Learning how to buy glasses online for the first time can seem daunting. Without a bunch of frames in front of you to try on, how do you know which styles will fit? Never fear — making your first online glasses order couldn’t be easier, and we’ll show you how.
Below, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to buying glasses online and our copywriting intern Marissa will take you through every step of the ordering process so you can be confident in your final decision.
Let’s get started:
Step 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.
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 as follows:
Now MyFit will display all of the glasses that fit within your ideal size range:
Step 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.
Step 4: Place your order
Success! Marissa has found the ideal pair and she’s ready to check out. What’s next?
There are a number of options when choosing the perfect lens to go with your newfound frames. Marissa, who has a lower single-vision prescription, typically goes for the Standard Air Lenses with Anti-Reflective coating. With the additional anti-reflective protection, she won’t have to worry about unwanted glare blocking her vision. Plus these lenses are scratch resistant, UV protected, and 22% thinner than other suppliers, making them an especially great option for slightly heavier prescriptions that can weigh glasses down.
Based on your own prescription — and how you want to use your glasses — you can select thinner lenses or even build your own prescription sunglasses.
Since Marissa spends quite a bit of her work and social time in front of digital screens, she also makes sure to have a pair of BlueReflect lenses for the office. If you spend extended periods of time in front of your computer, phone, or television, this is a great option to cut down on eye strain.
Picked your lenses?
Now you just have to check out and wait for your new glasses to arrive.
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.