Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How To Get A Great Deal on Prescription Glasses

On our last day in San Diego in July, the frames of my husband's glasses broke. Thankfully the lenses were fine so we used some tape and he hobbled along until we got home. I have been wanting to try out Zenni Optical since I first heard about it a few years, but we never had a reason to try them out. We are absolutely thrilled with Zenni and my husband's new glasses.
My husband is covered by vision insurance, but a pair of glasses and an exam will still cost us over $200 at the minimum. My husband went to the ophthalmologist and had an eye exam. He requested a copy of his prescription and made sure they wrote down his pupillary distance (PD on Zenni's website). We had checked Zenni's website before he went to make sure we had all the information we needed.
Once we had the prescription, we checked the inside of my husband's current glasses to check for the temple length (his is 140 mm). This is important so that the glasses are long enough to fit on your face! My husband went to work sorting through all the options -- it took him a good hour to narrow his choices down to about ten. He added a non-glare finish to his lenses and also ordered a polarized sun shade to make them in to sunglasses. These little extras can add up so be careful!
In total, we paid $22 with shipping. The glasses took almost two weeks to get to us, though.


I think he looks totally HOT, but I may be a little biased! We highly recommend Zenni!

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