Where to buy prescription glasses online

If you need glasses to help you see, you’re not alone – six in ten people in the developed world rely on glasses or contact lenses to help sharpen their vision.

Whether you’re a lifelong glasses wearer or have recently adopted glasses to help with everyday activities like reading or driving, there’s dozens of websites where you can buy prescription glasses online.

There’s a few advantages here. Once you know your prescription, shopping around online can dramatically reduce your costs and give you access to a much larger range of frame styles than you might otherwise find at your local optometrist.

These services make it easy to try on glasses at home before you buy with a home trial, and many have sophisticated tools to help you narrow down your search using everything from the dimensions of your current pair of glasses to frame shape and more.

Shop around online

If you like the idea of buying glasses online, here’s some of the most trusted brands making the process easy in the UK.

Glasses Direct

Glasses Direct is a fabulous service that makes it easy to buy glasses for as little as £25. Lenses are included in the price of the frames and most of their frames come with a buy one get one free offer, which you can use for a spare pair of glasses or prescription sunglasses.


Selectspecs prides itself on offering some of the best prices in the market, so if you’re on a very tight budget, this is a great place to start. They believe glasses should be affordable to everyone, and as such have frames from starting at as little as £6 – including lenses and coatings. 

Direct Sight  

Direct Sight has a great range of glasses starting at £15, plus a huge selection of sale and clearance frames you can get at a fraction of the original cost. The company is based in the UK and offers a convenient 30-day return policy, so if something’s not right, you can send them back.


Goggles4u is another services with a great range of affordable lenses. In addition to offering bifocal and no-line progressive lenses, they have a number of useful guides to help you figure out which frames will fit your face best and sit most comfortably.

Have you ever bought glasses online? Would you give it a go to save money? Let us know in the comments below!

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7th Apr 2017
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I have bought 2 pairs of glasses online from Speckyfoureyes they first pair was just readers and the 2nd pair was bifocals. I was very pleased with them but it took 4 weeks to get them. They are really comfortable to wear
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6th Apr 2017
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I have never tried buying prescription glasses online, worth a try although like others on here wonder if you can buy varifocals this way .
7th Apr 2017
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Yes you can buy varifocals.
28th Mar 2017
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I am new to this but would be interested later on
27th Mar 2017
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I wear varifocals so am wondering how that would work.
28th Mar 2017
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27th Mar 2017
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I bought some distance glasses a few years ago from Glasses Direct for £15 and they were fine.

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