The nose pad on my glasses went bad. After failing to super glue it back on for any length of time, I started looking at options. When I took my mother to Sears Optical to get her eyes tested and possibly get new glasses, I asked the guy there if he could determine the prescription in my glasses. He said he could, but if the prescription was over 5 years old, he couldn't use it to get me glasses. I had to get an eye exam. While I was there, I also asked him if he could get my PD measurement (I'll explain in a moment). And he did.
Okay, at Zenni Optical, you have over 3000 frames to choose from and they can put any prescription in a pair of glasses you order from them. When I first went to their site, the question that threw me for a loop was the PD measurement. This is a measurement from pupil to pupil. My prescription was fine so with the info I acquired, I ordered a pair of glasses for $6.95 and paid four something for shipping. The total was under $12. I received the glasses in the mail last week and they are great.
It will probably cost a bit more for bifocals or any other "specialization". But for a plain pair of metal frame glasses, it is cheap.
The big task was getting them adjusted. Walmart didn't want to touch them because I didn't buy the glasses from them. So the task after getting them is to get them adjusted. You might be able to do that yourself.
Anyway, here is the URL. If you want a pair for sunglasses, a spare, or a replacement it is worth checking out.
By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN
Another way to save if you can't find a special is to just use your old frames. Have them put your new lenses in them. I have used all of the ideas above and save lots of money!
By Dwedenoja from New Creek, WV
The best spectacles I've found are from Spotlight (similar to your Dollar Stores), they even have ones with a bayonet connection (tiny springs where the arms connect to the glasses) at the sides which allows for any size head without breaking from continual use. I have been doing this for years now. My prescription reading glasses stay at home (safely) beside the computer. They are too expensive to keep replacing if I lose them whilst shopping!
By Kay from New South Wales, Australia
Tips for saving money on your prescription for glasses. Post your ideas.