Help choosing and ordering lenses online.

How to Order Lenses
Frame selection

Start adding lenses by selecting a new frame or using your own glasses using our lens replacement service.

Adding lenses to glasses

Select a new frame

Click the Add Lenses button on any prescription-eligible eyewear to start adding lenses.


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Lens replacement service

Use your existing glasses

Using our lens replacement service, customers can send us their glasses, and we'll send them back with new lenses crafted and installed.


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Lens selection
Ordering prescription sunglasses?

The added lenses will not be the same color or tint as the original factory sun lenses. A sun option must be selected, or the lenses added will be clear.

The easy 4-step lens ordering tool will help guide you to make the best lens selection for your order. Each step groups the different configurations with helpful descriptions as well as the availability and price that may change based on the prior step option selected.

Lenses are highly configurable devices with various available and restricted options. The lenses shown in this step may be restricted based on the frame type selected (i.e., Rimless glasses). The lens selection is generally based on the preferences, budget, and needs of the wearer. 

 

Select your lenses in 4 easy steps:

Select Vision Type

Single-vision, multifocal or non-prescription

Choose whether the lens is single vision (distance or near), progressives, bifocals, trifocals, or non-prescription.

Lens type guide
Select Sun Option

Clear, sun-sensitive, or polarized sun

The sun option brand names may be exclusive only to certain lens brands. However, many of these sun features may function similarly across brands. Select a sun option based on brand familiarity or functionality.

Select "Clear" if no sun option is desired, or to add standard solid or gradient custom tinting in the following step. (only available for tintable materials)

Compare sun options
Select Lens Material

Weight, thickness & strength (and clarity)

The lens material controls how thick and heavy the lens will be; some materials offer impact resistance and include UV and scratch protection. For strong prescriptions, when thinner lenses are selected, the aberration value should be considered as this relates to the amount of light that passes through the lens material, making the vision more true to normal or less distorted.

Lens thickness chart Lens material feature guide
Select Brand & Design

Brands, designs, and coating options

Brand:

The brand is typically the customer's preference to meet certain expectations with comfort or familiarity. The brand also has its own exclusive options and coatings, which may be essential when ordering lenses.
 

Coating options:

The coating options may vary based on the lens brand but may offer similar functionality across the brands. Some lenses may also be packaged with included coatings. If a specific coating brand is desired, the respective lens brand would need to be selected.
 

Series & Designs:

Each lens brand may label the lenses in certain designs with different series names. Some of these include designs or options like digital (freeform), blue-light, and anti-fatigue options that are generally available across various premium lens brands.

For progressive lenses, the lens series may also refer to the design of the vision corridors and adaptability for certain lifestyles. Some progressive lenses may emphasize distance, intermediate, or near vision more than others, which are more commonly worn every day.

For bifocal/trifocal lenses, the design focuses on the shape and size of the reading window (i.e. Flat-top 28, FT-35)

Lens designs
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Customize lens options
Please note:

Lens options may vary based on the lens selected.

Enhance your lenses by adding coatings and tints, upgrading the lens material, or a sun option. Specific options may have an extra cost, and some may be included in the lens package. Use the order review panel to get a price breakdown of selected options.

 

Selections

Required options for select lenses.

  • Sun lens color
  • Tailored progressives
  • Reading boost strength

Standard coatings

Standard coatings may be found included in certain lens materials, anti-glare coatings, or may be added individually for an extra cost.

Lens Coating Example


Anti-Glare coating

Anti-glare coating brands may vary on the lens brand or sun option. This coating comes included in select lenses or may be added for an extra cost. Easily compare the features of each coating during this step. Additional features are bundled in select anti-glare coatings, including the following.

  • Mirror coatings/finishes
  • UV Protection
  • Scratch Protection
  • Blue-Light Protection

Anti-Glare coating Example


Color tint

Not to be confused with sun options. Custom color tinting is only available for Clear tintable lenses as an extra add-on. Choose from any color in a desired darkness (may vary by lens material) in three different tint options:

Color Tint Example


Sun or Material Upgrades

Use this opportunity to see upgradeable options for the lens selected.

