I’ve ordered from Zenni Optical several times now. My first order was for myself and AJ, and the second order was for a pair of prescription sunglasses for myself. This time we’ve ordered glasses for Mr. A, whose arm has grown shorter in the last few months so he has been having a difficult time reading fine print.
I logged in to Zenni Optical on Sunday and was excited to see they have a brand new feature: the option to upload a photograph of your face and “try” on the frames! Nice option, Zenni Optical! That has been the hardest part of ordering glasses online! It’s hard enough to figure out what looks good on your face when you can actually try on the frames. But now it looks like Zenni has solved that problem, too.
I promptly took a photo of Mr. A and uploaded it. You’ll need a photo that is at least 260 x 260 pixels, and the person’s face should be looking straight at the camera. I got lucky and my first try uploading Mr. A’s photo worked great. I then uploaded a photo of myself, I couldn’t resist, and my photo wasn’t exactly spot on so I had to put dots where my pupils were. So the good news is, even if your photo isn’t exactly perfect, Zenni Optical will ask for help in figuring out where your pupils are, so that the program knows where to place the frames on your face.
Mr. A has a slight astigmatism, and was diagnosed with Presbyopia. Other than that little problem, which is typical for a middle aged person, his eyes are healthy. His distance vision is at 20/40 and passes for driving.
The optometrist said Mr. A would benefit from progressives, if he wanted to wear glasses. She said his vision could be sharper, but he could go without and just use readers for closeup work. So he could just go on without using any glasses at all, but he has been finding night time driving to be a little bit difficult.
So many choices.
I decided to go to Zenni Optical and see what it would cost to just bite the bullet and get him a pair of progressives. In addition to the new Frame Fit option, I saw that the $8 frames have now gone down to $6.95. Amazing.
Another very nice enhancement to the site are the options to narrow your selection by clicking checkboxes of what you need. You can choose to search and narrow your options by:
- Prescription type (single, bifocal, progressive)
- Pd (pupillary distance)
- Gender (Unisex, Men, Women, Children)
- Type (Full Rim, Half Rim, Rimless, Sunshade, Goggles)
- Style (Memory Titanium, Mixed Material, Acetate/Plastic, Aluminum Alloy)
- Shape (Rectangular, Oval, Aviator, Round
- Size (Small, Medium, Large)
- Color (Burgundy, Blue, Black, Brown, Clear and more)
I decided since it worked out good for me to go with the Memory Titanium frames that we’d try those for Mr. A as well.
I checked his pupillary distance and found it to be 64, so narrowed down the options by that option as well.
Then it was just a matter of “trying” on the glasses to the photo of Mr. A I’d uploaded, and finding out what he liked. The option to narrow down the selections was really very helpful.
In the end, we ended up choosing #316221.
Zenni says it will take about three weeks to ship his glasses. In the meantime, he’s going to stick with using the readers he bought a few weeks back.
I’m really hoping these progressives will work well for Mr. A. I was a little apprehensive about getting a person new to glasses a pair of progressives from an online shop, but Mr. A was loathe to spend $170 on them from Costco like I did when I bought my last pair.
The final cost came to $46.56.
I will let you know how the glasses work out for Mr. A once they arrive.
Have you ordered from Zenni Optical?