I am not being compensated by Warby Parker in any way to write this review.
I have worn glasses since I was 12 years old, and as an adult with and without eye insurance over the past 10 years, I find purchasing prescription glasses is quite expensive. Since I have moved to the city, I have paid between $180 and $645 on singular pairs of glasses. I went to SUNY Optical School thinking I would get a deal, and it cost me over $500. LensCrafters was the worst, coming in over $600. I purchased a pair of glasses at Costco on my parents membership in Pittsburgh that cost me $180, which was the best price I came across, but I had to pay cash.
This year I decided to check out Warby Parker after seeing THIS report on 60 Minutes on the Luxottica monopoly that has continuously raised the price of our eyewear. On 60 Minutes they spoke about Warby Parker, and after some research, their prices and business model drew me to want to try their product. I also know a few people who purchased their glasses (home try on) through Warby Parker and suggested the company, so I decided this would be the best route to new glasses.
I went to their location on Washington Street with my prescription, and picked out two pairs of glasses. One pair was $95 and the other was $145. These prices included the frames, the polycarbonate prescription lenses, scratch resistant coating, UV protection, and anti-reflective coating.
The optician took my prescription I obtained from my doctor, measured my pupillary distance, and sent me to check out. A wonderful retail employee entered my order in the computer, and took my payment. He reminded me that if anything happens to the glasses in the next year, they will replace them for free. After a year the damage replacement is $50. Also, if I was unhappy with my purchase I had 30 days to return, no questions asked.
Within a week, I received my glasses. I love the $95 pair, but the $145 pair were too small for my face, so I went down to the store in SoHo and returned them, no questions asked, and I received my refund in a few days. While I was at the store, I also had the $95 pair adjusted to perfectly fit my face, and it took all of 5 minutes.
Even if you have money to burn, I highly recommend Warby Parker. The product is just as good as the Prada frames I bought for $645 at LensCrafters, and you aren’t getting ripped off by eyewear monopolies. Warby Parker also gives a pair for every pair purchased, and who can argue with that? I can’t vouch for their at home try on program, but I have had a few friends who have used it very successfully.
Thank you Warby Parker for providing a superior product for an extremely competitive price! It’s always nice to find superior deals in NYC.