  • Premium sun option upgrade
  • Lens material / thickness upgrade
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Prescription details
Only for prescription lenses

Skip this step if ordering plano non-prescription lenses.

The final step for ordering lenses requires the customer to provide a prescription for the lens order. Although some online stores may not require a valid prescription to place an order, we go that extra step to ensure our customers receive the correct lenses their doctor has intended. Therefore, aside from prescription readers, a valid eyeglass prescription is required to order prescription lenses. The information requested is used to verify the prescription in the order with the doctor's office.
 

1. Patient Verification

The patient and verification option is required for the prescription order.

 

Patient Example

Patient Name

The patient's full name must be the same as written on the prescription. This is used to verify the patient's order with the prescription.

 

Verification Option

We offer multiple ways to provide prescription verification (Email, Text/SMS, Fax), or you can provide your doctor's information, and we'll call to get it. Alternatively, a prescription on file may be used without requiring additional verification.

Verification options

2. Prescription Details

The prescription details may be left blank; our verification staff will do the rest.

 

Rx Example

Prescription Parameters

Providing the prescription parameters is not required. However, it may be entered online if desired. Our verification staff will input the information or make any necessary corrections upon manually reviewing the prescription.

All parameters supported

 

PD Measurement

The pupillary distance or the distance between the pupils may be provided as a single number (binocular) or two separate numbers for each eye (monocular).

Note: Many phone apps measure the PD. We suggest taking multiple readings for consistency.

Measuring my PD

Readers only

Instead of providing an eyeglass prescription, select the "Readers Only" option if ordering readers. A valid prescription or verification is not required.

 

Readers Example

Reading Strength

Select the reading power desired for the readers.

 

Use the additional comments section to provide any information to be reviewed by the verification department.

The following step will be the shopping cart page, where the customer may proceed to the checkout screen to submit their order.

For any assistance with our lens selection, please contact our Lens Specialists

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Lens Recommendations
Lens thickness chart
Considerations:
  • Choosing a smaller frame may reduce lens mass & thickness.
  • Plastic frames are effective in hiding thicker-edged lenses.

Lens thickness depends on the index, with higher indexes offering thinner, flatter, and lighter lenses, ideal for stronger prescriptions. Consider the recommended prescription ranges for each index to ensure suitability. Thicker lenses, common in stronger prescriptions, can be heavier and cause a "coke-bottle" effect, impacting vision and appearance. Plus (+) prescriptions may have a thicker center, while minus (-) prescriptions have a thinner center, influenced by the lens index. Choose the right index for your prescription to optimize thickness and visual aesthetics.

 

Lens thickness visualized:

Lens Material Index and Prescription Strength

 

Lens material specifications:

Lens thickness & clarity related details. Visit the Lens Material Comparison Chart to see all the features.

Material Index Abbe Thickness 1 Best for Rx's 2
CR-39 Plastic 1.50 58 Standard SPH: 0.00 to 2.50
CYL: 0.00 to 2.00
Trivex 1.53 43 10% Thinner SPH: 0.00 to 2.50
CYL: 0.00 to 2.00
Polycarbonate 1.58 30 20% Thinner SPH: 0.00 to 4.00
CYL: 0.00 to 2.00
Mid-Index 1.56 1.56 39 15% Thinner SPH: 0.00 to 3.00
CYL: 0.00 to 2.00
Hi-Index 1.60 1.60 37 25% Thinner SPH: 2.00 to 4.00
CYL: 0.00 to 2.00
Hi-Index 1.67 1.67 32 40% Thinner SPH: 4.00 to 8.00
CYL: 0.00 to 4.00
Hi-Index 1.74 1.74 33 50% Thinner SPH: 6.00 and above
CYL: 0.00 to 4.00
 

Aberration (Abbe) Values:

The ABBE or Aberration value describes the amount of chromatic aberration of an ophthalmic lens. The higher the number, the less amount of aberration and better visual performance and peripheral vision. Standard CR-39 plastic has the highest ABBE value and offers the best visual performance. Meanwhile, the Polycarbonate material has the lowest ABBE value and offers the least. The ABBE values are fairly similar or the same across the different lens brands offered.

