Founded in 2017 by two Stanford University students, Pair redefined glasses for kids. Founders Nathan and Sophia spoke with over 500 families to see what they were looking for in glasses for kids, and they found that the biggest problems were price and variety. Working to solve these problems, they formed Pair and became the first online prescription eyewear provider that makes low-priced customizable eyeglasses for kids.
The first and most important part of your experience with Pair is finding the right pair of frames for your child. Pair Eyewear offers five different basic styles with both rectangular and round frame shapes. Each style is sized slightly differently according to face shape and size.
Important note: The reported measurements are representations of facial measurements in millimeters.
The following frames styles are currently available online:
One of the most popular reasons that kids like Pair Eyewear is because of the interchangeable frames that allow kids to change the color or design of their glasses instantly. Though many other well-known glasses brands offer kids prescription eyewear, this feature is unique to Pair.
Soon after Pair launched its interchangeable frames, customers started to request that other colors and designs be made in addition to those available online. To keep up with these requests, the Pair team decided to create limited edition frames during certain months providing customers a chance to expand their collection of frames.
Purchasing glasses for your children from an optical or eyewear stores can be frustrating for a number of reasons, but one challenge that continues to cause angst between parents and kids is when kids break their glasses. Kids’ glasses are often made of cheap materials since it is expected that they will be broken.
To combat this issue, Pair has created "adventure-proof" glasses. These frames are made from durable hand-polished acetate and the lenses are scratch-resistant and kid-proof. To further ensure that glasses are not easily broken, Pair glasses are equipped with flexible spring hinges making them much less likely to break.
Pair wants to make sure that customers are satisfied in the long run. To do this, PAIRCar, which can be purchased for an additional $40.00, will replace your kid’s glasses if they end up breaking or getting scratched. PAIRCare is good for up to one year after original purchase. With this guarantee, you don't need to worry about constantly having to buy new pairs of glasses.
Once your child has selected the frames that they want, you are able to select what type of lenses that you would like. Options for lenses are detailed below:
A major advantage of purchasing prescription eyewear from Pair is the pricing. Pricing information is listed below:
The overall pricing for these kids glasses is competitive with a number of other online prescription eyewear providers.
To add to the list of good things about Pair, the free shipping and returns policy sweetens your deal. This only applies to standard shipping which should take between four and seven days. If you are not satisfied with Pair's glasses, or if they are broken or don't fit, you can return them for free during a 30-day trial period according to the current return policy.
One of the only apparent downsides of this company is that it is not currently selling glasses for adults. After its quick success, some adults thought it would be fun to have customizable glasses too. Though Pair does not currently sell prescription eyewear for adults, the largest size of kids glasses fits adults with small heads. If you consider your head to be on the small end, you may be able to try either the Larkin or the Twain frames, as they are the largest frames available.
The fames are sized as follows:
If you are planning to purchase a pair of glasses from Pair, you will need to either provide a picture of your current prescription, or your eye doctor's information. The Pair website does not allow you to enter in the details of your prescription yourself. Though this feature does help ensure that errors are not made in the ordering process, it also can be a hassle if you do not have a physical copy on-hand or if you don't feel comfortable providing your eye doctor's information.
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