Glasses are so expensive!
The average retail cost of a pair from brick-and-mortar retailers is $343!
Since the average person goes through one pair of eyeglasses per year, that’s a lot of money you have to part with each year.
That’s why you may be wondering where you can get free glasses.
Sure, there are lots of places to buy cheap glasses online, but if you can, getting them for free is even better.
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Where to Get Free Glasses
Here are some places that give away glasses for free (you do have to cove the shipping costs though!).
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Get your first pair of glasses for free from the GlassesShop. You get 1.50 single vision lenses, an anti-scratch coating, and a protective case and cloth for free! You do have to pay shipping and handling fees though.
You can get your first pair of glasses for free from Swift Eyewear. This includes the frame, uncoated CR39 plastic single vision lenses, and a case. You just need to pay for shipping, handling, and lab fees.
Kits.com will give you your first pair of glasses for free. Just pay $9.95 for shipping.
Get free frames and lenses from FinestGlasses. While you can get prescription glasses for free, this doesn’t include optician and shipping fees.
Buy One Get One Free Glasses
There aren’t that many places that are mailing out totally free glasses. There are, however, lots of places that provide Buy One Get One Free deals on their eyeglasses.
So you can get two pairs for the price of one, which is pretty great.
Here are some stores that offer buy one get one free deals…
Firmoo offers buy one get one deals on eyeglasses. At the time of writing, there was a welcome gift which includes a buy one get one offer and an extra 15% off lenses. There were also a selection of glasses available that you could get a BOGO deal on. Browse them on the website linked above.
Goggles4u is another place that’s offering a BOGO deal on its glasses.
Ziniff offers a BOGO deal on lots of different glasses. At the time of writing, you could get BOGO glasses and an additional 15% off lenses.
Leoptique has BOGO deals on offer. You can also get 50% off frames if you join the email list.
While not exactly a BOGO deal, America’s Best does provide a deal where you can get two pairs of glasses, each valued at $59.95, for just $69.95
Other Prescription Glasses Coupons & Promos
These companies also offer free glasses either as part of a deal where you spend over a certain amount or as part of an at-home try-on program.
GlassesUSA is offering a coupon for 65% off your first frames if you sign up to the email list. Plus, you can also get a free pair of glasses on orders of $120 or more.
11. Liingo Glasses
Liingo Glasses will give you five pairs of frames to try on at home for free! You can try the five pairs for five days.
12. Warby Parker
Warby Parker will give you five pairs of glasses for free that you can test out for 5 days. I have a review of Warby Parker glasses, which you can check out here.
Free Eyeglasses for Low Income
If you need glasses but can’t afford them, and can’t score one from one of the sources mentioned above, you’d be happy to know there are charities that offer free glasses to low income families and persons.
Lots of charities provide free glasses to those in need. Most of the time, you’ll need to meet certain criteria to get these free eyeglasses, such as being on a low income.
Some charities that give out free glasses include:
13. Vision To Learn
Vision To Learn provides free eyeglasses to children in low income communities. It also provides free eye exams.
New Eyes for the Needy will provide a basic pair of single or lined bifocal lenses for free. Usually, only social service agencies/health advocates can apply on a client’s behalf.
However, it is now accepting applications from individuals who have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can find the application for individuals here, and the one for only social service agencies/health advocates on the page linked in the subheading.
VSP offers a VSP Eyes of Hope Sight for Student gift certificate that can be used to give children free prescription glasses and a free eye exam as well. Children aged 19 or younger who are from a low income family can get the gift certificate. There are some other criteria that need to be met, which you can learn more about on the site.
Yes, eyeglasses don’t come cheap. But you can actually get them for free!
And don’t forget to keep an eye out (no pun intended!) for deals and promos from glasses retailers. Lots of them offer BOGO deals and other deals that’ll get you frames, lenses, or the whole glasses for free!