Vision deterioration is often seen as a bad thing, even though it can be a perfect excuse to get chic glasses or feed all the giraffes at the zoo. Read the signs only if you want to with this Groupon.
$35 for an Eye Exam and $225 Toward Frames and Lenses (Up to $240 Value)
An optometrist performs an eye exam (a $15 value) to test peepers for visual acuity, movement, coordination, and health. Patients then select glasses with lenses and frames. Standard frames are $100 to $300, and designer frames—from brands such as Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, and Prada—are $250 to $500.
Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
Cohen's Fashion Optical
Jack Cohen started selling stylish frames in 1927 from a pushcart in New York. His plan was to dispense face-flattering glasses in an age when eyewear was purely utilitarian. Over time, his pushcart became a shop on Orchard Street, and that one little shop burgeoned to more than 100 stores across seven states and Puerto Rico.
In these optical shops, experts perform eye exam, fill prescriptions, and glaze lenses with antireflective, scratch-guard, and ultraviolet coatings. Then they place the lenses into frames by brands such as Calvin Klein, Dior, and Ralph Lauren. These frames come in an array of materials, from titanium and stainless steel to plastic and gelatin.