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Dec 22, 2012 -

Ordering Glasses Online From Zenni Optical, Part Two

My order of glasses from Zenni Optical arrived today!!!

I ordered the glasses around the 10th of December, so this being the 22nd, they have arrived in less than two business weeks. I am very impressed with the level of expediency!

I had intended to take them down to the optometrist to confirm the prescriptions are correct before raving or ranting about my order, but with everything being shut down tight for the holidays I will satisfy myself for now with the fact that I can see clearly!

The glasses were packed in a bubble envelope:


Each of the glasses came in its own case with a cleaning cloth. Very nice touch. I am horrible about using my shirt or a tissue to clean glasses instead of using a glass cloth. Perhaps I will finally reform my ways?

I like the added touch that the sunglasses were in a different coloured case. The rulers are for measuring your PD.

I like the added touch that the sunglasses were in a different coloured case. The rulers are for measuring your PD.

The first pair I am going to show off is similar to my old one.



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These are probably going to be my every day pair. They are incredibly light. The bridge of my nose aches at the end of the day from the weight of my glasses and I think it will feel much better now!

I thought there was a problem with this pair at first (perhaps that they had missed the anti-reflective coating), but I think I simply did not allow for an adjustment period. The longer I wear them, the more they feel great. Unfortunately, they do not have spring hinges.

Here is second pair with wire frames. It looked silver on the screen, but was clearly marked as being blue on the order form, so I’m not surprised by the icy blue colour.

Each cloth is different, what a nice touch!

Each cloth is different, what a nice touch!


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This pair has some fancy detailing on the sides. They are a little heavier than the brown pair, so they will probably end up being my backup pair. They have spring hinges.

The third pair is a green plastic frame for when I want to add a pop of colour to an outfit without being too showy.



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This pair has spring hinges.

The fourth pair is a pink plastic frame, again for when I want to add some colour to my outfit.



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This pair is a little redder than I would have thought and do not have spring hinges, but they are the prettiest of the bunch and the pair I was most excited about. I’ve had boring sensible glasses my whole life, so these are a little bit of rebellion! They do not have spring hinges.

Finally, my prescription sunglasses. I wanted a tortoiseshell pattern, but could not find one with a frame type I liked in my size. This pattern is more zebra-ish, something I knew because of a review, but they are lovely! They are going to be my main sunglasses and I will keep my older, very scratched pair, as backup.


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Again, I only paid $71.05 total, including A/R coating on all five pairs and shipping, less a 10% holiday discount!!!

Taking the time to measure my old glasses and sticking to shapes I know suit my face explains why all of these look good on me and fit properly.

I am thrilled by my first experience ordering glasses from Zenni Optical! In fact, I would like to place another one in a few months before I leave the States so that I can have two more pairs of prescription sunglasses. This way, I will be able to leave one in both vehicles and one in the purse.


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Dec 10, 2012 -

Ordering Glasses Online From Zenni Optical, Part One

After much hemming and hawing, I finally placed an order for glasses from Zenni Optical.

This post is going to talk about the ordering process. I have no idea yet if the time and money I spent on Zenni’s website will pay off or not. However, testimonials tell me that I am about to get my money’s worth and then some. We shall see!

Ordering glasses on Zenni started with a fresh prescription. I created an account and entered my prescription details into it so that I wouldn’t have to reenter the information several times and possibly get it wrong.

One measurement that is needed but is not on the prescription is pupillary distance, or PD. My friend had the ruler and know-how to measure that for me. This number ensures that your lenses are correctly centred.

The next thing I did was measure my current pair to give myself an idea of the size I would need my new glasses to be. Important measurements are the width of the nose bridge, the width of the frames, the width of the lenses, the length of the temple, and the height of the lenses.

Finally, I took the time to get a good portrait of myself to upload to the site so that I could virtually try on the glasses.

