The 5 best places to purchase glasses online

Maybe we could call it the Clark Kent phenomenon? When you wear glasses, they become an integral part of your identity.

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But a particular pair of glasses doesn’t normally last forever. Wear and tear take their toll, styles change and sometimes you simply want a fresh new look.

If you’re starting to think it’s time to update your frames, there are plenty of online shops that allow you to order a new pair of glasses without leaving your desk. As long as you have your prescription on hand, the options are endless.

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Here’s a look at some of the top online glasses retailers out there, offering everything from affordably priced yet trendy frames to fashionable luxury spectacles that’ll certainly make an impression.

1. Warby Parker

Credit: Warby Parker

Credit: Warby Parker

Warby Parker provides a very user-friendly shopping experience, giving you the option to select frames by gender, shape, fit material and color.

The company will ship you five frames to try on at home for free with five days to make your decision. You can test out one pair each day, and then make your final selection.

Start browsing Warby Parker's selection today.

2. Glassesshop

With an extensive selection of frames in all shapes and styles, you're sure to find something unique that perfectly suits your face. Glassesshop allows you to upload a photo of yourself, and then overlay different frames to get a better idea of how they'd look before you complete your purchase.

Start browsing Glassesshop's selection today.

3. AC Lens

Credit: AC Lens

Credit: AC Lens

AC Lens is a great place to shop for prescription glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses. The site's selection includes frames from top brands such as GUESS, Oakley, Converse, Diesel and Ray-Ban. With so many great options, you're sure to find the ideal stylish look to update your image.

Start browsing AC Lens' selection today.

4. Eye Buy Direct

Credit: Eye Buy Direct

Credit: Eye Buy Direct

With a user-friendly website, Eye Buy Direct allows you to find unique frames for an affordable price. You can customize your search parameters by material, shape, color and rim, as well as several other options.

Be sure to check out the site's premium brand – RFLKT – for extra-trendy styles inspired by contemporary architecture and design.

Start browsing Eye Buy Direct's selection today.

5. Frames Direct

Credit: Frames Direct

Credit: Frames Direct

If you want to shop top designer frames from brands such as Prada, Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, Frames Direct is the site for you. You'll find the best prices on the hottest and most stylish frames on the market. And with the site's price match guarantee, you really can't go wrong.

Start browsing Frames Direct today.

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