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CR-39 (regular plastic) Lenses

“Regular plastic” eyeglass lenses refers to what is known in the industry as “CR-39 plastic” lenses.  Regular plastic lenses have better visual clarity than the thinner polycarbonate or high index lenses, and they are less expensive.  For low prescriptions, regular plastic lenses are usually the best choice for prescription lens material.  However, regular plastic prescription lenses also have some drawbacks and limitations in certain situations.  For example, if your prescription is higher than +/-3.00, the regular plastic lens will become thicker and heavier, and you could benefit from moving to a polycarbonate or high index lens.  Also, if you have a three piece rimless eyeglass frame, you should not use a regular plastic lens because it is likely to crack under the strain.  Finally, children and sporting adults are recommended for polycarbonate or high index lenses because they offer better eye protection than regular plastic lenses.

If your prescription is higher than the +/-3.00, you may want to look at a higher index (and more expensive), thinner and lighter lens.  CR-39 is the standard type of plastic used for everyday use, around the office, or for shopping. These lenses have the least distortion of any non-glass lens. For children or active adults engaged in sporting activities, we strongly recommend polycarbonate (impact resistant) lenses. If the sphere on your prescription is +/-2.00 or lower, you will not benefit from the more expensive thin high index lens types.  If the sphere on your prescription is higher than +/-2.00, you will benefit from the selection of a "thin" lens type. If the sphere on your prescription is higher than +/-3.00, we recommend a 'thin' lens type. Thinner lenses have three advantages: they do not look 'thick', they do not magnify or minify your eyes when seen by others, and they are lighter.

Single Vision

Crystal Vision CR39
$49
Basic high-quality, our most popular lens. Read More This Crystal Vision CR39 lens is our most popular lens choice.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings. All of our lenses come with our Perfect Lenses Guarantee.  Read less
Crystal Vision CR39, Anti-Reflective, Low RXs
$65
The basic CR39 lens includes no-glare, anti-reflective coating in a package price for prescriptions that fall within the stock range. Read More The stock range is -4.00 to +4.00 sphere, and up to -2.00 cylinder.  If your prescription falls outside of the stock range, our Customer Service department will contact you before starting your lens work. Crystal Vision lenses are made by one of the world's largest lens company making top quality lenses.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-4.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings.  Read less
Crystal Vision Enhanced CR39 SV
$89
Our pick for the best quality single vision lens, made by a world leading eyeglass lens maker. Read More Crystal Vision Enhanced lenses are made by a world leading company making top quality lenses.  All Crystal Vision Enhanced lenses are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings.  Read less
Zeiss CR39
$125
For people that love the Zeiss brand Read More The Zeiss CR39 lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00.   Zeiss eyeglass lenses are made by Zeiss, the worldwide leader in optical lenses excellence.  Founded as a workshop for precision mechanics and optics in the German city of Jena in 1846, the Carl Zeiss Group of today is a global leader in the optical and optoelectronic industries. There are currently more than 24,000 employees in the Group. We are able to offer Zeiss eyeglass lenses at a great price point, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Zeiss coatings. All of our lenses come with our Perfect Lenses Guarantee.  The Zeiss group is represented in more than 30 countries by more than 50 sales companies. The company’s production centers are located in Europe, North America, Central America and Asia. Carl Zeiss is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is fully owned by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation). Carl Zeiss offers innovative solutions for the future-oriented markets of Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Eye Care and Lifestyle Products. The company develops and distributes surgical microscopes, diagnostic systems for ophthalmology, microscopes, lithography optics, industrial measuring technology, eyeglass lenses, planetarium technology, optronic products, camera and cine lenses, as well as binoculars and spotting scopes. Read less

Progressive (No Line)

