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Online Eyeglass Retailer Information and Reviews

Quick Comparison

To try and keep things organized, I've moved this from the main page. Note that it is only updated periodically, so between that and any mistakes I may have made, it might not be 100% accurate!

Note: It is important to keep in mind that the table below is not a good apples-to-apples comparison. It's been added due to requests, but here are a few reasons why you should not rely on it:

Again, I urge you not to rely solely on the chart to make your purchase decisions! Read up on the retailers, check a few out, and make a well-informed decision!

If people are finding the chart helpful, I may eventually expand on it. If not, it might disappear at some point in the future, as some retailers change their offerings/prices frequently and it's really tough for me to keep on top of things. Send me a message if you have strong feelings one way or the other.

retailer BBB rating Total (incl shipping) for cheapest single-vision glasses Total (incl shipping) for cheapest bi-focal glasses UV & AR coatings Notes: Information Page Reviews
39 Dollar Glasses A+ $44 (1.59 index) $94 (1.59 index) free / $25 Base lenses are polycarbonate (virtually shatterproof). Most new-user friendly eyeglass retailer on the web. info page reviews
Zenni Optical A+ $12 (1.57 index) $29 (1.50 index) free / $5 Most popular discount eyeglass retailer on the web. info page reviews
Goggles4u A+ $17 (1.57 index) $35 (1.56 index) free / $5 Carries over 3000 frames. A few designer brands available. Historically known for interesting "cloth bag" envelopes which were always a conversation starter. info page reviews
Frames Direct A- approx $195 approx $225 $15 / $45 Only carries high end name brand designer frames (largest selection of any retailer). Most popular name-brand retailer on the web. Since all designer frames vary in price, the listed total is based upon $150 frames. info page
EyeBuyDirect F $13 (1.50 index) $32 (1.50 index) $5 / $7 Runs frequent 2-for-1 sales (appears to have pioneered the concept). info page reviews
GlassesShop unavailable $20 (1.50 index) $40 (1.50 index) $5 / $5 Runs frequent 2-for-1 sales. info page reviews
Coastal B+ $62 (1.59 index) $113 (1.58 index) free / free Price includes 7% handling fee. Carries a selection of name-brand designer wear as well. Has ongoing "first pair free" promotion (appears to have pionnered the concept). info page reviews
GlassesUSA F $48 (1.50 index) $137 (1.50 index) $29 (UV + AR) Carries medium selection of designer brands info page
Global Eyeglasses F $25 (1.50 index) $44 (1.50 index) $5 / $10 Growing somewhat in popularity over time. info page reviews
Great Eyeglasses A $18 (1.56 index) $39 (1.56 index) free / $10 Site has a retro "60's" theme (bit of a must-see in my opinion). info page
Eyeglass Direct B+ $33 (1.50 index) $74 (1.50 index) free / $28 Has local storefront in Brooklyn NY and offers "pickup" as shipping option. info page reviews
Optical4less unavailable $37 (1.56 index) $100 (1.56 index) free / free Carries indexes up to 1.9. Was previously known for excellent lens craftsmanship especially with complex prescriptions, though there are rumours that may have changed. info page reviews
SelectSpecs F $24 (1.56 index) $51 (1.50 index) free / free Based in UK, has US/Can/Germany offices. Quite popular. info page reviews
Eyeglass Factory Outlet F $40 (1.50 index) $55 (1.50 index) free / $40 Used to run an eBay storefront as well. info page
Choice Eyewear F $20 (1.56 index) $40 (1.56 index) free / $5 Formerly known as LBW Eyewear. info page
MyGlasses unavailable $34 (1.50 index) $46 (1.50 index) free / $22 info page
SpecsOnTheNet unavailable $41 (1.50 index) $79 (1.50 index) free / $16 Based in UK, only 17 frames available. info page

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