Review: Zenni Optical

Let’s face it, we all are trying to save money where we can these days (our family is too), and medical costs, dental and vision care for the family can get VERY expensive. So we try to find the best deals while not sacrificing quality. Five in our family needs vision correction and at about and average of $300 per person per year, that can take a toll on our family’s budget.

A friend recommended Zenni Optical as an inexpensive source of glasses. However, ordering such things as glasses online without ever seeing the glasses in person or having them fitted to our faces in person made me nervous.

Due to the huge discounted prices on Zenni, I decided to take the plunge and try it with my prescription and my 18 year old son’s glasses.

*Important Note: You MUST have a copy of your current vision prescription if you want to order prescription glasses.
Zenni – How to Order

What I found was a user-friendly website with many options in price, style and extras. I needed bifocals and wanted the ones with lines, but if I wanted progressive, they were available as well. I had choices for lens material, width, coatings and tints. The frames were plentiful and I could filter the many options down to a manageable number by choosing price, shape, make or female and material. The lowest price was $6.95 for frames and surprisingly, there were several options that appealed to me. In fact, my son chose one from this category.

Here comes the fun part, how will they look and fit and how can I determine that without a face-to-face fitting? The Zenni Optical website has a feature that allows the user to upload their own face and virtually “try on” the glasses. If you don’t have a picture, there are pictures there to choose from, just choose the face shape closest to your own.

Click on the frames you like, then click on “Try On” and the frames will appear on the picture of the chosen face. Neat, huh?

When you find some choices of frames that you like, and have tried them on, be sure to add them to your “Favorites” because it is so much easier to locate them for ordering. You must create an account if you want to have the Favorites available once you log off.

To increase my options, I looked at the higher-priced choices (still way below retail) and found some lovely frames in many of the ranges. I did enjoy trying on each choice, it was very fun! My son did the same with his choices. We did find the ones we both liked in the $6.95 price category.

When I settled on the frames, I placed them in my shopping cart and next moved to the lens. There I chose the material and thickness as well as the coatings we wanted. My son chose to add clip-on sunglasses for $3.95 and I chose lined-bifocals. To view these choices, check out their FAQs.

Next, I entered our prescription info and saved it to our account for future order. Very simple, I just copied the information from the prescription obtained from my eye doctor (or optician). You will be asked to enter a “PD,” and like me, may not know what that is. PD stands for pupillary distance and Zenni Optical provides you 2 simple ways to determine your PD.   When our order arrived, Zenni had included a PD measuring ruler for future orders.

Next, I checked our shopping cart and checked out.

Our order arrived in about 13 days and I am very pleased with my glasses. In fact, I had just purchased a pair of glasses from our eye doctor and optical center (about $300.00) and I actually prefer the ones I bought at Zenni for $38.00. My son however, was not as pleased with his purchase. He did not spend as much time “trying on” the glasses and did not pay attention to the frame size, so his glasses were a bit smaller than he preferred, but he does admit they are very good, the prescription and PD is perfect and they make an excellent pair of glasses for $34.00. (Note, the clip-on sunglasses were not up to his expectations and did not fit his frames well. He will purchase prescription sunglasses from Zenni instead.)

Important: pay attention to the information on the frames, see how they look on your face (picture) and make sure your numbers are all correct before ordering.


Conclusion: Very highly recommended. Will definitely order again.



Ordering guide:

Contact: Phone: 1-800-211-2105






Disclaimer: Vickilynn Haycraft is an independent Product Reviewer and not an affiliate or representative of any company. She does not sell products or accept payment for reviews. The products reviewed are either purchased by Vickilynn Haycraft or provided for review and all reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained. Zenni Optical products were purchased at the regular prices.

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About Vickilynn Parnes

A student of health and nutrition for 40+ years, Vickilynn Parnes has over 30 years of actual hands-on experience reviewing and personally using different tools of the homemaking vocation, focusing on the areas of health and nutrition. Vickilynn is a magazine columnist, product reviewer, cookbook author and radio talk show host, as well as being full-time mom to 5 children.