Retailers that don’t have a
dedicated information page on this site for various
Marvel Optics –
Marvel is BBB-accredited with an A- rating. Frames technically
start at $5.99 (with free 1.499 index single vision lenses), though
you have to get up to about the $24.99 mark before you’ve started
getting into a real selection, putting them in the middle of the
discount price range. Bifocal, Progressive, and free-form lenses
add about $19, $36, and $40 respectively. Lens indexes of up to
1.74 are offered. AR, UV, and tinted coatings add $6/$5/$5.
Polarized lenses can be had as a $30 upgrade –
photochromic/transitions lenses on the other hand don’t appear to
be available. The site itself has a clean, fluid feel to it, a
virtual try-on feature is available, the site is easy to use, and
mouse-over popups are well written in terms that are easy to
understand. I didn’t come across anything that would disqualify
them from getting a full-page listing on EGRR during my brief look,
so a dedicated page will likely be added in the future.
Eyeglass Universe –
Eyeglass Universe is a relative newcomer to the online eyeglass
industry, but appears to be steadily improving both their site and
web presence over time. Frame prices range from $6.95 to
approximately $200. For those looking for glasses on the discount
end, almost 2000 frames are listed in the under-$40 range, though
that includes duplicates in different colors. At the low end of
that price range, it’s not until around the $10 mark that you start
to move into something of a selection. Upgrading lens types is
well-priced, but options such as AR/Anti-Scratch/UV are very
expensive at $59+/$12/$8 respectively and quickly push a purchase
out of the discount price range. Information in the help section is
quite good, with “factoids” bordering the right side of the page.
The website lacks any form of virtual “try-on” feature, but is well
thought out and quite usable. Eyeglass Universe carries a selection
of contact lenses as well – it’s worth noting that they list the
“true” price you pay (not price after rebate), and thus far do not
appear to charge the imaginary “handling” fee that the major
contact lens outlets charge, so may be worth looking into if
looking for a straightforward price for contact lenses. Midwest
Optical Associates (the owner of Eyeglass Universe) is
BBB-accredited with an A- rating.
Lenses RX sells glasses with single-vision, bi-focal, and
progressive lenses. The focus appears to be on name-brand designer
frames, with typical brands (Guess, Nike, Vogue, etc) tending to
start around the $100 mark for the frames (and a minimum $30
additional for the lenses). They are listed by the BBB with a D-
rating. LensesRX may get a dedicated information page on the EGRR
site at some point in the future as a name brand frame
retailer – while they do offer discount frames, to hit a reasonable
selection you must spend at least $60 ($30 frames + $30 lenses +
shipping) which currently excludes them from a listing as a
EyeSave – eyesave.com
Offerings are largely limited to non-prescription sunglasses,
though a selection of reading glasses is carried as well. EyeSave
carries a number of name brand designer glasses (non-prescription).
As a ballpark number, Nike frames start at about $50 and Ray-Ban
start at about $95. Shipping is $6.95 within the US, with
International Shipping handled through another company (shipping
cost not listed on website). They carry an A+ rating with the BBB.
Because they do not offer prescription distance/bifocal/progressive
lenses, they do not qualify for a dedicated review page on EGRR at
AffordableVision.com – affordablevision.com
Carries a small selection of frames beginning at $40 + shipping
including single-vision lenses. Bifocals and progressives offered
as well. Prescription section of ordering page is very un-intuitive
and I suspect a high number of mistakes would be made for
individuals when entering data. Checkout cart has an expired
certificate as well. AffordableVision.com is not listed with the
BBB. To receive a dedicated information page on the EGRR site, at
minimum they would need to increase their selection, re-implement
their prescription section (the current design increases the chance
a customer would enter the wrong prescription), and contain a valid
security certificate for checkout (or failing that, drop the normal
checkout and switch entirely to PayPal).
World Eyeglasses –
Only appears to sell locally in Fort Lauderdale, FL and do not
appear to have any offerings available online. World Eyeglasses
appears to be owned and operated by Dr Gary Enker. BBB has them
listed with a B- rating. They do not have a dedicated information
page on EGRR as they appear to only sell locally.
Inactive / Past Retailers
All information seems to indicate they kept taking orders through
their website, but stopped sending out glasses, continuing to do
this for quite some time – effectively defrauding their customer
base by taking money with no intent to deliver a product in return.
