I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was heading back to the eye doctor, and oy did I ever need that visit. My prescription went up quite a bit, which prompted the eye doctor to say, “I’m guessing you are still sitting at a computer 80 hours per week because you just keep getting more farsighted.” Yay?
I walked out of the eye doctor with new contacts, but our vision insurance apparently only covers contacts or glasses, so I’m on my own for finding some affordable glasses, which means I immediately went to my old standby, Warby Parker.
I discovered Warby Parker a couple of years ago and have been a fan of the site ever since. Yes, there are a bunch of other sites now that offer trendy and affordable glasses online, but the thing that keeps me going back to Warby Parker is their free at-home try-on service. Warby Parker will ship you five pairs of frames to try on in the comfort of your own home for five days for free. (Of course you’ll have to pay for them if you fail to return the frames.) It’s a fun and easy way to try out some new frames and get a better sense for how they’ll look on your face than by just guessing or using one of the computerized frame selectors.
Thank goodness for the at-home try on service too, because at least one of those frames makes me look a little crazy! Here’s what I’m wearing above (clockwise from the top left):
The Warby Parker Home Try-On Program includes five pairs of glasses, and while I did receive five pairs there was a goof with my order and they sent two pairs of the Ripley frames instead of the Percey in Charcoal Fade that I ordered. Oh well. I think I may actually have the Percey frames already (of course they’re in the wrong prescription now).
Out of these frames, the top two are my favorites. I went into this entire process *knowing* I was going to get the Winston Revolver in Black because I’d tried them on last year and have been thinking about them ever since, but I was really surprised with how much I like the Ripley in Whiskey Tortoise. While I like crazy glasses, the Kimball in Marzipan Tortoise is definitely out.
I’m going to mail my frames back today, but I’ve got some thinking to do. Should I get the Winston Revolver or the Ripley, or should I try on five different sets of frames? Decisions, decisions!
Once I actually decide on a pair, single vision prescription lenses, frames included, from Warby Parker cost $95. Warby Parker accepts health savings plans to pay for glasses, and they will also send itemized receipts if you plan on requesting a refund from your insurance company. I have had 4-5 pairs of glasses from Warby Parker over the years and they’ve all held up really well while also being quite stylish. (And, they make it more than possible for me to stare at a computer for hours on end.)
If you haven’t given Warby Parker a try, I highly recommend checking out their free try-on service. I don’t know what it is, but I really enjoy shopping for glasses through this site!