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Cheap Glasses

Last updated: 20 Sep 2016
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This is a regularly-updated list of cheap deals on eye tests and glasses, including vouchers and special offers.

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Glasses Direct logoGlasses Direct 2 pairs prescription specs £19*Combine Blagged code & 2for1 offer for spec-tacular deal

5 days left

If you use our MSE Blagged code MSE19SEPT on top of an existing Glasses Direct* offer before 11.59pm on Fri 30 Sep, you can get two pairs of glasses for £19 all-in.

Here's what to do:

1. 2for1 on prescription glasses £55 or over. Glasses Direct has a range of frames priced from £55, which are currently on a 2for1 offer*, so you get the cheapest free. Once you pick your frames (Boutique frames are excluded), you'll be asked to choose your lens package. If you don't want any extras such as scratch-resistant coatings, you can avoid the extra costs by clicking on 'continue with basic lenses'.

2. Code gets £36 off & free delivery. After adding the second pair to your basket, you can either enter your prescription or opt to send it later. Then use the code MSE19SEPT at the checkout by 11.59pm on Fri 30 Sep to get an extra £36 off ANY glasses where individual frames cost £55 or more (before the 2for1 discount). It's not valid when you spend £55 or more on several cheaper frames. Delivery is free with the code (normally £3.95).

Combining these offers could get you two pairs of glasses for just £19, plus free delivery. What's more, the second pair doesn't have to be the same prescription as the first, so you could get one for yourself and one for someone else.

It's worth noting that if you need bifocal lenses you'll have to pay an extra £30, and it's an extra £49 for varifocals. 

This deal won't work on very strong prescriptions

Orders for very strong prescriptions are excluded, such as when the combined SPH and CYL is greater than +/-8.00, when the CYL is over +/-4.00, if there is more than a 5.00D difference between each eye or if the prism correction is over 4.00 in any direction.

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If your prescription is out of date, check out our Free Eye Tests page for the latest deals.

More info

Single vision lenses are free with all orders. Other lenses and lens packages can be added at an additional cost.

Asda logoAsda Opticians £40 varifocal glasses*Incl frames, lenses, anti-reflective coating & tints

Ongoing

You can get a complete pair of varifocal glasses for £40 at Asda Opticians*. The price includes value frames, lenses, anti-reflective coating, tints and thinner lenses (if required).

We compared prices with a number of other opticians, and found that Asda Opticians was the cheapest for varifocal glasses. Always compare prices before you buy though, as you may find a good deal at your local opticians.

See below for the prices of a complete pair of varifocal glasses elsewhere:

  • Tesco Opticians from £60
  • Specsavers from £69
  • Glasses Direct from £95
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Boots logoBoots Opticians free eye test (norm £25)*Book appointment and show voucher in store until 16 Oct

Ends Today

You can get a voucher for a free eye test (norm £25) at Boots* until 11.59pm on Sun 25 Sep. You'll then have until Sun 16 Oct to use the voucher in any Boots Opticians store (find your nearest*).

Simply print or download the voucher at the link above and take it to your appointment – you can book this online, at a Boots Opticians store, or by calling 0345 125 3753.

Boots says there are five million free eye test vouchers available. It's confirmed there's no obligation to act on its advice, or to make a purchase. If you do need new glasses, see our Cheap Glasses page for the latest deals.

You can't use this offer if you're under 16 (or up to 18 and in full-time education), over 60, have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma, or if you live in Scotland, as you're entitled to free eye tests through the NHS.

More info

Only one free eye test per person, subject to appointment availability.

Vision Express logoFree £25 eye test at Vision Express Book appointment online to get voucher

5 days left

You can get a voucher for a free eye test (norm £25) at Vision Express until 11.59pm on Fri 30 Sep. You'll then have until Mon 31 Oct to use the voucher.

Simply go via the link above to book your eye test in the store of your choice (find your nearest). Once you have completed the booking, you'll be emailed a voucher which you must take with you to claim your free test. For exclusions, please see 'more info'.

Vision Express has confirmed there's no obligation to act on its advice, or to make a purchase. If you do need new glasses, see our Cheap Glasses page for the latest deals.

More info

You can't use this offer if you're under 16 (or up to 18 and in full-time education), over 60, have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma, or if you live in Scotland, as you're entitled to free eye tests through the NHS.

Tesco Opticians logoFree eye test at TescoBook an appointment over phone. No voucher needed

Ongoing offer

For a free eye test at Tesco, either book a test by phone (0345 601 3479) or visit one of the Tesco Opticians nationwide.

To find a participating store, enter your postcode and filter to show 'opticians' on the Tesco store locator page. Remember, if you're under 16 or over 60, or if you live in Scotland, you're entitled to free eye tests anyway.

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