Today I’m sharing an unbiased review of Pair Eyewear interchangeable magnetic eyeglass frames – an affordable way to change the look of your glasses by snapping on different color frame toppers.
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NOTE: This review is for the “kids” frames I initially purchased. I have a second review for Pair Adult Frames that is posted HERE.
I’m a girl who loves her glasses. After years of struggling with contacts because of my allergies, getting Lasik surgery in my 30’s, I’ve come to embrace cute glasses as part of my everyday look.
But damn, glasses are expensive. And I like to have a couple of pairs to choose from. Plus I like having prescription sunglasses so I can sit outside and read. So when I heard about Pair Eyewear’s interchangeable magnetic frames, I couldn’t wait to check them out.
Pair Eyewear makes eyeglass frames for children and adults. Honestly, most of their frames are made for kids, but they have two frame styles that are adult sized.
First you choose a “base” frame and then you can purchase a variety of magnetic frame toppers that snap on to change the frame color, or turn them into sunglasses.
The best part? They’re really inexpensive. The base frame styles start at $60 including single-vision lenses or $260 for progressive lenses. The frame toppers are $25- $30 each (with even better pricing available if you purchase a bundle.) They have free shipping and returns and a 30-day risk-free trial period.
And, for ever pair of glasses purchased, Pair Eyewear partners with The Eyelliance to provide a free pair of glasses to a child in the developing world.
My First Pair Eyewear Purchase
I ordered the Twain frame in tortoise ($60) with clear glass – because I am having my local optometrist order my progressive lenses. I also ordered the black sun topper and the unicorn marble topper – ALL FOR LESS THAN $100.
The frames arrived quickly in a cute case that also has a compartment to hold up to two toppers. The base frames are plastic and are decent quality but certainly not fancy.
Why I Didn’t (Initially) Purchase My Lenses From Pair
I chose to purchase my eyeglass frames from Pair and have my optometrist order my progressive lenses. Because of my previous Lasik surgery, my prescription is moderate. I have a slight astigmatism and I need magnification for reading and computer work. I don’t need glasses to drive or watch TV.
Over the years, I’ve tried to save money on my progressive lenses by purchasing “discount” lenses from Warby Parker and also from WalMart Optical. Both times I spent close to $300 on the “discount” lenses and was unhappy with the quality of the prescription. (I had a very similar experience to the one that Gabe Zicherman describes in this article.)
This time, for just a little bit more money, I’m choosing to work with my local eye doctor to ensure that my lenses are fitted exactly to the measurements of my eyes. I sit in front of a computer all day so I want to feel confident that my glasses won’t give me a headache and I know that my eye doctor will work with me to ensure that I’m fully satisfied.
UPDATE: After I shared this post, I got a second pair of glasses from PAIR and had them make my progressive lenses with excellent results. You can read about it HERE.
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