Crystal Vision CR39 Progressive
$139
Our basic lens pick Read More The Crystal Vision CR39 Progressive lens is a good, basic lens choice for modest corrections. Crystal Vision lenses are made by one of the world's largest lens company making top quality lenses.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings.  Read less
Varilux Comfort DRx CR39
$189
Wider viewing area than the Crystal Vision Read More Available in our stores, the Varilux Comfort DRx CR39 lens has a wider "corridor" than the Crystal Vision lens.  The "corridor" is the hourglass-shaped area in the middle of the lens that you can see through.  With a wider corridor, you do not have to move your head as much to see objects on the sides.   Varilux is made by Essilor, the leading lens maker in the world, and all of the Essilor lenses we sell are made in a U.S. laboratory.  We are able to offer these at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-4.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings. All of our lenses come with our Perfect Lenses Guarantee.  Read less
Varilux Physio DRx CR39
$238
Digital lens with wider viewing area than the Comfort. Read More Available in our stores, the Varilux Physio lens has a wider "corridor" than the Varilux Comfort lens.  The "corridor" is the hourglass-shaped area in the middle of the lens that you can see through.  With a wider corridor, you do not have to move your head as much to see objects on the sides.  The Varilux Physio CR39 plastic lens is available in this range:  -5.50 to +4.00 sphere, -3.00 to +3.00 cylinder, and up to +3.00 add.  However, if your prescription exceeds -/+3.00, you should consider a high index lens in order to minimize lens weight and thickness. In addition, the Physio lens improves contrast sensitivity by helping people in day to day situations, such as driving at night, reading the newspaper and experiencing the vivid colors in a bouquet of flowers.  Varilux has developed an innovative design and manufacturing process—W.A.V.E. Technology—which literally corrects progressive vision to deliver the sharpest progressive vision.  Sharp vision has two key components:  Visual acuity and contrast sensitivity.   By dramatically reducing or eliminating higher order aberrations, Varilux Physio delivers an improvement in contrast sensitivity—the ability to see visual details and colors--by up to 30%.  Varilux Physio is the only lens proven to increase.  The result is an advanced general-purpose lens that delivers unsurpassed progressive performance to all people.  Bring yourself even closer to “real world” vision with optimal clarity, depth and dimension with Varilux Physio.    Varilux is made by Essilor is the leading lens maker in the world, and all of the Essilor lenses we sell are made in a U.S. laboratory.  We are able to offer these at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings. All of our lenses come with our Perfect Lenses Guarantee.    Read less
Crystal Vision CR39 HD Digital
$258
The best digital lens on the market. Read More The Crystal Vision digital lens is made in the U.S. by Essilor, the world leader in high quality lenses.   "Digital" means that the lens is digitally carved on one side.  As a result, you get the most comfortable and easy to wear progressive lens that is available on the market today, at a reasonable price. Crystal Vision lenses are made by one of the world's largest lens company making top quality lenses.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-4.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings.  Read less

Bifocal (With Line)

Crystal Vision CR39 Bi-Focal
$89
Our pick for a flat-top bifocal Read More Crystal Vision plastic CR39 lenses for bifocal vision distance viewing means that the reading area has a half moon shape with a "flat top", in the bottow area of the lens.  The standard CR39, flat top 28 bifocal has a reading area that is 28mm wide at the top.  This is a good choice for prescriptions up to +/-3.00 sphere; above that, we would recommend a higher index lens in order to reduce the thickness and weight of the lens.  This lens is available in the following range: -5.00 to +3.00 sphere, -4.00 to +3.00 cylinder, and up to +3.00 add (prism and slab off excluded). This lens is also available in the Flat Top 35 style, and in the Executive of "Franklin" style.  For the Flat Top 35 stye, the reading section is 35mm across thte top.  For the Executive style, the line bisects the entire lens from one side to the other.  After you have selected this lens, you will see the Flat Top 35 Upgrade option and the Executive Bifocal Upgrade option that you can then select.  Crystal Vision lenses are made by one of the world's largest lens company making top quality lenses.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-4.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings.  Read less
Crystal Vision Executive Bi-focal
$119
Our pick for "Franklin" bifocal lenses Read More This CR39 bifocal lens has a straight line across the entire length.  Also known as "Franklin" style bifocals. All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings. All of our lenses come with our Perfect Lenses Guarantee.  Read less

