First Impressions: ClearlyContacts.ca
Feb 20, 2013
I’ve been plagued with near-sightedness since I was in 2nd grade. I don’t really know what life without wearing glasses is like (which probably is the reason why I don’t like the way I look without glasses).
Because I’ve pretty much lived my whole life with glasses, I never really had a chance to wear cool looking sunglasses. I either had clip-ons (which were ugly) or Transition lenses (which I despise more). I’ve always wanted to get prescription sunglasses but didn’t think I could ever afford them.
I’m still on my dad’s health insurance plan, which allows for $500 in eyeglasses every two years. Time was coming up for new glasses, and I somehow only spent $300 on my regular glasses, so I thought now would be a good time to spend the remaining $200 on a pair of prescription sunglasses. I had heard a lot about Clearly Contacts and they’re affordable glasses, but I didn’t want to risk getting my everyday glasses from them. I thought getting sunglasses (which I’d only wear a fraction of the time) would be a good place to start to gauge their quality and service though.
The package I ordered arrived amazingly fast. I placed the order on Saturday, and the package was shipped on Tuesday (Monday was Family Day). I then received the glasses on Wednesday. I was floored at how quickly they got to me. I was really digging the packaging as well. The box was nicely designed and not too big for the product (I really dislike it when stores send stuff in boxes that are unnecessarily big).
In addition to the glasses, the package contained a free soft cloth, lens cleaner, and a really nifty portable screwdriver tool. This actually surprised me a bit considering the last time I bought glasses (from Lenscrafters) they didn’t even give me eyeglass cleaner or a soft cloth.
The screwdriver tool had two twist-off components that revealed a Philips or flat screwdriver perfect for eyeglass screws. I thought this was such a great addition, and since it was on a keychain I can bring it with me everywhere. It’s such a really awesome thing to have in case your glasses get loose. I ended up using this tool to tighten some of the screws on my glasses as well.
The glasses I got were just a pair of classic aviators with the grey polarized lenses (you can also get brown polarized lenses). These frames were excluded from one of Clearly Contacts famous first pair free promotions, but they had another Chinese New Years promotion, which gave the frames another 30% off. In the end the glasses cost $134.54, which I thought was a really good price for prescription sunglasses that included all the coatings and shipping costs. I mean, this is less than half of what I paid for my regular glasses (which haven’t arrived yet).
The glasses themselves seem to be decent quality. They kind of seem a bit flimsy, but I’m not sure if that’s because the frames/construction are bad or because I’m used to wearing glasses with much thicker arms (of course, aviator glasses typically have skinnier arms). I really do like how they look on though, even if I look like a hipster douchebag.
The lenses themselves I think are spot on. I didn’t have any vision problems seeing through them (other than the classic new-prescription-weirdness), and the polarized lenses work wonderfully. It’s definitely awesome to be able to see clearly without sun and light burning my eyes/causing me to squint. Keep in mind, my prescription comes from a BC optometrist, which does give out the PD measurement in prescriptions, unlike most Ontario optometrists. Your results may vary if you have to take that measurement yourself.
Overall, my first impressions of Clearly Contacts is higher than what I expected. The shipping was lightning fast and the overall quality of the glasses are what I expected: not the best, but not terrible. My biggest concern is if these glasses will hold up to regular wear. Obviously these are sunglasses and won’t be worn as much as my everyday glasses, but as long as they don’t break/get scratched up before I get a new prescription I’ll be happy.
I definitely am happy I finally have a pair of prescription sunglasses, and I definitely couldn’t have afforded it without Clearly Contacts’ pricing. I don’t think I’ll use them for my everyday glasses as long as I have vision insurance, but so far it seems like a good choice if you’re looking for affordable glasses. Again, I can’t attest to their longevity (yet), but the company does have a 366 day return policy, so if they don’t hold up they should help you out.