I was a little overdue for new glasses (so long, dear Prada frames), so I thought I’d give Zenni Optical a try. Our budget is tight, and I can’t think of a compelling reason to buy expensive frames if I can get them so cheap online. Plus, I have a wild baby who loves to grab glasses – you get the picture.
I had a budget of $150, so I ended up ordering five pairs. When I first got them, I had some headache issues for a day, so I got a little nervous. In hindsight, I should have ordered one, just in case the new prescription wasn’t right. Luckily, I adjusted and they’re fine.
Obviously, I didn’t need so many – I’d hoped for a pair and a backup, plus sunglasses, but they’re so inexpensive, I was able to get five in at only $0.45 over my budget. This was with free shipping (a Memorial Day promo), but their regular shipping is just a $4.95 flat rate.
I added on clip-on sunglasses to a pair (I think they were $3.95) just to see what they were like… They’re kind of cheap and silly, but oh well. My better half can use them over his glasses, I suppose.
I was pretty excited to finally have prescription sunglasses, too. I can live without prescription glasses for day driving, but I can’t go without sunglasses. I wear them whether it’s sunny or cloudy. Now I’ll be able to read street names from a reasonable distance in the daytime, and that seems like a nice skill to have.
The sunglasses are available in several different tint colors and strengths. I went with the highest strength (80%), and I chose purple over the traditional grey, because I thought it went nicely with the aqua frames.
Anyway, the takeaway is this: I would absolutely recommend Zenni Optical. It’s probably best just to go for one inexpensive pair if you have a new prescription, and you can go back and order more if they’re working out. Oh, and skip the clip-on sunglasses.
Oh! I almost forgot! The glasses all come with decent hard-shell plastic cases and a cloth lens wipe. I mention this because the lens wipes have different tacky photos on the back, like beach sunsets and mountain streams. This amuses me for some reason.