Buying Online Prescription Glasses for the First Time

Buying Online Prescription Glasses for the First Time

Buying the Online Glasses for the First Time

Buying glasses online has become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks to the convenience and affordability it offers.

Glasses are usually better value at online retailers. However there can be pitfalls and hidden costs.

What you need:

The first step in buying glasses online is to obtain a valid prescription from your optometrist. This will ensure that you get the correct prescription for your lenses. Your prescription should include information about the strength of your lenses, the type of lenses you need (single vision, bifocal, or progressive), and any other special requirements you may have.


Pupillary Distance (PD) Value
When ordering glasses online you will need the pupillary distance (PD). This is the distance between the pupils. This is not included in an eye test. It is only done by high street retailers when ordering glasses.


Other Measurements that are Useful

Ideally you should also know the dimensions between your cheek bones in order to select the right glasses for your face.

Choosing an Online Retailer

There are many online retailers that sell prescription glasses. Choose a company that offers a wide variety of frames and lenses, and has a clear and easy-to-use website. You may also want to check if they have a good return policy in case you are not satisfied with your purchase.

Finding the Right Frames

It’s important to find a frame that not only fits your face but also complements your style. Many online retailers offer virtual try-on features that allow you to see what the glasses will look like on your face before making a purchase.


Shipping Time & Shipping Fee:

Several online retailers are based in the US. Many of them ship worldwide to a selection of countries.

Standard shipping time is around 3 -4 weeks, depending on the retailer.

Shipping costs are around 6 USD within the US and around 7 -10  USD to Europe.

Several retailers also offer express shipping at an additional cost.


The shipping fees do not include any taxes and customers are responsible for any local duties and taxes on international shipments.

Taxes usually depend on the value of the purchase.


Some of them offer free returns within a certain time period. Some even include a free returns label with an order.

Unfortunately others charge for returns and even add a relatively high fee for returning designer prescription glasses.

There can also be different return policies for glasses purchased in promotions.


Do Your Research Before you Buy

It’s important to do your own research and read reviews before making a purchase from any of these online retailers. It’s also highly to check the retailer’s return policy, shipping timeframes, and customer service options before making a purchase.

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