Online Eyeglasses

I just bought me a new pair of eyeglasses over the counter in Tucson. It is June 2, 2009 - they cost me about $200.

Now I am investigating several online sites that offer good looking eyeglasses at attractive prices.

My prescription

To deal with them, I need my prescription, which is as follows:
		SPH	CYL	AXIS	ADD	PD
OD(right)	-225	-225	164	+200	34
OS(left)	-375	-100	178	+200	33
The PD in the above is the one-sided pupilary distance (from the center of my nose), most folks just want the sum of these (68mm), the "interpupillary distance".

I visited Dr. Tetrault again June 21, 2012 for an exam, and got the following numbers:

		SPH	CYL	AXIS	ADD	PD
OD(right)	-175	-225	170	+225	33
OS(left)	-325	-100	175	+225	33
He measured my PD as 66/63 (the 66 number is what I want to order glasses, the 63 number is for "near vision" if I understand him right.

During this visit, he mentioned that several of his clients have ordered and been happy with glasses from Zenni Optical.

My curent frames (2009) say 55 [] 19/141

Places to go

So far I am dealing with Zenni, and have been entirely satisfied. It usually takes just under a week to get a pair of glasses from them.

I may try "Discount Glasses" at some point in the future.

The 39 dollar site will sell a set of glasses (single vision) frames and lenses for just that price (39 dollars). A pair of glasses with progressive bifocal lenses costs 79 dollars. Buying via the link from the glassyeyes site may give a 10 or 15 percent discount (it does at the time of this writing).

In April of 2013 I finally actually ordered a set of glasses online (from Zenni Optical). I was shocked when they arrived, they are superb. A pair of progressive bifocals in a titanium frame for $72 (plus shipping). I could have picked out a less expensive frame ($10), paid the $22 for the progressive lenses, addes $5 for tint and have a $37 pair of sunglasses. And I just might.

Zenni offers 3 levels of tint: 10, 50, and 80. The advice I find is that you want to select the grey (as I will) or the brown. The 10 percent tint is for "fashion", whatever that means. The 50 percent tint is the mainstream choice, but the 80 percent tint is what you want for outdoor use in bright sun, or daytime driving. Note that the G-15 "Rayban" tint is an 85 percent tint.

Zenni does not do a relensing service, but this outfit does, and seems totally cool about how they charge for it:


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Tom's online eyeglasses notes / tom@mmto.org