Eyeglasses can sure cost a lot of money! As we mentioned in our ‘Is Vision Insurance Worth the Cost?‘ post, the Need2Save family spent over $1,000 on just two pair of glasses this year. Granted Mrs. Need2Save bought designer frames, with Transitions tint and thinner lenses. Our younger son got his first pair of glasses (not sure how he made it this long without needing glasses!) and decided that he didn’t really like the frames after wearing them for a while.
You can’t send the glasses back to the eye doctor after wearing them for a few months and we surely weren’t going to pay another $300 or so for another pair of glasses. Enter Warby Parker.
Try Before You Buy
Part of the problem with choosing our son’s glasses was that he was only able to try on the frames for a few minutes at the eye doctor. After trying on a few frames at the store, you commit to a pair of expensive glasses that you are likely expected to wear for the next year or two.
A great part of getting glasses through Warby Parker is that you can select up to five frames to try on at home. There is no cost for this, although you do need to provide credit card information in the event that you don’t return the frames. Once the frames arrive at your home, you have 5 days to try them on and see how you like them. Much better than the 15 minutes at the eye doctor!
My son liked this because he felt awkward in the store about choosing frames with all those strangers around. This way, he could try them at home and the whole family could give him opinions on what we thought looked best on him.
Once you are done trying out the frames, just put the frames back in the box they arrived in and use the prepaid return label and return in the mail.
To Buy or Not To Buy
Hopefully you are able to find a pair of frames that you like, but if not, no worries – just send them back. This is what happened with Mrs. Need2Save. She was looking for a pair of prescription sunglasses and selected 5 frames she was interested in. After trying them on, she wasn’t ready to commit on any of them, so we just sent them back.
Our son did find a pair of frames that he liked and it was really simple to order online. You need to have a valid prescription and the one he got earlier in the year from his eye exam is good for two years. So no problems there. We uploaded a copy of his prescription without any problems.
He just needs simple, single-vision lenses. The frames with single-prescription lenses were only $95 with free shipping! Hooray. Super convenient shopping from home and 38% of the cost of the pair he got from the eye doctor’s with the insurance discount and everything. And we didn’t have to drive to pick them up!
Warby Parker does not take insurance plans. However, you can use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Limited Purpose FSA (LPFSA), or Health Savings account (HSA) to pay for glasses with pretax dollars! You can order prescription sunglasses too!
How was the Turnaround?
We placed our order on a Wednesday evening and got a quick confirmation email. On Saturday morning, we got another message that the order was on its way with a tracking number. It later arrived after 8 days. Our son is pretty happy with them and he doesn’t wear the pair we paid $248 for earlier this year, but he will have them as a back-up pair if these break.
Additionally, when our son’s glasses arrived, there was a feel-good reminder card in the box about Warby Parker’s ‘Buy A Pair, Give A Pair‘ program. Isn’t that nice?
Our experience with Warby Parker was really good so we can give it our Stamp of Approval!
How about you? Any experience with Warby Parker that you would like to share?
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