October 23, 2017

6 steps to buy prescription glasses online infographic

Buying glasses online may seem intimidating at first, but is actually as easy as shopping for most products online. All you need is a little guidance. Here are 6 easy steps to make your shopping experience a breeze:

1. Have The Right Prescription

You'll need a non-expired prescription to order new prescription glasses. Most prescriptions will last 1-2 years. 

2. Have Your Pupillary Distance (PD)

The pupillary distance is the measurement between the center of the pupil of both eyes, and is crucial in making sure the lenses are centered correctly. Otherwise you may experience eye strain or other negative effects. If the PD is not on your prescription, you can either ask an eye care provider for the measurement or use an online tool for measuring the PD.

3. Choose The Right Frame Size

If you already have prescription glasses that fit you well, you can compare the measurements of the lens widthbridge width (the frame area that goes over the nose), and temple arm length (arm that extends to the back of the ears) printed on the glasses with the ones you see online. Just make sure it is within 2-3mm in measurements to ensure a proper fit.  If the measurements are not printed on the frames, you can also use a cloth measuring tape.

4. Know Your Face Shape

Based on the outline of your face shape, you can determine the most flattering frame shape. 
Round Faces: Choose rectangle, angular, and narrow frames the sharpen the features of your face and make it appear longer.
Oval Faces: Most styles will go well with this face shape. Choose wide and bold textured frames to make your features stand out.
Square Faces: Round, oval , and cat-eyed shaped frames can help soften and complement this face shape. 
Heart Faces: Choose wider frames with thinner temples to enhance the high cheek bones and face symmetry.

5. Know Which Lens Type

Choosing the right lens type will affect vision, appearance, comfort, and safety. Single vision lenses will correct the farsightedness, nearsightedness, and/or astigmatism. Bifocal or progressive lenses will also correct presbyopia, which should be indicated in your prescription. The most common lens materials include CR-39, Polycarbonate, Trivex, and High Index Plastics. 

6. Know The Shipping & Return Policy

Find out from the eyeglasses website how long it will take to process and ship out your order to ensure timeliness of receiving your glasses as needed. Ensure you are able to return or exchange your glasses if they do not fit properly or if you cannot see well with them -- and check to see if their is a charge for return postage.


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