EyeglassRetailerReviews.com issued a warning about them on the
website upon receiving a massive influx of complaints, and
contacted US agencies in an effort to initiate an investigation in
hopes that VALUEglasses would be shut down if the allegations were
true. At this point in time, the VALUEglasses website appears to no
longer be existence and has been replaced by a parked domain
serving ads. If you ordered from VALUEglasses and did not receive
your order, you’re encouraged to contact your credit card company
and inquire about the possibility of a “chargeback”. Informing the
BBB and FTC may be beneficial in the event that an investigation is
Curious as to how things have changed
Here is the original writeup for VALUEglasses from many years
“for the best value and quality
Warning: There have been a
considerable number of reports where individuals have ordered
glasses from VALUEglasses, have not received them, and have been
unable to contact the company. I would not recommend purchasing
from them at this point in time, as there seems to be a high risk
In the event that you have
ordered from VALUEglasses, I recommend that you document all means
of trying to contact them, and file a dispute with your credit card
company if you do not receive your glasses. In most cases, the
credit card company will reverse the charge. Also be sure to
contact me at email@example.com and let me
VALUEglasses is located in California (USA). Pricing in USD.
They display a phone number, address, and email address on their
information page. They accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express,
Discover, and Paypal as methods of payment.
VALUEglasses isn’t one of the most popular online retailers, but
they do have a decent web site, albeit a little plain. Their
pricing seems to be quite good, starting at $24.98 for a basic pair
of single-vision frames/lenses. Basic bi-focals start at $49.98.
Shipping is an additional $6-8. Frame selection is quite high, lens
selection slightly above average.
A BBB search from search.bbb.org shows VALUEglasses as having a
rating of “F” with 3 unanswered complaints.
due to the pricing scheme
(separate prices rather than “+” pricing for different lens
materials), this price chart is for the cheapest frame/lens combo
in each category.
|Plastic 1.56 High Index
|Polycarbonate 1.59 High Index
|Plastic 1.61 Extra High Index
|Plastic 1.67 Ultra High Index
|Plastic Transition Lenses
|Premium AR Coating
|Solid Tint (gray green brown blue yellow orange purple pink)
(20% 50% 90%)
|Gradient Tint (gray green brown blue yellow orange purple pink)
(20% 50% 90%)
Single Vision frames/lenses come to $30.93 to the US, $32.93
Internationally. Bi-focals are $55.93/$57.93, and Progressives
$95.93/$97.93 after shipping.
||The website is very plain, but useable. Categories are set up
nicely, but browsing through the frames requires a lot of
scrolling. On the plus side, the pictures are quite clear, and
after selecting a frame, a close up picture becomes available.
There is a lot of general information on the frames and lenses but
it must be accessed through the information section of the website.
It would be nice if the information could be easily accessed via a
popup box or similar from the actual order page.
||Metal, Plastic, Titanium, Bifocal, and Progressive are the
categories, with subcategories such as Rimless, Semi-Rimless,
Bendable, and Fullrim.
||Prominently displayed frame dimensions are given. Pictures are
clear. Color can be selected.
||Anti-scratch, UV protection, and polished edges are all
included for free. AR and Tint are given as options which are less
than $10 each. More options are offered with Single Vision lenses,
which can be bought in Polycarbonate, or various high index
materials. Transitions are offered for both single vision and
||Basic frames and lenses with anti-scratch are offered for
slightly over $30 shipped. Going with Polycarbonate lenses only
adds $10 to the price. AR isn’t included, but only adds $7 which is
a reasonable price (although it would be nice if it was included,
since it brings the basic pair close to $40 after shipping). All in
all, pricing seems very reasonable.
Reports that customers had been unable to contact EyeGlassesWorld
despite the website continuing to run were made public on the
EyeglassRetailerReviews.com website. Since that time, the
EyeGlassesWorld website has gone down and appears to have been
replaced by a parked domain serving ads. If you ordered from
EyeGlassesWorld and did not receive your order, you’re encouraged
to contact your credit card company and inquire about the
possibility of a “chargeback”. You may want to inform the BBB and
FTC if the situation warrants it.
Curious as to how things have changed
Here is the original writeup for Eye Glasses World from many
“the source for high quality eyewear at
Warning: There have been reports
of individuals unable to contact EyeGlassesWorld. While their
website appears to be up and running, attempts to contact them have
been met with no response. I have also tried contacting them, so
far, without success. Therefore, at this time, and until more
information becomes available, or until I have had a chance to try
ordering from them, I DO NOT RECOMMEND EyeGlassesWorld for your
online eyeglass purchases. If you have recently ordered glasses
from or been able to contact EyeGlassesWorld, please email me at
Eye Glasses World is located in California (USA). Pricing in
USD. Single-vision and bi-focal (regular and progressives) are both
offered. They display email addresses and a physical address on
their Contact page. They accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express,
Discover, and Paypal.
I wasn’t able to find a whole lot of information on Eye Glasses
World. The website is very basic, and seems incomplete. For
example, certain frame categories are displayed but cannot be
chosen. However, pricing is generally good. Their frames with
lenses start at just $20, with the majority being around the $29
As far as pricing goes, Eye Glasses World seems to be pretty
competative. The major downside is really the website, which does
not feel complete at all, but rather seems like a work in progress.
