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At Zenni Optical, they claim you can get a complete pair or prescription eyeglasses starting at $8, and they aren’t kidding! I saw this a few different places, and the website looks a little corny, so it took me a little while to warm up to the idea. Last summer I really needed a pair of prescription sunglasses, but our insurance doesn’t cover them, so I decided to give Zenni a try.

It was quick, easy and the glasses were much better quality than I expected. All you need is your latest prescription, including the pupillary distance, from your optometrist. You’ll also want to measure the width of your current frames and the length of the arms. Then go to ZenniOptical.com and pick out a frame you like. It walks you through all of the steps for ordering and entering your prescription information.

I chose one of the $8 frames and added sunglass tinting for $4.95. Shipping is a flat rate of $4.95, so we decided to order my husband a pair while we were at it. Our total for two pairs of prescription sunglasses was just over $30. It took about 2 weeks for the glasses to arrive. My husband and I have been very happy with the quality of the frames and lenses. The next time we need regular glasses, we will most likely be ordering them through Zenni because it’s cheaper than our insurance co-pay!

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