Prescription Eyeglasses for a Fraction of the Cost {2016 Holiday Gift Guide}

I received a free pair of glasses from GlassesUSA to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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My husband is the worst at destroying his glasses, and he has come to expect a new pair of glasses under the tree each year. On average, a pair lasts him 3-6 months before they are falling apart beyond repair. The cost really adds up and can be overwhelming if we order from our optometrists’s office, but they make the perfect “necessity gift” under our tree. That’s why I prefer the cheaper option to order glasses online.

This year I was given the opportunity to review a pair of prescription eyeglasses GlassesUSA. I have ordered glasses online before from other retailers, but I have never shopped with GlassesUSA before this opportunity.

A complete pair of glasses from GlassesUSA are about 70% less than average retail prices. Frames start as low as $38 with 60 frames under $60. How is this possible? GlassesUSA provides glasses without the markup of brick and mortar stores, and because the company has their own professional laboratories the production is done in-house. This provides a quality product for a fraction of the cost.

GlassesUSA carries a great selection of styles including frames from favorite brands such as Ray-Ban, Adidas, Oakley, and Armani Exchange, all for a reasonable price. They even offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee, 365 day Day Warranty, and free shipping and returns within the U.S.

Our GlassesUSA Experience:

After putting the kids to bed, I asked Ben to sit down with me to look over the site. Navigation was really easy. The glasses are broken down into categories for Men, Women, Kids, and Sunglasses with subcategories for prescription eyeglasses, multifocal eyeglasses, and prescription sunglasses. The home page navigation also features a direct link to your favorite brand.

There is a Virtual Optician that will guide you to the perfect frames with a personality quiz, or answer simple questions to find your frames based on frame features or frame measurements. Ben prefers a lightweight half rim frame, so we followed the Virtual Optician to find recommendations.


He was excited to find the Lucas Medium Black because the frames look almost identical to his current pair at a fraction of the cost. We then uploaded a photo to the “try it on” feature to see how the frames would look. They looked great. Within a matter of minutes we had found the perfect pair.

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After choosing the frames we were asked to choose his prescription type or no prescription. We were then given the option to fill out his prescription there, upload or send later (via email or fax), or use a saved prescription. Because this was our first time ordering from GlassesUSA, we chose to fill out his prescription. Ordering was that simple! I even saved his prescription for later so I won’t have to search for his paper copy again.

When the frames arrived, Ben was like a kid in a candy store. He couldn’t wait to open the box and try them on.

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The glasses look so great! The quality is excellent, just as great as the expensive glasses we order from the doctor. The prescription was spot on, and Ben is really impressed. I will definitely be ordering from GlassesUSA again, and sooner rather than later. I plan to order another pair for Ben and a pair for Ellie (because anyone with a 7 year old in glasses know they get broken) as gifts this holiday season.

If you’re looking for a great practical gift for a loved one in glasses this holiday season, GlassesUSA is offering a great pre-holiday sale! Use the coupon codes below, or stop by the coupons and promotions section to find even more savings!

Take up to $100 off your order + free shipping on your order. FREE Value lens package included with all single-vision glasses.

$25 OFF $79 or more – Use code PRE25 at checkout.

$50 OFF $129 or more – Use code PRE50 at checkout.

$100 OFF $219 or more – Use code PRE100 at checkout.

* “Premium” tagged brands, and glasses with progressive or bifocal lenses are not eligible for this offer.
* Free shipping in the US/Canada for all orders.
* Limit one coupon per purchase.
* All prices include FREE basic single-vision lenses for prescriptions with SPH of up to +/- 4.00. Other prescriptions require lenses upgrade at adtl. cost.
* Limited time offer.

Do you have a loved one in need of new glasses? Which of the many great styles from GlassesUSA would you choose?

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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