1. Find a Frame That Suits Your Style and Caters to Your Daily Activities or Sport
While the obvious intended use of your prescription glasses is to help you see better in your day to day life, there may be a frame out there that not only helps you see better but also caters to your lifestyle or sport needs, as well as, whatever style you’re striving for. When buying glasses online, you have the freedom to choose from a much larger selection of frame features, fits, styles, brands, and more, than an average doctor’s office. So whether you’re looking for a pair of glasses to for all those long days at the office, or a frame that stays in place while you hit the gym, we’ve got your covered with a variety of glasses that will be sure to meet your daily vision needs.
As another note speaking to the idea of there being thousands of options to choose from when buying glasses online, wearing glasses can be an added bonus when it comes to spicing up your style. Frame color, shape, size and detailing all play awesome roles when it comes to finding a frame that makes you stand out in your own way. Whether you’re looking to fulfill a classic, sporty, hipster, or vintage look, we’ve got a frame to compliment it. So, don’t let glasses hinder your appearance, let ‘em bolster it!
2. Find a Frame that Compliments your Face Shape and Features:
One of the best ways to buy glasses online is to find a frame that compliments face shape and size, highlights your favorite features, and hides the not-so-favorite features. Round, square, oval, heart, or whatever face shape you have, we’ve got a frame that is sure to work exceptionally well for you. Knowing which frames are most flattering for your face shape can help you start the process of buying glasses online.
Round-shaped faces: Frames for a more round-shaped faces generally have strong details, wider than tall lenses, nose pads to keep the frames off the cheeks.
Square-shaped faces: frames that generally work for squared-shaped faces feature round or up-swept shapes, thinner frames, and neutral colors.
Oval-shaped faces: If you're looking for a frame to compliment an oval-shaped face, be on the lookout for a frame with bold shapes, fun colors and textures, and size that maintains balance.
Heart-shaped faces: If you have a heart-shaped face, frames with a wider forehead, details on the lower half, and lighter colors may be your best bet.
While these are some frames we recommend in correlation with face shape, a lot of what constitutes the “right frame for you" is based on whether or not you like the look, feel, and fit of them. We’ve given you this face-frame guide to help you narrow down your options if it helps you, but the last thing we want to do is limit your options! Bottom line is, if you like it, wear it!
3. Use Old Glasses as a Reference When Buying New Glasses
Whether you love ‘em or not, having an old pair of glasses on hand can help you find a new pair of glasses. Say you love your old glasses, but you’re looking for another pair to add to your collection. The sizing and fit of the current glasses that you love can be really helpful when picking out a pair of glasses online. And vice versa. If you have a pair of glasses that aren’t really working out for you, have those close by too. The reasons that they didn’t work can be really helpful in avoiding something similar in the new pair.
4. Know your Comfort and Performance Feature Options
Many different brands construct their frames with materials that cater to many different face features so that you’re given the best of long-lasting comfort and a secure fit. Some of the features to look for and consider when you’re buying glasses online include:
Bridge Fit - The bridge of your nose also affects how a frame may fit. Frames that are too large or that don't fit the bridge of your nose properly can slip, whereas frames that are too small for your nose bridge can leave you with discomfort and red marks on your nose. Not only is improper bridge fit uncomfortable, but it can cause you to look through the wrong part of your lenses and leave you with a headache. also can get a headache if you're not looking through the optical centers of the lenses. Again, going back to our large selection of frame sizes, we’re sure to have a frame with the perfect bridge size for your face!
Adjustable Nose pads – gives you the freedom to adapt your favorite pair of frames to your face. Great for those with a smaller nose bridge
Rubberized Nose pads and Temples - Nose pads and temples with grips are optimal for a secure fit, as they work to keep the frame in place when active. These are especially important in prescription sport glasses because they typically increase grip the more you sweat, helping to maintain a secure optical alignment.
- Straight Temples – provide a nice wrap around, stay away from pressure points, and when it comes to sport-specific glasses, they make for great helmet compatibility
- Cable Wrapped Temples— great for stability as they wrap behind the ear.
5. Understand the General Lens Features:
Digital Lenses - a more accurate way of manufacturing lenses that attempts to eliminate distortion. Particularly helpful with higher prescriptions, larger lenses, and wrapped frames.
Light-Reactive Lenses - a lens that changes in color based on the amount of light. Available in many different forms, intensities, and colors. Generally known as Transitions®.
Polarized Lenses - a filter within the lens that reduces glare by blocking light that enters from different angles, particularly light bouncing off of surfaces (water, road, windows, etc.)
6. Be aware of the many different Lens Coatings to Choose from:
Tints - dip-process of adding color to a lens. The lens is left in the tint bath until the desired darkness is achieved.
Mirror Coating - a reflective top coating that is applied to the front surface of a lens. These lenses have a shiny finish. Functionally, it reduces light transmission, particularly from harsh, bright light (e.g. driving west while the sun is setting). There are many colors available in the two different types of mirror coatings:
Flash Mirror Coatings - more subtle, less of an appearance of color
Solid Mirror Coatings - highly reflective.
Anti-Reflective Coating - reduces glare off of the surface of the lens, creating more crisp vision for the wearer. Highly recommended for clear lenses or any lens that transitions from clear to a dark color.
Scratch-Coating - hard coating that reduces likelihood of scratching.
7. Know Your Vision Type
Single-vision - one prescription, all the way through the lens.
Lined Bifocal - two prescriptions in one lens, traditionally for distance and up-close reading, but can be modified for (almost) any two distances. There is a visible seam on the lens between the two Rx areas.
Progressive - lens that has 3 general areas: distance, intermediate, and near. No visible lines or seams on the lens. The power of the lens changes gradually.
8. Have Your Prescription Handy
Once you’ve landed on a frame that works best for your style and vision needs, you’ll want to make sure you have an updated prescription handy so that the SportRx opticians can get to work on the best prescription lenses for your favorite frames. Not sure what anything on your prescription form means? Visit this helpful diagram on how to read your prescription.
9. Know your Pupil Distance (PD)
In order for your prescription to do its best job at providing with the clearest vision possible, the center of your prescription should be positioned directly in front of your pupils. To determine where to place the center of your prescription, we’ll need to know the distance between your pupils, otherwise known as your PD.
Since knowing your PD is such an essential part of buying glasses online, we’ve made it easy to acquire. If you can't get the info from the last place you purchased prescription glasses from, no problem. We’ve got other options. For some quick and easy ways to measure your PD, visit our helpful tutorial on How to Measure Your Pupil Distance.
10. Use Your FSA / HSA Accounts
If you’re wondering whether or not you have the freedom to use your Flex Spending Accounts when you buy glasses online, the answer is, absolutely! And we’re more than happy to accept those dollars. So, if you have available FSA / HSA dollars to spend, use them for your favorite pair of glasses online at SportRx. For more information on FSA / HSA in relation to buying glasses online, check out our blog to learn of all your eligible Flex Spending options.
Buying Prescription Glasses Online at SportRx
Hopefully this detailed guide gave you some insight on what to look for when buying glasses online. If you have any questions about anything we covered - or didn't cover - we would be more than happy to answer those for you. We're here for you, 7 days a week, and we can't wait to help you in the process of buying glasses online!