My goodness, it’s been awhile since I did a product review. I tend to either choose or am chosen for fairly practical products, and this is no exception: replacement lenses for eyeglasses. Not exciting, I understand, but I’m going to give you an early spoiler: this service is really good.
I recently had my eyes tested and ordered new glasses from a chain optician. The service was OK, the glasses are nice, but I can’t help but to feel a bit like cattle in the whole process. And the wait. I remember going to places in the US where you get your glasses in about an hour, and I like the ability to tick something off my to-do list so rapidly. This may or may not be a service available in the UK, I’m not sure, but I haven’t found it near me. Before choosing my new frames at the chain optician, I asked about reglazing my existing frames. They could do it, sure, and I was told it would run me around £70. I decided to get new frames in the end, and thought I’d perhaps get my old frames reglazed in future.
Fast-forward to finding this review opportunity. Now, I did think about getting my old glasses updated, but to be honest, my prescription is so minor by most standards that I don’t wear glasses for most of the day. I see pretty well and save them for driving or if I want the HD TV to actually look high def. I decided to donate my reglaze lenses to my best friend, as he’s been wearing strong glasses since he was a child and is going through tough financial times due to an unreasonably complicated divorce. Quite frankly, he needs this more than me, but based on the service I’d still know if this is where I want my old frames to get refreshed.
I Wear Glasses provides a painless process for ordering your lenses. It was totally straightforward and one click got me started with the customisation of my product. Single vision glasses are the best value, but that’s not surprising. Going with the Gold level got me coated, thin lenses for far less than the chain optician: £45 compared to £70 (and I don’t think the £70 included the Anti-reflective or Scratch resistance, let alone UV filtering). You can start ramping up the price with tints or polarising, but that wasn’t important in my case. After another button click, the price totalled £54.99 all-in. Brilliant. Affordable.
I packaged up a pair of Ray-Ban new style Wayfarers and sent them on their way. I was updated regularly by email after I Wear Glasses received the frames. Before you know it, they were in transit back to me, reglazed and ready for Pete’s eyeballs. (You owe me lunch, Pete.)
Colour me impressed. Even the presentation of the glasses in the case was crafted. These details show they are far more than a quickie-slap-together-ship-em-out kind of place. The specs look great and Pete loves the way the lenses work. Will I use I Wear Glasses for myself? In a word: yes. As soon as I have the moolah, I’m definitely sending in my old frames for replacement lenses – probably to transform them into sunglasses.
Nicely done, I Wear Glasses. Very nicely done.
If you want to give them a go, I have a 10% Off voucher code for you. Go through the ordering process and paste FUEL10 into the box before paying. You’ll get 10% off everything on the site. Enjoy.
I Wear Glasses has kindly provided their lenses reglazing service for the purpose of review. I have not been paid otherwise.