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Cheap Glasses

Last updated: 24 Apr 2018
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This is a regularly-updated list of cheap deals on eye tests and glasses, including vouchers and special offers.

If it's contact lenses you're after, check out our Cheap Contact Lenses guide.

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Specky Four Eyes logo10-30 Oasis, Ghost & Superdry glasses*MSE Blagged codes for prescription specs & sunnies

12 days left

Online glasses retailer SpeckyFourEyes* is offering discounts of £79-£99 off selected prescription glasses and sunglasses if you go via our special link and use the codes below, until 11.59pm on Sat 30 Jun. You could get a pair of glasses for £10 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' to bag the cheapest price when asked to choose a lens package. 'Specky' packages include thinner and scratch-resistant lenses, and 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).
  • When asked to choose a delivery option, select £4.99 'Royal Mail Standard' to get free delivery with the code. If you opt for faster delivery, you'll need to pay the extra.

How to get the specs

If you use the codes below, you can get frames from £10 to £20 including delivery. There is a code for each brand, which will work on all of its specs via the specific link above. 

  • £10 Ghost glasses -  use code MSEGHOST10 to get £89 off £99 glasses.
  • £10 Oasis glasses -  use code MSEOASIS10 to get £89 off £99 glasses.
  • £17 Animal glasses - use code MSEANIMAL17 to get £88 off £105 glasses.
  • £20 Superdry glasses - use code MSESUPERDRY20 to get £79 off £99 glasses.
  • £20 Jaeger glasses - use code MSEJAEGER20 to get £99 off £119 glasses.

Prescription sunglasses deals include:

  • £20 Ghost prescription sunnies - use code MSEGHOST20SUN to get £89 off £109 sunnies
  • £20 Oasis prescription sunnies - use code MSEOASIS20SUN to get £89 off £109 sunnies
  • £27 Animal prescription sunnies - use code MSEANIMAL27SUN to get £88 off £115 sunnies
  • £30 Superdry prescription sunnies - use code MSESUPERDRY30SUN to get £79 off £109 sunnies
  • £30 Jaeger prescription sunnies - use code MSEJAEGER30SUN to get £99 off £129 sunnies

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.

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.

Check out our cheap glasses page for other glasses deals or if it’s contacts you’re after, take a look at our cheap lenses guide. Also it might be worth checking if you qualify for free glasses using NHS vouchers.

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.

Optical Express logoFree 20 eye test at Optical Express*MSE Blagged voucher also gets 10% off glasses or lenses

15 days left

Reckon it’s time you had your sight checked? We’ve blagged you an Optical Express voucher for a free eye test (norm £20), available until 11.59pm on Tue 3 Jul.

Simply go via this Optical Express* link, fill in your details and request a call back to book an appointment at your local branch (find your nearest*). You'll then receive your voucher digitally in an email, but make sure you print it out for your appointment if you can. Optical Express says it should be able to accept vouchers on phone screens, but it's usually safer to present a printed version.

The voucher's valid UK-wide and Optical Express has confirmed there's no obligation to act on its advice, or to make a purchase. However, if you do decide to buy a pair of complete glasses or prescription sunglasses (lenses and frames) that cost £110+, the voucher will also get you 10% off. Optical Express won't always be the cheapest place to buy your specs though - see our Cheap Glasses page for the latest deals.

Can I get a free eye test on the NHS?

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.

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Specsavers logoFree 20ish Specsavers eye test voucher*Print or show on phone at 300 stores. Book test in advance

Get by 30 June

You can get a voucher for a free eye test (norm £20ish) at Specsavers*, valid at 300+ participating stores until Sat 30 June.

Specsavers says you should book your eye test in advance. To find out if your branch is participating, enter your postcode on the eye test booking page* and click on your store in the list that appears. You should then see the free eye test voucher (you may need to scroll down). If your store isn't offering free eye tests, you may still see a voucher for a different offer (eg, £10 eye test).

You can then book online or by calling your branch. It's worth mentioning the voucher when you book.

Specsavers won't always be the cheapest place to buy your specs though - see our Cheap Glasses page for the latest deals, including two pairs for £17 at Glasses Direct.

Can I get a free eye test on the NHS?

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.

More info

It's one voucher per person. Can't be used with any other vouchers, or by customers entitled to a free NHS eye test.

Vision Direct logoVision Direct 11% off*Online code for new customers

Ongoing

If you're a new customer to online glasses and contact lens retailer Vision Direct*, enter the MSE Blagged code MSE11 to get 11% off everything on site. Delivery's £2.98. It can't be used with other offers.

Vision Direct may not always be the cheapest retailer, even with the code, so make sure to always do your own price comparisons.

Asda logoAsda Opticians 45 varifocal glasses*Incl frames, lenses, anti-reflective coating & tints

Ongoing

You can get a complete pair of varifocal glasses for £45 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

Health and Safety Executive logoGet a FREE eye test if you work on a computerHealth & Safety rules can mean your employer's responsible

Ongoing

If you work on a computer or laptop - sometimes technically known as a VDU (visual display unit) or DSE (display screen equipment) - for the majority of the day, you could be entitled to a free eye test from your employer.

The Health and Safety Executive has rules in place which mean that your employer may be obliged to offer you a free eye test if you ask for it. Each employer will have a different arrangement for this - some will let you book your own eye test and claim the money back on expenses, while others may prefer that all staff are seen by the same optician. It's best to speak to your employer and ask how it works for you. 

Some employers will also pay for, or contribute towards, a pair of glasses if you need them to carry out your work. Again, it's best to ask your employer how this works for your company.

Remember to always keep your receipts as these may be needed, particularly if you need to claim the costs back yourself.

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