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.
Step 1: Know your prescription and measurements
Before getting started, ensure that you have an accurate prescription from your eye care professional.
Contact lenses and eyeglasses require different prescriptions so if you need help reading yours, 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. We know that fit can be challenging, so this will help us find you the right pair.
If you don’t know your measurements, you can take a look along the temple arm of your existing pair of glasses or sunglasses. Your measurements will be listed in the order of lens width, bridge width, and arm length.
If you don’t see any numbers listed on your current pair, you can grab a ruler and measure your glasses or sunglasses (in millimeters) using this diagram for reference:
You can expect to see a lens width of 31-64 mm, bridge width of 9-24 mm, and arm length of 115-155 mm.
Step 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 that you found above and the MyFit tool will curate a selection of glasses just for you.
I have an existing pair that fits well, so I referenced them to find my measurements. My glasses have a lens width of 52, bridge width of 16, and arm length of 140.
After entering my measurements, here are the results:
Step 3: Pick your style
When thinking about which styles are right for you, consider these two things:
Which styles suit my face shape?
We know that this can be a tricky one. But knowing which shape (heart, round, oval, or square) you most closely resemble is the key. If you need a little help, check out our Face Shape Guide for Glasses.
My face lies between a heart and an oval shape, characterized by a narrower jaw line and a narrower forehead. I lean towards bolder styles that add definition to my features, while rectangular frames work well to balance my tapered jaw line.
What type of frame will epitomize my individual style?
Once you’ve narrowed down which frame shapes will complement your features, you can decide on a style that speaks to your unique aesthetic. Do you prefer something with a little vintage flair, or something simple and sophisticated? This is completely up to you, so go wild.
I recommend choosing a few different styles; I love to have a simple pair for everyday use and two alternate pairs that I can wear to change up my look. For my next pair, I’m looking for a frame with a tortoise design, so I’m going to select “Tortoise” as the colour to refine my results even further.
After searching through my options, I came 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.
Step 4: Place your order
The hard part is over. You’ve found your ideal pair and you’re ready to check out. Simply enter your prescription, lens preference, shipping details, and preferred method of payment.
There are a number of options when choosing your lenses. 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 are scratch resistant, UV protected, and are 22% thinner than other suppliers, making them an especially great option for heavier prescriptions that can weigh glasses down.
Based on your own prescription — and the use that you want from your lenses — you can select thinner lenses 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 with KODAK 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.
After your purchase
By this time, your eyeglasses have arrived at your door step and they are everything that you hoped they would be. Everything is right in the world.
However, if you try them on and something just isn’t right, give us a call at 1-866-333-6888. 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 don’t absolutely love your glasses — including the fit, the style, the lens type, and how your prescription works in the frame — we offer free returns for 30 days after your delivery date. Our only ambition 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 here to help with whatever you need.
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.
Originally published September 2016. Updated April 2017.