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33% of reviewers recommend Glasses Direct
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"So, I bought a pair of varifocals, and got a free pair. They send the ‘free’ pair first, I tried them on and they were terrible. Not my prescription, and dangerous to use. So I sent them back. The other pair arrived, all ok. Weeks later, they emailed me to say they can’t process a refund, as they sent me READING glasses, and not varifocals. Be aware they’ll happily take your hard earned, and send something for ‘free’ that’s completely no use to you. Customer service is laughable, you can never get anyone to answer the phone, and it takes days to even answer an email. They don’t look at the email trail, so don’t even answer your query properly. This company is a joke. Avoid at all costs. Wish I’d gone back to specsavers!"
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"Completely and utterly useless, I placed an order nearly a month ago providing them with all the important information included on my prescription including the date on the prescription. Nearly a month on that date now falls outside of the range the accept so they will no longer process my order. Had they processed my order on the date I made it I'd have my glasses by now and probably be a happy customer. On top of that they asked me for a photo holding a "credit card sized card to my head", I chose one made of cardboard as it was one containing no sensitive information but it was identical in size to a credit card. Apparently they can't take a measurement because it's made of cardboard instead of plastic... If they can't judge dimensions based on the material of the object I certainly won't be trusting them at any point with the more delicate measurements of my prescription."
Posted 2 days ago
Posted 6 days ago
"Still waiting over a month. Useless! Take days to answer emails and only after chasing them did they say there had been a 'glitch' with my order. Still waiting a week later!"
Posted 1 week ago
"First of all, I ordered a pair of glasses on 9/04/2019, and to this day (07/05) still haven't received them. I chose to use Glasses Direct because I had heard good things about it, but I have had the complete opposite experience with them. After TWO WEEKS of waiting, and hearing nothing from then (only spam emails in my inbox), I chose to call them (which by the way also takes half an hour minimum to get through after being on hold). I was told that they had sent me an email 2 weeks ago asking me to send a picture of my prescription - which I never received. So after having waited for that, then had to get my opticians to post the prescription to me, which also took another week as I couldn't go to collect it due to my working hours. I sent the copy of it via email, and got straight in contact with Glasses Direct to tell them. I spoke to a lady on the phone that told me they would be delivered over the weekend 'but she couldn't guarantee' which I understand. The weekend comes and goes, no glasses. I phone up again to be told that 'my case is urgent' but they wont be delivered until this weekend now. I work a job where I use the computer every day, so glasses are essential to me, and I can't afford to be going over 4 weeks without them. I have consequently been using my old glasses with a lower prescription and a broken arm. Overall, I have had an absolutely APPALLING experience with glasses direct, will NEVER be using them again once I receive these glasses."
Posted 1 week ago
"I’ve used glasses direct before and no problems. This time however there were numerous problems, having placed your order and parted with your money. I sent my script and was told it would be 5 days to reply to the e mail. Same again when they wanted measurement for Varifocals! Glasses eventually arrived. Varifocals to completely wrong prescription and I was trying to drive in them. Numerous phone calls between 10-20 minutes on phone waiting in queue each time. Sent glasses back. No contact. Phone call said needed other free pair back for full refund and had gone ahead to change the lenses without contacting me. Eventually refunded me but no recompense.Will never use them again. And advise others not to either."
Posted 2 weeks ago
"Just such poor customer service. I've never seen anything like it. If you value your time and money I would look elsewhere. Or talk to a brick wall, it's more likely to listen and understand."
Posted 3 weeks ago
"This company is a big fat rip off rip-off . A waste of time. I ordered using their 2 for £ 19 deal with the correct code. But the second pair never arrived. After many times trying to contact them unsuccessfully by phone , I sent an email which was unsatisfactory in reply. I was told that the frames I had chosen were to cheap to be in the deal. The advertising loudly proclaimed that it was a two pair for £ 19 deal. How could my frames which were more expensive than the deal not be included??????? I received no satisfaction so naturally wont be using glasses direct again!!!!!!!"
Posted 3 weeks ago
"This company is a waste of time. I have for many, many years bought my contact lenses and glasses online. With my contact lens supplier I put my prescription into their website then 2 days later without fail they arrive. My glasses supplier, I enter the prescription the a week or so later they turn up. I couldn't remember where i got my glasses from last time, I need a new pair as my existing ones were broken by our baby daughter, so I did a search for a glasses company. Glasses Direct came up, i went on their website site and took advantage of their 'buy 1 pair get another much cheaper' style deal. I put my prescription in, first thing it wants a prescription no older then 2 weeks. No problem, I just changed the date to suit. All done, all ordered. Well so i though! I few days later i got an email asking for a copy of my prescription!!! Why!! I uploaded a prescription, thinking that was it. Glasses would turn up in a week or 2. No they didn't! Instead I had another email asking me to hold up a credit card to my face so they can measure pupil distance. Again why?!! I sent a blunt reply saying "Just get on and make the glasses I've paid for. Thankyou" Then another week later, still no glasses, just another pointless email asking about holding a credit card up, pupil distance.....etc. I canceled my order and said I would take my business else where, as it was too much messing about, and to much of an ordeal. People order online for price and ease. They don't all the above BS and haven't got time for it either. Please take your business else where."
