So you made it all the way to the checkout, but you have no idea what kind of lenses you need – but don’t fret, we’re here to help! If you’re new to buying lenses online, here’s a few things you should know to make the process a little easier:
First, you will need your prescription! Without it, we cannot provide you with the most precise lenses possible. We accept prescriptions via fax or email, which are then confirmed for accuracy by one of our certified opticians or optometrists. If you don’t have your most recent prescription on hand, you will have to visit your local eye health professional for an updated copy.
You will also need to know your prescription type. This will be one of the following: single-vision, bifocal, trifocal, progressive, reading, or fashion lenses. Single vision lenses simply mean that they help correct one focus, so if you’re either nearsighted or farsighted, this is what you need. If you are nearsighted and farsighted, bifocals help you to see properly in both respects, while trifocals add a third, intermediary focal length. These types of lenses have thin and lightly visible lines across the lens. Progressives, on the other hand, give you the benefits of bifocals or trifocals without the lines, so you have a smooth lens that is more youthful and attractive.
Reading lenses are those that you need only to read, and fashion lenses are the clear ones that come with the glasses – no prescription included. Fashion lenses are great for when you have perfect vision but want to use designer glasses as a beautiful accessory.
Next is your PD measurement. This is the distance between your pupils that tells us where your optical center is located so we can perfectly tailor the lenses to your eyes. The PD number is not always written on the prescription, so make sure to tell your eye doctor to include it on your next visit.
The final piece of information we need is the lens type that you prefer, which has two elements. First is whether or not you want treatments. This includes anti-reflection that helps eliminate glare, scratch-resistant coating, and transition lenses that tint in ultraviolet light. Second is the thickness, and you have three choices: Regular, which is fine for most people; polycarbonate, thinner lenses that are shock-resistant and ideal for those who play sports; and high index, the thinnest and lightest lenses that are also the most comfortable.
It may seem like a lot, but just remember that we are designing the perfect lens totally customized by you! If you have any questions about purchasing lenses online, feel free to call us at 866-411-9428 and we will be happy to help!