As the back to school season approaches, we’ve been trying to get in all of our specialist check ups, because it’s easier to do when I don’t have to worry about checking the kids out of school early, and they miss important instruction time. Aaron and I had the first two appointments, because I knew I needed new glasses, and was fairly certain Aaron would as well. Joshua and Logan got a good report on their visit, each with 20/20 vision.

We have a good vision insurance plan, that covers most of the cost of new glasses. It covers a specific dollar amount on frames once every two years, and a specific dollar amount on lenses once per year. When I selected my glasses, I still had to pay more than I expected for basic lenses and frames at the Optometrist. I knew of a sale at a department store where we would get Aaron’s glasses (more on that coming soon!), but I was concerned about mine. My prescription changed, which is a contributing factor to the headaches I’ve been getting. I am a planner by nature, so my next thought was to wonder what am I supposed to do if I need new lenses next year, and I can’t get new frames? I can’t see at all without my glasses, so I can’t send in my frames to have the lenses updated, because it takes 2 weeks for them to be created.

There are many online resources where you can get glasses MUCH cheaper than the Optometrist. I was surprised to see that it is even less expensive than what I paid WITH good vision insurance. I thought I’d share this link with you, in case any of you are in the same dilemma, preparing for your kids (or yourself) to go back to school. is offering a sale right now, for up to 50% off and FREE Shipping. When I clicked through, it told me I could sign up for the VIP newsletter and get 70% off my first pair. It says it’s a JULY Special, so I don’t know how long that will last. For example, I found a pair of prescription sunglasses for $48 (frames, lenses, and shipping). That is much lower than anything I’ve seen in a local store.

If you know of any other discount sites for vision wear, please feel free to share the information in the comments!