Buy Crazy Cheap Glasses Online at Zenni Optical (An Updated Review)

Written by The Tembas on April 1st, 2014

One nurse I work with has an insane number of glasses, matching every pair of scrubs she owns. I figured she just wore non-prescription glasses to keep stuff from splashing in her eyes. One night I commented on the bright orange frames that she had on and I was shocked to learn that her prescription was as bad as mine. “Haven’t I told you where I get my glasses? I order them online from the best website.” She then showed me the site which listed hundreds of prescription glasses priced between $6.95 and $46. This is not the frame price – this is the price for frames, lenses, everything. There is a small charge for bifocals, anti-glare and tinted lenses but the price is still insanely cheap. I had my doubts that the glasses would work as well as my current pair and that the prescription would be exactly right. However, my toddler had bent my current pair and I had some health care saving account money to blow so I figured I would try it out. At this price I could afford to be disappointed.

I uploaded a photo of me (a wedding photo, one of the only days I wasn’t wearing my glasses) and started to virtually try on pairs. It was really fun. I ended up ordering four pairs but I had to hold myself back from ordering more. I didn’t want to get a whole bunch and have them give me headaches. I entered all my prescription information into the form for each pair of glasses. They require a pupil distance which apparently some opthamologists don’t include on the prescription (because it makes it very easy to order online!) but luckily my guy at Costco did. Otherwise you can call your eye doctor and ask for it or they show you how to measure it on the website.  Shipping was only $4.95 (no limit on how many you can ship for that price). I got three regular glasses and a pair of sunglasses all for $50.

The Verdict

The glasses came after about two weeks or so. The prescription was right on. No problems with switching from pair to pair. No headaches or any other sign that the lens wasn’t made correctly. They all fit well. I am not going to lie, though. I can tell these are not expensive glasses. I ordered at the bottom of the price range. They are stylish and cute but are not going to withstand tons of abuse. However, things might be different when you order the $46 ones. They do look a little more high end. You definitely get way more for what you pay for when you compare how much glasses cost at Costco or a private optical store.

I would definitely recommend this site. It is perfect for people who are broke without insurance but need a new pair of glasses or for people who want a different pair for each mood and outfit (I know you are out there).  I have also recommended it to friends and families with kids in glasses and they are absolutely thrilled by the results. A friend’s daughter broke her $200 glasses after a week and she decided to try Zenni. She ordered her 3 pairs and they fit and worked great, for less than $20 each! A cousin has 4 kids – all in glasses and a few with very complex prescriptions. She was paying over $1000 out of pocket for one of her sons. On Zenni they cost about $100 and worked great. Note that they do recommend getting thinner (high index) lenses if you have really bad eyes and that does cost more. My eyes aren’t too bad and they will usually encourage me to upgrade to the next thinner lens, but since I prefer thick frames I stick with the free ones and they work fine. If you have to get thinner frames at the optical store then you will be best to do it here, but instead of a thousand of dollars in upcharge it is about $80.

Below are my four picks.  I was having fun with Piknik photo editing on Picasa so pardon the colors.

I love these! I wanted the biggest frames possible as that is the trend. $12.95!!!

This pair is green with red snowflakes on the side. I like the half frames and will likely order more in this style with different colors.

I call these the Rachel Maddow Pair. Super nerdy, like the pair Maddow wears off set. They overwhelm my face a little but are fun for something different

I didn’t like this pair at all when I first got them. I didn’t think they fit right Now that I am used to them I really like them.

This was an order a few years back. They had a big sale and I got all 6 for $60!

This was an order a few years back. They had a big sale and I got all 6 for $60!


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jenny says:

    Hey Sarah – I have recommended this review you’ve written to countless people. Just stopped by here to see if you had any new posts. Hope you find time to update – sure miss your writing and photos :)

  2. Selene says:

    Thanks for share! I was just looking on net and is good to buy somewhere that someone already know and like it! Cool! :)

  3. OpticalOwl says:

    As your nurse friend as shown why only have 1 pair of glasses? Especially when you can order fun colors so inexpensively. :)

  4. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The text inn your content seem to be running off the screen in Interneet explorer.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I
    figured I’d post to let you know. The design and styyle look great though!

    Hope you get the problem resolved soon. Kudos

  5. LoveGlasses says:

    I ordered from 2 times and Zenni 1 time in the last year. They are definitely my go-to glasses website from now on! Both of them have the best prices and the best selection.

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