November, 2014

Nov 14

Designer specs at a fraction of the cost

kimberley-walsh-square-600x600The stars were out in force last month at the Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards.  Kimberley Walsh performed in her first appearance since having baby Bobby and looked fabulous.  Amy Childs won the Specsavers Style Star award and kids TV favourite Timmy Mallett won the Services to Specs award – very worthy winners!  There were loads of celebrity glasses wearers at the event including Vanessa White from the Saturdays, TV presenter Dawn O’Porter and Blue singer and Strictly contestant Simon Webbe.  Wearing glasses and geek chic has NEVER been cooler!

I have a friend who recently picked up a bargain pair of vintage Chanel glasses from a charity shop – I know, lucky her!  The only trouble is that despite saving a shed load on the frames, with a tricky prescription it can be hard to keep the cost down for her lenses – but there is a way.  In fact, loads of people are doing the whole thing online – taking advantage of a free sight test on the High Street (ask your company if they offer one) and then buying frames and lenses online.  eBay has some GREAT frames, including vintage ones and Glasses 123 even send you frames at home to try on first.

Online companies like are also now offering new prescription lenses at a fraction of the cost, sometimes as much as 70% off the RRP, but typically HALF PRICE!  You can even send the frames to them in a freepost pack.  Once they’ve received your glasses they will call you to discuss the options and prices for your new lenses and prescription, and they do sunglasses too.  Prices start from £19 for single vision lenses and £44 for varifocal lenses.  You can even get your glasses back in a matter of days, but for more complex lenses, it can take up to two weeks.

The main thing you need to look out for is what you get as standard with your lenses.  Boots Opticians have just made UV lenses as standard on all of their frames and it is the first time UV protection is being made available as standard to NHS customers.  You might not think this is important but eyes are up to ten times more sensitive to UV damage than skin, so it’s really important that glasses wearers protect their eyes from UV damage.

If you fancy designer sunglasses too, you could have a look on Secret Sales sites for Ray-Bans or Marc Jacobs and then get the lenses replaced to fit your prescription.

Gone are the days when being a spectacle wearer meant you had to put up with giant NHS frames or expensive replacement frames every few years – there are some GREAT ways to get 20/20 vision AND look like a superstar!

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