Trifocal (With Lines)

Crystal Vision CR39 Trifocal
$119
Best basic trifocal on the market. Read More This lined trifocal has three viewing areas - Distance, mid-range and reading.  The half moon 7*28mm viewing area has two visible lines, and the distance area is above that.  Crystal Vision Lenses plastic CR39 lenses for trifocal vision distance viewing means that the reading area has a half moon shape with a "flat top", in the bottom area of the lens.  The trifocal lens has three viewing areas, and the magnification area has two viewing areas, one for reading and one for intermediate distance.  The standard CR39, flat top 28 trifocal has a reading area that is 28mm wide at the top.  Crystal Vision lenses are made by one of the world's largest lens company making top quality lenses.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings.  Read less
Crystal Vision Trifocal CR39 Polarized
$229
Best polarized trifocal on the market. Read More Standard plastic CR39 lenses for trifocal vision distance viewing also include tinted Polarization technology, making them great for outdoor activities on the water where there is a lot of glare reduction needed.  "Trifocal" means that the reading area has a half moon shape with a "flat top", in the bottom area of the lens.  The trifocal lens has three viewing areas, and the magnification area has two viewing areas, one for reading and one for intermediate distance.  The standard CR39, flat top 28 trifocal has a reading area that is 28mm wide at the top.  This is a good choice for prescriptions up to +/-3.00 sphere; above that, we would recommend a higher index lens in order to reduce the thickness and weight of the lens.  This lens is available in the following range: -6.00 to +3.00 sphere, -4.00 to +3.00 cylinder, and up to +3.00 add (prism and slab off excluded). All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings. All of our lenses come with our Perfect Lenses Guarantee.  Read less
Crystal Vision Trifocal CR39 Transitions
$229
Best Transitions trifocal on the market Read More Plastic Tri-focal lens with transition feature in Brown or Grey.  Reading area is 28mm wide by 7mm tall in a half moon shape.  Standard plastic CR39 lenses for trifocal vision distance viewing also include Transitions technology, so the lenses will turn dark outside and light inside.  "Trifocal" means that the reading area has a half moon shape with a "flat top", in the bottom area of the lens.  The trifocal lens has three viewing areas, and the magnification area has two viewing areas, one for reading and one for intermediate distance.  The standard CR39, flat top 28 trifocal has a reading area that is 28mm wide at the top.  This is a good choice for prescriptions up to +/-3.00 sphere; above that, we would recommend a higher index lens in order to reduce the thickness and weight of the lens.  This lens is available in the following range: -5.00 to +4.00 sphere, -4.00 to +3.00 cylinder, and up to +3.00 add (prism and slab off excluded). All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings. All of our lenses come with our Perfect Lenses Guarantee.  Read less
Crystal Vision Trifocal Executive CR39
$229
Best "Franklin" style bifocal on the market Read More The Executive Trifocal has two visible lines that go horizontally all the way across the lens, dividing the lens into three viewing areas.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings. All of our lenses come with our Perfect Lenses Guarantee.  Read less

