Your little one just got her prescription and you just got hit with major sticker shock when browsing the glasses frames in the optometrist’s office. Clutch on to the ‘scrip and hop over to one of these online sites for kids glasses that offer more affordable, adorable options for kids prescription glasses and frames. Even if you’ve already got your favorite pair of kids eyewear, these also make a great option to have a spare just in case. Because: kids.
Jonas Paul Eyewear
Jonas Paul Eyewear has aimed, and succeeded, at simplifying the glasses frames buying process for families with young kids. They have seven stylish frame shapes to choose from. We loved the round-ish Paul frames.
How It Works: After signing up online, for $1, Jonas Paul Eyewear will send you and your kiddo a try-on kit of seven actual pairs to try out over the next week. Once you've had a chance to try them on and decide, you can order the glasses directly on their website. Upload your kiddos prescription and choose from options like tinting or transitional-tint lenses. Be sure and send back the try-on kit with the pre-labeled envelope within the one week time.
After placing our order, we found our glasses had arrived in just under one week and they cost about $200 less than what we paid at our optometrist. Pretty impressive.
Good to know: You will need your kid's PD (pupillary distance) so try to remember to ask the doctor to write it on your prescription.
Tip: Jonas Paul currently offers two sizes for kids; Small, for ages 4-7 and Large for kids 8-12. When ours arrived they were slightly loose but were easily adjusted by our local optometrist.
Cost: Most frames start at just $79 including prescription lenses; prices can vary based on prescription requirements.
Why You'll Love It: Not only are they affordable, the entire process is incredibly easy. But even better? For every pair of glasses you buy, Jonas Paul Eyewear helps provide funding to international organizations that are working to end preventable blindness around the world.
Visit jonaspauleyewear.com to get started.
This popular eyewear designer known for bringing blue-light protecting glasses to grownups just launched a line for kids. As of June 2019, their kid frames are available in both prescription and non-prescription form in three very stylish styles fit for any face shape.
How It Works: Choose a pair of frames from their selection online and then upload your prescription. They don't currently offer a try-on kit but their detailed fit guide for kids will help you make sure you're getting the right frame for your little's face.
Cost: Frames start at $95 and come with blue-light blocking technology regardless of prescription strength.
Why You'll Love It: Even kids that don't have a prescription can sport these stylish lenses to cut down on damaging blue light and glare from laptops, tablets and other screens they encounter.
Check them out at shopelixgray.com/kids
Warby Parker Kids
This eyewear company was among the first to bring affordable glasses that were actually on-trend to the masses at home. Their kid's line offers plenty of variety and flare as they are basically miniaturized versions of some of their most popular frames.
How It Works: Kids glasses are currently available in-store only. But, if you want to order a pair and are nowhere near a store, you can order from them directly by calling 888-492-7297.
Cost: Starting at $95 including prescription lenses.
Why You'll Love It: For every pair of kid's glasses sold, a pair is distributed to a kid in need, through nonprofit partners and Warby Parker’s Pupils Project.
See the selection at warbyparker.com/kids.
Pair Eyewear is a just-for-kids eyeglass site that offers the unique feature of being able to swap out the tops of the frames to get a new color without having to get a whole second pair. The base frames are available in three colors, but each base frame can be paired with up to ten top frames in different colors and styles.
How It Works: Log on and order up a free home try-on kit that has cardboard cut-outs of the actual frames. Once you've picked the ones you like, you can upload your prescription and order your glasses.
Cost: Base frames are $95 each, and each base can be fit with different top frames for $24.95 each.
Pair offers five different base frames, which retail for $95 each. These base frames can be fitted with top frames, $24.95 each, that come in a variety of colors and easily snap on top of the base to instantly create a new look. The base frames are available in three colors, but each base frame can be paired with up to ten top frames in different colors and styles.
Why You'll Love It: The kids can get multiple looks without having to have multiple pairs and for every pair purchase, a pair is donated to a kid in need.
See more at paireyewear.com
Zenni has been around for awhile and are a great go-to for glasses, especially for affordable second-pair glasses for active kids or travelers.
How it works: Upload a photo to their website to do a virtual "try-on." You will also need your pupillary distance and accurate measurements. Once you've added an image, you can shop a variety of frames and use the try-on feature to get an idea of how they will look.
Cost: Frames can cost as little as under $20
Why You'll Love It: Because they do grown-up sizes, you can do some sweet mommy-and-me or daddy-and-me styling. They also offer an entire selection of teen styles.
See more at zennioptical.com/kids-glasses.