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Don’t Make a Spectacle: Best Online Eyewear Retailers

Don’t Make a Spectacle: Best Online Eyewear Retailers
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Olivia Pandora July 11, 2019

 Are you sick of going to the eye doctor every time you want new eyeglasses? Or maybe you don’t have the time to wait in line to get new frames? After you get your prescription, shopping wi

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Are you sick of going to the eye doctor every time you want new eyeglasses? Or maybe you don’t have the time to wait in line to get new frames? After you get your prescription, shopping with an online eyewear retailer can give you more options in terms of style and affordability. There are specific needs you should consider like price, shipping, availability, and company perks. All of these options can be overwhelming, however, so here are some of the best online eyewear retailers to get you started.

1. Warby Parker

Warby Parker was one of the first online eyewear retailers that became popular and they have somewhat of a cult following. The success of Warby Parker has made shopping for eyeglasses online-assessable. The popularity comes from their free home try-on program, their stylish frames, and their easy payment plan. They’ve taken the hassle out of choosing new eyeglasses and given a streamlined approach that their customers love.

2. Glasses USA

Glasses USA provides a large variety of eyeglasses at affordable prices. One convenient and cool feature they have is virtual try-on, which I’ve personally tried. This feature is a quick way to get an idea of how the eyeglasses will look on you. They offer brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, and Muse.

3. Lenscrafters

You’ve probably already heard of Lenscrafters and might even be familiar with their in-person stores. They do have a lot of locations across the country, but they also offer online shopping. For those who might need help deciding on a style, they provide a brief quiz and offer options to fit your tastes and face shape.

4. EyeBuyDirect

EyeBuyDirect is another great option for anyone on a budget. They offer eyeglasses ranging from classic to trendy. They also have a virtual try-on feature, so you can see which style suits you before you spend any money. For those still in college, they offer a student discount and free shipping, which is a nice perk for students on a college budget. You can also take a quick quiz to get a better idea of the eyeglasses you may be interested in.

5. 39 Dollars Glasses

At 39 Dollar Glasses, all the glasses start at 39 dollars and up. What is interesting about 39 Dollar Glasses is that eye doctors started the business. The insight they have as eye doctors helps make the shopping process more intuitive for customers. This is great for people who might feel apprehensive about ordering online. With their 30-day free return policy and 90-day exchange policy, you can shop without the worry of being stuck with glasses you don’t love.


Once you go to, you are instantly offered a free 139-page guide on buying eyeglasses. For those who prefer to thoroughly research before they buy, this is a wonderful resource. The design of their website is simple and straightforward. In addition to their website, they also have a couple of brick-and-mortar stores available for customers who want to shop in-store.

7.  Glasses Shop

Glasses Shop offers eyeglasses and sunglasses for women, men, and children. The styles vary from vintage to modern. Their BOGO special offer is a good fit for those who want two different styles or want to alternate their looks. They also offer a student discount, which gives students 20% off their purchase. These deals, along with their convenient return policy, make Glasses Shop a store worth looking into.

This list of companies should give you a good place to start on your hunt for new eyeglasses. Once you figure out what you want, you can choose the website that fits your style preferences, budget, and timeframe. Don’t be afraid to look at several options, but make sure you remember your goals while shopping.