 

1 Thinner up to the advertised amount when compared to standard plastic CR-39 (1.50) index lenses. The maximum thinness amount may vary based on prescription strength.

2 Lenses outside of the recommended range (plus or minus powers) may be subject to custom surfacing delays and additional costs.

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Frame restrictions

Options and eligibility for adding prescription lenses to ophthalmic glasses may vary based on the frame type. The following displays the different types of frames and what to consider when ordering lenses.

 

Prescription frame eligibility:

  • Any prescription
  • Lighter prescriptions only
  • Uneligible

Standard Ophthalmic Frame

Plastic

Plastic full-rimmed frames are well-suited for stronger prescriptions that may necessitate thicker-edged lenses, as they effectively conceal the lens thickness. This not only enhances the cosmetic appearance but also provides a more aesthetically pleasing result compared to other frame materials.

Metal Ophthalmic Frame

Metal

Opting for thin-edged lenses is advisable, particularly with metal frames, as metal frames tend to expose the lens edge more than plastic frames. Thin edges contribute to a sleeker and more refined appearance in such cases.

Rimless nylor opthalmic frame

Semi-Rim

Semi-rim glasses, also known as nylor or half-rim frames, necessitate lens edge grooving to accommodate the rim notch and wire for stability and reinforcement. Adequate space is crucial to facilitate wire grooving without compromising the thickness of the lens edge. Opting for durable materials like polycarbonate or Trivex is recommended to enhance durability and minimize chipping.
Given that a portion of the lens is exposed without the protection of a full rim, there is an increased susceptibility to chipping. Therefore, handling these lenses with extra care is essential. Additionally, implementing edge polishing can contribute to improved cosmetic appearance and overall lens aesthetics.

Full Rimless opthalmic frame

Rimless

Lightweight rimless glasses feature lenses that are drilled and mounted onto the nosepiece and hinge. To ensure durability, it is essential to use lenses made of Polycarbonate, Trivex, or Hi-Index (1.67+). Please note that an additional fee for the drilling and mounting process will be applied when placing a lens order.
Given that lenses in rimless glasses are fully exposed, they are more susceptible to chipping and damage. Therefore, it is crucial to handle them with extra care. In cases where screw-in mounting is used, occasional tightening may be necessary if they become loose. Additionally, the application of edge polishing can enhance the overall cosmetic appearance of these glasses.

Flat base sunglass frame

Flat Base

Flat-based sunglasses, characterized by a base curve of 4 (the lowest), are well-suited for individuals with all prescription strengths, including stronger prescriptions. The flatter lens design minimizes distortion and effectively reduces the "coke-bottle" effect often associated with stronger prescriptions. This frame type is particularly advantageous when paired with aspheric lenses, offering an ideal combination for clear vision and enhanced aesthetics.

Mid Wrap-around Frame

Mid Base (Wrap-Around)

Mid-wrap frames, featuring a base curve of 6, exhibit a slightly greater curvature compared to standard frames with a base curve of 4. These mid-wrap-around frames are capable of accommodating prescriptions up to ± 4.00. The increased curvature is designed to provide a subtle wrap-around effect, offering both style and support for a range of prescriptions. The maximum prescription strength is contingent on the pupillary distance PD measurement, emphasizing the importance of accurate measurements for optimal lens fitting in these frames.

Steep Wrap-around Frame

Steep Base (Wrap-Around)

Steep wrap-around frames, characterized by a base curve of 8+, are specifically designed for a pronounced wrap-around effect. However, these frames are suitable only for light prescriptions, supporting strengths up to ± 2.00. The maximum prescription strength is contingent on the pupillary distance PD measurement, emphasizing the importance of accurate measurements for optimal lens fitting in these frames.

Oversized Glasses

Oversized

The maximum width for blank lenses is 70 millimeters, meaning frames larger than 65 millimeters cannot accommodate additional lenses; this may be based on the PD measurement. For thick-edged (minus) lenses, opting for a thinner design is advised, as wider lenses tend to be thicker. Therefore, oversized frames are more suitable for lighter prescriptions, up to ± 2.00, ensuring optimal aesthetics and performance.

