Sunday, April 12, 2009

If You Can't Tell, Why Should We?

One of these pictures is of me in my $200 Target glasses, and one of these is of me in my $8 Zenni Optical glasses.  Can you tell the difference?  If you're like me, you need both glasses and contact annually, but eye insurance only covers one of those per year.  That leaves me to shell out the extra $200.  I don't think so!

Sorry for the terrible pictures.  My lovely assistant was busy when I was ready so I had to take matters into my own hands.

After a quick google search I found all kinds of websites that offered cute glasses for much less than any eye doctor.  I decided to go with the cheapest I could find since I usually just wear them around the house.  Zenni Optical was great to work with.  All you need is your prescription (your property by law available from your eye doctor, I just claim I need a copy for my own records after my appointment) and you're good to go.

I've been wearing glasses since I was in 4th grade, so I have tried on my fair share of frames.  I was okay with ordering glasses without trying them on since I had an idea of what I wanted (and at these prices you can order 2 pairs if you make a mistake and still come out on top).  The only complaint I have is that this particular company didn't offer the "thinning" feature often needed in stronger prescriptions.  I'm blind, okay!?  So my lenses turned out a little on the thick side...but like I said, I just wear them around the house.  Also since I had a stronger prescription I had to pay about $4 extra dollars for the extra strength.  When all was said and done it cost me: $8 frames & lenses + $4 extra strength + $6 shipping.  My new pair of glasses for less than $20 arrived within two weeks.