Thursday, November 26, 2009

Glasses & contact lenses with international shipping

Buying glasses over the internet requires having measurements taken by your optometrist or ophthalmologist, in addition to having your exact prescription. Once you’ve done that, it’s mostly a matter of choosing what frames suit you and ordering. I’ve found it very practical to have extra pairs of glasses around, especially for kids – and if you can get them so inexpensively, it’s really worthwhile.

Optical4less has glasses starting at $15/pair. International shipping for a single pair is $8, but if you order 2 or more pairs, the shipping is free. They do charge an additional $59 if your cylinder is lower than -2.75 or higher than +2.75 and $3 for each degree of prism correction on each lens. Of course, they’ve also got other options that can make the glasses more expensive, but you can actually get away with 2 pairs for $30, including free international shipping, if you go for a no-frills look... Optical4less also sells Acuvue, Bausch&Lomb SofLens & FreshLook Colorblends contact lenses starting at $16.25 a box (although, interestingly, the links from this page take you to 1800contacts – which also ships internationally...

Goggles4u also sells prescription glasses and sunglasses. It seems like their search is easier to use (you can plug in the width, height, bridge & other measurements & it lets you know what frames meet your needs). The glasses I needed ended up being $29.99, including free shipping.

Zennioptical offers a complete pair of prescription eyeglasses starting at $8. This includes frames & lenses with full UV protection, anti scratch coating,;a glasses case & microfiber lens cleaning cloth. International shipping is $5 no matter how many pairs you buy! Having your glasses tinted costs under $5 and they’ve got pure titanium frames starting at $39.95.

Know of any others? Let me know!


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  2. I've checked these out ( they charge 9.50 GBP for overseas shipping.

  3. No more Zenni and Goggles4u glasses. If you want to buy cheap and quality glasses, check GlassesShop out. It has a huge selection to choose from so you will be sure to find a pair of frames that fits your style!