Buying Prescription Glasses Online Without Breaking The Bank

GrandPrairie Wayfarer – Tortoise / Hyannis Rectangle – Tortoise

Anyone remember when you were in school and you really wanted glasses because ya know they were super cool … Ha! Well when I was 15 I was adamant that I needed glasses. Of course, my mum thought I was having her on as my eyes had always been perfectly fine, but I insisted that I couldn’t see the board when I was sat in class. So off we went to the opticians and to her surprise I did actually need them – a very low prescription, but still.

That was around 12 years ago and since then I have absolutely detested shopping for glasses until now. I hated having to try and pick one perfect pair that would last, that I wouldn’t get bored of and that I would actually like wearing every day. Talk about commitment issues. Plus, I always hated laying out over £100 every time even though it was something I desperately needed. Then to top it off you get to the till and they say it’s an extra £40 for anti-glare, another £40 for anti-scratch, another £50 for whatever and you instantly know you’re going to be living off beans of toast for the rest of the month … but at least you can see each individual bean.

Needless to say, I got fed up of that very quickly and this is where come in. Just over a year ago I ordered my first set of glasses frames online and I haven’t looked back. They offer a great selection of eyeglasses including prescription sunglasses to everyday fashion glasses for a fraction of the price that you would be charged at the opticians. I absolutely love my new Hyannis Rectangle frames* that I recently chose. They are high quality plastic frames; in fact they feel sturdier than my Tommy Hilfiger pair that I bought a few years ago. They fit me perfectly and are exactly as advertised.

The Glasses Shop have kindly given me a discount code for my readers which gives you an amazing 50% off glasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames not included).


If you are looking for some new glasses and don’t want to break the bank, I cannot recommend them enough. If you haven’t bought glasses online before I have a few tips listed below.

Tips for ordering online

  • Use a current prescription – If you have prescription lenses make sure your prescription is as up to date as possible. I went to my local opticians and had my eyes tested and asked for a print out of my prescription so that I had all the details I would need.
  • Work out your pupillary distance – This is something you will need to measure and you might need to rope a family member or friend into helping, but there are lots of guides online that can show you how to do it.
  • Know what style and width suits you – If you are new to wearing glasses you may want to try some on in a shop first to get an idea of the shape of frames and style that suit you best. I found it’s also really helpful to measure the width of the top of my current glasses to have an idea of what size fits my face as they can vary quite a lot.
  • Customs Charges – It’s important to remember that unfortunately there is the possibility that there may be a customs charge involved with purchasing some glasses online (as with any product being posted from abroad). I have received 2 pairs, one which I paid a customs charge for, however the other pair I didn’t. I also have a friend who has ordered a pair and did not pay any charges.



  1. February 7, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    These frames are so pretty and just in time to inspire my next purchase as I need a new pair!

    • Laura
      February 8, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you! Oh perfect, even better 🙂

  2. February 10, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Your photos always amaze me, they are so light and crisp and stunning!

    Loved this read, and you have given some really helpful advice 🙂

    Love it! Georgie xo As You Wish UK

  3. Serena
    February 10, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Useful tips and I love your pics! Those glasses look super stylish!

    • Laura
      February 15, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you, I love them 🙂 x

  4. February 10, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Those frames are lovely Laura. I normally wear contacts but I think thats mainly to do with the fact that I haven’t found a pair of glasses I’ve fallen in love with yet. Some great tips for buying online – I’ll have to see if I can find myself THE one!


    • Laura
      February 15, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      Thank you! I wear contacts a lot too, but it’s just so handy to have a pair of glasses as well. I know what you mean though, it’s really hard to find a pair that I love. x

  5. April 7, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    This is so great, thanks for sharing. I need new frames asap.

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