Saw It On Social: Eye Buy Direct

Oct 24, 2023

Do you wear glasses?  Get tired of the expensive pairs you buy at the optometrist?  Eye Buy Direct swears they can change all that.  But are their glasses actually as good as the pricey ones?

I’ve been wearing glasses since the 4th grade.  I switched to contacts in 9th, and never looked back.  But having a new baby meant being up at all hours, and the dry, red, tired eyes that come along with a 3-hour feeding schedule, so I ended up back in my glasses.  And having the same prescription since 2014, I was wearing the same worn out, scratched up pair of purple tortoise frames.

Naturally, I Googled “affordable eye glasses.”  And that’s when the ads hit.  Facebook, Instagram, every Google sidebar, all three of my Gmail accounts were flooded.  Okay, okay, I’ll buy a pair, which turned into two pairs of glasses and two pairs of blue-light specs for my screen addiction.  But we’ll come back to that.

Eye Buy Direct is an online glasses retailer where frames start at $6. They offer a lot of extras like a virtual try-on feature (these never work for me) and free two-day shipping on many styles.  Also, if you choose to donate when you order, they give a pair of glasses to someone in need.

Eye Buy also offer a significant number of sales, like the 30%-off Halloween sale that they’re running right now (code: SPOOKY30).  They claim that they can offer these prices because they sell direct to consumer, but lots of companies do that, and don’t offer frames and lenses for less than $100.  So I was skeptical.

I’m not going to bury the lede on this post.  I am no longer skeptical.

The first pair of glasses I ordered was a pair of blue light glasses in dark green.  I loved them, but they were too big for my face.  All the glasses are grouped by size.  So I learned that my face was a size S-M, not an L.  Got it.  Once I had that information, I was golden.

I went to the eye doctor to make sure my prescription was current; it was.  And then, I started shopping.  I bought two pairs: these white tortoise glasses and this clear pair that I keep in my car for emergencies, which cost under-$60 when all was said and done.

The one drawback of online shopping for glasses is that you don’t know how they will look on you.  I tried on 10-20 pair at my optometrist’s office to get a sense of what style worked for me.  I found a pair just like the tortoise ones I bought, but they would have been $490 even with insurance.  The pair I bought cost less than a third that price.

Eye Buy offers a number of guides to help you choose the style and get through the ordering process.  As for specialty needs, I have a strong prescription, but I don’t need special lenses, so your mileage may vary.  But the key to all of it is reading your prescription carefully and going through the process diligently.  I admit, I went to order a different pair a few weeks ago, and I selected the wrong type of lenses and got stuck with a pair of glasses I can’t use.  Luckily, a local charity took them from me to rework for someone else.

Bottom Line: I bought several pair of glasses, and aside from my one mess up, I got a great quality frame and great lenses for far less than I would have paid at the eye doctor’s office.  You can also submit a claim to your vision insurance, if you have it.  So of the two pairs I bought, my most expensive pair were free once the claim was granted.  I am extraordinarily happy with this service because I like having new glasses once a year and have never been able to afford the designer pairs at the optometrist on my $250 allotment.  So if you wear glasses, give Eye Buy Direct a try.

{this post contains affiliate links that may generate commission for the author.  as with all Saw it on Social posts, I spent my own money and neither solicited nor accepted a gift.  every product is reviewed by me and tested by me.  if I love it, I tell you, if I hate it, I tell you.}

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  1. Anna says:

    I’ve done both Eye Buy Direct and Zenni Optical. Similar services. The quality is not quite as nice as Warby Parker, but I mostly wear contacts, so it isn’t worth it to me to spend a ton on glasses. I have also purchased non-prescription blue light glasses from EBD. The frames are much nicer and flattering than most blue light glasses I’ve found (you can choose from all their frames and just not add a prescription) and way less expensive.

