Zenni Optical Review

January 27, 2010

Just about two weeks ago, I discovered a problem with my glasses. I wore my bifocals since then and went in for an eye exam to check if my prescription had changed. It had changed just a little bit. I came home that night and decided to order my new glasses online. I had read many good reviews (and yes there were some bad ones too) about Zenni Optical. I decided to take my chances since the prices were so good.

It took 12 days from the time I ordered until the time that the glasses arrived at my house. I realize that you can get glasses much faster from a store (even in about an hour at some places!) but you will also pay a lot more. I decided to pick out three pairs of glasses. Since the prices are so great (starting at $8), I wanted to be able to have some fun glasses too. Zenni Optical has many choices for frames, including the options in the $8 price point. All of the frames I chose came from the $8 section. All glasses come with thin and light 1.57 index lens or you can pay more to get even thinner lenses. They also come with anti-scratch coating, UV protection, a hard case and microfiber cleaning cloth. For just $4.95 you can add sunglasses tinting or anti-reflective and anti-radiation coating. For an additional $39, you can get photochromatic lenses (Clear inside, Darkens when you are in sunlight). Zenni Optical also does bifocal lenses, starting at $25 and progressive lenses starting at $37.00. They also offer a flat shipping rate of $4.95, no matter how many glasses you order.

As soon as I got the package in the mail, I hurried in the house to check them out. I wanted to make sure that they were not broken and that my prescription seemed right. I think they are good to go! I am very happy with my purchase. I tried all of my glasses on and Little Monkey approved of each one. One pair I am not so sure on but they are fun and will be fine. It is also nice to know that if Roland decides again to eat my glasses I have a backup pair and they didn’t cost too much. For my order, I bought three pairs of glasses. Two are plastic frames and one is stainless steel. Below you will see the glasses I picked out. Hopefully soon I will have some new photos of myself in them too!

Blue Stainless Steel glasses

Purple and Clear Glasses

Green and Black Glasses

I would recommend Zenni Optical to others. For the price, it is hard to beat. Yes there are some down sides to ordering glasses online. You don’t have a person to “fit” them to your face. You also are not able to try on the glasses before you get them. (Had I done this, I might not have ordered the green and black pair.) You also have to wait about two weeks to get them. Also the glasses are made outside of the country and I’ve read that their customer service leaves much to be desired. I have not had to contact them for any reason outside of placing my order, so I cannot comment on that. I say that they are definitely worth a shot if you have the time to wait for glasses to get to you and you don’t have a lot of money to spend or if you’d like to add some fun glasses to your regular line up!