I've had glasses for about 1.5 years now, but I never had prescription sunglasses. Before I got glasses I had lenses, so could wear normal sunglasses. And I can still see without glasses on, so prescription sunglasses were always a thing I could buy later. That was mostly because they are quite expensive. But then I found out about Polette..
Polette is a store that sells both regular and prescription (sun)glasses. They're really cheap compared to other stores, because (according to their website) they are the only intermediate between the factory and the costumer. They offer a lot of different kinds of glasses, and you can fill in your prescription when you order. The prices start €6.99, and go up to about €40. That's just the glasses, if you want them to be prescription glasses it will be more expensive, but still cheaper than what you would normally pay.
So after doing my research I decided I wanted to give it a shot. I chose the sunglasses called "Beverly Hills". They are quite large and pink, which is something I'd normally never choose. But these just looked really cute! Because it's a webshop, you can't try the glasses on first, so it's just a guess if they would look nice on you. They do have a webcam feature where you can try the glasses on, but it's not realistic enough for me. There is a physical store in Amsterdam, but I didn't feel like travelling two hours just for that.
When adding the sunglasses to your basket you can choose from Fashion lenses, which means there are no extra costs, Single vision glasses, which are the regular prescription glasses, and Progressive lenses. Progressive lenses are starting from €39.99, and the Single vision, which I chose, are starting from €19.99. I believe that when you order regular glasses you'll have two more options (which are also more expensive) but I'm not sure what those are.
Then you'll get more options, and that's where the prices start to differ. Basically, the worse your eyes are, the more you'll have to pay. I only have a small deviation so I could chose the "Eco" option, which is the cheapest and is €19.99. This option is for prescriptions ranging from -2 to +2. Then comes business, which is €26.99 (-3 to +3), then First, which is €39.99 (-5 to +5) and last is Prestige. This one is €99.99, but also goes from -5 to +5. The only difference I can spot between the two is that First has RX1,67 and Prestige is RX1,74. I don't know what this means, but I suppose that people who need those kind of glasses do know. After that you can fill in all the details about your prescription.
My total was €36.98 shipping included, but because there was a 50% off sale going on, I ended up only paying €24.48. Try to get sunglasses for that price at your optician.
I ordered on July 9th. I knew that it would take a while for the glasses to get here, as they are shipped from China. I've ordered from China many times before, so I've grown very patient when it comes to these things. I received the glasses on July 28th, which is 19 days later. If you look at the business days it's 14 days, which is within the 5 - 15 business days range on the (Dutch) website.
It came in a nice and firm little box, and was in a little pouch. It also came with a special wipe for the glasses. Overall it looked very neat.
When I tried them on I instantly fell in love. They are just perfect. They're different from what I usually wear, but I really like the change. Also I could see clearly through them, which is of course the most important thing. I was a little worried about that because after I ordered I thought I made a mistake. But it all turned out perfectly! They're really firm and I like how high quality they are. Who says that things from China are crappy? I'll prove them otherwise!
Overall I'm very happy to have found this site. They offer so many cool glasses and their prices are just amazing. You'll have to be patient for the shipping, but the wait is totally worth it. I'll definitely order again, because I would like to have different pairs of glasses!