Order Placed (May 31, 2006): I placed
an order for 2 pairs of glasses from Optical4less. The first was
for progressive lenses ($63USD) in regular frames ($29USD). The
second was for a single-vision pair of Transitions lenses ($59USD)
in bendable frames ($59USD). Because 2 pairs were ordered, shipping
was free. Shortly after ordering, I received a confirmation email
which included a link to an order tracking page where the status of
the order could be checked.
Order Shipped (June 8, 2006): The
glasses had shipped. An email was sent to me, and the order
tracking page was updated.
Order Received (June 15, 2006): The
glasses arrived. Each included a free case and a micro fiber cloth.
A free mini-screwdriver / keychain was included as well.
Pictures (click on any of the thumbnails to open a full size
picture in a new window)
#1 and #2 are of the package
contents. The boxes were wrapped together with the shipping paper,
and everything was taped together quite well. #3 and #4 are shots
of the progressive lenses. #5 and #6 are of the transitions-lensed
glasses in the bendable frames. Everything seemed to be in
Order Received (June 15, 2006 –
Packing was good, basically identical to the packing in the first
frames had a good solid feel to them and a nice finish. They needed
some adjusting, but were perfectly fine otherwise. From what I
could tell, the lenses themselves seemed to be of high quality.
Note that I myself do not wear progressives/bifocals, so these were
ordered for another individual, but she did try them and seemed to
be quite pleased with them. I examined them myself as best I could
as well, and there wasn’t anything I could see that may have been
Transitions: The bendable frames seemed good. They were
both lightweight and flexible, and make these glasses one of the
nicer pairs I own. They didn’t need any adjusting. The lenses
themselves were great. Optically, they seem to be perfect. The
transitions effect works properly. The lenses did have a couple
marks on them (looked like scuff marks on the inside of the lens),
but the marks rubbed off with the micro fiber cloth. All in all,
another great pair of glasses.
Total time between ordering and delivery: 15
Time to ship: 8 days
Time in transit: 7 days
Would I buy from Optical4less again?: Yes.
Would I recommend Optical4less to others?: Yes.
The rimless glasses from the first review have also held up through
a bit of rugged use and abuse. Between all 3 glasses, I haven’t
come across any problems, and most of the feedback I’ve heard from
others has been positive as well. I am still concerned about the
shipping note they send with the glasses about not being
responsible for damage during shipping (see the first review for
more info), and they can be more pricey than some of the other
places, but other than that, everything else seems to be pretty top
notch. From what I’ve heard from others, if you have a prescription
that’s pretty complex, Optical4less is often a pretty safe bet.
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Optical4less review #2 by Matt
originally posted on the OLD EGRR site on Feb 8
Jan 18, 2006 – I placed an order for glasses from
Optical4less. Their regular frames are $29, stepping up to rimless
brought the price to $39 + $8 shipping. This included basic lenses
(Hi-Index 1.56 AS® Hi-Max ® Aspheric Lens) and came with free AR.
Note that shipping would have been free had I ordered 2 pairs or
Jan 24, 2006 – I received an email stating that my
glasses had shipped. It also included tracking information.
Hongkong Post provides tracking info up until it leaves the
country. Once the package left Hong Kong (on the 26th), further
tracking was not available on the Hongkong Post website.
Feb 8, 2006 – My package arrived in the mail. Included
with the glasses were a free case, 2 micro fiber cloths, and a
little slip/note with a couple basic care and cleaning
instructions, and also stated that “O4L are NOT responsible for
any contrived damages or damages which caused during the shipping
process.” It would appear that if your package has a little
mishap during transit, your only recourse might be to take it up
with the post office (although I would still recommend contacting
Pictures (click on any of the
thumbnails to open a full size picture in a new window)
#1 and #2 are the packaging,
basically it’s a white box covered with shipping paper. Inside the
white box was the glasses case. #3 is the way the glasses case
looked when first opened, pretty standard stuff. The micro fiber
cloths were wrapped around the lenses to help keep them protected
during transport. The case itself is semi-transparent plastic. #4
and #5 are a couple shots of everything laid out. Notice in #5 the
white foam padding in the bottom of the case – if you were to
transfer the glasses in this case, you would probably want the
lenses facing down (against the foam) rather than directly against
the plastic to help keep them from scratching. Finally #6 is pretty
self explanatory, just a shot of the glasses.
Feb 8, 2006 (continued) – Packing was sufficient,
basically the case fit snug in the box. A snug fit means that the
case won’t slide around, but also means that any impact to the box
is going to be transferred directly to the case. The clamshell case
itself is entirely plastic, and both looks and feels cheap, so a
sharp impact during shipping might crack or break it. An upgraded
case would help ensure that can’t happen.
That aside, the glasses themselves are good. The frame seems to
be sturdy, and the lenses are screwed in tightly enough that
there’s no play when shifting the frame. The lenses themselves are
pretty much perfect and I couldn’t find one fault or flaw with
them. Excellent workmanship from what I can tell. The AR coating
reflects bright light as a greenish color. The coatings are also
water repellant. This makes it nice for cleaning, as you can clean
the lenses under soapy water, and then run the lenses under the tap
for the final rinse, leaving them drop and spot-free.
Incidentally, this is the method I recommend for cleaning
lenses, as by using only water, you’re helping to keep your lenses
scratch-free. Lingering drops can usually be dabbed (never rubbed)
off the bottom of the lens with a tissue. Just make sure you use a
mild soap (some dish soaps are mild enough), and never use hot
water. Harsh detergents will eat away at the coatings, and hot
water has been known to ‘crack’ coatings in some cases.
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Would I buy from Optical4less again? – Yes. While a
little more expensive than some of the other retailers, the glasses
I received were great, and will definitely become one of my primary
pairs. I shudder to think of what rimless frames/lenses with an AR
coating would have cost me locally. Yet for under $50, I got
exactly that. Quality-wise, they’re at least as good, if not better
than what I would have expected here locally for 3-4 times the
Would I recommend Optical4less to others? – Probably.
After a couple months of usage, assuming all goes well, I’ll likely
upgrade this to a yes. My experience thus far has been really good,
and quality seems to be superb. Of course, others experiences may
vary, but I think the majority of people who purchase from
Optical4less will end up completely satisfied.
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