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Cheap Glasses Incl £10 specs & free eye test

Last updated: 8 Jun 2016
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This is a regularly-updated list of cheap deals on eye tests and glasses, including vouchers and special offers.

We aim to ensure all offers can be used by everyone, unless stated. Most offers have restrictions, so make sure you double-check the T&Cs to ensure the offer is compatible with your prescription. See our tips for safer shopping.

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Vision Express logoFree £15ish eye test at Vision Express Book appointment online to get voucher

10 days left

To raise awareness of Macular Week (Mon 27 Jun - Sun 3 Jul), Vision Express is offering a voucher for a free eye test (norm £15ish) until 5pm on Sun 10 Jul. You'll then have until 5pm on Wed 31 Aug 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.

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.

Where else can I get a free eye test?

Tesco Opticians also offers a free eye test with no voucher needed, if that's more convenient for you. Remember, if you're under 16 (or up to 19 and in full-time education), over 60, or if you live in Scotland, you're entitled to free eye tests on the NHS anyway.

Glasses Direct logoGlasses Direct 2 specs £20 plus free £10 tint*Combine blagged code with two offers for spec-tacular deal

Ends Today

If you use our MSE Blagged code MSE20JUNE on top of two existing offers at Glasses Direct* before 11.59pm on Thu 30 Jun, you can get two pairs of glasses for £20 (including delivery), plus a free £10 tint. Glasses Direct has run similar offers to this in the past, but this is the strongest one we've ever seen.

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. Free sunglasses dark UV tint for one or both your specs (if you want it). Select the dark tint in brown, green or grey for free (norm £10) until Thu 30 Jun. Other types of tint such as polarised or transition are not included in the offer.

3. Code gets £35 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 MSE20JUNE at the checkout by 11.59pm on Thu 30 Jun to get an extra £35 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). If you copy and paste the code, make sure there are no spaces either side of it as this can prevent it from working. If you're still having difficulty, try clearing your cookies and starting again.

Combining these offers could get you two pairs of glasses or prescription sunglasses for just £20, 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. You can't combine this offer with the Boutique offer below.

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.

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.

More info

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

Light cosmetic, polarised and transitions adaptive tints are not included in the offer.

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Specky Four Eyes logo£9 specs or £19 prescription sunnies codes*Plus £55 Ted Baker & Armani codes

Limited stock

Online glasses retailer SpeckyFourEyes* is offering discounts of £14-£84 off selected prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses if you go via our special link and use the codes below. You could get a pair of glasses for £9 all-in.

Delivery's included when you use these codes, and takes 7-20 working days. Standard lenses are included in the price of the frames, but bifocal or thin lenses cost extra. 

Key need-to-knows for getting cheapest price before you start

  • The codes are valid on the frames via our SpeckyFourEyes* link only. Don't use the search or filter options on the left-hand side of the SpeckyFourEyes page, as these will take you away from the special offer page and the codes won't work.
  • Pick 'continue with free lenses' when asked to choose your lens package, rather than one of the 'Specky' packages, as these include thinner and scratch resistant lenses and will cost £9-£125 extra.
  • You can either enter your prescription during the checkout process, or opt to send it later. Some frames aren't suitable for high prescriptions, so keep an eye out when choosing (sorry).
  • Enter the code at the checkout and when asked to choose a delivery option, select 'Royal Mail Standard' at £4.99. The codes get you free delivery, so the cost will be taken off the final price. 

Last time we covered a SpeckyFourEyes deal, we heard from a number of users about delayed deliveries. SpeckyFourEyes told us this was down to an issue with Royal Mail and sent out replacements to all those affected. It's also said that its Royal Mail account manager would be monitoring deliveries in future. 

Codes to use for discounted specs: 

There is a code for each designer, which will work on all of its specs via the specific link above. 

