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Our Fave Online Retailers for Eyeglasses, Blue Light Glasses, and More

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Design: theSkimm | Image: Quay Australia
Aug 16, 2022

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A new pair of glasses is an easy way to switch up your look without dropping tons of cash on new wardrobe pieces. Whether you wear prescription lenses and are looking for an elevated frame, are searching for a chic pair of blue-light glasses for work, or just need a new pair of sunnies for your daily commute. And bonus: You don’t have to spend an arm and leg for some new frames. There are a ton of online retailers with options for every budget, and we’ve rounded up a few of our faves — whether you’re in the market for computer glasses, transition lenses, lightweight frames, or polarized sunglasses. Lookin’ good.

A brand that donates a pair of glasses for each one purchased… 

Over 10 million pairs of Warby Parker glasses have been distributed through their partners worldwide to date. We love their at-home try-on program that lets you pick up to five frames for five days absolutely free (including shipping). If you’re in the market for prescription frames, we rec the opal tortoise Nadia eyeglasses that also come in two solid colors, or the classic round Percy glasses with a clear finish. For sunglasses, we’re fans of the classic silhouette of the Abe frame in silver, black, or gold — or the more unique Cooper with an open nose bridge. ($95+, Warby Parker)

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Designer-quality sunglasses from Australia without the designer price… 

Think strong silhouettes, quality materials, and on-trend designs. Quay offers regular sunglasses and prescription sunglasses, so you’ll never have to go for the doubled-up look (we’re lookin’ at you, Dad). And you can choose from polarized or classic for your non-prescription sunglasses frames — we rec the stand-out On the Fly frames with gradient lenses or the more subtle Yada Yada frames in a black-on-black colorway. Some of our faves: the pointed Call the Shots Rx frames in white, or the thin metal framed Jezabell Rx in gold in black. ($55+, Quay)

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A site that’ll let you try on your glasses virtually before you buy… 

They’ll walk you through your ideal frame size and rec the best lenses for your prescription and pupillary distance (aka the distance between the centers of your pupils). Plus, Zenni glasses start as low as $6.95. If you’re looking for a pair of chic cat-eye glasses, try this Brown Dahlia pair that’s a collab with designer Cynthia Rowley. Some other options to check out: this super budget-friendly translucent pair that comes in five colorways, and this throwback to the ’70s aviator frame available in six colors (including a bright red and orange). Psst…take advantage of the shop by categories feature, where you can choose frames based on face shape, frame shape, and color. ($6.95+, Zenni)

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A brand that puts a modern spin on vintage glasses designs… 

Vint and York is a cult-favorite women-owned brand that specializes in retro vintage frames like these geometric Allora ones or the oversized, square Piazza frames. (Psst…these Adeline cat-eye glasses? Oprah wore ’em during her 2018 Golden Globes speech.) And special lenses can be added to whichever frames you choose, like single vision, readers, bifocals, progressives, and even blue-light options. ($149+, Vint and York)

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A site with a wide range of especially affordable glasses options… 

Their lens offerings include blue light, transition, progressive lenses, prism, and more. For chic reading glasses, we rec the Groove round glasses made from acetate — or the lighter, more vibrant Nocturnal frames made from plastic. If you’re looking for sunnies, try the stylish geometric Sun Soar frames in black, or these made-for-summer Sun Kyoto acetate frames. You’ll be able to customize your lenses for both function and style with their polarized, mirrored, gradient, and colorblind lens options. ($32+, EyeBuyDirect)

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A brand for fashion-forward sunglasses with a sustainable edge… 

Crap Eyewear designs glasses all made with bioacetate frames (a biodegradable and plant-based material), housed in plastic-free packaging. We highly rec the best-selling Supa Freak frames in kiwi or cream marble or the Bikini Vision frames with rounded edges. For a ’90s-inspired style, try the Full Bloom frames, or check out the Kiss of Dume frames for a chic modern cat eye. ($79+, Crap Eyewear)

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A site that offers designer brands at a discounted price… 

Thanks to its unique business model that cuts out expensive middlemen like distributors and resellers. Snag a pair of Prada’s iconic round glasses or geometric sunnies — or get a little quirky with Gucci’s heart-shaped acetate frames or prescription-eligible lime green sunglasses. Not looking for high-fashion frames? Take a peek at these trendy Oakley polarized sunglasses or these Nike trainers perfect for your morning run. ($67.80+, GlassesUSA

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