Tips for Selecting the Right Prescription Glasses

Securing the perfect pair of prescription glasses online can be a seamless experience if you know the right steps to take. From understanding your prescription to choosing frames that fit your face and style, we’re here to guide you through the process with ease and confidence.

Understand Your Prescription

Before you start browsing for eyeglasses, it’s crucial to have an up-to-date prescription. This ensures that your glasses will help you see as clearly as possible. If you’re unsure about the details of your prescription, such as the terms ‘OD’ (right eye) and ‘OS’ (left eye), our simple guide on OD vs OS will help demystify any confusion. Always double-check your prescription for accuracy, as even a small error can affect your vision. Here’s what to keep an eye on:

  • Sphere (SPH): Indicates the lens power, measured in diopters, needed to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness.
  • Cylinder (CYL) and Axis: These numbers refer to astigmatism correction. Not everyone has these values on their prescription.
  • Add: This is the additional correction required for reading, often seen in bifocal or progressive lenses.

Understanding these terms ensures you’re well-informed when entering your prescription details online.

Measure Your Pupillary Distance

Another critical factor in finding the right glasses is your pupillary distance (PD), which is the space between the centers of your pupils. This measurement is essential for aligning your lenses precisely with your eyes. Our easy-to-follow pupillary distance guide provides step-by-step instructions to measure your PD at home. Keep in mind that an accurate PD ensures maximum comfort and effectiveness of your glasses.

Selecting the Perfect Frame

Once your prescription and PD are sorted, the fun part begins: choosing your frames! Consider the following when selecting frames:

  • Face Shape: Identify your face shape and select frames that complement it. Rounder faces may benefit from angular frames, whereas square faces could look great with rounder frames.
  • Frame Size: Make sure to pick a frame size that fits your face well. A frame that’s too large or too small can be uncomfortable and may not provide optimal vision.
  • Style and Color: Reflect your personality with the style and color of your frames. Whether you prefer classic, trendy, or bold looks, there’s something out there for everyone.

Take advantage of our virtual try-on feature to see how different frames look on your face before making a decision.

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Choose the Right Lenses

With a plethora of lens options available, it’s essential to choose the ones that cater to your lifestyle and vision needs. Consider lens coatings like anti-reflective, UV protection, or blue light blocking glasses if you spend a lot of time in front of screens. If you require multifocal lenses, explore our range of progressive and bifocal options for seamless vision at all distances.

Selecting the perfect prescription glasses online doesn’t have to be daunting. By following these tips and taking advantage of our resources, you’ll find a pair that not only looks great but enhances your vision with precision. Begin your journey towards crystal-clear sight and style today!


About the Author: Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC

Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She holds a doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has worked in various eye care settings, including primary care optometry, general ophthalmology, community health clinics, and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Moh is dedicated to improving global vision health by making high-quality, affordable eyewear accessible to all. She is also a certified American Board Optician (ABO) and actively contributes to optical education through training and lectures.