  • £9 Berkeley glasses – £30 off £39 glasses using the code MSE9
  • £15 Henleys glasses - £44 off £59 glasses using the code MSE15H
  • £15 Goldigga glasses - £84 off £99 glasses using the code MSE15G
  • £15 Bench glasses – £14 off £29 glasses using the code MSE15B
  • £15 Oasis glasses - £84 off £99 glasses using the code MSE15O (that's the letter 'O' not a zero)
  • £20 Converse glasses - £79 off £99 glasses using the code MSE20
  • £25 Superdry glasses - £74 off £99 glasses using the code MSE25S
  • £55 Ted Baker glasses - £84 off £139 glasses using the code MSE55T
  • £55 Armani glasses – £44 off £99 glasses using the code MSE55A

Codes to use for discounted prescription sunglasses:

  • £19 Berkeley prescription sunnies – £30 off £49 sunnies using the code MSE19
  • £25 Henleys prescription sunnies - £44 off £69 sunnies using the code MSE25H
  • £25 Goldigga prescription sunnies - £84 off £109 sunnies using the code MSE25G
  • £25 Bench prescription sunnies – £14 off £39 sunnies using the code MSE25B
  • £25 Oasis prescription sunnies - £84 off £109 sunnies using the code MSE25O (again, that's the letter 'O')
  • £30 Converse prescription sunnies - £79 off £109 sunnies using the code MSE30
  • £35 Superdry prescription sunnies - £74 off £109 sunnies using the code MSE35
  • £65 Ted Baker prescription sunnies - £84 off £149 sunnies using the code MSE65T
  • £65 Armani prescription sunnies – £44 off £109 sunnies using the code MSE65A

It's tricky to compare prices for these exact frames, as many of them are end of line and aren't sold elsewhere. Always try to compare prices with similar glasses before you buy, though.

This is an ongoing offer. Although SpeckyFourEyes says there are good stock levels available, all frames are subject to availability, so they could still sell out fast if demand is high.

More info

You can only use one code per transaction, so if you want to buy more than one pair you'll need to place separate orders.

ReglazeMyGlasses logoReglazeMyGlasses £10 basic lenses code*And get free upgrade on premium lenses, pay £30 (norm £54)

Order by 30 Jun

Getting new glasses can be expensive, however if you're happy with your frames but your lenses are damaged or your prescription has changed, you can send your specs to ReglazeMyGlasses* to get your lenses replaced.

We've blagged a code to get you £10 off your total basket, and as standard 1.5 Index lenses start from £19.90, you could get new lenses for £9.90 all in. Plus, if you choose lenses with enhanced coating, the code will also get you a free thinner lenses upgrade.

Here's how to get the offer:

  • Ask for the free ReglazeMyGlasses information pack*, which includes a box to post your glasses in, and enter the code MSEMAR16 by 11.59pm on Thu 30 Jun to get £10 off. You can send up to two pairs per box, and the code takes £10 off your total order.
     
  • Post your glasses (max two pairs) in the box provided in the pack - postage prepaid - including a copy of your prescription, and once received by ReglazeMyGlasses, you will get a call to discuss your requirements, or you can opt to be emailed instead.
     
  • You only pay if you then decide to use it. If not, your glasses will be returned for free. 
     
  • Standard delivery’s free (allow 10 working days for your order).
     
  • As long as you've ordered your box with the code before Thu 30 Jun, there is no deadline for you to send it back. You will still qualify for the discount and free upgrade even if you send in your glasses after Thu 30 Jun.

What lenses is the code valid on?

The code's valid on all types of lenses, including bifocals, varifocals, tinted and polarised lenses (See the full price list). The normal price for standard 1.5 index glasses is £19.90 so, if you go for the most basic lenses, you'll pay £9.90 all-in.

Here's how to get the free thin lenses upgrade:

If you opt for any of the lenses with enhanced coating - described as super-scratch-resistant, enhanced-anti-reflective, easy clean & UV block treated lenses - and use the £10 off code above, you'll also be upgraded to a thinner lens for free. So, if you choose the 1.5 index lenses with enhanced coating (usually £39.90), you'll get the 1.6 index lenses, also with enhanced coating, for £29.90 (usually £53.90). Standard and basic coated lenses are not eligible for the free upgrade, but do still qualify for the £10 off. 

How does it compare?

The cheapest price we can find elsewhere online for basic replacement lenses is £15 at Ciliary Blue, Direct Sight and New Lenses, while on the high street it's £39 at Specsavers. For 1.6 Index lenses with enhanced coating, the cheapest we can find is £30.95 at Direct Sight.

More info

The offer's for new and existing customers. It's one per person and it can't be used with any other offer.

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

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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