  2. KL says:

    Can you share which lens index you chose, for what range prescription (e.g. -4 vs. -7 are both strong but play differently in glasses)? I’ve been very tempted by these online services, but I have a pretty high script in the -8 range with mild astigmatism and I’ve previously been sensitive to lens focal point placement and aberrations. I ordered 1.74 high index lens from my optometrist once and ended up having them remade as 1.67 index because the slight additional aberrations (not mentioned by Eye Buy Direct, but my optometrist did mention it in advance) were bothering me. Still, at those prices I’m tempted!

    • Erin says:

      Online opticians typically don’t make lenses for scripts stronger than +/- 6 (maybe 6.5). None of the companies mentioned in the post or comments as of this writing fill -8. Even if they did, at your level of correction, you want the protection and warranty of brick and mortar with free re-makes. Abra’s wrong order is a cautionary tale on this very point. (That mistake is even more costly at your prescription). Early Parker requires lots of mandatory lens feature add ons towards the upper limits of their limits, bringing their cost to $400 or $500. Not such a bargain.

      • Mo says:

        Hmm, EBD letting me order and I’m a -9 in one eye? It is requiring the updated lenses but still under 100 bucks. I’m suddenly allergic to something in the pair I have now so at this price its worth a shot. Thanks, Belle!

    • Belle says:

      I have -5.25 in both eyes. I accidentally selected progressive lenses because I wasn’t paying attention. I don’t have astigmatism or other issues.

  3. Christine says:

    Used them to buy several pairs for computer use after my optometrist recommended them – was given a separate prescription (make sure to have them measure your pupillary distance.) Bought three pairs for a little over $100! I’ve noticed less eye strain even when I’m not wearing them.

  4. Lucy says:

    I’ve worn glasses most of my adult life and for the past several years I’ve bought mine exclusively from Eye Buy Direct and Firmoo. The prices at the optometrist’s office are a racket.

  5. Cait says:

    Can anyone comment on the quality over time compared to the optometrist options? I had a pair of glasses I LOVED from Warby Parker but after a year they really showed wear, when I can usually get 2-3 years out of a pair I get from my optometrist. Would be interested to see if Eye Buy holds up any better or if the cheaper options just tend to be less durable across the board.

    • Alexis says:

      Mine are from Zenni, and with daily wear they last 2-3 years before I see flaking plastic or deep scratches on the lenses. I have 5 pairs which I cycle through, depending on my mood.

      It does depend on the model. My favorite black cat eye pair seem to flake plastic more quickly (closer to 2 year mark) whereas my bright green circular glasses are 5+ years old and looking great.

    • Anna says:

      Interesting. My Warby Parker glasses have all held up really well. The only thing I’ve noticed is the legs loosening a bit and they can fix that quickly in store.

  6. CP says:

    I recently ordered both prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses from Quay, the sunglasses brand. In fact, I’ve put in orders of each (eyeglasses and sunglasses) twice. Each order came out to about $250 total, so $125 each for glasses and prescription sunglasses. The first order I had a first time customer coupon, and the second order I had rewards from the first order to take off money.

    I’ve been very happy with the quality of the glasses. I’ve worn glasses since I was 8 and have worn a lot of glasses in my life. I’ve had two pairs of Warby Parker glasses in recent years, and they start wearing down after several months of continuous use. (I wear glasses from waking up to bed.)

    The prescription sunglasses are a massive plus. But note, Quay only offers single vision if that is a necessity.

  7. Rachel says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience; I haven’t tried Eye Buy Direct, but I have tried Zenni and Warby Parker (back when WP was only online), and have been really happy with WP for many years.

    My two cents: If not getting to actually try on the frames before committing is a deal-breaker for you (it was for me!), Warby Parker is a great option. They have an option to try 5 pairs shipped to your house for free (you send them back when done), or if you are close to a brick-and-mortar store you can obviously go there to try on anything you want, and then just order them online. I have a -5.0 prescription and pay extra for high index lenses; all told the total usually comes to around $120-140 for a pair. Definitely more pricy than EBD or Zenni, but still roughly 1/4 of the price I’d pay at the optometrist. Worth it to get to try them on and feel sure about your decision before committing. I consider my glasses to be a semi-permanent fashion accessory at this point; I want to be totally sure I love them before I pull the trigger.

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