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!
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.