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How to Save Money on Eyeglasses

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

How to Save Money on Eyeglasses

... In fact, if you're careful about where and how you shop for glasses, it's possible to get a great pair for less than $50 (or even free). Read on for tips on how to save money on your next pair of specs:


  • Get your eyes examined by an optometrist.
  • Buy online, but with caution. Many online retailers offer discounts on eyewear if you buy directly from them, but beware of hidden costs like shipping and handling or extras like tinting (which can be done at the store for free). Also keep in mind that the selection may not be as large as it would be at your local optometrist’s office or Costco optical department; however, there are many online resources to help guide you in finding the right frames for your prescription needs and preferences instead of just relying on what happens to be available at local stores.

3rd Party Review Sites - There are several third-party review sites that aggregate reviews from many different buyers so that each pair of glasses gets a rating based on how well it fits specific features such as size, weight and color rather than just overall satisfaction level alone which can lead us into our next point...4th Party Replacement Services - If any part of your eyewear breaks down after purchase such as hinges breaking off completely due to poor craftsmanship then this service will replace those parts free thanks again though!5th Party Warranty Plans - If anything goes wrong within 30 days after purchasing then all repairs will be covered under warranty without having any out-of-pocket expenses whatsoever!6th Party Customer Service Reps: Being able to contact someone anytime during business hours without paying extra fees makes having these services extremely valuable when compared against other options out there today!"

Get your eyes examined by an optometrist.

An optometrist is a doctor who has completed an accredited four-year post-graduate clinical doctorate in vision science, according to the American Optometric Association. An optometrist can perform common eye exams, diagnose and treat vision problems, prescribe glasses and contact lenses, determine whether you need glasses or contact lenses, perform routine tests on eyesight throughout your life (such as refractive error testing), treat eye diseases and injuries such as glaucoma or diabetes-related changes in the retina (retinopathy) that could lead to blindness if not treated properly, treat eye infections like pink eye or conjunctivitis (pinkeye), provide preoperative evaluations for cataract surgery patients and administer injections into the vitreous humor of the eye during cataract removal surgery;

Buy online, but with caution.

Buying eyeglasses online can be a great way to save money. However, there are some things you should look for when buying glasses online.

  • Buy from a reputable company
  • Buy from a company with good return policies (and warranty)
  • Buy from a company with good reputation and customer service ratings
  • Buy from a company with a large selection of frames in your price range so you can find the right one for you

Consider buying frames online only.

When buying eyeglasses, the frame is typically the most expensive part. However, you can save some money by purchasing your frames and lenses online instead of at a brick-and-mortar store.

Even if you have no interest in saving money on your next pair of glasses—and who could blame you?—consider shopping online only if it's more convenient for your lifestyle. For example, if you don't live near any optometrists that specialize in fitting bifocals, then an online provider will probably be more convenient for getting new lenses fitted properly.

Ask for discounts

  • Ask for a discount when you come into the store. Some stores might offer an immediate 10 percent off if you mention the code in this article and say that you are reading this article. They might not offer that, but they can still give you a deal on the spot and save some money.
  • Ask for a discount over the phone if there is one listed on their website or in Yelp reviews about coupons or discounts being offered by other customers. You can also call up your insurance company to see if there are any additional benefits available to you like free exam fees or discounts from certain providers, which could lower your price even more!
  • Check back with them before renewing your prescription as well (which typically happens every two years). This is especially important if their prices have gone up since last time because then it's worth asking whether there will be any price changes due to new policies or regulations regarding eyeglasses/contact lenses sales tax rates increasing within each state such as those enacted by California Gov., Gavin Newsom & his Democratic Party allies who took over California legislature elections earlier this year after defeating incumbent Republican John Cox's bid for reelection against progressive Democrat Kevin de León by just 6 percentage points since both candidates received 46% voting totals at polls showing how much impact President Trump has had on national politics despite all odds being against him when he first ran back when America was still great under Democrat Barack Obama who did everything he could possibly do wrong including trying his hardest failing miserably at making people believe climate change wasn't real than trying anything else other than lying about everything which would've been better than doing nothing like what happened during his presidency which lasted eight years instead of twelve presidential terms..

Save on lens upgrades.

One of the biggest expenses associated with eyeglasses is their lenses. If you’re on a budget, it can be tempting to opt for the cheapest lenses possible. But those cheaper lenses will often have blurry vision or give you headaches after wearing them for too long. If you need a higher quality lens and are willing to pay more money, ask your optician if they offer upgrades like scratch-resistant coatings or UV protection that are worth paying extra for.

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These types of upgrades usually aren’t covered by insurance (though some plans might include them). If this is the case for you, then consider just getting all your glasses over at once so that you don’t have to worry about paying extra later on in order to get better ones.

Go with generic lenses.

Generic lenses are the most economical choice. They're usually made by third-party manufacturers, and they have a much lower markup than name brands. That means they're cheaper for you to buy—and if you're dealing with insurance or Medicare coverage, there's a good chance that generic lenses will be covered as well.

You might not even realize that your glasses actually have generic lenses until you go to get them replaced; many people don't know the difference between their eyewear options until they go through their prescription renewal cycle and discover that their new glasses cost $300 less than expected!

If you've been wearing contacts for years with no signs of eye fatigue or discomfort (or if your optometrist has told you that contacts are causing problems), then it's possible that your eyes just aren't compatible with contacts anymore—or perhaps contact lens use has actually caused damage over time. In either case, it's worth checking into whether or not switching to glasses would suit your needs better than sticking with contacts on any given day (or week).

Ask about free or discounted glasses and contact lenses.

If you're looking for an affordable option, ask your doctor about free or discounted glasses and contact lenses. Some doctors will take care of the whole procedure, while others will only offer discounts on the frames.

If that doesn't work, contact your insurance provider to see if they'll cover the cost of your new eyewear. If they do, ask them how much they'll pay toward each item. Also find out if there are any special restrictions (for example: They might only cover a specific type of frame).

If that doesn't pan out either, talk with someone at work to see if they have any programs in place for free or discounted glasses and/or contacts for employees. Some employers give their staff members a discount on their medical benefits plan as part of an employee wellness program; others have specific programs set up just for eye health services like exams and prescriptions; still others may offer discounts through an insurance provider such as VSP Vision Care or EyeMed Vision Care Insurance Company (if applicable).

You can save money on eyeglasses if you shop and negotiate carefully

  • You can save money on eyeglasses if you shop carefully.
  • You can save money on eyeglasses if you negotiate.
  • Buy online, and then negotiate.


I hope you enjoyed this article and learned something new about the world of eyeglasses. Eyeglasses can be expensive, but with a little research and some careful shopping you can get exactly what you want without breaking the bank.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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