I lost my indoor glasses and bought some more online

(Not  a sponsored post)

I’ve been having to use glasses sometimes to read the monitor, which is irritating and not a thing I used to have to do.  Since the pandemic, my two newer pairs of glasses have been hanging out in each of our cars (since I’m no longer legal to drive without glasses) and I’ve been using an old prescription for working at the computer.

A few weekends ago, my old glasses just *disappeared*.  I hadn’t left the house. Nobody had left the house!  But they’re just gone.  We did a thorough search of the house (including the kids) and it’s been weeks and they’re still missing.  Just *poof*.  Gone.

My other back-up pair has lenses that are so scratched that I’d rather just squint.  And of course, DH has a different prescription.

So… I ended up going to zenni optical and buying a couple more pairs of glasses.  To be honest, they’re not as good as my lenscrafters glasses, which tend to be perfect (whenever I need a new prescription, I wait for a conference and go to the same place I went in graduate school!)… I don’t think I get the pupil distance quite right.  But they’re cheap!  About $12 for no frills all told, and $31 all told if you include fancy add-ons like blue screen blocker.  And they’re not terrible, especially if I get a pair that I can perch closer to the tip of my nose when using the computer.

I did determine this time around that you can subtract 3 from the pupil distance to get something more optimized for computer use.  So I put in an order for a pair with a slightly varied pupil length and blue blocker ($28).  It hasn’t come yet, but I need a Monday money post, so… But my hope is that it’s just the pupil length that hasn’t been quite right, since that doesn’t come with the prescription but is something needed when buying glasses.

Anyhow, getting a pair of glasses at lenscrafters is at least $100, sometimes closer to $200, not including the prescription.  With zenni optical, I can afford to make mistakes and try out different things.  Especially during a pandemic where I can’t really go to an expensive place and get fitted anyway.

11 Responses to “I lost my indoor glasses and bought some more online”

  1. Leah Says:

    Next time you have an eye appointment, ask your doctor for your pupillary distance. They’ll provide it for you.

    I still prefer my nicer glasses from a fancy brick and mortar shop, but I find online places are on par with cheap brick and mortar.

    I sprung for crizal lenses last time I got glasses. 100% worth it. I’ve had the glasses for five or six years with no scratching (my prescription is stable). Oh, and I dropped and accidentally chipped the lenses once. I took them in to see the cost to fix. I was happily surprised to find my lenses had a warranty. I got a free replacement set!

  2. Katherine Says:

    I got online sunglasses once and was reasonably happy with them, although they weren’t good enough that I would have been happy to wear them all day or for working. My vision is bad enough (in the neighborhood of -11 in both eyes, plus a mild astigmatism in one eye) that I need the super-fancy ultralight lenses and coatings. It’s bad enough that I no longer trust optometrists to get my prescription correct, and I feel safer buying my glasses from my opthamologist’s office in case they don’t turn out right the first time. For a pair of everyday glasses plus a pair of polarized sunglasses I usually end up paying close to $1000 even after insurance.

    Maybe next time I get new glasses, I’ll see if I can get the blue screen blocker. I’m due for an eye exam and new glasses, but my ophthamologist’s office permanently closed in the pandemic, and so now I need to find a new one who will take my insurance.

  3. Steph Says:

    I don’t need glasses full-time anymore (mostly successful lasik), but I do need them if I’m feeling any eye strain. I have two regular pairs of glasses and two prescription sunglasses from Zenni, and they work well enough. In my case, the main issue I still have is astigmatism, and the correction quality varies from pair to pair. It might be correlated with the issue you identified with pupil distance.

    If I ever need glasses full-time again, I will probably go get a higher quality pair, but for now I’m happy to have a few cheaper pairs hanging around for when I randomly need them.

  4. revanche @ a gai shan life Says:

    I only started truly needing computer work glasses for vision problems a few years ago, previously my glasses were for perceived eye strain due to stress. I paid waaaay too much for those first pair from a proper eye place because I didn’t know I had very little vision coverage. We got the premium coverage this year so we could get a pair of backups for each of us, we’ll change back to the standard coverage next year. I suppose we could have just gone the cheap route with Zenni like I’ve done before but we prefer to fit JB with the professionals this early on. They have some astigmatism and such, and I have insufficient knowledge of eye needs since my experience is so limited.

  5. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    The optometrist helpfully put the pupil thing on my spouse’s last prescription! He basically just needs age-related reading glasses so I’ve been getting them from Zenni as well. They seem fine? I feel like for that kind of really uncomplicated low prescription it’s not that important but I can see how more complicated prescriptions would require an actual professional in person. I have some cheapo internet reading glasses; I can see without them fine, but I get headaches from computers otherwise, so the optometrist basically told me to get a +1.00 set from the internet.

  6. bogart Says:

    I rely (thus far successfully) on OTC reading glasses and try to keep pairs everywhere, as I am terrible about keeping them handy (unless there are pairs everywhere). I used to buy them in sets of 3 at Dollar General (sigh) for about $10/set, but will probably get the next set from Amazon (sigh) so that I can easily have them delivered.

  7. middle_class Says:

    This is so timely! I got new contact lenses a month ago and they are fine for driving. However I can’t read anything close up. I don’t know if I can fix this with reading glasses and if yes, how to figure out what to buy. I guess I need to do some googling. Hopefully i can just buy online or at a drugstore.

  8. pyrope Says:

    I have zenni glasses for computer – just a slight magnification and blue blocker and they make a world of difference in terms of eye strain. The other thing that I liked a lot about the website is that they tell you the weight of the frames. I used to hate wearing glasses because they hurt my nose, but I found some extra light plastic frames and got used to the weight pretty quickly.


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