A little tweaking, testing, and updating would really go a long
way. A BBB search from search.bbb.org reveals that Eye Glasses
World has an “unsatisfactory” rating with 4 resolved complaints, 3
‘no response’ complaints, and 1 ‘unpursuable’ complaint.
|due to inconsistencies on the
website, there is a good chance these prices may not be
|pricing shown is for the $20
|1.56 High Index Lens
|1.50 Medium High Index (Japan)
|1.59 Polycarbonate Lens (price only shown at checkout)
|1.61 Extra High Index
|1.61 Extra High Index (Japan?)
|1.61 Extra High Index (France)
|1.67 Super High Index
|1.67 Super High Index (Japan?)
|1.67 Super High Index (France)
|1.70 HOYA Ultra High Index (Japan)
|Anti Reflective Coating
|Purple AR Coating with Japanese Lenses
|Blue AR Coating with Japanese Lenses (1.5 Index)
|PhotoChromic Coating (Grey or
|PhotoChromic Coating (Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Yellow, or
|Tint (Solid or Gradient) (Grey or Brown) (30%, 60%, or
|USPS First Class / Priority Mail Shipping (US)
A pair of single vision lenses without any add-ons is only
$25.00 after shipping if you live in the US, bi-focals are $39.00
after shipping to the US. Shipping to international countries
didn’t affect the shipping price of $5 but somehow I got the
feeling that international shipping may have been overlooked when
setting the prices. I’d recommend contacting them first before
placing an international order.
||Website seems incomplete. When ordering, some lens options
don’t display the price, or have incomplete information. Basic
frames with basic lenses would probably be a safe order.
Personally, if I were upgrading any of the lens options, I would
contact them beforehand to confirm what option I’m getting and the
||A fair selection is offered, although I was unable to find
Kid’s Eyeglasses, despite the category being shown.
||Dimensions, color, and whether the frame is available for
bifocals are shown.
||A few choices in lenses, including regular CR39, polycarbonate,
and high index lenses. AR, Photochromic coatings, and tints are
offered as add-ons.
||$25 shipped for a set of lenses in the US. International
shipping might be more. Upgrades such as AR, Polycarbonate lenses,
or tints range from about $6-10 which is completely
The MyOptics site has been closed. A message remains on their main
page that states “It is with regret that the decision has been
made to close down myoptics.co.uk and associated glasses sites. All
current orders that have been placed will be fulfilled and we wish
to thank our customers for their support.”
EyeglassRetailerReviews did not receive any complaints, and
therefore deem it likely that they have fulfilled their
obligations/orders and left on good terms with their
Curious as to how things have changed
Here is the original writeup for MyOptics from many years
“great prices, great service, free
MyOptics is located in the UK. Pricing in GBP (£) . Only
single-vision lenses (reading or distance) are available. They
display a local phone and fax number at the bottom of their
page. You can also find the mailing address on their site in
the Payment Options section. They accept Visa, Delta, Visa
Electron, MasterCard, Switch, Solo, Amex, Cheque, Postal Order, and
Paypal. To pay by Cheque, Postal Order, or Paypal you will
have to visit the Help/PaymentOptions section of their site for
The site is nicely designed, seems professional, and is quite
easy to navigate and order through. They have a “SmartFit” option
with each frame which opens a .pdf of the frame which can be
printed to get actual frame size. While lens options themselves are
fairly limited, adding the available options such as Tint,
Photochromic Lenses, or an AR Coating is as simple as checking a
Pricing starts at £15.00 for a frame & lenses (approx $27USD at
the time of this writing). The included CR39 lens has free
anti-scratch. There is free delivery in the UK, with shipping being
£5.00 (approx $9USD) Internationally.
|Note that the exchange rate in mid Jan, 2006 was approx
1.00GBP(£) = 1.77 USD
|Basic Frame and Lens
|Light and Dark (photochromic lens)
|Thin & Lite
A pair of single vision lenses without any add-ons is about
$36.00 after shipping if you live in the US. If you live in the UK,
they are £15.00 with free delivery.
||Website looks professional and is easy to navigate. When
ordering, there is “learn more” text which gives detailed
information on each option. The help system is well-designed and
full of information. They also have an online forum.
||There are only 7 frames in the £15.00 section, none of which
are unisex. However, the other sections do have more, so if you are
willing to spend a bit, you’ll probably find a frame that you
||Dimensions, color, and frame material are given. You can view
the glasses on a face, and through the “SmartFit” button, view a
.pdf of the frame and print it to size.
||CR39 is the only choice of lens material. Additional options
are either a Photochromic lens, Tint, AR Coating, or Thin & Light.
None of the options appear to be combinable with the others.
||A basic frame/lens is of pretty fair value. It would have been
nice to see the AR Coating as either being included, or at a lower