Below we compare some key ways your cheap frames and online experience may fall flat compared to more high quality options.
The process of updating your prescription, searching for your perfect pair of glasses, selecting the right lenses, and factoring in insurance can feel like a chore. So it makes sense that cheap and convenient options like Warby Parker, Zenni Optical, EyeBuyDirect and more have become the standard for eyewear. But, choosing those options means sacrificing in a few areas.
Cheap Frames Burn Out Quick
In a basic price comparison the online shop seems to have a clear leg up. At Warby Parker, basic frames start at around $100, and some frames at Zenni Optical are as low as $6.99 (before lenses). By comparison, a quality pair of frames from CustomEyes starts at $300 and can go as high as $900+.
However, those cheap frames that seem like a deal now lack the lasting power needed for long-term daily wear, and require constant adjusting (which we do for free btw 😉). Luxury styles from a small design house offer incredible durability to match their price point, meaning one pair can be your style for a while. You can select a statement piece you love to wear everyday, and not worry they’ll show signs of wear within 6 months.
Investing Now Saves Wasted Money & Resources on Multiple Purchases Long Term
Luxury frames are an investment in yourself and your vision, and it has returns. That old adage of ”spend money to make money” applies here too.
It’s Fast Food vs. Fine Dining
As we hinted at in the last section, one of the key differences between a cheap frame and an expensive one is their durability over time.
Prices are low at big-box online retailers because materials are cheap and easily shipped. This is not an investment, or a purchase for quality. This is a purchase to accomplish a goal, like a fast food burger on your drive home.
You’ll get the instant gratification of a new pair of glasses, but none of the long term benefits offered by an investment pair.
What Gets Sacrificed For the Cheap Price...
Experience: Automated Service
vs. Personalized Care
Cost is important, but one of the ultimate differences in investing in your eyewear is the overall more personal and attentive experience you’ll have in selecting your frames and lenses.
When you enter the door at a place like CustomEyes you’re an individual in need of vision care and glasses that make you feel confident, rather than another sale to make or, arguably worse, an ignored customer.
Instead of a salesperson, you’ll have an optician who will talk you through your style preferences, and specific vision needs. They will get to know you, and become your style beacon, helping you select frames that compliment your face, and providing in-depth knowledge on the quality and manufacturing of their handmade frames.
The lenses themselves are hydrophobic and oleophobic, meaning oil from hands and water will bead off, leaving your vision crystal clear without constant cleaning.
All frames at CustomEyes are luxury and handmade brands.
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Vision and Eye Health: Glasses Aren’t The Only Thing That Help You See
In the modern world, you can do just about everything online, including an eye exam, which many quick online retailers offer. But, do you really want your eye health in the hands of an algorithm? In order to see well out of your glasses, precise measurements need to be made, and frames need to be adjusted accordingly.
This option may be convenient and accurate enough for confirming prior prescriptions, but yearly exams are important for keeping your vision solid long term.
Full in-person exams, like the ones offered at CustomEyes, check the full scope of your eye health, not just your prescription. Plus, advancements in technology, like the Optomap retinal exam, also means eye exams may not be as stressful as you remember them. This non-invasive procedure provides a more detailed view of the landscape of the eye without dilation. This vision snapshot allows doctors to make more comprehensive decisions and evaluations about your eye health over time.
The Side By Side Comparison
When you are shopping for your next pair of glasses, you have two choices. You can purchase a cheaper pair for convenience or have a comprehensive vision experience, and find a lasting high quality pair.
Our Recommendation: We believe eyewear is a long term investment worth spending the money on, but if you’re not ready to spend big on glasses at least invest in full yearly eye exams in the meantime.
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