Online discount eyeglass companies include 39DollarGlasses.com, FramesDirect.com, Zenni Optical, GlassesUSA.com and Coastal.com, as of 2015. Each site allows users to shop for discount eyeglasses in a variety of styles and colors, with tools to customize the frames based on individual prescriptions.
Online discount eyeglass companies allow users to browse through options according to frame style or glasses type, while others frequently contain special sections for men and or women. FramesDirect.com contains sections that include designer frames for eyeglasses and sunglasses, as well as designer prescription sunglasses. GlassesUSA.com and 39DollarGlasses.com also contain sections for prescription sunglasses in addition to other custom frame and lens types.
As is the case with purchasing eyeglasses from an optometrist or similar eye care professional, customers shopping on these sites must provide a valid prescription on all orders. The customer is able to create an account with the site and send a digital copy of her current prescription to the site's customer service department. A member of the team then contacts the prescribing physician to verify its accuracy and associates the details of the prescription with the user's account. This is necessary because the ordering process includes several options allowing the customer to choose the exact pupillary distance and strength of the lenses.