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Best places to buy glasses online, from cheap to high end brands | London Evening Standard




Best for: part-time spectacle wearers

Average price: glasses start at less than £30 a pair for both men’s and women’s styles

The look: The high street chemist offers a wide selection of eyewear designed to suit all tastes. Choose from bold bookish designs, semi-rimless metal frames, and more. Shop by gender, style, material or frame shape.

Besides their in-house selection, Superdrug Glasses Online also offers a range of brands such as Cavalli, Diesel, Guess, Gant, Helly Hansen, Hackett and Marciano. If you are looking for a designer, you are spoiled for choice. Prescription and non-prescription sunglasses are offered on the site, as well as reglazing services for glasses you already own and options to buy daily disposable contact lenses from a wide range of brands.

The process: There’s a huge range of filters, from frame style, color and material to finer details like nose bridge width and temple length on either side of the lenses, so you can really narrow down your choices – useful when there are nearly 300+ styles in the women’s section alone.

Once you have your desired selection, inspect them in more detail in 360 view, as well as how they sit on a woman’s or man’s face with images preloaded on the site. This is where you’ll also find a virtual mirror, where you can either upload a static image of yourself or switch to video mode (if you have a webcam) to see what the specs look like in real time.

If the frames you have selected tick all the boxes, you will be taken to the pages that identify your need (single vision, reading, computer use, progressive lenses, etc.) before choosing your lens pack. From Bronze to high-end Platinum, each package comes with varying features with prices climbing to match, maxing out at £80 on top of the cost of your frames. Then enter your prescription or send a photo or scan of it later in an email and have your card ready for payment.

Do you prefer PayPal? Superdrug Glasses Online also accepts this method of payment. And if you are a Superdrug health and beauty cardholder, you can add your number here and also spend points.

Test ride: You can’t try before you buy, unfortunately. But with the Virtual Mirror feature, you can reduce the chances of returning images once they are delivered. Try the video mode for the real test of how each design will look like you.

Shipping, delivery and returns: It will take up to a week to receive your bespoke glasses (free on orders over £30), but the beauty of Superdrug is that you can also collect them yourself from any of the 800 physical stores across the country – so no need to worry about missing the post.

Superdrug prides itself on 100% customer satisfaction and to that end offers 14-day returns or exchanges.

Special Features: All glasses come with an anti-scratch coating on the lens, as well as a hard case and cleaning cloth to keep them properly stored and looking pristine.