Sunglasses can be notoriously difficult to buy when you have a prescription – getting the perfect style and price can take some searching, and it can be all too tempting to settle for the first pair you find. But why should a prescription mean you have to forego style? Whether you’re a fashionista looking for your next hit, a bargain hunter always sniffing out the next bargain or an online shopper in a rush, you can get everything you’re looking for and more.
We’ve narrowed down the 5 places that will suit all your needs, so you can finally get out and enjoy the spring sunshine…
Best for: Online buys
Glasses Direct was founded over 10 years ago now, and the site makes shopping for your next pair so easy. Not only can you buy your glasses with a prescription in (just type in the details), they have a ‘virtual try-on tool’ so you can upload a picture of yourself and check they suit before you order. All without even having to leave the house!
Best for: Designer brands
With everything from Oakley and Ray Ban to Chanel and Armani here, it’s a great place to buy your next investment pair. We love the range – but it can make choosing just one pair difficult! Whether you’re looking for the classic pair that you’ll keep forever or a head-turning style that will be THE must-have of the season, Sunglasses Shop is guaranteed to have what you need (or just want!)
You can also order prescription style online if you don’t have a local store.
Best for: Speedy service
In a hurry? Not to worry – Vision Express have got you covered. They aim to have all glasses with you within two days, and you can book appointments online in advance to avoid having to wait around. With a reputation that preceeds them, you know that you’ll be getting great service from Vision Express.
Best for: Bargain buys
With prices starting from £69 and some great options, Specsavers is a great place to pick up a bargain pair of sunglasses. You can get reaction lenses for free, and they accept NHS optical glasses if you are entitled to them. A high street chain might not be the first place you think of when trying to pick up a bargain, but give Specsavers a try – we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised…
Best for: Expert advice
Boots Opticians merged with Dollond & Aitchison in 2009, and with over 250 years experience from both brands, you can be sure that you’re getting the very best advice. There are stores all over the country offering consultations – just pop in. No purchase is necessary, so even if you just need a couple of questions answered, you can rely on Boots.