Then, I started shopping! There are several parameters for narrowing down the search, such as price, PD, gender, type of glasses, and type of prescription. The one I wish was a little more precise is the frame size. After a bit of trial and error, I determined that I needed to look at medium to just slightly larger than medium frames, but it would have been nice to be able to input a range.

I’ve been wearing glasses for 23 years and have an idea of the types of shapes, materials, and colours that look best on me. So I started looking for two sensible pairs with metal frames, spring hinges, and oval or rectangular lenses. I started off with a $24.95 pair until I found a couple of $6.95 pairs that looked just as good. In fact, one of the cheaper pairs looks exactly like the pair I currently have on (which I paid several hundred dollars for, and that’s just for the frame).

The processing and shipping time can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. I don’t know when I’ll next be in an area where I can hang out for a bit waiting on glasses. So I decided that I might as well make this order count, especially since shipping is a flat fee of $4.95 regardless of the size of the order, and there is currently a 10% off coupon! Therefore, I kept shopping!

Once I had some classic (read: boring) frames, I decided that I wanted to try some novelty ones. I finally settled on a pair of pink frames and a similar one in green.

Finally, my current prescription sunglasses are horribly scarred. I’ve always wanted a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses, so I found a frame I liked and, following my friend’s instructions, looked for the tinting option on the order form.

For each pair, I added the anti-reflective (A/R) coating at $4.95 per pair. I was tempted to try the premium oleophobic coating (A/R, water repellent, smudge resistant), but reviews were not good for that option.

When all the frames, options, and shipping were added up and my 10% discount was calculated, my order came to a whopping $71.05. That’s for five pairs of glasses including prescription sunglasses! Walmart wanted to charge me that for lenses set in a truly crappy frame! Do note that I have single vision lenses, not bifocals or progressives.

Two things irked me about the order process. The first is that you cannot edit your order. So when I wanted to remove the fancy coating from one pair, I had to redo the entire order for that one. That wasn’t too painful because you can import your saved prescription, but it would still be nice to be able to change settings.

The second thing that I do not like is that they are not set up to take PayPal. I know the site is reputable, so I was okay with paying with a credit card, but I prefer to use PayPal for online purchases.

I placed my order yesterday, Sunday. First thing this morning (literally, it was 1:28AM my time), I got an email from them saying there was a problem with my order. It appeared to be for one person, but there was a pair out of the five that had a different PD. Which number was correct?

Well, I had started shopping with an estimated PD, updated my prescription with the correct number, but had forgotten to redo one of my orders! I’m so glad that they caught that! This tells me that whomever is processing orders at Zenni is not an automaton.

I was asked to reply to the email, so I did, and I got an email later today confirming that all five pairs will have the correct PD number I gave them and that they had started work on my order!

Now, to see if glasses from Zenni live up to all the hype…

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Dec 7, 2012 -

Feeling a Little Blind

My friend and I were both due for an eye exam and new glasses, so today we headed over to the optometrist at the Walmart to have our vision checked. I was very impressed by the office and also the cost ($69 for the basic exam + $10 for the peripheral vision test + $25 for the dilation test), much cheaper than I’d been quoted anywhere in Canada (but I never thought to ask at a Walmart).

I’ve been needing new glasses for ages, but haven’t been due for an exam, so I put off getting replacements as long as I could. Now, I can go ahead and order several pairs at Zenni Optical with my new prescription. I’ve never ordered from them, but several people, including my friend, have, so I feel very comfortable going that route.

My eye health is good and I need an ever so slightly stronger prescription than I’ve been wearing. The doc said that if I wasn’t due for glasses, I could even skip this prescription. So that was good news today!

As for the title of my post, my eyes are still painfully dilated and my vision is ever so blurry. I’m glad I didn’t have to drive home!

Feeling just a tad photo sensitive right now.

Before my appointment, my friend took me to lunch at Panera Bread. WOW! How come I have never been to this chain before?! From now on, if I need wifi and/or an electrical plug in, I will look for a Panera Bread before a McDonalds or Starbucks. The food is tasty, good for you, and inexpensive. I was very impressed!

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