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So, it’s true: Your eye doctor has officially confirmed you are now straying far from the 20/20 vision you once boasted as a young woman. Cry a river for those of us who have been sporting specs since elementary school.
But the good news is not only will great glasses help you see, the right pair can be incredibly on trend, too. And, oh, what bargains there are to be had when you know where to look! For the contact lens wearers out there, there's no shortage of deals either. Here are great online shopping resources to — ahem — keep an eye out for.
Need new frames? This site gives you your first pair totally free. We've tried it and there really is no catch. Simply select the glasses of your choice from a list (there are hundreds included in the offer), enter your prescription and the code FIRSTPAIRFREE. All you pay is shipping and handling, which amounts to less than $20 — when you could have spent $100 for the frames alone.
Crave designer frames, but living on a generic budget? This online retailer sells glasses for as little as $6.95, with no retail costs going to the customer. We found $275 Rock! frames marked down to just $24. Like many Internet eyewear retailers, EyeBuyDirect lets you upload a shot of yourself and then virtually try on any designs you're interested in.
Looking for low-priced specs? At Zenni, prices start at just $6.95 for prescription lenses and frames. You’ll find glasses for kids, women and men, so you can outfit the whole family at once.
Contacts can be pricey, but when you order from a site like this, you’ll score online rebates, discounted prices and free shipping, all making those little lenses affordable. And, if it’s your first time ordering from visiondirect.com, enter the code 25NEW at checkout to take 25 percent off your first order.
What’s better than one great pair of frames? Why, two great pairs of frames. At this retailer, score two pairs for $69.95. You get to choose two pairs from hundreds of glasses normally priced at $59.95 each, prescription lenses included, and a free eye exam (regularly $45) at any of their locations across the country. Bring on the BOGO!
You’ll find the brand's very stylish glasses priced at less than $100 (including prescription lenses and free shipping). But the coolest part about Warby Parker is that for each pair of glasses bought, the company works with partners to give a pair of glasses to someone in need. And check out the Home Try-On program: You pick five frames, they ship them to you for free, you have five days to try ‘em out, then return them for free and buy your fave.
Toilet paper. Cat food. Eye exam. Cross all your to-dos off your list at Costco, where you can get visit an optician, order contact lenses or pick out a pair of glasses. Exams are typically priced between $49 and $79, with most frames priced below $100.
If you know you need an exam, plus frames and maybe even contacts, too, head to your nearest Target or TargetOptical.com for discounted prices. Frames are 25 percent off retail, lenses start as low as $13 a month and, if you’re unsure which glasses to choose from, take advantage of the Try-at-Home packs, where you select four frames online that Target ships to you for free. You get five days to test them out and return them, so you can then order the ones online you really love.