HOW TO ORDER PRESCRIPTION GLASSES ONLINE?

11/12/2020 | Dr. Sara Frye | 5 Min Read
The first step in how to get prescription glasses is to find your prescription. In most of the United States and Canada, glasses prescriptions are valid for one to two years. This will depend on the state or province in which it was issued. A current glasses prescription is important in making sure your vision is optimized. Your contact lens prescription may be different than your glasses prescription.If you’ve had a recent eye exam, check your filing cabinet to see if you have a copy of your prescription there. If not, you can try accessing it through your patient portal if your doctor’s office has one. There’s always the option to call your optometrist’s office for them to mail or fax you a copy. And don’t worry, we can always contact your doctor’s office to get it for you. Just ask and we’ll make it happen. Girl with prescription glasses is reading a book Some prescriptions will include your pupillary distance (PD), while others won’t. Your PD is the distance between your eyes. It tells the optician where to align the lenses in the frame. That ensures you're looking through the center of your lenses. If you weren’t looking through the center of your lenses, your vision may be blurry or distorted. This holds true even with the right prescription in place. You will need your PD to order glasses online. Thankfully, if you don’t have it there are several ways to measure it yourself.

Select the Right Frames

Ever seen someone whose glasses clearly don’t suit or fit them? Don’t let that be you. This accessory should enhance your appearance, not hinder it. This section will guide you in choosing a frame that’s right for your face.

Pick a frame that complements your face shape

The frame shape that suits you will depend on your face shape. Round faces do best with more angled frame shapes, such as rectangular, square, or browline. In contrast, square faces suit softer frame shapes, such as oval, round, or wayfarer. A diamond face is best suited for frames that have upper accents, such as aviators or browline. Rimless frames also suit diamond faces. If you’ve got an oval face, you’re in luck! Just about any frame shape will suit you. And finally, heart-shaped faces do best with frames that have a thicker top, such as browline or cat eye.

Choose the right size

Choosing the correct size frame optimizes your vision, appearance and comfort. When your eyes are well-centered in the frame, the quality of your vision improves. When your frame fits you better, it looks better. And finally, when you choose a frame that fits, it won’t be too heavy or squeeze the side of your head. If you have an old pair of glasses that fit you well, you may want to look for a frame that has the same measurements. There are three main frame measurements: eye size, bridge width and temple length. These numbers can be found in a sequence on the inner temple (arm) of your glasses. For example, you may see 52-16-140. This refers to the eye size, bridge width and temple length respectively. The eye size refers to the horizontal width of the lens. A wider head will require a larger eye size. Frames that squeeze the side of your head have too small an eye size for you. The bridge width refers to the gap between the lenses. A wider bridge will require a larger bridge size. Too small a bridge width may cause your glasses to slide down your nose. The temple length refers to the distance between the lenses and the end of the piece that sits over your ear. If your temples don’t reach behind your ears, they’re too short. Eye size can be categorized as follows: Eyeglasses sizes

Choose Your Lenses

Overnight Glasses offers four prescription types. These are single vision distance, single vision, bifocals and progressive. A single vision lens provides vision correction for one viewing area. Bifocal lenses are designed with two different viewing areas. There is one for distance (same as single vision) and one for reading. A Progressive is a multifocal lens designed without lines. It has the advantage of single vision aesthetics with the added multifocal magnification. Therefore, it allows the patient to see distance, intermediate and near. This prescription type must be indicated on the Rx form. This is provided by your eye care practitioner. Learn more about progressive lenses. Impact resistant lenses are lenses made from Polycarbonate or Trivex. These materials are meant to sustain a direct impact of the Drop Ball test. They are mandatory for children. For your convenience, we offer 4 customized packages. They are guaranteed to perform and are fitted for your prescription strength. Indoors lenses are clear lenses. Indoors/outdoors are Transitions ™ lenses. These turn dark and clear based on the UV intensity. You can get both prescription sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses in one! Office lenses are lenses that block blue light radiation. And our outdoors package has polarized lenses for maximum sun and glare protection. All packages include anti-reflective coating, UV, scratch protection and easy clean treatment. You may customize your own lens package from over 700 different combinations. Prescription Glasses

Check The Shipping Policy

How long does it take for prescription glasses to be ready? It can take a while. It’s not uncommon to wait 10-14 days for progressive lenses. Sometimes, you just don’t have that kind of time. Perhaps you just broke your glasses, ran out of contact lenses or have a hot date. Whatever the reason, Overnight Glasses is able to deliver – fast! If you’re wondering how to get prescription glasses as fast as possible, you’ve come to the right place. If you wear single vision glasses, you could have them in your hands by tomorrow with rush service. If you need progressives or bifocals, this could take three days expedited. When you select rush shipping, your delivery date is guaranteed. If your glasses don’t ship out in time, your shipping fees will be refunded. How long does it take to get prescription glasses? Before you know it with rush shipping at Overnight Glasses.

Check The Refund and Return Policy

It is important to check the refund and return policy before buying glasses online. You might find the style or color is not to your liking. Or perhaps your glasses prescription doesn’t seem quite right. Be sure to research these policies before ordering so there are no surprises! It doesn’t take long to know whether a pair of glasses is going to work for you. It is still nice to know you have the option for return or exchange. Now that you know everything about how to order prescription glasses online, there’s only one thing left to do – order them!
 
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Dr. Sara Frye,
Optometrist and Medical writer
Dr. Sara Frye (née Gaib) is a highly skilled optometrist and medical writer. She was born in France, grew up in Canada, and now lives in the United States. She did her Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia and her Doctor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University. She then completed her residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at the University of California, Berkeley. Her passion for learning drove her to pursue further studies; she completed a Master of Public Health in Health Services Administration at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Frye has years of experience in teaching, earning the rank of Associate Professor at the Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University. She has since been in clinical practice. With experience as both a health care professional and an academic, Dr. Frye has developed unparalleled skills in medical writing and editing.
 
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Check size on your frame

Most frames have size displayed on the inside of the frame arm

Or use a ruler

Use a ruler to measure your existing frame as shown below. Frame sizes are measured in millimeters, so you need to use a ruler that is marked in centimeters and millimeters. If you don't have millimeter ruler, you can click here to print it, or take measurements in inches. Note that measurements in inches need to be taken with the precision of 1/16 (one half of 1/8 if your ruler does not have more precise markings)

I got it! Here is My Size

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Measure your PD

In some cases your vision correction doctor may forget to give you your PD (pupillary distance). The best option will be to ask your doctor to measure it. It is part of your prescription and an eye doctor needs to provide it.

If this is not possible, you may use the methods listed below.

The easiest way:
1) Wear any glasses with clear lenses.
2) Use a mirror or ask a friend or family member to mark your pupil location on the clear lenses using a dry erase marker. They must stand in front of you and be at the same height as yours. If you use a mirror make sure you stand 3ft from the mirror and your general stare is directed to the center of the glasses.
3) Using a ruler with a millimeter range, measure the distance between the two dots and that’s your PD

If you don’t have in your possession glasses with clear lenses, you may measure your PD using this method:
1) Obtain a ruler with millimeter values
2) Place the ruler horizontally on your nose bridge, zero slightly below your right eye;
3) Ask a friend or use your mirror to see the distance on the roller. The distance measured is your PD.

Although we don’t recommend this option, if you are unable to use the methods above, you may use the general PD for: Women 62 and Men 64.