I was offered the chance to review iWear Glasses lens reglazing service, as I have joined the wonderful world of spectacle wearing. I didn’t realise until now that there are so many frames to choose from, gone are the limited choice of standard NHS frames (disclaimer: there is nothing wrong with choosing them) and now there are kooky/semi-rimmed/rimless/designer frames to choose from.
This is what iWear Glasses have to say:
“Buy Prescription Glasses Online or Reglaze your frames
Are you looking to buy glasses online? You’ve come to the right place. Offering prescription high-street style glasses at a fraction of the cost, iWearGlasses have a variety of great value glasses online today, including bifocal and varifocal glasses.
With 30 years’ experience of using the latest eye care technology, all of our work is carried out at our in-house UK optical lab. We use high quality Essilor lenses as standard (Essilor is the world leader in ophthalmic lenses) and conform to British Standard BS2738-3 2004.
What’s more, we’ll save you an average of 81% compared to high street opticians, and an average of 30% compared to the main internet retailers.”
I was sent a voucher which enabled me to choose replacement lenses in frames I supplied, which included the following:
Extra Thin and lightweight lenses (1.67 index)
Scratch resistant hard coating
See full details Gold Lens Package Details Includes:
•Extra Thin and light plastic lenses
•Scratch resistant hard coating
•Extra Thin 1.67 index thin lenses + scratch-resistant coating + anti-reflective coating + UV400 coating
•Up to 45% lighter and 45% thinner than standard plastic lenses
•These extra thin lenses could really be of benefit if your prescription is higher than +/-3
•Results in thinner, more aesthetically pleasing lenses which weigh less on your nose – even with lower prescriptions”
So, how simple was it to use? The answer is very simple. As long as your prescription is less than 2 years old, you’re not under 16 or registered blind, you can use this service.
Here’s a step-by-step of how to order your new lenses:
Choose the “re-glaze my own frames” option (click add to basket) and then the type of frames you have:
Next, choose what you use your glasses for and the re-glazing package you’re purchasing:
Next there is the option of tinted lenses/sunglasses option and cleaning solution:
Now we come to entering the prescription details, enter them as they appear on the prescription from the opticians. For some reason this made me really nervous and I re-checked I don’t know how many times!
Once all the numbers are entered, give a brief description of the frames you’re sending off: colour/make/any markings etc.
You’re then presented with a summary for checking before being directed to pay. Upon payment you receive an order number and an address to send the frames to. Include your name, address and order number with the frames. Be sure to use plenty of bubble wrap/packaging. The order is also emailed to you.
This is where I have my only niggle. It would speed things up if the confirmation email also included a pre-paid pre-printed label, it would save time taking it to the Post Office to be weighed. I chose to send the frames by First Class Recorded Delivery, a cost of just over £3.
So, how long did the process take?
I sent off the glasses on the Wednesday and they were back with me – again by Recorded Delivery – ten days later. I was kept updated by email of progress and although it says allow 28 days, frames are generally processed sooner. A comparable amount of time with the High Street but obviously cheaper.
And my glasses? They were returned in a case, securely packaged with a cleaning cloth. The lighter frames sit nicely and I’m impressed.
My next step will be to get my lovely Marc Jacobs sunglasses done!
Recommended from me for ease of use, communications and the end product.
Disclaimer: I received a voucher code for the purposes of this review.