As some of you might know, my day job is at an eye clinic. Besides being a secretary and desk clerk, I also do a lot of the measuring: I see corneas and retinas all day, every day. Naturally, I know a lot about things that involve eyeballs. I myself am night blind, something I only found out when playing test subject for a new aberrometer. I mean, I knew I couldn’t see very well in the dark, but I thought that was normal because you know, it’s fucking dark.
Before getting my driver’s license, in came the glasses. Back in 2012, I got a very nice pair of Max Mara frames that, together with the adjusting of the lenses, made me about €320 lighter. My insurance only covers about €50 of that so frankly I didn’t even bother filling out the paper work. But as you know, you can always get a better deal on the internetz!
Pictured above: The S310 style in Tortoise
At Firmoo.com, a pair of glasses with a similar prescription (slight myopia, slight astigmatism) would set me back $43.75, that’s including $18.75 for shipping, so depending on the exchange rate, you’ll get under that nasty €22 line, which for EU residents, is the limit to which you can freely shop outside of the EU without paying taxes and customs. Yay!
So how does a $25 pair of glasses compare to a €320 pair? Initially I was a worried about the details, like perhaps the screws wouldn’t be tight enough, but Firmoo has got you covered: They include a fitting screwdriver to tighten if needed, but so far, so good. Along with your order, you will also receive a hard case, a pouch and a microfibre cloth.
The material is quite light and thin, so I take sitting on my Firmoo pair will cause more damage than sitting on my Max Mara pair (assumptions, not based on tests), but at the same time, the Max Mara pair weighs very heavy on my nose and ears. Therefore, my Firmoo pair is much more comfortable and doesn’t smudge my make-up as much as their expensive counterpart.
In terms of the lenses, I can’t tell a difference in quality. Upon arrival I immediately measured the glasses and they’re perfectly in accordance to my prescription. Sweet!
Let me tell you, when people ask if they should go to a discount optical store or a fancy eyewear boutique, we tell them to get glasses that suit their budget and that with standard prescriptions (no prisms or complicated multifocals), more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better quality.
Helpful tips for ordering your prescription glasses online
Ask your opthalmologist/optometrists to write down your pupil distance (which is literally the distance between your pupils when looking straight ahead). In Belgium, the official prescription does not have your PD noted down, though you will need it to order your glasses. Refrain from asking your optician because he or she will know you’re just using their services to later make an online purchase. Doing it yourself is possible, but quite a hassle.
Do not rely solely on the “Try On” function you see on a lot of websites. Uploading a picture of your face to have a picture of the glasses laid over it is a nice gimmick, but it doesn’t show how your glasses are really going to sit. The size and shape of your ears, nose bridge and cheeks all come into play, so until you can get a quick 3D scan of your face, I would rely on comparing the measurements of the glasses on your wishlist to a pair of (sun)glasses you already have and love. As Firmoo suggests, don’t allow for more than a 5 mm difference between your old and your new frames (unless you want to try something radically different).
But there’s more!
Firmoo is offering 10 of my readers a really good deal: You pay for shipping and handling for a free pair of glasses, chosen from this selection! It’s a first come, first serve kind of deal for first time customers at Firmoo, so hurry and use the voucher code “DISCOME2” before the 17th of May! Woo!
You get free glasses! You get free glasses! EVERYONE* GETS FREE GLASSES!
*everyone being 10 readers that are new Firmoo customers
Are you feeling the Oprah vibe? I know I am. See you next time folks!
DISCLAIMER: I received these glasses in exchange for an honest review. I did not get monetary compensation. My opinion was never compromised.