About Warby Parker–Long story short, Warby Parker specializes in eyewear, bringing you affordable styles, whether you are looking for prescription or non-prescription eyewear. Available through their website or at select showrooms, most Warby Parker frames have a price that starts at $95. In addition to providing eyewear that is affordable, Warby Parker gives away a pair for every pair sold, partnering with non-profit organizations such as VisionSpring.
Try Before You Buy–Eyewear seems like one of those items that are impossible to purchase online. However, Warby Parker bypasses this concern with their free Home Try-on program. Available for customers in the contiguous 48 states, Warby Parker will send you five pairs of glasses in the style you choose. You can mix and match however you please. I tried 3 pairs of glasses and 2 pairs of sunglasses. Included with your try-on kit is a pre-paid return shipping label. You get 5 days to decide what style is right for you before returning the try-ons and hopefully placing an order.
Buying Glasses from Warby Parker–I wear prescription glasses and selected a pair of glasses to order. Fortunately for me, the price of Warby Parker’s frames include polycarbonate prescription lenses and an anti-reflective lens coating. You can pay to upgrade your lenses or turn a regular pair of frames into sunglasses, but I didn’t need this. Since shipping was free, my grand total for a new pair of prescription glasses shipped was $95. A great price considering that a pair from your local optometry can cost $300 and more.
- 9/1 Sunday – Ordered Glasses
- 9/3 Tuesday – Warby Parker contacted me via email to make sure that they had the correct pupillary distance to which I responded right away with the measurements. If you don’t have these, they have a cool app that helps you with this.
- 9/4 Wednesday – Warby Parker contacted me via email again to confirm my pupillary distance – the measurements I sent were uncommon and they suggested I use their app to confirm measurements, which I did – a breeze.
- 9/5 Thursday – Warby Parker started making my glasses.
- 9/10 Wednesday – Warby Parker ships glasses via USPS.
- 9/14 Saturday – Warby Parker glasses arrive. They fit perfectly and the quality is equal to any designer frames I have had in the past; Gucci, Tom Ford, etc.
Overview–Prescription glasses take up to 10 business days including shipping to arrive while non-prescription glasses take 5 business days, this includes the Home Try-on. With the exception of the delay on making sure my measurements were correct, from the day they had everything for my order 9/4, it took 11 days (8 business days) to receive my glasses. Not too bad for $95 spent. The local optometry can take up to 2 weeks on top of the excruciating amount of time it takes to go in person and order a pair of glasses.