If you’re still going to the big names in eyewear for your glasses and sunglasses — you know, Lens Crafters, Pearle Vision — then allow me to introduce you a different, and quite possibly better, option.
Us four-eyes know how expensive it is to replace a pair of glasses, and it’s not uncommon to blow over $500 on a single pair. We justify it, of course, because it’s our vision and it’s important — but man. That’s a serious hit.
Not to mention the fact that eyewear has become a style statement in fashion — from hipster “nerd” glasses to retro cat-eyes, in every color imaginable. In a perfect world, we could all afford four or five pairs of eyeglasses to swap out like jewelry, mixing and matching our outfits and moods. But at $500 a pop, that’s not always a reality.
Except that maybe it can be.
Online eyeglasses has been a growing trend, with independent designers and discount retailers selling stylish prescription glasses for less than $100. Most offer at-home try-ons (or at least virtual try-ons), 30-day full refunds, and even personal shoppers. And unlike a traditional brick-and-mortar shop, the styles are endless online.
It can feel overwhelming, but I did the research for you. Here are my top picks…