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Ben & Frank Eyewear Review: Buying Glasses in Mexico City


As a digital nomad who spends a lot of time in Mexico, I always wondered if getting prescription glasses would be cheaper than it is in the US. So whenever I would see an eyeglasses store, I’d take a look around on pricing. Lo-and-behold most lenses I saw had a starting price of 3000-4000 pesos (~$200 USD), plus the price of the prescription lens itself. Financially it didn’t make sense to get a pair there since I normally got mine at Warby Parker which starts at $99 USD.

On my most recent trip to Mexico City, I was there for about a month which I figured was enough time to do more research on prescription sunglasses — which I needed at the time because I had seen the ophthalmologist in the US prior and my prescription got slightly worse.

So after intense googling in both English and Spanish — I stumbled upon Ben & Frank. It’s pretty similar to Warby Parker, and the price point was exactly what I was looking for: 1800 pesos (~$99 USD). The best part was their showroom was only two blocks from my coworking space (Garage Cowork) in Polanco.

After spending some time in the showroom, I decide to order a pair of sunglasses: Woody

It cost me 2500 pesos ($140 USD) which included both the frame and the prescription lens! The ordering process was super easy actually. One of the employees ran my order on their iPad and I was out of there fast. After I paid and left, I was instructed to email them the prescription from my doctor. Because I didn’t have a fixed address in Mexico City I had elected to just pick up in store when they were ready — it takes less than 10 business days.

A few days later, I decided to buy a second pair of eyeglasses to accompany the pair I already had. Since my original ones from Warby Parker were clear, I wanted something in a different style so I could mix up my look from time to time. I went with the Moleman frames — I ordered online since I had already tried them on in store prior. These were ready for pickup in about a week.

Both pairs came nicely packaged in a brown box with a cute brown leather case, a glasses cleaner and a pamphlet on information and instructions from Ben & Frank.

Some things to note about Ben & Frank: they offer eye exams if you don’t know your prescription, they offer free shipping (in Mexico) and free returns, and they also offer a home try-on kit (in Mexico) very similar to Warby Parker’s. For those of you who are vegan, I do remember them offering the option to chose a vegan leather case instead!

Overall the experience was similar to that of Warby Parker in the US, and I’m definitely happy with my new frames! I’ve been wearing my Moleman frames for a week and they have been super comfortable.

Although this is a review, it’s unprompted and I paid for both pairs of glasses myself out of my own pocket. I was not compensated in any way for this review.

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  • July 31, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I love this! I want to see more lifestyle things about your nomading adventures.

  • June 13, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Are you at Mex City now? If not, do you’ve plans to be back soon?


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