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  #2016653 16-May-2018 09:31
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Online websites let you upload a photo to see if the frame suits. You also have to be a little more flexible if you want to save the money.

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  #2016655 16-May-2018 09:32
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Try Zenni optical in the USA. You can upload a photo of your face and try on all of their frames. I've bought from them too. Their frame comparison tool will let you figure out what shape frame suits your face. After that you can shop elsewhere if you want too.


The thing I don't get with online purchasing of glasses is how people choose frames that suit their face?

It normally takes me ages to choose a pair of frames as every few of them suit me.  For everyday glasses I can't imagine buying them online.


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  #2016744 16-May-2018 11:30
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Given the actual cost you’ve not got much to lose trying an online retailer; mine from Clearly came in at around $130 for progressives, and these are the most comfortable pair I’ve ever owned (and I’ve worn glasses since I was 18 months!).

As well as uploading photos to check one is ok with the look, the other critical thing is to get the measurements right, but sites like Clearly let you filter by lens, bridge and overall width, and length as well as shape, colour etc.

My wife was telling me yesterday about a retailer in Aus that sells Aus-made affordable modular glasses with frames made out of recycled material, that lets one select from a range of colour and shapes, and switch out parts - my six-year-old is keen on getting a pair! Lenses are Zeiss, so should be no issue with the optics quality. See


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  #2034182 12-Jun-2018 09:47
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I got similar frames for $80 from Amazon and I'll get lenses from a local optometrist, Mr Four Eyes, who I've read about but not used before. He does standard lenses for $150, compared with about $300 at my regular optometrist. 

I just used him for the first time. Very pleasant, and not rushed. He created me "occupational" lenses, for use with my computer, after I had a cataract operation.

Same $150. Since I was on his commute, he hand delivered the glasses at my house, and even stuck around to see if I was happy.

The lenses were $150 as mentioned.

Definitely recommend.

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  #2034183 12-Jun-2018 09:49
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Sent my old frames off to him to get some updated lenses. Great communication via email so far. Looking forward to getting them back MUCH cheaper than anywhere else. And supporting a good cause. 

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  #2034258 12-Jun-2018 11:29
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my last pair of glasses cost me $69 with no coatings from specsavers.  fair price IMO.  all my previous glasses had the coating but I didnt bother this time, my glasses break too often due to mucking around with my son.  honestly i cant even tell the difference without the coating.

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  #2045718 28-Jun-2018 18:18
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I had hideous glasses, thick lens on right, they told me they couldn't do anything about it, too much difference and extreme.




So next time I got them overseas.


Not only were they 1/10th of the price, they made them thin, both sides.


Prescription? Absolutely perfect.


We just get ripped off in NZ.






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  #2045720 28-Jun-2018 18:26
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Just got my frames back from Mr Four Eyes, new lenses fitted. Great service, great price. Would recommend.

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  #2051494 8-Jul-2018 14:10
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BBC - Glasses made to measure ... for $1



Malawi has one fully-trained optician for every million people.
It means buying glasses with the correct lenses can be difficult and expensive - but it doesn't have to be this way.
A film for BBC World Hacks by Lucy Ashton and Richard Kenny.



Release date: 5 July 2018
Duration: 2 minutes



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