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Prescription Lenses: A Comprehensive Guide to Buying Online

CEO Tinh Phung
Introduction: A Simple Guide to Save Money on Prescription Lenses Are you tired of spending a fortune on prescription lenses at retail stores? Well, we have good news for you! Buying prescription lenses online can...

Introduction: A Simple Guide to Save Money on Prescription Lenses

Are you tired of spending a fortune on prescription lenses at retail stores? Well, we have good news for you! Buying prescription lenses online can save you more than half the cost while ensuring high-quality lenses. In this guide, we will walk you through the process, because the more you know about eyeglasses, the more money you can save!

Varilux Progressive Lenses Caption: Varilux Progressive Lenses

Buy Prescription Lenses Online in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Get your prescription
  2. Choose a type of eyeglass lenses based on your lifestyle
  3. Choose a lens material based on your prescription
  4. Pick a lenses model
  5. Add lens options
  6. Checkout and submit the invoice to your vision insurance plan

Get Your Prescription

When you visit your eye doctor for an exam, make sure to request a paper copy of your prescription with the pupil distance. It's your right as per state and federal law. Once you have your prescription, you can submit it to us, and we will make your lenses accordingly.

If you're unsure whether you need prescription eyeglass lenses, you can try an online vision test. Remember, contact lenses prescription cannot be used for eyeglasses.

Choose A Lens Type Based On Your Lifestyle

Lenses For Your Lifestyle Caption: Lenses For Your Lifestyle

The type of prescription eyeglass lenses you choose depends on your lifestyle and needs. It's not solely determined by your doctor, although they can assist you in making the decision. For instance, if you only need glasses for distance vision or reading, single vision lenses are ideal.

Progressive lenses are a great choice if you require a reading addition in your prescription and want glasses for both distance and reading/computer vision. They are also known as "no-line" bifocals. However, if you experience issues with progressive lenses, regular bifocal or trifocal lenses might be a better option.

Choose A Lens Material Based on Your Prescription

Your prescription often determines the best lens material for your needs. Generally, a high-index lens will be thinner, but it's only beneficial if you have a high enough prescription. If your prescription is under +/-3.00, investing in a higher index lens won't make a significant difference. However, higher index lenses are the thinnest for high prescriptions.

Lens Material Caption: Lens Material

  • Regular Plastic/CR39/1.56 Index Lenses: Suitable for prescriptions up to +/-3.00. Least expensive but cannot be used for rimless glasses.
  • Polycarbonate, 1.59 Index Lenses: Ideal for prescriptions up to +/-5.00. Used for sports, prescription sunglasses, kids glasses, and safety glasses.
  • 1.67 High Index Lenses: Suitable for prescriptions from +/-5.00 to +/-8.00.
  • 1.74 High Index Lenses: Thinnest lenses for high prescriptions. Recommended for prescriptions over +/-8.00.
  • Trivex Lenses: Specialty material for rimless glasses and prescription sunglasses. Slightly more expensive than polycarbonate.
  • Glass Lenses: Offers the best optical clarity but heavier, more expensive, and longer processing time (3-4 weeks).

Choose A Lens Brand And Model

At Eyeglasses.com, we only use the highest quality lenses available in the U.S. Our lens options include Crystal Vision Lenses and Varilux lenses. Within each lens group, you will find a "good, better, best" choice. We never compromise on quality and do not sell low-quality, cheap lenses.

Add Lens Options

After selecting your lens, you can customize it further with various options and features. Some popular options include:

  • Anti-Scratch Coating (FREE)
  • UV Coating (FREE, except for regular plastic lenses)
  • Anti-Reflective Coating (Reduces glare)
  • Lens Tinting (Fashion or sunglasses)
  • Polarized Lenses (For sunglasses)
  • Transition Lenses (Photochromic, color-changing lenses)

Lens Options Caption: Lens Options

Checkout, And Use Your Vision Insurance Wisely

Once you've followed our step-by-step system to select your perfect lenses, it's time to checkout. If you have vision insurance, you can maximize your plan's benefits. Send your invoice to your insurance company and receive your out-of-network benefit. Don't miss out on this money-saving hack! Check your vision insurance plan here.

How Are Prescription Lenses Manufactured?

We use Essilor, the world's largest and highest-quality eyeglass lens maker, with over 200 lens labs in the United States alone. When you choose Eyeglasses.com, you're not just getting lenses from a local shop with outdated equipment. You're receiving the best plastic or glass lens, manufactured in a quality-controlled ISO 9000 lab. Each lens undergoes thorough quality checks during the manufacturing process. Rest assured, we guarantee perfect lenses.

How Are Prescription Lenses Made? Caption: How Are Prescription Lenses Made?

What Is An Eyeglass Lens?

Eyeglass lenses are carefully carved blocks of clear plastic. The quality of the lens depends on four factors:

  1. Clarity of the plastic
  2. Precision of the carving
  3. Accuracy of the prescription and pupil distance measurement
  4. Accuracy of the cutting to fit your frames

Who Makes The Lens?

The making of prescription lenses involves the collaboration of five different groups. Each group plays a crucial role in ensuring the effectiveness of the lenses. Here are the key players:

  1. Plastic Manufacturer: Determines the clarity of the plastic (e.g., Essilor, Zeiss, Pentax)
  2. Cutter of the Plastic: Performs the precision carving (done by the plastic manufacturer for stock lenses)
  3. Lens Laboratory: Carves the lenses for surfaced lenses
  4. Eye Doctor: Determines the optics based on your eyes' condition while an eyewear store employee measures pupillary distance
  5. Lens Installer: Cuts and installs the lens in your frame, matching the optical centers to the pupillary distance (can be an eyewear store employee or a lens laboratory)

About Lens Laboratories

There are numerous lens laboratories across the country, with several in each state. These labs handle a significant volume of lenses daily, employing highly trained technicians. While some optical stores have smaller surfacing facilities, our lens laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and experienced personnel.

At Eyeglasses.com, we ensure that all our edging and stock lens surfacing work is done by reputable lens laboratories. Each laboratory inspects lenses multiple times during the manufacturing process, guaranteeing consistent quality. Furthermore, we conduct our own final inspection upon receiving the finished product.

Eye Doctors Do Make Mistakes

Although eye doctors issue prescriptions, they are not directly involved in the lens manufacturing process. Occasionally, they may make slight errors, or your prescription might change rapidly during certain stages of your life. It's essential to choose a store that emphasizes quality control at every level to ensure the best results.

Edging Lenses: Who Does That?

After manufacturing, lenses need to be accurately installed in the eyeglass frame. The process, known as edging, can be performed in lens laboratories or optical stores. However, it's important to note that in most states, edging doesn't require a licensed professional. At Eyeglasses.com, we prioritize quality and ensure that the edging is done by highly skilled employees in our state-of-the-art lens laboratory.

Mark Agnew, Author Caption: Mark Agnew, Author

Mark Agnew, the CEO of Eyeglasses.com, has been revolutionizing the eyewear industry for over 20 years. With his expert knowledge, he has educated consumers, improved their vision choices, and reduced eyewear costs. Mark is the author of "The Eyeglasses Buying Guide," the world's most comprehensive and best-selling glasses buying guide.

Remember, buying prescription lenses online doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Follow our guide, choose the perfect lenses for your needs, and enjoy significant savings without compromising on quality!

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult with your eye care professional for personalized recommendations.