The thought of learning how to buy glasses online can seem like a daunting task. Without having the frames in front of you, it can be difficult to know which styles will fit you best. To show you just how simple it can be, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you buy glasses online. I’ll take you through each and every step of the process so that you can feel confident finding your perfect pair.
1. Know your prescription and measurements
Before you start browsing new frames, make sure you have a copy of your current, valid glasses prescription directly from your eye care professional.
Remember! Contact lens and glasses prescriptions are different. Not sure you have your glasses Rx? Take a look at our guide on how to read your glasses and contact lens prescriptions.
You’ll also want to make sure that you have your eyewear measurements on hand. Fit can seem like the most challenging part of ordering anything online, but knowing the measurements of your current glasses will help find your next pair.
Where are your measurements? Just take a look at the temple arm of your existing pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses. They’re often listed as follows:
If you don’t see any numbers listed on your current pair, grab a ruler and measure your glasses or sunglasses (in millimeters), using this diagram for reference:
You should expect to measure between the following figures:
Lens width: 31-64 mm
Bridge width: 9-24 mm
Arm length: 115-155 mm
Typically anything at the lowest end of the spectrum is for very petite or junior faces, and the upper end of the spectrum is for large faces. Most adults are somewhere in-between.
2. Use the MyFit tool
Once you’ve found your measurements, you can use the MyFit tool to help you narrow down your options. Simply enter the measurements as follows:
Now MyFit will display all of the glasses that fit within your ideal size range:
3. Pick your style
Not sure what style suits you best? Consider two main questions when narrowing down your selections:
Which glasses complement my face shape?
We know that this can be tricky, but knowing which shape (heart, round, oval, or square) you most closely resemble is key. If you need a little help, check out our Face Shape Guide for Glasses.
Marissa’s lovely face is a classic oval, characterized by a narrow forehead and jawline with wider cheekbones. She leans toward bolder shapes that add definition to her features, although she loves a classic rectangle which balances her tapered chin.
Which frames match my personal style?
Once you’ve narrowed down frames by both size and shape, it’s time to think about colour, pattern, and overall aesthetic. Do you prefer eyewear with vintage flare, or specs that are simple and sophisticated? This part’s all up to you, so have fun with it.
We recommend choosing a few different styles for different outfits, occasions, or even just moods. Marissa, for instance, loves a classic frame for everyday use and two alternate pairs that she can use to change up her look. For her next pair, she’s looking for a frame with a classic tortoise design, so she picks “Tortoise” as the colour to refine her results even further.
After searching through the options, she comes across the Evergreen 6049 glasses in Deep Tortoise. They’re rectangular in shape but have a softer line that won’t be too harsh against my angular features.
4. Select your lenses
There are a number of options when choosing your lenses. With a low prescription, I always choose Standard Air Lenses with Anti-Reflective coating. With the addition of anti-reflective coating, I don’t have to worry about unwanted glare blocking my vision.
All lenses come with a scratch resistant coating, and you also have the option to upgrade to the high-index Thin Air Lenses to ensure your lenses are even thinner, lighter, and UV protected as well.
Based on your own prescription, and the use that you want from your lenses, you can select thinner options or even build your own prescription sunglasses.
Since I spend quite a bit of time in front of digital screens on a daily basis, I also have a pair of digital protection lenses (more specifically BlueReflect lenses) that I like to wear while I’m working. If you spend extended periods of time in front of your computer, phone, or television like me, this is a great option.
5. Place your order
The hard part is over. You’ve found your ideal pair and you’re ready to check out. Simply enter your shipping details, and preferred method of payment.
After your purchase
Within a few days your eyeglasses should have arrived at your doorstep being everything you hoped they’d be — and more.
But if you’ve tried them on and something doesn’t seem right, just contact us. Our Vision Care team is more than happy to answer your questions or concerns. Actually, give us a call at any point throughout your purchasing journey if you’d like extra one-on-one support.
And if you don’t absolutely love your glasses — including the fit, style, lens type, and prescription — we offer free returns for 14 days after your delivery date. Our goal is to make sure that you have the perfect pair, so if you need to talk to us about an exchange or return, we’re always here to help.
Ready to find your perfect pair?
Looking for more information on how to find your perfect pair of glasses?
Our Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Pair of Glasses provides more information on tailoring your frame to ensure the perfect fit, shopping by frame type, and tips for complementing your eyewear to your hair and eye color, and skin tone.