Seeing is believing: I found the six most affordable places to buy glasses online—starting at $10

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To me, visiting the eye doctor is on par with going to the dentist. If there’s one thing I don’t want someone doing, it’s poking at my eyeballs — I’m sure you can relate.

Then after the eye exam I just adore looking for new glasses in an overwhelming room filled with dozens and dozens of options. Especially when my pupils are dilated.

So, I took to the web to find a new pair of glasses. And my eyes were opened to an entire new world of online retailers. There are just so many stylish pairs and helpful tools available now. I had no idea.

Plus, online glasses are so much cheaper than the designer brands lining the shelves at my doctor’s office. Instead of costing hundreds of dollars, these frames are often less than $90. And some retailers offer insurance plan reimbursements. Hello, entirely free glasses, thank you for existing.

Here, dear reader, are the best places to find glasses online:

Diff Eyewear

Each pair of frames, hand-cut from a single piece of acetate, is designed at Diff Eyewear’s Southern California studio.

Cost: $50 to $95

Insurance Accepted: Yes


LensCrafters isn’t just a strip-mall type of place. Their site features a vast collection of frames from brands like Persol, Tom Ford and Ray-Ban. And right now you can get 40% off lenses when you buy a pair of frames.

Cost: $70 to $520

Insurance Accepted: Yes

Warby Parker

I was elated to find that Warby Parker accepted my insurance plan. Even better: I was able to add blue-light protection to the frames I chose — perfect for someone always online. And, you can order five frames to try on at home for free.

Cost: $95 to $200

Insurance accepted: Yes

EyeBuy Direct

EyeBuy Direct is the place to go for inexpensive reading glasses. Right now it’s buy one, get one 50% off.

Cost: Less than $100 (sale frames start as low as $10)

Insurance accepted: No

Felix + Iris

Felix + Iris loves a good freebie, offering free shipping, free frame adjustments and free lens protection. Prices are simple and straightforward: All reading glasses cost $89, single-vision lenses cost $119, bifocals cost $249 and progressives cost $299. And you can return glasses for a full refund within 30 days.

Cost: $89 to $299

Insurance Accepted: Yes

Frames Direct

Featuring designers like Prada, Versace, Kate Spade and Coach, FramesDirect is a one-stop shop for premium eyewear. And the site has a price-match guarantee.

Cost: $40 to $950

Insurance: Yes

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