Readers

Crystal Vision CR39
$49
Basic high-quality, our most popular lens. Read More This Crystal Vision CR39 lens is our most popular lens choice.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings. All of our lenses come with our Perfect Lenses Guarantee.  Read less
Crystal Vision CR39, Anti-Reflective, Low RXs
$65
The basic CR39 lens includes no-glare, anti-reflective coating in a package price for prescriptions that fall within the stock range. Read More The stock range is -4.00 to +4.00 sphere, and up to -2.00 cylinder.  If your prescription falls outside of the stock range, our Customer Service department will contact you before starting your lens work. Crystal Vision lenses are made by one of the world's largest lens company making top quality lenses.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-4.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings.  Read less
Crystal Vision Enhanced CR39 SV
$89
Our pick for the best quality single vision lens, made by a world leading eyeglass lens maker. Read More Crystal Vision Enhanced lenses are made by a world leading company making top quality lenses.  All Crystal Vision Enhanced lenses are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings.  Read less
Crizal Alize CR39 Anti-Reflective, Low RXs
$109
A great lens package with a two year anti-scratch warrantee. Read More If your prescription falls inside this range ( -4.00 to +3.00 sphere, and -2.00 to 0.00 cylinder, no prism or slab) and each lenses is no more than 52mm wide, you qualify for this lens package.  Please note this lens is not available with some frames or RXs, you will be contacted if your choice is not compatible.    Crizal Avance, by Essilor, the world's largest lens company, combines excellent smudge resistance with superior dust repellence, thanks to new i-Technology ™, while maintaining anti-reflective no-glare reduction and scratch resistance excellence.  And, these lenses come with a two year anti-scratch warrantee.  If they scratch, you can send them back to us and we will redo them (in the same prescription and same frame only) at no charge!     Read less

Computer Vision

Crystal Vision CR39
$49
Basic high-quality, our most popular lens. Read More This Crystal Vision CR39 lens is our most popular lens choice.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings. All of our lenses come with our Perfect Lenses Guarantee.  Read less
Crystal Vision CR39, Anti-Reflective, Low RXs
$65
The basic CR39 lens includes no-glare, anti-reflective coating in a package price for prescriptions that fall within the stock range. Read More The stock range is -4.00 to +4.00 sphere, and up to -2.00 cylinder.  If your prescription falls outside of the stock range, our Customer Service department will contact you before starting your lens work. Crystal Vision lenses are made by one of the world's largest lens company making top quality lenses.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-4.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings.  Read less
Crystal Vision Enhanced CR39 SV
$89
Our pick for the best quality single vision lens, made by a world leading eyeglass lens maker. Read More Crystal Vision Enhanced lenses are made by a world leading company making top quality lenses.  All Crystal Vision Enhanced lenses are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications.  All Crystal Vision Lenses  are made in the U.S., to exacting specifications, in an Essilor laboratory, and we are able to offer them at a great price point.  This lens is a good choice for corrections up to +/-3.00, and it is available with a variety of options such as Transitions, UV protection, sunglasses or fashion tint, standard Anti-Reflective coating, and the top-quality Crizal Alize and Crizal Avance coatings.  Read less
Crizal Alize CR39 Anti-Reflective, Low RXs
$109
A great lens package with a two year anti-scratch warrantee. Read More If your prescription falls inside this range ( -4.00 to +3.00 sphere, and -2.00 to 0.00 cylinder, no prism or slab) and each lenses is no more than 52mm wide, you qualify for this lens package.  Please note this lens is not available with some frames or RXs, you will be contacted if your choice is not compatible.    Crizal Avance, by Essilor, the world's largest lens company, combines excellent smudge resistance with superior dust repellence, thanks to new i-Technology ™, while maintaining anti-reflective no-glare reduction and scratch resistance excellence.  And, these lenses come with a two year anti-scratch warrantee.  If they scratch, you can send them back to us and we will redo them (in the same prescription and same frame only) at no charge!     Read less

5 Easy Steps For Prescription Lenses
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Prescription Lenses

 

Prescription lenses for glasses are easy to buy online, if you follow our simple steps, and you can save more than half the cost compared to retail stores, for the same high quality lenses. In this guide, we are going to walk you through the steps, because the more you know about eyeglasses, the less money it will cost you!

You can buy a frame with prescription lenses online. Or, you can send in frames for replacement prescription lenses (we call that "replacement lenses"). Replacement glasses lenses are perfect for online mail order.

Varilux Progressive Lenses

Buy Prescription Lenses Online in 5 Easy Steps:

  1. Get your prescription
  2. Choose a type of eyeglass lenses based on your lifestyle
  3. Choose a lens material based on your prescription
  4. Pick a lenses model
  5. Add lens options
  6. Checkout. Then submit the invoice to your vision insurance plan

 

Get Your Prescription

When you go to your doctor for an eye exam, be sure to leave the office with a paper copy of your prescription with the pupil distance on it. State and federal law requires that doctors give you this information. Once you have it, you can then submit your prescription to us, and we will make your lenses accordingly.

