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.