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Posted: 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sizzling Deal

Prescription Eyeglass Frames and Lenses for $9.90 Delivered!

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Clark showing off his cheapo Zenni Optical glasses at the studio.

By Clark Howard

Eyeglasses don't have to cost hundreds of dollars. is doing a today-only deal (April 9) that offers complete prescription frames and lenses* delivered to your door for just $9.90!

Visit and complete the registration that pops up or simply use coupon code WELCOME990 when you check out to take advantage of this offer.


If you plan on ordering, get your vision checked by an eye doctor first to get an updated prescription.

You'll also need to find out your pupillary distance (P.D.) — the space between the center of your pupils, expressed in millimeters. Certain frames will not work with certain P.D.s because the center of the lenses will either be too wide or too narrow. You need a fit that's just right.

If your P.D. is already noted on your prescription, you are good to go. If it's not noted, many doctors will provide this information upon request. If not, here is Goggles4u's guide to calculating your pupillary distance.

Some optometrists reportedly may try to charge up to $20 when you call to ask for your P.D. Though here's a thought: If you've had glasses filled at Costco in the past, give them a call and they'll give you your P.D. for free!


Googles4U is just one of several websites that generally offer prescription eyeglasses starting at $6 to $10 per pair with normal shipping costs of $4.95.

Other competitors include,, and the granddaddy of them all—

How can all these sites offer prescription eyeglasses at such low prices? Well, I know Zenni grinds its lenses in communist China and offers absolutely no service after the sale.

That's led some of my listeners to become disenchanted with Zenni. But I've used them multiple times and never had a problem.


The next reservation I often hear is, "How can these glasses can be any good if they're so cheap?"

I have a friend who is an investigative reporter for an Atlanta TV station. A couple of years ago, he did a story about eyeglasses in which he compared Zennis and a number of other more expensive brands.

The Zennis had perfect prescriptions versus the glasses that were filled at well-known optometry chain stores. So buying cheap glasses does not automatically mean you'll get bad quality.

For further reading:

* Includes: Any $0 frame, 1.57 CR Single Vision Lenses, Anti-Scratch Coating, Full UV Protection & Shipping (US & Canada) Strong Rx charges may apply, as per the disclaimer.

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