How to Save Money When Buying Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses

How to Save Money When Buying Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses

Blurred eye test


Prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses can be very expensive. But they don’t have to be.  If you need advice on prescription glasses and you’d like to save money on luxury brands or on a basic pair because you’re on a budget, then you’ve come to the right place. Red Hot Sunglasses has been in the eyewear industry for many years now and we’ve learned a lot about our customers – what they’re looking for and their misgivings about buying prescription sunglasses and glasses. Buying prescription glasses doesn’t have to be expensive, and we’d like to tell you how you can save as much money as possible on your next pair! 

Save Money by Buying Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses Online


A selection of the prescription eyewear here at Red Hot Sunglasses

The first tip is to make sure you always buy your prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses online. Coming from an online sunglasses retailer, this piece of advice must seem very self-serving, but it’s also true. The reason some sunglasses retailers like Red Hot Sunglasses only sell glasses and sunglasses online is because it helps them save money on renting property in a good location, along with the bills and other large overheads. Running a business purely online also helps them save on staff, as shop sales assistants aren’t necessary. Of course, more money goes into making a great website and online shop, but this is all much cheaper than running a high-street store. All of these savings are passed onto the customer, and online retailers make more money by encouraging as many sales as possible; they always achieve this by offering much better prices than high-street stores.

Another reason online retailers like Red Hot Sunglasses are cheaper is because we don’t have to pay for the various expensive sight equipment used by glasses shops that also have opticians in them, such as Vision Express or Specsavers. We also buy in bulk directly from the big manufacturers, so we get offer huge savings that the likes of Vision Express and Specsavers can’t keep up with. For instance, many of the sales in the prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses collections at Red Hot Sunglasses have between 20-70% off the original price – and the sales occur regularly!

As mentioned above, you can save money by shopping online because online stores don’t need to pay for and maintain expensive sight equipment. But it also means that they can’t help you figure out what prescription you need, and this leads neatly onto our next point. 

You Don’t Always Have to Pay for a New Eye Test/Prescription

NHS eye test

Your prescription lasts for two years and should be checked after that. On top of addressing issues with vision, our eyes can develop a whole host of other problems, so it’s always best to get a check-up every two years. However, you do not necessarily need to pay for your check-up, so keep an eye out for free eye test offers and opportunity.

Sometimes companies offer free eye tests to attract customers, but you are almost never obliged to buy your prescription glasses and sunglasses with a company that has offered you a free eye test. By law, opticians must give you a copy of your prescription, even if you don’t choose to buy your prescription glasses from them. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of these deals.

The NHS is the best place to look for a free eye test. Anyone in Scotland can receive an eye test for free through the NHS. For the rest of the UK, you will receive a free eye test through the NHS if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are over 60
  • You are under 16
  • You are under 19 and are in full-time education
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you are registered as partially sighted
  • If you are diagnosed with glaucoma or an ophthalmologist has told you that you are at risk of glaucoma
  • If you have need of complex lenses

If you are in any doubt, there is a comprehensive guide on the NHS Choices website.

There will almost always be a way to secure a free eye test, so it’s the best way to save money in the first place. Taking your prescription to an online retailer, as we’ve discussed, will save you money, but only if you choose the right prescription sunglasses or glasses, as there are no refunds given on prescription lenses – which leads us to the next section… 

Take Care When Entering Your Prescription Online

Any good online eyewear company has a very open returns policy. The returns policy at Red Hot Sunglasses is as helpful to the customer as possible, allowing them to return their undamaged items if they don’t like them or want them – no questions asked. The only exceptions to this policy are prescription lenses, as they are made specifically for your prescription and cannot be sold on to someone else if you were to return them. For this reason, you should always make sure you’re careful when you enter your prescription into our website, or indeed any online store. Check and re-check your prescription before you enter it – and if someone else is nearby, ask them to check too before you confirm the order.

Another way to be careful when ordering your glasses or sunglasses online is to make sure they fit you comfortably. The best way to do this is to try a few on in a shop and make note of their size and style. If you find frames that fit you in a shop, make note of the numbers on the inside of the glasses’ arms. There should be two two-digit numbers; the first indicates the width of the lenses, and the second indicates the width of the bridge. If your current glasses are a good fit for you, make note of these numbers and use them when you’re shopping online for the perfect discount frames.

Finding a style that fits you can also be difficult for some people. As a general rule, look to balance out your features with opposing shapes, pairing a round face with angular glasses and an angular face with round glasses. The theory behind it can get a little more complex after that, as there are so many different face shapes and glasses styles, so we’re working on a comprehensive face shape glasses guide and we will link to it in his section once it has been written.

We hope this guide has proven useful, and that you have a little more of an idea about how you can save money when buying prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses. Please get in touch if you’d like to ask us any questions about prescription eyewear or any of our products.