I was contacted a few weeks ago to give a review of an online eyeglass store, Firmoo.com. In exchange for a free pair of glasses I was just asked to give an honest review of the process, glasses themselves and so on. I was also asked if I knew any bloggers that my like to partake in the offer and honestly I wasn't sure if anyone would or if anyone needed a pair of glasses so I have yet to follow up with that piece. However, if after seeing these glasses you are interested let me know and I'll pass on your name. Even if you don't want to do a review, Firmoo has reinstated their free first pair program so if you want to explore their options please do.
I was due for an eye exam otherwise I would have probably gotten these before the end of September as I was contacted early in the month. I got a new script and the change was negligible again but I felt better having a more accurate view of well my vision. That night I came home and ordered my free pair of glasses. They would have totally been free had I not upgraded the lenses to progressives and the fingerprint resistant coating. All told though even with those upgrades the glasses themselves were 45 bucks. Compared to the pair I got at the store, totally cute retro glasses lol, I paid about a fifth of the price for the same type of glasses. The process was pretty seamless but unless you are good at measuring things like your pupil distance or are fairly certain of your prescription I would recommend having all that measured by a professional before you start. Payment is through Paypal so you don't have to pony up a credit card. The company is based in China so while the glasses are made and shipped quickly it could take a few weeks for your glasses to arrive. By my estimate it was under two from shipping to delivery, maybe a little over a week. They are shipped well in a hard case and protected in a wiping cloth.
This review will focus on my current glasses and the new firmoo pair but when the others come in I will revisit the whole shebang. Now the first thing I noticed was the difference in weight between my old glasses and the firmoo pair. I haven't had plastic frames in years so I was unprepared for how light they felt. These frames are also wider than my current pair so I would need to have them adjusted to wear long term so they stayed in place without me readjusting them. Other than that though the prescription was a tiny bit sharper as it should have been and thus gave me the requisite headache that always comes with new glasses. This is another reason why I am holding off on the final comparison.
The lens thickness looked about the same as my current glasses. There was a little overhang I think because the lenses are plastic but it wasn't something that would make the glasses unwearable. And they also included replacement screws and nose pads which is great as well. So far so good on the firmoo glasses.
There was only one thing that I wasn't expecting and it could be the result of the new coating, or using my camera phone, that is not on my current glasses. As I was preparing to take the up close and personal shots of the frames on my face I noticed that I could see myself in them and their was a green haze to it that I couldn't explain. I walked around the bedroom and through different parts of the house to see if it got better and for the most part it did not. I finally had mom take a photo of me in the new frames to minimize the green thing the most. I only saw that when looking through the phone though and didn't notice it otherwise. I will check it out again when the new lenses come as they have a similar coating on them. I look asleep in the top photo with the new frames and cranky in the photo with the old frames lol.
All in all I think these are decent glasses and as soon as I'm ready to transition over to the new script they will be part of the rotation. I think Firmoo.com would be a good option for those that want a glasses to go with their personalities without having to break the bank when a new mood struck. Or for those that are in need of a new pair but not wanting to shell out a few hundred on designer frames. Be careful with fitting and measurements but otherwise I can see why others have used the site repeatedly. I seriously had no issues from the start of the process to the end. The new glasses should be in hopefully this week and then I can follow up with the more complete review.
Who needs a new pair?