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How To Save Money When Buying Prescription Eyewear

by Linda Bates

It seems that prescription eyewear is very expensive when you walk into a store. It seems pretty high for some folded metal and glass. But don't worry—there are ways to save money in store even when you have a difficult prescription.

Why Are Store-Bought Prescription Glasses So Expensive?

Compare the price you pay in store to what you can buy online and there is often a huge gap. That's because you are paying more for the customer service. Glasses are marked up in store because you have someone helping you pick out the glasses, try them on, fit them to your face, and make returns easier. You don't get that online. Even with try-at-home online companies, you have to do all the work yourself and deal with shipping times.

How To Find The Best Store Deals

Always shop around for the best deals offered at eyeglass stores. They seem to be everywhere in the mall and you can also find them at discount stores. Do an internet search for local stores and find which one has the best deal at the moment. Keep in mind that deals change throughout the year. If you don't see a good deal right now, then wait a little longer.

One of the best deals to wait for is a buy-one-get-one deal.

Go With A Friend To Save You Both Money

Buy-one-get-one eyeglass deals are usually for frames or entire glasses. Take a friend along who also needs a new pair of glasses. Use the buy-one-get-one deal and split the final cost between you. You each get a pair of glasses for the price of one. Many stores do not require the free glasses to be the same as the paid ones so you don't have to have the same lens prescription either.

Save Money On Frames With The Internet

Internet eyeglass stores might not have the same customer service and many can't fill difficult prescriptions, but you can still make use of them to save money by buying frames online. Go to a store and try on frames until you find a pair you love. Make note of the design and style number. Then go online and search for those frames to find a better deal. Once your frames arrive, take them to an eyeglass store that will put lenses into frames you bring in. You still get the customer service, but you've saved some money on the lenses.

Saving money on prescription glasses in store takes a little bit of effort, but you'll save lots of money in the end. Visit a local eyeglasses provider, such as Bergh-White Opticians, Inc., to find your new eyeglasses.