkt body and paired it with a higher-end lens. The worth got here out to round $150 — you may go cheaper or costlier. The body high quality was respectable although not on par with, say, Roka’s frames. Lens high quality was good and the ordering course of was clean, with a regular digital try-on characteristic the place you add a photograph of your self to make it easier to discover the proper body. 

Notable web site options: For an additional $29, you will get two-day delivery with single-vision lenses (many frames can be found for two-day supply). It’s additionally price noting that like Coastal (see beneath), with each pair of glasses you purchase, you may choose to have EyeBuyDirect donate a pair to an individual in want someplace on the earth — you choose the place.

Current offers and coupons: 30% off sitewide with code YOU30, 50% off lenses with code 50LENS, 15% off and free delivery for brand spanking new clients in alternate in your electronic mail deal with.

Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET

Zenni has been round for awhile, and it is the primary web site I used to purchase low cost prescription glasses and sun shades on-line. It’s extra of a budget-minded web site, and over time, I obtained some good offers on low cost glasses, notably when Zenni was working its occasional three-for-two glasses gross sales. I’ve had each normal eyeglasses and prescription sun shades made right here and so has fellow editor David Katzmaier, who has since graduated to Warby Parker (he mentioned, nonetheless, he would nonetheless purchase prescription sun shades at Zenni as a result of they’re low cost and respectable sufficient).

In the final couple of years, Zenni has been subtly shifting its picture, bringing in celebrities like Rashida Jones and 49ers tight-end George Kittle to give the model a bit of extra of a hip vibe. The lenses are good and these guys supply good offers on upgrades to photochromic lenses.

Notable web site options: There’s a Frame Fit “mirror” characteristic that permits you to add a photograph and see the frames in your face, in addition to new “digital” try-on characteristic (powered by Ditto) that permits you to see the glasses in your face as you progress round utilizing your pc’s webcam or your cellphone’s digital camera. This is comparable to the digital try-on characteristic that Warby Parker provides.

Current offers and coupons: 10% off for brand spanking new clients in alternate in your electronic mail deal with.

Shipping instances: “Your eyeglasses are delivered round two weeks from the time we obtain your order,” says Zenni. In my expertise, that generally stretches out nearer to three weeks.

Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET

What do you do in the event you’ve already obtained a pair of eyeglasses frames you want however your prescription is previous (or the lenses in your frames are scratched) and also you simply need to substitute the lenses? Lensabl is among the few websites that permits you to ship in your personal pair of frames and get a brand new prescription lens for them. Its motto is, “Your frames, our lenses,” with costs beginning at $77 for purchasing a fundamental pair of single-vision lenses. A pair of tinted sun shades lenses begin at $97. 

You add your prescription on-line, choose the kind of lens you need, after which Lensabl sends you a field with a pay as you go return delivery label. You merely mail them your glasses within the field (delivery is free). First-time clients get 15% off. This web site can be possibility if in case you have an previous pair of glasses that you really want to flip into prescription sun shades.

Recently, Lensabl additionally began providing full glasses packages with its personal frames that begin at $77 for a single imaginative and prescient Rx and $177 for progressive.

Notable web site options: For $25, you may renew your prescription online. Not all people qualifies to take the net eye examination — you might have to reply some questions to see in the event you qualify — however in the event you do, Lensabl says, “All you want is your pc, smartphone and about quarter-hour of time.” Your outcomes will likely be reviewed by a watch physician or optometrist licensed in your state who will then problem you a brand new prescription by way of electronic mail.

Current offers and coupons: 20% off clear lenses with code CLEAR20, 15% off contact lenses, frames and all different lens sorts with code SEE15 and 15% off Lensabl+ imaginative and prescient plans with code PLUS15.

Shipping instances: Lensabl pledges “about two weeks” turnaround time from whenever you ship your frames to whenever you’ll obtain them again.

Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET

As you’d count on, SportRx caters to folks in search of sports-oriented prescription glasses, with all kinds of choices from massive eyewear manufacturers corresponding to Smith, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Costa and Nike. Not all of the frames it sells have an Rx possibility, however most do.

Although you will get a greater deal right here than you’d get out of your native sun shades boutique, this isn’t a finances web site and you’ll find yourself paying upwards of $250 or extra, relying in your prescription. But SportRx runs some offers on frames and likewise offers you entry to an actual optician to make it easier to determine which glasses are proper in your prescription and athletic pursuits. Making Rx lenses for sports activities glasses could be tough.

Notable web site options: SportRx says that as a substitute of talking (or live-chatting) to a run-of-the-mill customer support staffer hidden in some obscure name heart, you are talking with a “pleasant SportRx Optician in sunny San Diego” who’s gone by a rigorous coaching routine (the SportRx Academy) and is well-versed in numerous points of optics: refractive mild, myopia, presbyopia, astigmatism and every thing else you may consider. “What’s extra,” the positioning says, “they have in depth coaching on the very best sports activities body and lens choices on the planet.”

Current offers and coupons: $60 off prescription glasses on orders over $300 with code SPORTRX60. $75 off prescription eyeglasses with code EYEGLASSES75. Buy any prescription pair, get 40% off a second pair with code BOGO40

Shipping instances: Around 14 days.

Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET

FramesDirect is comparable to a whole lot of the opposite on-line glasses retailers on the market, nevertheless it focuses extra on providing respectable reductions on premium model frames, claiming to have the most important collection of designer glasses on-line. This eyewear retailer can be one of many few locations that provides prescription lens inserts for the Quest 2 and different VR headsets.

Finally, the positioning has strong customer service ratings from TrustPilot.

Notable web site options: Like Coastal (see beneath) and others, FramesDirect has a philanthropic partnership with the Essilor Vision Foundation to enhance the sight of people that cannot afford glasses. FrameDirect says that “for each pair of glasses purchased, we’ll donate a pair of glasses to somebody in want,” and you’ll choose the area for the donated pair. 

Like Zenni, Warby Parker and others, it now has a digital try-on characteristic.

Current offers and coupons: 60% off lenses and add-ons with code SUNNY60. Up to 50% off designer manufacturers at ongoing sale.

Shipping instances: Expect round 14 days. 

Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET

One of our editors not too long ago used and reported expertise. She mentioned that accepts a whole lot of imaginative and prescient insurance coverage and robotically handles fee in case your insurance coverage supplier is of their community (you may normally get one pair of glasses free). If your imaginative and prescient insurance coverage plan is out of community, like VSP and Spectera, the positioning robotically generates a invoice (by way of electronic mail) that you simply want to submit to get reimbursed.

Notable web site options: is a fairly no-frills web site. It does have a quiz you may take that recommends what frames are best for you. You may return frames and lenses inside 60 days if in case you have a problem with them.

Current offers and coupons: 50% off chosen frames and prescription lenses (restrictions apply).

Shipping instances: Expect round 14 days with free delivery possibility or round eight days with expedited delivery ($15). 

More on-line shopping for recommendation

The info contained on this article is for instructional and informational functions solely and isn’t meant as well being or medical recommendation. Always seek the advice of a doctor or different certified well being supplier relating to any questions you’ll have a few medical situation or well being targets.

Image Credit

Leave a Comment