If you are not sure if you need prescription eyeglasses lenses, you can try an online vision test. You cannot use a contact lenses prescription for eyeglass lenses.

 

Choose A Lens Type Based On Your Lifestyle

Lenses For Your Lifestyle

The type of prescription eyeglass lenses you choose is determined by your lifestyle and your needs. It is not determined by your doctor, although a doctor can help you make your decision. For example, if you need your glasses only for distance vision, or only for reading, then single vision lenses are the best choice.

Choose progressive lenses if your prescription has a reading addition AND you want your prescription glasses lenses for both distance and reading/computer vision. Progressive lenses are also known as "no-line" bifocals; they are great for most people, but some people experience problems with progressive lenses. In these cases, regular bifocal lensess or trifocal lenses may be a better choice.

For us to make progressive lenses in new frames, we may ask you for a segment height measurement. For replacement lenses, we can read the segment height from the lenses so you don't need to send it to us.

 

Choose A Lens Material Based on Your Prescription

Most of the time, your prescription will determine the best lens material to use. In general, a high index lens will be thinner, but ONLY if you have a high enough prescription. If your prescription is under +/-3.00, then spending more money on a higher index lens will not help you. Conversely, the thinnest lenses for a high prescription will be the higher index lenses.

Lens Material

Regular Plastic/CR39/1.56 Index Lenses

Good for glasses prescription up to +/-3.00. Least expensive. Cannot be used for rimless glasses.
 

Polycarbonate, 1.59 Index Lenses

Good for prescriptions up to +/-5.00. Used for sporting activities, prescription sunglasses, kids glasses, and prescription safety glasses.
 

1.67 High Index Lenses

Good for prescriptions from +/-5.00 to +/-8.00.

1.67 High Index Lenses

1.74 High Index Lenses

Thinnest lenses for high prescription. Good for prescriptions over +/-8.00.
 

Trivex Lenses

This is a specialty material that is recommended as a substitute for polycarbonate lenses. It is used to make rimless glasses, and also for prescription sunglasses. It is more expensive than polycarbonate.
 

Glass Lenses

Glass offers the best optical clarity of any lens, but with some drawbacks: it is considerably heavier, more expensive, and takes 3-4 weeks to process.
 

 

Choose A Lens Brand And Model

We only use the highest quality lenses available in the U.S. - Crystal Vision Lenses, and Varilux lenses. For every lens group, you will see a "good, better, best" choice within that group. We do not sell any low quality, cheap lenses.

 

Prescription Lenses

Add Lens Options

Once you have picked out a lens, you can then add options and features. Here are the most popular ones:

- Anti-Scratch Coating (FREE, included on every lens)

UV Coating (FREE on all lenses, except for regular plastic)

Anti-Reflective Coating (Reduces glare)

- Crizal Prevencia (Blue Blocker Glasses)

Crizal (Super hard and anti-reflective coating, 2 year warrantee)

- Lens Tinting (For fashion, or sunglasses)

- Polarized Lenses (For sunglasses)

Transition Lenses (Photochromic, color-changing lenses)

Lens Options

Prescription Lens Services

For people that really know how to buy lenses, and what they need, we also offer a menu of prescription lens services.

Checkout, And Use Your Vision Insurance Wisely

Once you have used our easy step by step system for choosing the perfect lenses for your needs, it is time to checkout. If you have vision insurance, there is a hack to get the most out of your plan: Send your invoice to your insurance company and receive your out of network benefit. Follow this link to find your vision insurance plan.

How Are Prescription Lenses Manufactured?

