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Giveaway & Review: EyeBuyDirect Eyeglasses [CLOSED]

Several months ago, I inadvertently bent my husband's glasses (while they were on his head *cough*). Well, since we had spent an arm and a leg on those glasses at a local mall store, we were not very eager to get rid of them. So my poor husband straightened them out as best he could and just kept wearing them all these months.

When I had the opportunity to review the EyeBuyDirect website plus a pair of eyeglasses, I just had let my husband be the one to select a new pair. Out of the vast selection available, the frames he selected were The Saint.

To aid us in making our choice of a frame, this website offers a feature called EyeTry in which we were able to upload a photo of my husband and try on different frames to see if they suited his face. Below you will find the results of how accurate the EyeTry feature was. The photo on the left shows what the website predicted the frames we selected would look like on my husband. The photo on the right is an actual photo of my husband wearing the eyeglasses we had ordered.

I think the EyeTry photo differs from the actual photo for two reasons. First, my husband has lost a little weight in his face since the photo on the left was taken. Second, it is up to the user to adjust the size of the glasses on top of the photo, so we were guessing how large the glasses should be based on how they spanned his face and sat on the bridge of his nose. As you can see, we were a little off and the actual glasses are slightly larger than we had guessed.

What I was impressed about by EyeBuyDirect:

1) There is a nice selection, which includes some designer frames.
2) The website indicates which frames are suitable for single vision, bi-focal, or progressive lenses. This would be especially helpful for someone like me who currently wears progressive lenses.
3) For those on a tight budget, EyeBuyDirect offers single vision lenses of standard thickness with anti-scratch protection at no extra charge. All other extras, such as tinting or anti-reflective coating can be added for a small additional charge.
4) It's nice that they offer free shipping for orders over $99 as a reward for customers who have added many extras or are purchasing more than one pair of eyeglasses.
5) The eyeglasses come with a cleaning cloth and a sturdy case at no additional charge.
6) The eyeglasses we received seemed to be of fine quality. The earpieces have springs at the hinges so they will not break or bend very easily. The frame appears to be sturdy.
7) Finally, the glasses were comfortable to wear on the ears and on the nose, plus the prescription seems to be accurate.

Things you should know if you are planning on ordering from EyeBuyDirect:

1) You will not receive your glass in just a few days. It took about 2 weeks before my glasses even shipped. This was fine for us because my husband still had glasses that worked, but if you are trying to replace broken or lost glasses, you will have to keep the shipping time in mind.
2) The measurement of your pupillary distance is not usually included in your eyeglass prescription, but it is required for placing your online order. You either should ask your optometrist to measure the distance for you while you are having your eyes examined or you will have to do it yourself. We had to measure the distance ourselves by my making dots right over my husband's pupils with a washable marker on my husband's old glasses. Then we measured the distance with a ruler. I think this worked well for us. We watched for any dizziness, blurriness, unusual eye-strain, or headaches and there was none.

After having paid hundreds of dollars for one pair of glasses at a local retailer, I am confident that my next eyeglass purchase will be made online.

Thank you to EyeBuyDirect and the Family Review Network for this opportunity.

What you can win:
The prize for this contest is one pair of eyeglasses (excluding sunglasses and designer frames) up to $100. NOTE: A winner from the U.S. will also receive Free Shipping, but a winner from Canada will be required to pay for shipping and handling.

This giveaway is open to entries from U.S. & Canadian addresses. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Visit and take a look around. Leave a comment with the LINK to which style of frame is your favorite. You must do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) Visit EyeBuyDirect's Wall of Fame. Then leave a separate comment with the LINK to your favorite photo and briefly tell my why it was your favorite.

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3) Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post AND to EyeBuyDirect. Then come back here and leave a separate comment with the link to your blog post.

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(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!