I’ve worn the same style of glasses my whole life, but after accidentally taking home my 16-year-old niece’s frames, I realized we wear the same glasses. Yet somehow, she still looks infinitely cooler. I decided I needed a new look. Ideally, I would love a couple of frames to mix and match with various outfits and moods. But the fact is, I just can’t imagine spending a whole day trying on a million different frames with a bunch of equally blind people and a moody sales rep, only to realize that the glasses I want — you know, the ones that accentuate my good side — are $600 above my price range. The idea of an extra pair seemed well out of reach.

After tiring of my agony, my niece suggested I catch up with times and, like everyone else, order my glasses online. So I did some research and found

At first, I was a bit skeptical of buying glasses online. Even at the store, it is hard to tell how glasses will fit, but takes that into account. They have a virtual mirror option and with some basic webcam pictures, I could see how different frames, looks and colors suited my face. There is also a function that allows you to type in your current glasses’ size and it shows you glasses that fit exactly the same way. In minutes, I found several pairs that I wanted to purchase. has a huge selection of prescription eyeglasses to choose from. It was really easy to find a style and fit that worked for me. Thanks to their FirstPairFree promotion, I only paid $12 for the shipping and handling of my first pair by using the coupon code: FIRSTPAIRFREE. (Offer expires March 31, 2012.) also has a yearlong return policy, so if I don’t like how a pair fits, or if it’s not matching any of my outfits, I can just send it back. That being said, I really liked the ones I got!

Coastal also has tons of sunglasses and contact lenses. And I discovered that they have a program where for every pair of glasses sold, they give a pair to a person in need. In the end, I not only helped myself look cooler than my 16-year-old niece, but I also did a good deed. Needless to say, I’m happy with my purchase.

Offer: First Pair of Prescription Eyeglasses Free
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