For about the year now I’ve been increasingly struggling to clearly see things at a distance, like street signs or lecture notes. A recent trip to the optometrist confirmed my growing suspicion that I need glasses.
But the thing about glasses is that there are so many choices. Truthfully, finding a pair of glasses is more than a bit overwhelming. I wanted my glasses to be cohesive with my personal style, but still conservative enough to be appropriate in a professional setting. To complicate things, there are so many places that sell glasses. Retail stores, however, are extremely expensive and online websites which offer glasses for under $15 seem too good to be true.
Warby Parker sells high quality eyeglasses and sunglasses at a reasonable price in retail stores and online. All lenses are impact-resistant and UV protected. Optical lenses have anti-reflective and anti-scratch coatings. They offer frames in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors and are made with premium materials. Finally, Warby Parker glasses start at $95.
One unique feature which sets the Warby Parker website apart is the Home Try-On program, which allows people to try out glasses for five days at home for free.
How Home Try-On Works
- Browse the website to select five frames. Do this by clicking the white “In Your Home Try-On” button.
- Proceed to checkout. Warby Parker asks for an address and credit card. Note: Home Try-On is free, but you will be charged if the frames are not returned.
- Wait for the frames to arrive, and you can track them online. They come in a box exactly like the one shown above, but all the glasses are in plastic bags.
- Once your frames are delivered use the next five days to pick out a favorite. *If you need an extra day or two just call Warby Parker, they will almost definitely
- Once your frames are delivered use the next five days to pick out a favorite. *If you need an extra day or two just call Warby Parker, they will almost definitely say okay.
- Ship the frames back using the provided return label.
- Order glasses if you want, or don’t. You aren’t obligated to buy a pair.
When you’re ready order the glass you want. Checking out is super easy, just upload a picture of your prescription and pick the shipping you want. Note: You do not have to wait until after shipping back the try-on frames to make an order.
The five frames I pick shown along the side. They arrived a couple days earlier than expected, which was a nice surprise. What I really liked about Home Try-On was that it gave me the time I needed to make a decision without feeling rushed. The five day period also meant that I had ample opportunity to ask my family and friends their opinions; my Mom and I especially had fun deliberating.
Ultimately, I chose the Keene frame. My eyeglasses only cost $95, which is affordable compared to most glasses. I do want to note that some Warby Parker glasses do get a bit more expensive. Metal frames are a little more pricey, starting at $145 for single vision lenses. Additionally, lenses with a progressive prescription will also increase the cost.
Overall, my glasses were exactly what I expected, and there were no unpleasant surprises. They arrived faster than expected, my prescription was right, and they were well packaged. Additionally, my glass cam with a hard case and a fabric pouch, which doubles as a cleaning cloth, both of which are good quality.
For those of you considering ordering glass you should also know about…
- No Scratch Guarantee – If your lenses scratch within one year of purchase Warby Parker will replace them for free (shipping too).
- Reimbursements – Warby Parker will reimburse you up to fifty if you need to get a Pupillary Distance Measurement or Frame adjustment.
- Returns & Exchanges – You’ve got 30 days, no questions asked. Shipping is covered both ways.
- Buy A Pair, Give A Pair – For each pair of glasses sold Warby Parker donates the cost of sourcing a pair of glasses to a non-profit, like Visionspring, which then trains people to give basic eye exams and sell glasses at affordable prices. This solution is sustainable because rather than making communities dependent on donations, it gives people the ability to provide eyecare to their communities.
Overall, I highly recommend Warby Parker. They offers good quality glasses and service as well as being a socially conscience company.
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Author: Jules Ross
Jules – A College Student, Avid Reader, Amateur Foodie, and Novice Blogger.