Hey, spectacle wearers: do you remember when Glasses Direct launched, and we all did a double take? Startled by the staggering mark-ups on prescription glasses, the company’s founder launched his site with steeply discounted prices. Now those of us who want to save money on our spectacles have another option: a company called ReglazeMyGlasses, which does… well, you can probably guess.
Post your old pair to them and, for £19, ReglazeMyGlasses will give the frames an MOT, fit new lenses and return the newly-refurbished glasses to you.
So next time your eyesight changes and your optician coaxes you towards the racks of shiny new frames with the eyewatering price tags, know that a cheaper option is available.
You send the frames freepost, in a sturdy cardboard box supplied by the company. You will need to send your prescription too – but if you don’t have this, ReglazeMyGlasses will track it down on your behalf.
According to the company’s founder, the ReglazeMyGlasses labs also make and fit lenses for customers of high street stores, and “optical specialists” discuss individual requirements with customers before any payments are made.
£19 is the starting price for standard single-vision lenses. Varifocals start at £44. Top range lenses, such as Zeiss and Essilor, are also available.
Visit the ReglazeMyGlasses website for further information.
And in case you are wondering: I have asked and YES, they will fit new lenses to vintage frames. With the caveat that vintage frames have a much higher chance of breaking!
I’m a bit gutted, really: I adore 1950s frames and, in the pre-thrifty days, used to collect them. They were (sorry for the pun) spectacular. I asked a number of high street opticians if they could fit new lenses to the frames, but everyone said no. In the end, when we were raising money to move to America in 2005, I packed up all those 1950s frames and sold them off on eBay. I wish I’d kept them now.
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