questionshow do you purchase eyeglasses?

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I have a rather complicated prescription. My opthmologist has always said to stay away from the discounters and most mall stores. My lenses according to him are so expensive, a lot of places would grind them perhaps a bit off but try to use them anyhow. I don't know if that is totally true, but I always go to an optician who has an excellent reputation. Fortunately, the optho. I currently see has an optical shop in the building, so it is easy. If I had a simple script. or a single vision reading glass, I would probably go to the drugstore!

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I, too, would like to know about the experiences others have had with deals.woot optical lens vendors.

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I like zennioptical.com. I've bought 2 pairs of glasses and some sunglasses there. I've looked at some other sites as they come up on woot (and bought the goggles4u deal once) but so far it looks like everywhere else charges for basic lenses and lacks stylish frames imo, and the goggles4u glasses really look like $10 glasses.

The $30 pair I got at Zenni (one of their more expensive frames) have gotten more compliments than any other glasses I've ever worn, including the $300 Michael Kors frames I used last year. Never going back.

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I might be old-fashioned but I still go to a brick and mortar store. There is something to say about actually seeing someone face to face and repeatedly giving a business your money. I recently had my prescription updated and I bought a new pair and got new lens for another pair. They lost the new pair and exchanged it for a similar pair and called me when both sets were finished. A couple weeks later I received another call, they found the original new pair and gave me that pair at no charge even though they could have kept it and put in another set of lenses for someone else. I sincerely doubt an internet company would do that.

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Picking frames from a picture online without actually physically trying them on, is way beyond my comfort zone. Add the cost of outfitting them with perscription lenses and other S&H fees and it's not an option for me. Too much of a leap of faith IMO. I don't even buy sunglasses online for the very reason that I may not like them on my face when they arrive. The only way I would consider is if I purchased the exact same frame that I currently own, as a back up pair.

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I have a really high prescription, which is going to lead to a high price pretty much anywhere. I have purchased glasses from two online sites, Glasses Unlimited (which had a massive redesign afterwards) and Costal Contacts.

Woot had the deal from CC on here where you get free glasses (they do this maybe a couple times a year) but you still have to pay for the higher lenses. I was impressed by their large selection of frames and how modern and design oriented some where, something that can be hard to find in local stores. I must say I was impressed with their quality and would buy again from there. Much better quality than GU, but you get what you pay for.

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I also Like Zenni optical. Over the last 4 years, I have bought a number of glasses from them. My wife has a very different prescription, and they always respond asking for a recheck, even asking for a fax copy to verify last year. But for the price of one pair at retail, I can get 3 or 4 pair: Reading, sunglasses and progressives for me for under $100 and, like Woot one shipping charge of $4.95 for everything. (And you can upload a picture of your face and see how the glasses will look with their "try on" feature)

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@jimmyd103: That's been my atitude on something that I need to wear all the time. I'd rather be seen in person and walk away knowing things are right, but I have a co-worker who says that I'm just being old-fashioned and that I should stop just giving my money away. The difference is, she wears glasses only for reading, while I need them for everything. I truly depend on them and I need them right and I need them now.

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Thanks to everyone for all the input, I really appreciate.

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At an eyeglasses store.

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I drag my girlfriend along to help me pick a pair that looks nice on me. Last few years, I've ended up with Giorgio Armani frames from my regular optometrist. Yea, I know my prescription and yea, I can find them online for cheaper..., but they're sorta like a mom and pop and I'd rather keep them open.

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My eye doctor has just a terrible selection of frames. They are all huge and gaudy. I get my prescription and order from zennioptical. My last pair from my doctor cost over $300 and they broke within 6 months from regular cleaning. My zennioptical glasses cost $18 for everything shipping included and they are going strong after 2 years, plus they look better.

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I just bought 2 pairs (1 eyeglasses + 1 rx sunglasses) from eyemartexpress.com. Only reason I bought online is because they offer a free home try on. You pick 4 frames and they ship them to you for free to try for a week or so. And I know a guy that works there that gave me an employee coupon code for 20% off. The code he gave me was AUG20. I posted it on the deals page too.