Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I was contacted a few weeks ago about helping to get out the word about Armed Forces Eyewear- an online eyeglasses retailer tailored to military families and veterans, as well as policeman and firefighters, at an exclusive low-cost. As my husband and I both wear glasses and contacts, I was very interested in this from the start! It is a great resource, for glasses and contacts are completely out of pocket and not covered under Tricare for military. It even covers non-prescription designer sunglasses! (Can you say Oakley's??) For many families, this can be a great burden, and Lauren Purcell saw this need. She is on the blog today to share and help get the word out about this great opportunity and service - take it away Lauren!


About Lauren: Lauren Purcell is the Military Marketing Manager at She is married to Captain Jason Purcell who serves at Scott Air Force Base in the United States Air Force. She and her husband have two daughters.

Explain a little bit about and what the company does: is an online eyewear retailer dedicated to helping military families gain access to the best eyewear at an exclusive price, especially those deployed or in remote locations. Affordable eyewear is a need for every military family, but as an out-of-pocket expense it can be difficult to find the right eyewear at the right price. As a military spouse, I understand first-hand the challenge of trying to find affordable eyewear.   I wear eyeglasses / contact lenses and my 5 year old daughter wears eyeglasses.  My husband was blessed with perfect vision but he likes to indulge in Oakley and Costa del Mar sunglasses. Whether it’s a need or a want, has the best brands, selection, and prices for military families. launched five years ago at the request of AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service), Congress and the Surgeon General’s Office in order to provide a solution for families looking to find the most affordable eyewear.

What is it like to work at with other military wives?

Combining my lifestyle as a military spouse with my dedication to serving those who serve, working for allows me to work for a cause that is close to home. The military spouses behind this company bring an extremely high level of customer service. We all understand military life and no one is better suited to take care of our customers. Hard work comes naturally to military spouses as we are often juggling many roles and responsibilities on the home front.  Our “go get ‘em” attitude is a great asset in the workplace as well.

I’ve made great friendships working with other military spouses at When I first started in 2009, we were all initially stationed in California and would work together in the living room  of one of the spouses.   Since then, we have all gone through multiple moves and deployments but have remained close friends.

Lauren &Ashley -Marketing Manager at AFEyewear
Lauren &Jennifer- Operations Manager at AFEyewear

If I need eyewear, how does it work?

It’s easy! All you need is a current prescription and we take care of the rest. As TriCare beneficiaries we are entitled to one eye exam per year. uses SheerID to verify the credentials of our customers and is available to all military, veterans, fire fighters, law enforcement & their families. We are always available to help.  If the Internet intimidates you, you can always pick up the phone and give us a call.  We have opticians on hand to walk you through the entire process.

Anything else you would like to share?

This year we are thrilled to be celebrating five years of dedication to those who serve and their families. We are proud to have helped more than 30,000 families receive up the best possible price on eyewear and we look forward to helping many more.  Our biggest challenge is getting the word out about the benefits we offer to military families.  Many thanks to you Katherine for helping us do just that!

Lauren & Family

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I will definitely be looking into it when I need new contacts at the end of this year!


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