Posted 3 weeks ago
"Just a big fat ripoff cowboy outfit. I bought two pairs, not for the supposed *offer* of £16 but for £36.....distance and computer work. They then contacted me via a longwinded emails that takes weeks to ask if I wanted computer glasses or reading and how far is my PC screen from my sitting position. I told them..week later another email confirming all ok but I check my orders ands it gone up YET AGAIN to £69. So I told them to shove them and close the account. No wonder they never answer the phone. Steer clear of these cowboys. Intersting to see that scam outfit Martins money, who are constantly promoting these chumps for a backhander, actually run the online complaints system RESOLVER!!, and guess what you cannot raise a complaint against glassesdirect through them!!!"
Posted 1 month ago
"I ordered two pairs of glasses, only one pair arrived, for some reason the second pair was returned to glasses direct ( not by me I am still waiting to receive the second pair). Glassesdirect sent an email saying the second pair had been returned to them and saying no instructions were filled out on the returns form (not surprising as it was not me that returned them - maybe they were delivered to an incorrect address and returned because of that ) , and could I contact then, and let them know my instructions. Not surprising as it was not me that returned them - maybe they were delivered to an incorrect address and returned because of that . I have sent them seven emails, none of which have been answered or actioned and tried numerous times to contact them by phone, they don't seem to answer the phone at all, I have not managed to get my second pair of glasses"
Posted 1 month ago
"Shocking. Sent in my prescription over 3 weeks ago. It takes a week for them to reply and they are asking for information that has already been provided. Don't bother trying to call, they never answer. The only contact seems to be by email. They are happy to take my money, but not to provide me with the goods I've paid for. AVOID"
Posted 1 month ago
"Don't bother to call, they don't answer the phone even when it's to collect your money!"
Posted 1 month ago
"Ordered 2 pairs of glasses and after waiting for 19 days I did not hear anything. I called in to chase it up and was told my glasses had not even even be made as there was “missing information”. However, when ordering I spent 45 minutes making sure there was nothing missing and received an email confirming what I had ordered. I was not notified at any point that anything was missing. Very unhappy with the process please look into sorting this out."
Posted 1 month ago
"Update, since posting my review I received a call from "Glasses Direct" saying they had sent me an email saying because my prescription was "complicated" the thickness of the lens would be 7mm!! unless I upgraded to "Gold" ( at extra cost ). My glasses from a High Street Opticians are normal thickness. They have promised me a refund, I won't be using an On-Line company again"
Posted 1 month ago
"I ordered two pair of glasses and over two weeks have passed, no sign of the glasses and no answer to my emails no answer to my phone-calls or recorded messages I'll try to get my money back but it will take some time. I will update this review."
Posted 1 month ago
"I have just received my two pairs of glasses that I paid £28 for; one for reading; just a standard lens and one for computer work with anti-reflection. I am absolutely delighted with them; they are really nice glasses and I ordered them last Sunday and received them today, Friday. Outstanding service and an affordable price, considering the day before I had paid £189 (although verifocals) elsewhere."
Posted 1 month ago
"Asked me for my prescription which I sent then after two weeks asked for it again ? No answer to phone calls and responded to my email after 8 days !!! AVOID !"
Posted 2 months ago
"A "Comedy of Errors" that started back in June 2018, To start with the glasses chosen and sent did not fit, they were returned as 'not fit for- -purpose.' !! Some weeks later I was asked about having a "tint" so I advised them colour Grey. Eventually, the glasses arrived only to find they were Sunglasses, so back they went as not fit for purpose. Then they requested I sent a pair of my old glasses to help getting my measurements correct and told I had not asked for this and that, but by now it was November and I had paid them £145 already then told another £49 was required to complete reglazing my frames. I refused to pay anymore money and they asked me to place my credit card on my fore head, take a pic and send that to them to help the varifocal part. I refused and demanded my £145 be refunded, I had enough and since December to date they have refused to refund me my £145 and I still do not have any glasses. Plus insofar as there Ad goes 2 pair of glasses for £19 goes, its untrue. I am still trying to get my refund and despite this Company having been told they have breached the contract under the Consumers Rights Act 2015, Section 49, they are still fobbing me off and refusing to refund me my £145. I'm 78 years old and need glasses and until IO get my refund, I cannot afford to buy glasses from my usual optician. I will never buy glasses on line again. So beware. Look and learn."
Posted 2 months ago
"Ordered 2 pairs in the past & they were ok but scratched easily. So ordered another 2 pairs but scratch resistant this time. Unfortunately after less than 3 months these to are scratched. I only use them for reading. Still awaiting to resolve the problem."
Posted 2 months ago
Glasses Direct is rated 2.31 based on 70 reviews

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