How to get the right pair of prescription eyewear for your needs?
Common issues people face are eyewear are:
- Expense – Prescription eyewear can cost hundreds of dollars
- Time – Finding the perfect pair at a fair price can take a lot of time, especially if you shop around for a particular style at a great price.
- Confusion – What's the right style for your face shape and profession?
Don’t worry, we would like to help clear up the process of buying prescription eye-glasses.
There are 7 tips on how to buy prescription eyewear effectively.
1. Have An Up-To-Date Eyewear Prescription
The standard validity of a prescription is 2 years for adults and 1 year for younger. If your prescription is outdated, remember to visit your local optical shop to get a new one.
When you get your eyesight examined, the optometrist must give you a copy of the prescription whether or not you ask for it.
Here are some abbreviations and terms listed on your prescription you’ll need to be aware of when ordering eyewear online:
OD (Oculus Dexter) refers to your right eye.
OS (Oculus Sinister) refers to your left eye.
Sphere (SPH) indicates the amount of lens power, prescribed to correct nearsightedness (-) or farsightedness(+).
ADD (for bifocals) is the added magnifying power applied to the bottom part of multifocal lenses to correct presbyopia.
Cylinder (CYL) indicates the amount of lens power for astigmatism.
Axis describes the positioning of the cylindrical power on your lenses (required for astigmatism).
Note: you will not be able to use a contact lens prescription – the two are different.
2. Measure Your Pupillary Distance
Pupillary Distance (PD) is the distance between your pupils – usually measured in millimeters.
The optical center of the lenses gives you the truest vision. This part of the eyewear should be directly in front of your pupils.
To get the correct positioning of the lenses on your eyeglasses, the eyewear lab needs your PD.
Pupillary distance generally falls between 54 and 68 mm.
It can be tricky to measure your own PD. It is best to have it measured by a skilled optician.
Optometrists will note this measurement during your eye examination but may omit the PD from your prescription because it gives consumers the ability to shop online. Ask them to write this number in your prescription, if they haven’t already.
3. SELECT The Right Frames
The secret to ordering perfectly fitting prescription eyewear online is simple – know your frame size. There are 2 factors that affect your selection of frames for your eye-wears.
1) Choose Eyewear That Complement Your Face Shape
The right eyewear frames offer a benefit beyond clearer vision – the ability to complement your facial features and overall look. Create a balanced appearance using eyewear by choosing a frame shape that provides a contrast to the shape of your face.
The human face can be categorized to fit into several generic face shapes.
Heart/Diamond – characterized by strong broad cheekbones, a larger forehead, and a narrow chin. Find a pair of eyewear with similar angles. Rounder shaped frames with a wider top than bottom should create a nice contrast.
Round – characterized by a rounded forehead and a circular face. Select frames that are wider than they are tall. Rectangular frames add structure, elongating your face.
Square – if you have a square face and jaw, you need to soften the face's natural angularity. Softer, rounder frames balance the stark angles of your face.
Oval – The enviable oval shape can rock almost any style of eyeglasses. Your best bet is a pair of symmetrical glasses, with a rigid structure but also softness with a round bottom.
2) Pick A Frame That Fits Your Personal Style
What are your personal and professional needs?
For serious business – Stick to conservative frame colors and shapes. To enhance your professional image, consider classic shapes such as ovals, rectangles, and almonds. Black, gunmetal, silver and brown frames are recommended because these conservative tones match with business suits.
For creative professionals – Wear modern shapes, such as geometric designs in thick plastic or metallic frames. Try unusual colors – blue, purple and green. Retro, vintage styles and aviator shapes are also suitable to highlight your creative edge.
For students – Sport eye-catching shapes and colors. Unusual shapes, bright colors, larger sizes and interesting details such as color laminations. Feel free to experiment with a geeky, retro look or a modern frame with lots of colors.
For the busy parent – Don't worry about the latest trends in eyewear, stick to a basic yet stylish pair of glasses. Ovals, upswept rectangles, and soft cat-eye shapes are very functional and still look great. Darker colors like deep red, black and green can also add a stylish edge to a basic frame.
4. BUY The Right Frames
There are two options to purchase eyeglass frames – in person at your local optical store, or through an online store.
Advantages of buying online:
Lower cost – In many cases, you save up to 70% off retail prices. Online brands design and manufacture all of their frames before customizing them to your prescription at their in-house prescription labs. The removal of the middle-man equates to big savings on the total cost of the frames.
More selection – Online stores usually have a wider range of glasses. Lenses offered are the same high quality as those available in retail outlets. The eyewear is made by professional opticians at the in-house state of the art laboratories.
Convenience and speed – you don’t have to waste effort and time driving to the store to pick up your eyeglasses. Order from the privacy of your home in your pajamas – your eyewear will be delivered to your doorstep.
5. It’s Worth Paying Extra For Frames You LOVE
$100 for eyewear that looks average vs. $200 for a pair you love?
Prescription eyewear is an accessory you wear every day. It is worth paying full price for a quality pair – especially once you divide the total price by the number of days you will wear them. They end up costing pennies or less in terms of price per wear.
You are likely to wear your eyewear every hour you are awake, so spend a little extra to purchase an attractive pair over eyewear that is cheaper but not as appealing.
6. Consider Purchasing More Than One Pair Of Glasses
When you purchase eyewear from a traditional retailer, the cost includes a premium to the store and hefty outsourcing costs.
When you factor in manufacturing costs, distributor's costs, warehouse costs, retail rent, third-party fees, and other overheads – it is easy to see why eyewear are so expensive.
Online stores cut the middlemen out of the equation, making it simple for you to choose high-quality eyewear for an affordable price.
Purchasing online gives you more freedom to buy several pairs of eyewear for the price of one pair at a retail store.
Having the flexibility to change your eyewear is a lifesaver in times of emergency (eyewear crack easily… I learned that lesson early in life).
7. Use Protective Case & A Microfiber Cloth
Eyewear is easily damaged.
It is important to store them in a sturdy, hard case.
Cleaning your frames and lenses regularly helps you see clearly and keeps your eyewear looking new.
To clean them, use a soft microfiber cloth.
Use both hands to take them off (helps maintain their original shape) and never place the eyewear lens down as this can result in scratched lenses.
Regularly check the screws that hold the frame together. If you find one is loose, tighten it gently with a small screwdriver or take your eyewear into your local optical store.