I recently purchased a second pair of glasses for ‘back to school’ – basically, I bought my original set of glasses from my optometry office, they were hella expensive and hella generic and I wanted something more distinctive but I didn’t want to spend another $400. (yikes – thank god for coverage am I right?!) Like all things that I want to buy for cheap, I looked online. I found a few different eye glasses websites but decided to go with ‘Eye Buy Direct’ for a few reasons.
Unlike most of the other websites, Eye Buy Direct had a Canadian version of their store, with Canadian pricing. This is a huge plus because it means that it doesn’t charge me a foreign currency when I pay online through Visa. It also means that things are generally cheaper for me anyways (the Canadian dollar isn’t doing too hot right now). The glasses I went for were $50 for the frames and basic (scratch free, glare free) lenses – and this is on the pricier side of the website. A lot of the websites I looked at were really affordable, but unlike those websites Eye Buy Direct’s distinctive, “cool” glasses were equally as affordable as their more generic styles. While the fact that they don’t carry any name brands may be a drawback to some, I really appreciated this as I always find I’m influenced by the name brand when looking, and they’re more expensive, and they’re always trying to follow trends so it’s hard to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Another nice thing about Eye Buy Direct was the fact that they had a lot of resources there to make sure you were buying the right pair of glasses. They had a wide variety of glasses, they had helpful information on what kind of glasses would suit you based on your face shape and size. They have different sizes of glasses so that you’re not buying glasses that don’t fit, and they let you put in your own prescription.
You can visit Eye Buy Direct by clicking here or by googling the name.
If you’re not from Canada and/or are interested in checking out some other websites, a few that I came across were Polette (thanks Georgie!! I would have bought from them but they didn’t have a Canadian website :(), Clearly Contacts (which my sister uses and swears by), and Frames Direct.
The frames I bought are called the “Shanghai” frames. I went in looking for Harry Potter-like frames that were just a little bit less spherical. Think old school scholar-type round rims with more of a straight top – and in metal. There was actually a lot of selection for these type of glasses which surprised me! I wanted them to be small like Harry Potter glasses (lol at this reference, I’m sorry, I don’t know how else to describe it so everyone will know!) but the website said that they would be too small for my face and recommended size large.
I figured they probably just manufactured their glasses in a country where people generally had smaller faces, so the glasses were smaller… I don’t know! They were cheap! I didn’t question it! And then they came in, and they were about 3x bigger than I thought they were going to be. I’m not going to lie, initially I was a bit upset about it, just not upset enough to send them back (they didn’t look terrible so I just rolled with the punches). Now, I love them. They are a lot bigger than I intended them to be, so I look a lot more “hipster” than I intended to. I’ve gotten quite a few compliments, and I like them better than my old glasses, and now I just want more and more in this style (in varying sizes hahah). Let me know what you think 🙂 Here’s what they look like on:
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Edit: I wrote this post THREE years ago now. I still buy from Eye Buy Direct every time I need new glasses. I still buy glasses in this style (smaller sizes, usually I go for a size S or M), and now I’m looking at this picture and thinking I need to get my new prescription in those frames! I loooove how big they are now! If you want to see my various glasses in action, I wear them ALL the time.
These are from their newest releases, the frames are called ‘‘Quill’ in ivory tortoise. EyeBuyDirect have (FINALLY) started collaborating with me, so that’s an affiliate link, AND you can use the code “INDI20” for 20%. Pretty sure I do not get a kickback for the code, but who doesn’t want 20% off?!