You can order elegant eyeglasses with lenses or just the frames only.
If you just want the frame only, we ship it to you, and you can take it to your local optical store to have lenses installed, or for an adjustment.
Need help learning how to buy glasses online? Call or email our customer service department. We do answer the phone! Upload your photo and use our Virtual Try On application. Try our Frame Search page to look through our huge inventory for frames with your specific needs, such as frame size, material, and shape.
Still not sure? You can order up to three frames and return them for a full refund.
Get a Prescription and Pupillary Distance Measurement. To order frames with lenses, start by getting your prescription and your "PD" Pupillary Distance measurement. Most doctors will not measure your PD unless you ask, so be sure to ask for it and write it down on your prescription. If that is not convenient, you can call the store that last made glasses for you, they should have that on file. Follow this link to learn How To Measure Your PD.
Single Vision, Progressive, or Bifocal Lenses? Check out our Lenses Page to learn more about the best lenses for your needs.
Choose a Frame. Pick a frame, and add it to your shopping cart. Need help? Contact us! - we will answer the phone! Try our Frame Search page to look through our huge inventory for frames with your specific needs, such as frame size, material, and shape. Still not sure? You can order up to three frames and return them for a full refund (read our Return Policy).
Add Lenses. Once you have chosen a frame, you can add lenses to it by clicking the "add lenses to frame" button on the product detail page. That will take you to the beginning of the Lens Wizard . The Lens Wizard will walk you through the process of finding the perfect lens for your needs. And if you need help or have questions at any time, just call us!
Check Out. When you finish in the Lens Wizard, a lens will appear in your shopping cart, and then you can check out.
How To Mail in Your Frame for Replacement Lenses
You can send us your own frames, and we can install new lenses for you - also known as "Replacement Lenses." Mail your eyeglasses frames to us with your new prescription, your name and phone number, and any instructions you may have.
If you just want to redo your existing lenses, you do not need to send the prescription in because we can read your prescription from your old lenses. After we receive your package, we will call you to complete the order. You can mail us your glasses, and we can install new lenses.
How eyeglasses fit begins with "Do you like the way the eyeglasses look on your face?" If you like the way the eyeglasses look on your face, and the frames are comfortable, then you don't need to do anything else. If the eyeglass frames are not comfortable or are slightly crooked, an optical professional can make minor adjustments to the bridge, nosepads, and temples to customize the eyewear to the uniqueness of your face. If you have a stronger prescription, we strongly recommend that you have your eyeglasses fitted by an eyecare professional.
The easiest and fastest way to find the right size glasses for you is to use your current glasses as a benchmark. Once you know the size of your current glasses, you have a frame of reference for a new pair of glasses. So let's say for example that your glasses have this size: 50-20-145. You can now use the Advanced Search function to search for eyeglasses with a similar size. When you do the search, search the eye size range 49-51, and search the bridge range 18-22, and do not search the temple size. Temple size is really not important except is very special cases. Searching a range of sizes is important because it vastly increases the number of results you will get, and also the difference in sizes will be almost unnoticeable compared to your current eyeglasses.
There are two ways to measure eyeglasses frame size:
1) Read the tiny lettering on the inside of your glasses. Sometimes the lettering has worn off, or it is too small for you to see even with a magnifying glass. In which case you need to
2) Measure your glasses with a millimeter ruler. The eye size is measured from one side of the lens to the other, horizontally, at the widest points. The bridge size is the distance between the lenses at the closest point. The temple size is measured from the tip to the hinge, including the bend.
Almost all eyeglass frames are designed so they can be adjusted. You can take your eyeglass frames to a local optical professional for an adjustment or read more about adjusting your eyeglasses.
Try On Glasses
Eyeglasses.com pioneered the Virtual Try On VTO system for eyewear on the internet with two patents issued in 2003. You can use the VTO system on this website by looking for the VTO Icon. About half of the frames in our catalog have VTO images, and you can try those by going to the product detail page. There is a model wearing the glasses, but through the application on that page you can upload your own photo - so easy!
The great feature about this system is that after you input your pupillary distance measurement, the system shows you an accurate representation of the size of the eyeglasses frames on your own face. Unlike a shirt that you cannot alter to fit your body, glasses can be adjusted to fit your face.
