Just because you need prescription lenses it doesn’t mean you should resign yourself to dull affordable practical glasses or very expensive designer glasses. If you’re a savvy shopper you can probably get an eye test for free and find a great pair of designer prescription glasses for significantly less than high-street prices. This guide will help you save money on your next pair of glasses and help you find the perfect pair for your face.
Free eye test
The first hurdle if you’re trying to save as much money as possible is the eye test. When we know we’re going to have to spend money on the actual glasses, forking out £20–£30 for an eye test is a tough pill to swallow. In fact, it can be enough to put some people off altogether. However, skipping the eye test and sticking with your old prescription is false economy as you may find that your glasses only last you one year before it’s clear that you need a new prescription. This is why it’s important to get an up-to-date prescription before you get a new pair of glasses. You just need to make sure you get your eyes tested for free!
If you live in Scotland, then the good news is that you don’t have to pay for an eye test – no matter what your circumstances are. This is because the Scottish NHS budget includes eye tests for everyone. The bad news for readers who live in the rest of the UK is that the NHS only covers the cost of your eye test if you have a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes or glaucoma, or if you are under 16 or over 60. There are actually loads of different reasons why the NHS may cover the cost of your eye test; to see the whole list and find out if you qualify, check out the NHS’s official page.
But don’t panic if you don’t qualify for a free eye test through the NHS, because you can still look out for special promotions at opticians in your local area. It’s common for opticians to offer free eye tests to encourage customers to come into their shop and buy their glasses. They often expect you to also buy a pair of glasses afterwards, but you’re not legally obliged to. You can just get your prescription, look about the shop for two minutes, tell them you need while to make up your mind, then leave with your prescription.
Shop online to save a lot of money on designer glasses
The best way to save money on glasses is to shop for them online. Online retailers are able to keep their overheads much cheaper than in-store retailers because they have cheaper warehouse premises outside of city centres, they don’t need sales staff, and they can buy in bulk from big brands. All of this helps online eyewear companies save a lot of money, and they pass these savings onto the customer, keeping their prices incredibly competitive. Websites such as dealqueen are great for this!
It’s important to shop for high-quality glasses, as this will save you more money in the long run. This is because flimsy cheap glasses might only last you six months to a year. After that, you’ll need to buy more. So, it will save you money in the long run to invest in a better pair of glasses – especially if you’re going to wear them every day.
Another advantage of shopping for glasses online is that online stores have special discount codes, sales, and other money-saving promotions more regularly than normal stores. If you keep an eye out for special deals from a few of the biggest online stores, then you’re sure to save a lot of money. To do this, it’s a good idea to sign up to the news letters of several of the biggest online stores. Also keep an eye out for websites with special offers that run all-year-round, such as Red Hot Sunglasses who offer free prescription lenses on their large prescription glasses range. It’s special deals like this that can help you save a significant amount of money on high-quality designer glasses.
Figuring Out What Glasses Suit Your Face
The biggest downside of shopping online is that you can’t try on the glasses before you buy them. This means that you have to work out exactly which kind of glasses suit you and which ones don’t. This isn’t as hard as it sounds, however. There are two good ways to do this:
- Try on glasses in a store and make note of which ones suit your face. Write down the make and model so that you can then find them cheaper online. The width of the glasses is the most important detail, so make sure you check the inside of the frame for two double digits. The larger number will be the width of the rims in millimetres and the smaller number will be the width of the bridge in millimetres. If you find the perfect fit, then jotting down the numbers is the ideal way to ensure you can find the right size glasses online.
- Read a few different face-shape guides online. There are guides online that help you work out what glasses best suit your face. As there are so many different shapes of faces, it would take an entire article to explain it. However, I will say that the basic principle is to wear glasses that balance out your features: round face with angular glasses – top-heavy glasses with diamond-shaped faces as they balance out the pointier chin. Red Hot Sunglasses, who I mentioned earlier, have a comprehensive face-shape guide, if you’re keen to do a little more research.
And that’s all the advice I have time for in this guide. I hope this article has been useful, and that a few readers save a big chunk of money on their next pair of prescription glasses.