Once you have your prescription, what's next? If you're wondering where to buy glasses online and you're not sure where to start, never fear. We put together a guide to some of the best places to buy glasses online in Canada, from the top international sellers to smaller sites you may have never heard of.
These eight options vary in terms of the prices, selection and services they offer, but they all have one thing in common: they ship glasses to Canada for cheap!
1. Warby Parker
Warby Parker is one of the best-known online glasses stores out there. They design all the frames they sell, and they're all about saving you as much money as possible – without cutting corners on quality. Their site has two main departments (one for women's glasses and the other for men), and both are packed with options. If you'd rather try frames on in person, they have two brick-and-mortar stores in Toronto.
- Pricing: prices usually start around $150
- Shipping: standard shipping is free on all orders
- Return policy: full refunds or exchanges within 30 days
Why we love them: Their super-stylish eyeglasses and sunglasses are designed in-house, which means that you can buy new glasses at really low prices. Plus, they help donate eyewear to people in need through the Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program.
One downside: They have so many glasses that narrowing down your searches to browse for what you want can take some work and navigation skills. If you can weed through it all, though, it's well worth it!
True to their name, EyeBuyDirect designs their glasses in-house and ships them directly from the factory to you – which means they save money on the whole process and can offer some of the lowest prices on this list. Plus, they have frames for kids (as well as for adults) and digital screen protection glasses!
- Pricing: frame prices usually start at $9
- Shipping: standard shipping is a flat rate of $9.95
- Return policy: returns or exchanges within 14 days
Why we love them: They almost always have some promotion happening, and you can usually find frames for up to 50% off in their sale section. EyeBuyDirect also has a coupon page right on their site, where you can find all the latest deals!
One downside: While they have some of the lowest prices on this list, their selection is a little limited. They don't have too many children's frames, and you won't be able to find designer eyeglasses on their site.
3. Zenni Optical
Zenni Optical sells pretty much every kind of glasses you could want – including goggles, active frames and wraparounds! They're a San Francisco-based company that's all about helping you look good in glasses that you can actually afford.
- Pricing: frame prices usually start at $6.95 USD
- Shipping: standard shipping is a flat rate of $9.95 USD
- Return policy: 50% refund or 100% store credit within 30 days
Why we love them: Zenni makes it really easy to search for exactly what you want. If you head to their Frame Finder, you can filter their selection by shape, pattern, colour and more.
One downside: Their prices are listed in USD (so you might need to do a little conversion math), and standard shipping to Canada takes anywhere from 14 to 21 days, which is a little longer than the other sites on this list.
4. Clearly Contacts
Don't let their name fool you. Clearly Contacts is about much more than just lenses. They have an entire part of their site devoted to eyewear, and you can almost always find something on sale when you visit. They tend to have TONS of promotions happening at the same time, and their complimentary standard lenses are 22% thinner than most of the base lenses you'd find elsewhere.
- Pricing: prices usually start around $50
- Shipping: shipping is free on all glasses orders in Canada
- Return policy: free returns within 14 days
Why we love them: Clearly sells both prescription glasses and contact lenses, so you can find everything you need in one place. And when it comes to eyewear, you can always find really incredible deals (like frames for up to 70% off) in their clearance section. They also have a blog with step-by-step guides for how to buy glasses online.
One downside: While you can flip back and forth between their contact lens and eyewear pages, some information is all jumbled together. Be careful with things like warrantees and coupon codes, because there often isn't much separation between what applies to contacts and what's for glasses.
If you're looking for designer labels like Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Prada and Versace, SmartBuyGlasses is for you. They carry gorgeous frames from some of the biggest eyewear brands in the world, they offer virtual try-on, and SmartBuyGlasses even has a best price guarantee that will allow for price adjustments within 14 days!
- Pricing: prices usually start around $39.95
- Shipping: standard shipping is free on orders over $89
- Return policy: full refunds and exchanges within 100 days
Why we love them: SmartBuyGlasses pretty much covers all the bases. They offer free delivery with a minimum spend, refunds and free lenses – and they have a huge selection from close to 200 brands. What's not to love?
One downside: Because they sell designer frames, expect prices to be a little higher than many of the sites listed here. It's also worth noting that shipping can take up to three weeks for special orders, which is a bit of a long wait.
6. Bon Look
Bon Look might be my favourite retailer on this list. They're based in Montreal and dedicated to crafting unique glasses that are fashionable and affordable. Everything they sell is designed in-house and handmade using high-quality materials. You can also choose to test frames via their Virtual Try On or book an appointment at one of their locations.
- Pricing: prices usually start around $145
- Shipping: shipping is free on orders of $80 or more
- Return policy: refunds within 30 days
Why we love them: They're a Canadian company that crafts beautiful, high-quality glasses, and they have a blog full of quick tips and trend updates. Plus, you can choose whether you want to shop online or in-store.
One downside: They don't offer exchanges, and not all glasses may be accepted for returns. If you have the chance, it's probably best to try shopping in a store to know exactly what you're getting before you buy – especially since these are fairly expensive frames.
Optically Canada is home to both designer glasses and budget frames. They usually have some kind of promotion going on where you can save up to 30% off almost anything sitewide, and they'll even offer 24-hour dispatch on some orders.
- Pricing: prices usually start around $19
- Shipping: shipping is a flat rate of $12.95
- Return policy: refunds are available on frames but not lenses
Why we love them: Optically can get you new glasses FAST, thanks to their 24-Hour Dispatch frames. Just look for specially-marked glasses, and you can order and receive them almost immediately!
One downside: Their FAQ section is limited, and it can be tough to find the information you need. I had to dig around for a while to figure out their full shipping and return policies, so you might be best off if you contact Optically directly whenever you have any pressing questions about an order.
While they don't exactly have the most up-to-date-looking website, iLookGlasses.ca more than makes up for it with pretty incredible shipping and return policies. They offer free delivery on orders over $60 and free returns on all orders, so you don't need to worry about being stuck with frames you don't like or can't wear. iLook will even pay the return shipping if you need to send anything back!
- Pricing: prices usually start around $49
- Shipping: standard shipping is free on orders over $60
- Return policy: free returns within 365 days
Why we love them: They have a loyalty program called the iLook Rewards Program that lets you collect one point for every dollar you spend or 10 points for a successful referral. You can then redeem those points for discounts!
One downside: As a whole, their website is a little tough to navigate. While they do offer most of the same services as bigger online glasses stores (including a virtual try-on feature), you might need to do a little extra digging to find what you need.
Where do you buy glasses online? Leave your recommendations below!