How to Buy Eyewear

How to Buy Eyewear: It's Simple

There are two basic components to eyeglasses and sunglasses, the frame and the lens. You can order glasses from us by phone, or buy eyeglasses online using the website. To buy glasses online at, you need only shop and select a frame, then add a lens to it, and then check out. We supply a lot of information for each step, so you will have all the information and guidance you need to select the perfect eyeglass frames and eyeglass lenses for you. Every order is reviewed by a lens specialist to ensure the proper lens choice. If you do run into a problem, we are always available to answer questions.

How to buy eyewear: the right frame style for you

The first step in buying glasses online is to choose the style that appeals to you. What type of eye glasses frames material (plastic or metal) do you prefer? What glasses frame design (full frame, half frame, or rimless eyeglasses) do you prefer? What eyeglasses frame shape do you prefer (oval, rectangular, round, cat eye, aviator)? And then, what color do you prefer? If you can answer these questions now, you should go to our frame search function, which allows you to select among our inventory for these items and others. If you have no idea what you are looking for, ask a friend, or call us and we will help you.

There are also some general guidelines about how to pick a frame shape that looks best on your face. If you have an oval face shape, rectangular glasses look best, and if you have a rectangular face, oval glasses look best. Follow this link to read more about choosing glasses for face shape.

How to buy eyewear: the right lens for you?

Choosing the perfect lens for your needs is something that you can do without the help of a licensed professional. And if you do have a question about lenses after reading all of the information about them, please do not hesitate to call us. Read more about eyeglass lenses and lens prices.

We have made the lens selection process simple by supplying you with a Lens Wizard to guide you through the process. The Lens Wizard asks you questions about yourself, and then moves you step by step through the lens selection process. At each point, you can read about lenses, evaluate the choices and prices of each lens option, and then choose for yourself.

How to buy eyewear: the fit

Usually your eyeglasses fit without any adjustments needed. Of all the clothing and accessories that you hang on your body, eyeglasses are among the easiest to customize and adapt to your body. Eyeglass frames are designed so that they can be adjusted (bent) if necessary to accommodate most any facial structure.  Follow this link to read about adjusting eyeglasses.

In most cases you will not need a fitting, but if you do want one, you can take your glasses to a local optical store to fit eyeglasses. Most opticians will fit eyeglasses for free; if they charge you a fee, we will reimburse you for their eyeglasses fitting fee up to a maximum of $15. Just fax us the receipt and we will credit your account.

You could also try adjusting your eyeglasses by yourself. However, if you choose to adjust the frame yourself, you should be extremely careful as you could permanently damage or break your eyeglass frames. 

How to buy eyewear: the right size eyewear for you

Getting the right eyeglasses frame size for you is a combination of choosing the right frame style and then fitting the glasses to your face. You can measure your current eyeglasses with a ruler and use them as a guide. Because lenses are custom made to fit the frames you pick and your particular prescription, no matter what size frame you choose, the lenses will be in the perfect place in front of your eyes. Most people choose frames that are approximately the same width as their head. Follow this link to get sizing information about eyewear.

Again, most frames will work for most people, and if you decide you dont like a frame that we send you for any reason, just send it back for a full refund.

Lens positioning: Look through the middle

The goal of the eyeglass frames is to comfortably position the optical center of the lenses directly in front of the center of your eyes. When you give us your pupillary distance or pd, we know exactly where to position the center of the lenses in the frames that you choose. Side to side movement of the frame on your face could move the optical center of the lenses away from in front of your eyes, but this rarely happens. What can happen is that the glasses move up or down your nose, taking the optical center with them. When this happens, it may become harder for you to see through the lenses, so you know that you need to adjust the glasses (push them up on your nose, for example). Small adjustments to the nosepads or temples can help to reduce the up and down movement of the glasses.

Eyeglasses Categories

There are many different types of prescription glasses that are out there. For example, most eyeglasses frames are unisex, meaning they work both for men and women.  We have created some categories for mens eyeglasses, womens eyeglasses, and kids eyeglasses to make it a little easier for you.

If you have a high prescription, you may be looking for small eyeglasses so that the lens is not too thick at the edges.  If you are a large person and have trouble finding eyeglasses big enough to fit you, check out our selection of big eyeglasses.

The retro eyeglasses look is all the rage now, and coming back strong.  We have the largest selection of round eyeglasses on the internet, and we also have a beautiful collection of vintage eyeglasses and retro eyeglasses.


Robert Hamilton, O.D.

Robert Hamilton, O.D. wrote on 12/15/09 2:06 PM

How do you know what seg height to use if you don't have the patient trying on the desired frame for that measurement? That's not something I can put on a prescription because it varies according to the frame selected, unlike the PD. Since everyone's bridge is different and the seg height is critical to the performance of a progressive lens, it shouldn't be empirically put in the frame according to the "average patient".
Mark Agnew

Mark Agnew wrote on 12/15/09 2:49 PM

Estimating the seg height for a multifocal lens is not the best way to fit a lens. However, over the past ten years we have perfected a system for making the estimate very accurate, and it works well for 90% of patients. If our estimate is wrong, we redo the lens or give a full refund. Our estimate is based on our experience, and our method which does vary from frame to frame. Some patients are not able to get an optometrist fitting, or, they may be re-lensing a multifocal lens. When customers send in multifocals for relensing, we are able to exactly copy the seg height.

David wrote on 04/19/10 3:46 PM

I recently purchased new lenses for an older pair of frames only to have those frames break at the bridge a few months later. Is there a way to salvage the lenses and place them into new frames?
Mark Agnew

Mark Agnew wrote on 04/21/10 10:05 PM

The only way to do this is to go to a local optical shop to find a frame that is nearly the same, but smaller in every dimension.

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