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7 Of The Best Places To Buy Glasses Online For Cheap

Your guide to affordable glasses, prescription sunglasses, bifocals, trifocals and more 🤓
05/09/2018 05:52pm ET | Updated November 6, 2018
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If you wear glasses, you know first-hand just how frustrating it can be to buy a new pair of frames. Chances are your doctor’s office has a slim selection of styles, but what they do have is overpriced.

Before you purchase new glasses online, you’ll need a copy of your most recent glasses prescription. (And no, your contact prescription won’t work for new glasses, sorry). You’ll also want to learn how to measure your PD, or pupillary distance. It’s the distance in millimeters between the center of one pupil to the center of the other. This measurement ensures that you’re looking through the ideal spot in your lenses. Lastly, just remember to check with your insurance provider first in order to know what type of frames, lenses, and costs are covered by your health insurance plan.

If you’re in the market for a new pair of frames, but don’t want to lighten your wallet, we’ve pulled together a list of reliable easy-to-use sites to buy glasses.

Below, 7 of the best places to buy glasses online for cheap:

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Warby Parker
Warby Parker
Price: Starting at $95Vision Insurance: Check here to see if Warby Parker is in-network for your insurance provider. If not, don't worry. You can request an invoice for reimbursement by your insurance company.Warby Parker aims to offer designer eyewear at affordable prices. Their glasses are designed in-house, which means costs are low and you're able to get quality eyewear on the cheap. Start by selecting five frames online, then they'll mail them to you for free. Try them out for five days, decide which ones you like, and return them when your time is up. Purchase the ones you like online (make sure you have a valid vision prescription handy), and they'll send you a fresh new pair tailor-made for you. Learn more.
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Ambr Eyewear
Ambr Eyewear
Price: Starting at $56Vision Insurance: If you're purchasing prescription glasses, you can pay for them with your FSA or HSA card. Otherwise, you can request an invoice for reimbursement by your insurance company. Ambr Eyewear is a Dublin startup that bills itself as "eyewear for the digital generation." They specialize in anti-blue light glasses, which are designed to fight digital eye strain. Think of them as sexier, more modern computer glasses. If you want, you can get them with a prescription (but you can also order them without), and they even have styles for kids. Learn more.
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GlassesShop
GlassesShop
Price: Starting at $7Vision Insurance: You can pay for your new glasses using your FSA or HSA card. Otherwise, you can request an invoice for reimbursement by your insurance company. GlassesShop is an American owned and operated eyeglasses retailer that launched in 2004. They're one of the more affordable glasses retailers on this list. Their frames and lenses are purchased directly from manufacturers, so they're able to cut back on costs. Sign up for their newsletter to receive a 50 percent off coupon instantly. Learn more.
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EyeBuyDirect

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EyeBuyDirect
Price: Starting at $6Vision Insurance: You can pay for your new glasses using your FSA or HSA card. Otherwise, you can request an invoice for reimbursement by your insurance company. EyeBuyDirect is another incredibly affordable eyeglass retailer. They do everything in-house, from concept and design to manufacturing, so your new glasses go straight from the factory to you. They provide prescription glasses, sunglasses, digital screen protection as well as lenses for kids. Learn more.
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GlassesUSA
GlassesUSA
Price: Starting at $38Vision Insurance: GlassesUSA is an out-of-network provider for most vision insurance plans. You can request an invoice for reimbursement by your insurance company. GlassesUSA brings name-brand designer sunglasses, eyeglasses and multifocals to all price points, like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Gucci and Prada. You'll get quality eyeglasses with a 365 days manufacturer's warranty, free lenses and free shipping. Learn more.
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Glasses.com
Glasses.com
Price: Starting at $99Vision Insurance: Check here to see if Glasses.com is in-network for your insurance provider. If not, don't worry. You can request an invoice for reimbursement by your insurance company.Glasses.com has designer glasses and sunglasses. Lenses are included when you purchase a new pair, and you'll get free shipping and free frame adjustments. You can even search for glasses that are under $100, if you're budget-conscious. Learn more.
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Discount Glasses

Affordable, trendy, top-quality eyewear. Life’s short—mix it up. 👓

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Discount Glasses
Price: Starting at $20Vision Insurance: Request an invoice of your new glasses to submit to your insurance company for a reimbursement.Discount Glasses is perhaps best known for their overnight glasses promise. No need to wait a week -- get new glasses next day. Each new pair includes a 365-day guarantee, otherwise you can return them within a year. Plus, you get free shipping and free returns. Learn more.

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