Buying Eyewear Online — What You Need to Know

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Have you ever purchased eyewear online? It probably seems more natural to purchase it from your  doctor or at a brick-and-mortar store, since many people feel more comfortable holding frames in their hands and speaking to an optician in person when buying glasses. But with a greater selection of frames and huge price savings, more people than ever before are buying prescription eyewear online.

Online Eyewear Especially for Military Families

As you probably know, the cost of prescription glasses and contact lenses is not covered by military healthcare benefits and must be paid for completely out-of-pocket. Additionally, the few military bases that do have optical stores on site usually have a pretty small selection of frames. For these reasons, it is especially important for military families to consider shopping online for prescription eyewear. has the largest online selection of eyewear with exclusive discount pricing for US Military and First Responder families. Founded by two doctors of optometry, carries a wide variety of premium eyewear brands like Oakley, Wiley X, and Ray-Ban for men, women, and children. The best part? Prices can be as much as 50% off retail!

Tips for Buying Prescription Eyewear Online

The call center is staffed by certified opticians, who are eager to answer any questions you may have about eyeglasses, sunglasses, or contact lenses. But before you call, here’s a list of tips for buying eyewear online to help get you started.

  1. ¬†Know Your Frame Size: Glasses that don’t fit right can be just as uncomfortable and awkward-looking as ill-fitting clothing. Selecting the correct size frames will ensure that you look and feel your best. Your frame size consists of three components: eye size, bridge size, and temple size.‚Äôs¬†frame size guide can show you how to find these measurements on your current pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses.


  1. Choose Glasses that Complement Your Face Shape: The right eyewear can enhance your appearance by highlighting your favorite features while minimizing any imperfections. Knowing which frames are the most flattering for your face shape will help you narrow down your choices when shopping for glasses online.’s face shape guide can help you determine your face shape and which frames work best for you.


  1. Pick a Frame that Fits Your Personal Style:  Frame color, material, shape, and detailing all play an important role when it comes to eyewear styles. Brightly colored plastic frames give off a cool, youthful energy, whereas real wood finishes or neutral tones convey a sense of sophistication. With the world’s largest online eyewear collection, has frames to fit any style: classic, trendy, hipster, sporty, retro, or something in between.While outlandish or elaborately embellished frames may be fun to try on, if your everyday style is classic, you may have trouble matching your outfit with your eyewear. So, keep your wardrobe in mind when buying glasses online.


  1. Know Your Prescription Type:  Do you need single-vision or multi-focal (e.g. bi-focal, tri-focal, or progressive) lenses? Knowing your lens type beforehand will help ensure that you select the correct lens materials and that you enter your prescription information correctly.Single-vision lenses are typically prescribed for people who are either near-sighted or far-sighted, but not both. Single-vision lenses only have one corrective power. Multi-focal lenses are usually prescribed for people who have difficulty seeing things up close and far away. These lenses have two or more different corrective powers. Bi-focals and tri-focals have visible lines separating the various corrective powers. Progressive lenses do not have any visible lines.


  1. 5.     Choose a Lens Material to Match Your Prescription & Lifestyle:  There are three basic lens materials for prescription eyewear. Each has different price points and recommended use.
    1. Plastic: The most common, basic lenses. Recommended for people with light prescriptions, ranging from no correction to +/-1.75. Most economical.
    2. Polycarbonate: High-impact resistant lenses. Recommended for children, athletes, and people with active lifestyles. Good for prescriptions up to +/- 4.00.
    3. High Index 1.67: The thinnest and lightest of all the materials. Recommended for people with high prescriptions as well as those concerned with comfort and fashion.


  1. 6.     Select the Appropriate Lens Coatings:  There are a variety of coatings that can be added to any lens. Understanding your options will help you make the right choices for your lifestyle.

Regardless of your age or prescription,’s opticians recommend only buying lenses with a protective UV coating in order to shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. If you spend a lot of time on the computer or are bothered by the glare of lights when driving, then you may want to consider an anti-reflective (AR) coating. The AR coating will improve the clarity of your vision and help ease eye fatigue.


  1. 7.¬†¬†¬†¬† Know Your Pupillary Distance (PD):¬† One of the most important parts of your prescription that doctors often forget to include is your¬†pupillary distance (PD). Pupillary distance is just what it sounds like: the distance (in mm) between the pupils of your eyes. This measurement is important because it ensures that the center of your corrective lenses is placed directly in front of your pupils. Be sure to ask your eye doctor to write down your PD if you’re going to order glasses online. Depending on whether you need single-vision or multi-focal lenses, your doctor may write your PD as one or two numbers. If you can’t reach your eye doctor, we can¬†help you determine your PD¬†using another method.


  1. 8.¬†¬†¬†¬† Understand Your Prescription Information:¬† Entering your prescription online is probably¬†easier than you think. It’s simply a matter of entering the correct numbers in the appropriate fields. Don‚Äôt worry if you do not see any numbers listed on your prescription for some fields, like ‚Äúprism‚Äù and ‚Äúbase.‚Äù Not everyone needs this kind of correction, so you can simply leave those fields blank.

Below are a few key terms you may need to know when entering your eyeglasses prescription online:

OD:¬†Stands for “oculus dexter,” which is your¬†right eye.

OS:¬†Stands for “oculus sinister,” which is your¬†left eye.

DV:¬†Stands for “distance vision.” Used when multi-focal lenses are prescribed.

NV:¬†Stands for “near vision” (sometimes referred to as “add”). Used when multi-focal lenses are prescribed.


Ordering prescription eyewear online is probably easier than you think. Plus, the wider selection and lower price points make shopping for glasses online well worth the effort.

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