We use Essilor to make all of our lenses. Essilor is the largest and highest quality eyeglass lens maker in the world, with over 200 lens labs in the United States alone. So when you ask Eyeglasses.com to make your lenses, you are not getting a local guy cutting lenses in the back room on aged equipment. You are getting the very best plastic (or glass) lens, installed in a quality controlled, ISO 9000 lens-making laboratory. Your lenses pass through 16-21 quality control stations before they are finally released. If the lenses fail at any one of those stations, they are returned for further processing, or they are scrapped and begun again. Perfect lenses, guaranteed.

How Are Prescription Lenses Made?

What Is An Eyeglass Lens?

Eyeglass lenses are nothing more than a carefully carved block of clear plastic. Lens quality is determined by four factors:

1) The clarity of the plastic

2) the precision of the carving

3) the accuracy of the prescription and pupil distance measurement, and

4) the accuracy of the cutting of the lens to fit your frames.

Who Makes The Lens?

Five different groups are involved in the making of prescription lens. A problem in any one of these groups can lead to less effective lenses. The store you choose to make your lenses must insist on quality at every level in order for you to receive the best quality product. This kind of quality control is essential in order to ensure consistent results.

1) The maker of the plastic determines the clarity of the plastic: Essilor, Zeiss, Pentax, Seiko, many others.

2) The cutter of the plastic determines the precision of the carving. The plastic maker does the surfacing for stock lenses.

3) The lens laboratory does the carving for surfaced lenses.

4) The eye doctor determines the optics for the lens such that it will work best for your eyes' condition. An eyewear store employee measures the pupillary distance.

5) The person that cuts ("edges") the lens for your frame installs lenses so that the optical centers match the pupillary distance measurement. This could be an eyewear store employee, or lens laboratory.

About Lens Laboratories

There are hundreds of lens laboratories around the country, several in each state. A typical lens laboratory will do a minimum of a few hundred lenses a day with a large staff of highly trained and experienced technicians. A few optical stores (like Lenscrafters) have small surfacing facilities in each of their stores doing much smaller lens volume.

To surface a lens, the lens laboratory takes the blank and puts it through a series of grinding machines, which grinds the surface the lens and shapes it exactly to the specifications of the prescription. Lens laboratories also provide other services like edging and mounting, which optical stores can choose to use or not, depending on whether they want to do that work themselves. As with any custom service, the quality of the surfacing and any other services that the lab provides-- is determined by the experience and the expertise of the laboratory, its personnel, and the equipment it uses.

At Eyeglasses.com, we only use labs that employ a large staff of highly trained technicians, doing a large volume of lenses every day. We do none our own edging services ourselves - all of it is done by our lens laboratories. Most of our orders require stock lenses; all of our custom surfacing work is done by lens laboratories. The laboratories that we use each have many years of experience and do thousands of lenses each week. Each lab that we use inspects each lens several times during the manufacturing process. When we receive the finished product from the lab, we do our own final inspection.

Eye Doctors Do Make Mistakes

The optometrist (OD) or ophthalmologist (MD) that issues the prescription is not involved in the fashioning of the lens, but the prescription they issue is crucial to the overall effectiveness of the lens. Occasionally the OD or MD can issue a prescription that is not quite right. Also, it is possible for your eyes, and your prescription, to change rapidly during some stages of your life.

Edging Lenses: Who Does That?

After the lenses have been made, they need to be installed in the eyeglass frame. They are then “Edged” or cut and formed to fit precisely into the frame. Edging is performed in a number of different ways. It can be done at the lens laboratory, or in the optical store. Either way, it is not required in any state that the edging be done by a licensed person. About one-half of the states in the United States have opticianry laws. In those licensed states, edging can be done by an unlicensed person that is "overseen" by a licensed person.

The edging for most glasses made in this country is not performed by a licensed professional. However, all of the edging that is done for Eyeglasses.com is done in a state-of-the-art lens laboratory. When we ask our laboratory to do the edging, it is done by an employee/tradesman that does at least hundreds of jobs per day. That person has a very high skill and accuracy level that we have found to deliver very high quality.