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How to Buy Prescription Sunglasses On-Line

Happy Friday!

Last year I wrote a post  about How to Buy Sunglasses for Your Face Shape, today, I am talking about buying prescription sunglasses on-line. It does help to know you face shape, as what might be the most flattering on you.

My mom and i recently had a discussion about glasses, as she went to get her glacoma surgery. She said she could do with just “readers” and both her and I agreed that we were so used to ourselves with glasses on!  I have been wearing glasses since 4th grade, at the age of 10, so to me, I look strange without my spectacles!

This “Ray Ban like” style is a classic shape. I bought these on Eyebuydirect, called the Hamptons. . I am wearing the tortoise brown color with brown tint. 

“These golden brown sunglasses are a hipster’s dream. This ultra vintage style features an exaggerated brow line that comes in a semi-transparent wood brown finish. Golden metal trim surrounds the rounded square shaped lenses and nose bridge. Single stud accent and adjustable nose pads complete the look.” **eyebuydirect

About 8-10 years ago, I went the route of frame-less glasses, Sillouettes, when they were trending, and I wanted to look like I wasn’t wearing glasses. Now, I enjoy the styles and looks glasses provide, as I wear my vintage styled cat eye frames or my scholarly tortoise shell styles.  I found out something rather interesting at my last appointment at the Opthamologist. I have Spherophakia. “Oh no! I thought to myself, not something else! ” When you have one condition, the last thing you want to hear is that you have something else! Well it turns out, Spherophakia is noting more than a rare condition in which the lens of the eye is abnormally small and more spherical than usual.  It is related to Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome. So, no worries, nothing to do about it.

I do have an astimatism, and am nearsighted, along with the fact that I need progressive lenses when reading or I just take off my glassses. ( and increase the font size on my computer if needed).

I do try and see my eyedoctor once a year, where i am given the lastest script. When you get your prescription, do make sure you have these things.

  • PD- Pupillary Distance ( the is the measurement (in millimeters) of the distance between the pupils of your eyes.)  The doctor will give you this measurement if you ask for it during your eye exam.
  • The prescription is dated. – Make sure the prescription has the date on it.  Some on-line sellers will not fulfill a prescription over a year old., so you need to have a current prescription.
  • Use filters to easily find what you want. ( such as Gender, size and shape). This will narrow down the options for you and make it easier to find a pair that will fit your style.
  • Take a look at the measurements. On-line sites, such as EyeBuydirect, will have specs for the size . Do read about this. As I mentioned, I need a small frame, around 48-50 mm.
  • Try-on- Some sites will allow you to upload a photo of yourself without glasses. You can see how the frames will work on your face. Make sure you just have a picture of your face close up and click to try on. Warby Parker has a try on program with certain frames. You can try 5 pair at home. EBD enables you to upload a photo. This is what I did to try on these frames.

Make sure you have the measurement if you have an astigmatism.

Now, you have you script and you are ready to shop on-line. I have purchased glasses from Zenni Optical, Warby Parker, and most recently, EyeBuyDriect.

The Hamptons frame

You can find promotional codes usually on their site, however, if you don’t see one listed, visit  This is a site for retail codes. Put in the seller, ex. eyebuydirect and see if there are any promotional codes.

I find that even if I don’t have a code, these sites are very reasonable, much more so than purchasing from retailers in the eyeglass shop. I bought 2 pairs of sunglasses for less than $200, using a code and shopping there.  Often, a stylish pair will cost you double that price in a retail store. I have spent  3 times as much at a store versus on-line, but it all depends on your preference. One pro of buying at a local shop, is that you can get your glasses repaired quickly, at your convenience.

I bought my last 2 pairs of sunglasses from eyebuydirect. One thing I need to look for is smaller scalled frames as i have an oval narrower face. I have a more “glamour” pair, a bit larger for my face, for fun. However, if I want more stylish, practical sunglasses, I want the pair to be small. ( 48-50mm) in diameter.

