Buying Cheap Glasses Online

Buying Cheap Glasses Online

Buying Cheap Glasses Online

Looking to get a new pair of specs? You could save £100s by buying glasses online, so read on for our top tips on how to find the best deals.


Buying glasses online is cheaper than getting them from a high street optician. Fact.

For instance, you can buy the exact same pair of Ray-Ban glasses you’d get at Boots Opticians for almost 50% of the price from an online glasses retailer. That’s exactly the kind of discount you should expect when you’re buying new glasses online.

To help you save money and find the perfect pair of specs, we’ve listed all the best places to buy glasses online, as well as what to look out for if this is your first time venturing beyond the likes of Boots, Specsavers, and Vision Express.

Best places to buy cheap glasses online

These are the best websites for buying cheap prescription glasses:

1. Alensa

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  • Cheapest delivery – Free for orders over £30; £2.49 for orders under £49.
  • Home trial – Not offered.
  • Returns policy – Glasses can be returned within 14 days. However, Alensa will only refund the cost of the frames and not the lenses (full T&Cs).
  • Student discount – None.

2. Bird

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  • Cheapest delivery – Free.
  • Home trial – You can try four pairs at home for £1, which will be donated to Bird’s charity partner SolarAid. You can send them back for free with the provided return label.
  • Returns Policy – Purchases can be returned within 14 days for a full refund, as long as they’re in an unworn and re-saleable condition. Prescription lenses are non-refundable (full T&Cs).
  • Student discount – None.
  • Extra info – Apart from making durable and stylish glasses, Bird is all about sustainability. Their glasses are made from the best sustainable materials (which can be recycled with their program) and are 100% vegan. On top of that, a donation to SolarAid is made for every pair of glasses sold. Win-win-win!

3. Glasses Direct

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  • Cheapest delivery – Free for Boutique orders or baskets totaling £75 or more; £3.95 for other orders.
  • Home trial – You can order up to four frames at once to try for seven days, with an unlimited number of trials per customer. Delivery and returns are free (more info).
  • Returns policy – Glasses can be returned within 120 days of the original dispatch date (full T&Cs).
  • Student Discount

4. Glasses2You

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  • Cheapest delivery – Free for orders over £10; £2.95 for orders under £10
  • Home trial – Not offered
  • Returns policy – Glasses can be returned within 30 days of delivery (full T&Cs)
  • Student discount – None.

5. Goggles4u

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  • Cheapest delivery – £4.95
  • Home trial – Not offered
  • Returns policy – If you don’t like your new glasses, you can return them (usually within 15 dates of receiving them) for store credit (full T&Cs)
  • Student discount – None.

6. Mister Spex

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  • Cheapest delivery – Free for orders of £29 or above; £2.99 for orders below £29.
  • Home trial – You can order up to four frames at once to try for 10 days. Delivery and returns are free.
  • Returns policy – Glasses can be returned within 30 days of you receiving them, in exchange for a full refund
  • Student Discount – 15% off

7. Opticians Direct

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  • Cheapest delivery – £3.95
  • Home trial – Not offered
  • Returns policy – Glasses can be returned within 30 days, but Opticians Direct will only refund the cost of the frames, not the lenses
  • Student discount – None.

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