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SouthernTransplant

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Prescription Sunglasses
« on: January 21, 2016, 07:51:05 AM »
Apologies if something similar has been asked before - I get an error message every time I try the search function in the forums.

Has anyone had luck ordering prescription sunglasses online, as opposed to using the grossly overpriced optometrist office?  I'm just getting into fly fishing, and some polarized prescription lenses would make things much easier - contacts aren't a great option for me unfortunately.

I have seen sites like 39dollarglasses.com, but have never used them.  Does anyone have any recommendations?  Someone that takes insurance as well would be a plus!

Thanks in advance.

twilli931

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Re: Prescription Sunglasses
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2016, 08:03:08 AM »
I have not ordered Rx sunglasses but regular Rx glasses from Zenni.  I love my Zenni glasses!  They do sunglasses, too.

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Re: Prescription Sunglasses
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2016, 08:08:53 AM »
You can get cheap sunglasses at zennioptical.com. I bought four pairs of regular glasses for about $10 each. They work great. You can also get regular glasses and add on a cheap clip-on sunglasses piece for about $5. Prescription sunglasses are a bit more, probably in the $20 range.

Downsides, you need to get your prescription written down and submit that; you have to carefully measure your pupil distance, which isn't tough; it takes a while to get them (3-4 weeks). And, this last time I did have a problem with my order getting mixed up with someone else's, took about six weeks to get it sorted out. But I ended up with 8 pairs of glasses for $45.
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Re: Prescription Sunglasses
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2016, 08:09:55 AM »
I had 3 great experienses with zennioptical.com.

But now I'm wearing tri-focals with slightly non-standard placement.

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Re: Prescription Sunglasses
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2016, 01:07:05 PM »
+ + zenni.  I've used them for myself and family members, for simple and complex prescriptions, regular and sunglasses, and all have been great quality, as well as cheap purchases. 

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Re: Prescription Sunglasses
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2016, 01:19:39 PM »
I have used Warby Parker and highly recommend them. They are not the cheapest (it's $95 for glasses and maybe a little over $100 for sunglasses) but great quality, great customer service, fast shipping, etc. Nothing bad to say about them.

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Re: Prescription Sunglasses
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2016, 01:29:32 PM »
I use 39dollarglasses.com.  They are great too.

When I first decided to try ordering glasses online, the Zenni website was down.

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Re: Prescription Sunglasses
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2016, 01:38:21 PM »
I have used Warby Parker and highly recommend them. They are not the cheapest (it's $95 for glasses and maybe a little over $100 for sunglasses) but great quality, great customer service, fast shipping, etc. Nothing bad to say about them.

I'll second warbyparker.  For someone like me with an expensive (strongly farsighted) prescription, it is especially a good deal.  You can ask for a box of frames (without Rx) to see how they fit on your face for free.  Just make sure you send them back in time.

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Re: Prescription Sunglasses
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2016, 01:43:23 PM »
Another vote for Zenni for prescription glasses in general.

Last year I got photochromatics (generic of "Transitions"), but this year my prescription has crossed into the range of $140 lenses if I want photochromatics (instead of the $60 lenses I had last year), so I got normal lenses for $30 and then the sunglass clip-ons. First day with them, and I like this! The old ones didn't transition in the car because the windshield filters UV. With clip-ons I can drive toward the rising sun (part of my commute) without horrible squinting!