EBD, as other on-line glasses companies, have filters for you to choose the size, shape and possibly other perimeters ( cost etc). I put in my filters- small,  price  and  ONly those sunglasses within my parameters would show up.

This is the other pair I purchased from EDS. They are called the Divine Frame, with grey tortoise, and I got the grey tint.

They are a small frame with a subtle cat eye and rounder shaped lenses.

I have had these sunglasses from Zenni Optical for a few years. The slim cat eye shape is very on-trend right now. I have always loved a cat eye too and its vintage style. 

**This is not a sponsored post. I have shopped at places I listed here and hope to help you too.

Have you purchased glasses or sunglasses on-line? What was your experience?

Have a great weekend!
Jess xo

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  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 11:35h, 10 June Reply

    I am so glad this is an option to buy sunglasses online now and regular glasses. I’ve bought a few pairs online but never sunglasses. I need to try this, I really love that gingham top and those earrings!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:53h, 10 June Reply

      Me too Laura! I bought a pair of Coach eyeglasses from one of the eye chains and at the time it was nearly 3 times the price of what i pay now on-line! Thanks so much. I am very happy with the 2 choices of sunnies I bought. Glad to find a pair that isnt too big for my face! Glad you like the dress, and the earrings are so fun! Have a great day hon! xx

  • Mariann Yip
    Posted at 17:34h, 08 June Reply

    Love this post, I’m a glasses wearer myself so I love finding a good pair of prescription sunglasses!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:52h, 09 June Reply

      Thank you Mariann! I was thrilled to find some nice looking sunglasses that fit my face! 🙂 xx

  • Suzanne Smith
    Posted at 16:38h, 08 June Reply

    Hi Jess! This is so informative…I wear readers, but other than that my vision is fine (I think). I am still buying the TJ Maxx readers which are fine, mostly because I loose them like it’s my job, but sometimes I want a nicer pair! I’ve finally resigned myself to the fact that I need glasses to read most menus, so if I want to eat, I need to wear my glasses. I got one contact lense but it got stuck in my eye so now I’m afraid to put it in again! I love the sunglasses you’re wearing, but I must admit that I was distracted by your fabulous earrings! Have the best weekend!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:08h, 08 June Reply

      Thank you Suzanne! Glad you liked my article! That is fabulous that you have good vision. I had to get progressive lenses about 3 years ago, so I cant see close or far! lol! Well, Ive worn glasses since age 10 so it doesnt bother me. oh, no about your contacts! I am such a wimp i have a hard time putting anything in my eye, so i never went with contacts. Readers, i am sure work well for you. aw, thank you1 I thought they would be fun, especially when wearing my hair up this summer. Enjoy your weekend too, sweet friend! xx

  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 10:47h, 08 June Reply

    I have used Warby Parker and loved it. Your frames look great on you.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:30h, 08 June Reply

      hi Amy! Thanks so much! I have admired your specs as well! My glasses are WP too. xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 09:02h, 08 June Reply

    I am on the other end of the spectrum – I still have to do a double take when I see myself in glasses, I’ve only started wearing them. I am still hoping to get contacts that will work but my need for progressive lenses has made it hard to find the right prescription. Oh the frustration. I love your sunglasses and will keep these sites in mind. My current prescription sunglasses are from Costco and I like the frames fine but the lenses are a little weird in my opinion, not as good as my prescription glasses.
    Have a great weekend – I can’t wait to hear how you like the concert!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:32h, 08 June Reply

      Tell me about it with progressives! My hubby and I were competing to see who would have to get them first ! lol. I bet you could find some great frames on line too, although my sis works at Costco and got her eyeglasses there. Glad you liked the post. Oh, I can’t wait, I will share it in a post next week! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:50h, 08 June Reply

    I think this is a great option too, Jess! I’ve used a couple of these brands and have had really good luck!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:29h, 08 June Reply

      Thank you Jodie! Yes, likewsie. It is cheaper than at the optomotrist and the variety is out there as well. I have found good quality in buying on-line, which is so important. xx

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