Eyeglass Frames And Your Face Shape
Facial coloring and face shape are two important factors to consider when choosing appropriate eyeglasses frames. The first step is to determine your face shape (oval, round, rectangular, etc). Frame shapes can be used to accentuate or de-accentuate your facial features, depending on how you choose to express your personality. For example, if your face is basically round, round glasses would reinforce that look, and rectangular glasses would reduce the roundness of your face. Frame coloring works the same way; you choose the frame color to either match or contrast with skin and hair tone, eye color, jewelry, and clothing colors. The degree to which you match or contrast will contribute to the expression of your personality and your look.
Eyeglasses For Face Shape
The shape of your eyeglasses can complement the shape of your face. To understand how eyeglasses shapes can affect your face, begin by understanding the fundamentals of face shape. While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are six basic face shapes. Below are descriptions of these face shapes and guidelines for which types of glasses frames work for each.
A round face shape has curvalinear lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. Your goal is to make the face appear longer and thinner. Look for angular, narrow glasses frames that will lengthen the face; high or mid-height temples, which help create a longer profile; a clear bridge that widens the eyes; colored temples to add width; and glasses frames that are wider than they are deep, such as an octagonal shape.
A square face shape is characterized by a strong jaw line and a broad forehead - the face width and length are in the same proportions. Your goal should be to make the face look longer and soften the angles. Look for curvilinear, narrow style glasses that soften facial angles; glasses frames that are wider than the widest part of the face; eyeglasses that have more width than depth; narrow oval glasses are an excellent choice.
The oval face shape is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. The oval face is neither curvalinear nor angular. Your goal should be to keep the oval's natural balance. Look for glasses frames that are as wide as, or wider than, the broadest part of the face. Look for almond or walnut-shaped glasses frames that are neither too deep nor too narrow so that they do not upset facial balance.
The oblong face shape is longer than it is wide and is characterized by a long, straight cheek line and sometimes a longer nose Your goal should be to make the face appear shorter and more balanced. Look for glasses frames that have top-to-bottom depth such as rounder panto or P-3 shapes; decorative or contrasting temples that can add width to the face; a low bridge to shorten the nose.
Diamond Face Shape
Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eyeline and the jawline - cheekbones are frequently high and dramatic. The diamond is the rarest face shape. Your goal should be to highlight the eyes and bring out the cheekbones. Look for glasses frames that have detailing or distinctive browlines. Rimless frames, ovals or cat-eyes are all excellent choices.
Base-Up Triangle Face Shape
The base-up triangle face shape has a very wide top third and small bottom third. Your goal should be to minimize the width of the top half of the face. Look for glasses frames that are wider at the bottom half of the frame. Very light colored and materials are effective, and rimless styles are an excellent choice.
To adjust eyeglasses frames, it is helpful to know all about frame parts. Glasses frames are designed to be adjusted in many different ways. You can make some adjustments at home, but take great care, and read our article beforehand.
Eyeglasses Types, Features, and Miscellanea
Basic Eyeglasses Types
Eyeglasses can be divided into four main categories of frame types: full-rim, half-rim, rimless eyeglasses, and shield. For more information, read our article on eyeglasses types.
Eyeglasses are made in a variety of materials, from high quality titanium to vinyl. If you want to learn more, read our article on eyeglasses frame materials. Some eyeglasses are made with titanium which is super light, but sometimes brittle in cold weather.
Eyeglasses Frame Parts
Everything you ever wanted to know about the individual parts of eyeglasses in described in excruciating detail in our article about eyeglasses frame parts.
The quality of a pair of eyeglasses is very difficult for people to determine. As with automobiles, we trust reviews, personal experience, and brand image to make decisions about which product to purchase. Read more in our article about how to determine the quality of eyeglasses.
Eyeglasses Frame Size
One question we often get is, "What are the right size eyeglasses for me?" The answer to the question is usually whatever you like. The buy the right size glasses online, simply find out the size of glasses you are wearing now, and use that as a guide. Read our article on right size eyeglasses to learn about frame measurements.
Are your eyeglasses broken? You may be able to save those expensive lenses. Read our article about broken eyeglasses, to learn how we may be able to save your lenses...and save you a bundle of money.
Vision Insurance Benefits
If you have vision insurance benefits, call your vision insurance company and find out what your benefits are. Beware of network providers, optical stores that inflate their prices and then show you a big discount. You are usually better off using your "out-of-network" benefit and then buying glasses online. Read more in our article about Vision Insurance Benefits.
We have a store in West Hartford!
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