I had been desperately in need of some new prescription glasses for a couple of years but I’d been putting off buying some because they are so expensive, especially when you need ultra thin lenses. When Firmoo contacted me offering a free pair in exchange for a review I wondered how that would work out for someone like me who is very short-sighted, as well as not being able to physically try them on. Just a couple of days after that I got a reminder that my sight test was due, so I booked a free one at my local Tesco Extra and got a print out of my prescription. Anyone can have a free eye test at Tesco Opticians without obligation to buy glasses (you can book online) whereas you can expect to pay up to £25 at most opticians unless you qualify for a free NHS test.
Adding the prescription to your Firmoo account is very straight forward, the only extra information I needed to add was the PD (Pupillary Distance) which is the distance between your pupils in millimetres. This is very easy to do yourself with a tape measure looking in the mirror. When it came to selecting a pair it was actually quite easy as you can upload a photo of yourself and it shows you what they’d look like!
You can add several styles to a favourites list, which is very handy as there are a lot of frames to choose from! I narrowed my selection down to two styles and finally chose these red/brown frames with a slight 50’s touch. As my prescription is so high (-6.5 in my left eye and -7 in my right) standard lenses would be thicker than the frames so I paid extra to upgrade to ultra thin lenses, and also to add anti-reflection and UV coatings. The total cost, including postage was £28 (the frames would have been an additional $19 without the offer) which I think is incredible value. Even without any discount or offers they’d have only cost £40…can you imagine how much something similar would have cost from a high street optician? I’d guess at three or four times that amount.
To my surprise they only took about a week to arrive and when I tried them on I loved them straight away. The colour is more brown than the red in the photo but I don’t mind that at all. They fit absolutely fine, no need for any adjustments, and most importantly I can see clearer than I’ve been able to for years! My new glasses came in a lovely map print case and there was a double-ended mini screwdriver on a key ring to make adjustments!
Contact lenses are still essential for me, particularly for exercising, but since receiving the new glasses I’m wearing my contacts less than I used to which has to be a good thing for the health of my eyes. I suffer from frequent bouts of eye irritation, which I’m sure is caused by prolonged contact lens wear. At every contact lens check I’m told I should reduce the amount of time I wear my contacts for but my old glasses were scratched and very heavy and uncomfortable.
These new ones are very light and the nose pads are part of the frame (like sunglasses) rather than those little silicon pads screwed onto the frame you usually find on prescription glasses. Now I have no reservations about wearing glasses throughout the day, in fact I’m planning to buy another pair, and maybe a pair of sports glasses too. If you’re planning on buying a new pair of spectacles but are worried about the dent to your bank balance you should check out Firmoo. The website has lots of information and advice about how to select your frames and lenses, as well as photos and videos from customers.
I’m really happy with the whole experience of buying my new glasses online from Firmoo. The process of selecting frames and ordering was very easy, and delivery was quick (I received a text telling me when they were being delivered). I love the style and colour – the “try it on” feature was really accurate! Firmoo often have Buy One Get One Free offers and shipping is free for US customers when you spend over $39, or $55 for other countries.
*Disclaimer: I was gifted the frames in exchange for the review and paid for the lenses, coatings and postage myself. All opinions are completely honest, I wouldn’t recommend a product or service unless I genuinely loved it.
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