I've been on the hunt. I've called around to various eye doctors to get pricing on exams. Basically, whether it is at Wal-Mart, a store in the strip mall, or a lasik center, I can't get an exam (glasses and contacts) for less than $135 because I have astigmatism. I was considering going to America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses because they offer a free exam when you buy two pairs of glasses. However, when I priced it out, it was still going to cost $330 for a simple eyeglass exam and two pairs of glasses. I forgot to ask but I assume that a contact exam was going to cost extra. (I still want to order contacts but plan to order online since I can find them significantly cheaper.)
My husband suggested that I check out Warby Parker for glasses. Warby Parker is an online-based company that strives to offer "boutique-quality classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point." For just $95, you can get a pair of glasses with polycarbonate lenses and anti-glare coating. At most stores, it costs $100 just for the lens upgrade to polycarbonate with anti-glare coating. At Warby Parker, those "upgrades" are included in every pair of glasses. If you have a particularly strong prescription, they also offer high-index lenses for an extra $30. That's a very reasonable price. Oh, I did I mention that shipping is free?
Eyewear is something you really want to see on your face before you buy. Warby Parker offers a few solutions:
- Visit one of their showrooms if you're lucky enough to live near one. (There are only 9 in the entire United States.)
- Use their Virtual Try-On Tool by uploading your own photograph. Unfortunately, not all glasses are available for the virtual try-on. But, if you can't view one with the virtual tool, you can still...
- Use their FREE Home Try-On Program! They will send you up to 5 pairs to try on in your own home for 5 days for free. They pay shipping both ways. The package will be delivered via UPS. When your trial period is up, just repackage them and drop them off with UPS to be returned.
If you're thinking of giving Warby Parker a try, make sure to sign-up for Shop at Home! If you link to Warby Parker through your Shop at Home account, you can earn 3% cash back on your purchase. Every little bit of savings helps!
UPDATE 7/13: I have the trial pairs in my possession! Come see what they look like on me and give me your feedback! You can vote for your favorite pair in the sidebar. Thanks!