Just to be clear this is not an ad for Warby Parker. I actually was curious to try the service and ordered (and paid for) my glasses myself. I thought I’d share a very quick post about the experience for any of you that might be considering the whole ordering glasses online experience too.
If you are not familiar with Warby Parker, they are an online retailer that offers eyeglasses and sunglasses at a discount. You get to try on several frames, choose the one you like best and using your prescription, place your order online and have them shipped to you.
Overall I thought it was a really seamless process. I wear glasses at night and contacts during the day so I didn’t want to invest a significant amount in my glasses. The glasses at my eye doctor are just way too expensive and even at Costco I find discounted prices but limited styles.
So I went to Warby Parker online and selected 5 pairs of frames that I wanted to try on. The frames are sent to you for free. You try on the frames and then just tape up the box they send the glasses in and attach the prepaid return label and send the frames back. (I have the entire process saved in my highlights on Instagram if you want to see the frames I received and the box etc..)
Once you select the frames you want you just go online and upload your prescription from your doctor and place your order. I also had to do this measurement thing that just required clicking a button to take a photo of my face and clicking submit.
The glasses come fairly quickly and my total cost was $95- no sneaky hidden fees, taxes, shipping costs etc…
Now for the real info. What do I think of the glasses?
Well I have mixed reviews. On one hand I love the style. They are so much cuter than my old glasses. I would definitely wear these out in public no problem. The plastic is fairly hard so it does feel less expensive than my previous pair. I did put these up against my daughter’s Costco glasses and they do feel somewhat comparable. A similar style in a better quality frame from the eye doctor would have been at least three times what I paid so for the price, I am very happy with the purchase. I have one little complaint and that is that the arm of the glasses is too long. If I am resting my head on the couch or on a pillow, the arm of the glasses pushes them off my face. Apparently this is a really easy fix so I am going to try bending the arm slightly myself and if that doesn’t work, Warby Parker has a handful of retail locations to have glasses adjusted or you can request up to $50 back on a single adjustment from an optician.
All in all, I would definitely order from Warby Parker again.
You can click here to take a look at the frames they offer and see what you think.
Anyone else a Warby Parker customer? We’d love to hear your experiences as well. And I didn’t mention this above but for every pair of glasses purchased, Warby Parker sends a pair of glasses to someone in need. It is actually a really cool company that you can learn more about by listening to the How I Built This podcast here.