Sun shields

Shields

As of now, single or double-lensed shields are not currently eligible for prescription lenses. Blank prescription lenses are typically available conventionally in a round shape with a maximum width of 70 millimeters per lens/eye. Shields, due to their specific design, are not suitable for conventional prescription lenses. Some shield manufacturers may provide adapters or inserts that can fit behind the shield, but in such cases, lenses must be added separately to the insert or adapter.

Goggles

Goggles

Goggles are not eligible for prescription lenses at this time. Please see the Shields section for further details.

High-performance Eyewear

Active Sports

High-performance or active sports styles are currently not eligible for prescription lenses due to the unconventional nature of the frame and the unique method by which the lens is attached and reinforced to the frame. These frames are not designed to support the standard format of traditional prescription lenses. For additional information, please refer to the Shields section.

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Age recommendations

Children & Minors

Polycarbonate or Trivex lens materials are suggested and, in some cases, required for children and younger adults under 16.

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Activity recommendations

Ball Sports

Polycarbonate or Trivex lens materials are impact-resistant, which makes them great for sports and physical activities.

Water

Polarized lenses are recommended for outdoor water activities because they help reduce glare off water surfaces.

Snow

Polarized lenses are recommended for outdoor snow activities because they help reduce glare off surfaces and objects like ice and snow.

Flying / Aviation

Non-Polarized lenses like a traditional custom color tint or sun-sensitive lenses are recommended since polarized lenses may make all screens being viewed blacked out.

Protective (PPE)

Safety & Protective (PPE) eyewear is made from Polycarbonate or Trivex lens materials for their impact-resistant properties.

Night-time Driving

Anti-Glare coating is recommended to help reduce glare from headlights and oncoming traffic.

Reading

Adding 10% Rose tint helps reduce eye strain and fatigue.

Phones & Tablets

Blue-light protection helps block harmful blue-light emitted from phones, tablets and screens that can lead to tired eyes.

Gaming

Blue-light protection helps block harmful blue-light emitted from phones, tablets and screens that can lead to tired eyes.

Shooting

Yellow or brown tinted lenses enhance contrast.

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Comfort recommendations

Lightweight

Polycarbonate or Trivex lens materials are lightweight in almost any prescription.

Distortion

Anti-Glare coating is recommended to help reduce lens edge distortion.

Thickness

Hi-index lenses (1.67 or 1.74) are suggested to minimize thickness.

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Color recommendations

Green / Grey (G-15)

Great for traditional sunglass use. Offers even color perception and provides good contrast for low-light conditions while dimming glare and brightening shadows. Along with grey, these are the darkest lenses available.

Suggested for: General dark-tinted sunglasses

Grey

Great for traditional sunglass use. Darkest option available. Provides true color perception while dimming light in brighter-than-normal conditions.

Suggested for: Privacy General dark-tinted sunglasses

Brown

Great for traditional sunglass use. Enhances contrast which improves depth perception.

Suggested for: Driving Shooting General sunglasses

Rose

Great contrast. Helps reduce eye-strain and increases visual depth.

Suggested for: Reading Snow Driving

Yellow

Great for low-light conditions like fog and haze. Helps filter out blue light which makes them great for gaming and looking at screens for extended periods of time.

Suggested for: Gaming Computers Shooting

Purple

Fashion color also helps against high glare conditions.

Suggested for: Fashion High-glare

Blue

Helps reduce glare and eye fatigue. Offering enhanced definition and color perception. Great for reading.

Suggested for: Reading Snow

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Lens Designs
Digital / Freeform

Digital (FreeForm) lenses are made digitally, whereas traditional lenses are conventionally ground. Digital lenses aim to optimize visual performance by reducing distortions, correcting aberrations, and offering a more natural and comfortable viewing experience.

Digital Freeform lenses
 

Digital / Freeform key features:

  • Digital lenses allow for complex prescriptions and individualized lens designs. This customization can address optical aberrations, improve peripheral vision, and provide a wider and clearer field of view.
  • Digital lenses can be designed to be flatter and thinner, making them more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable, especially for individuals with higher prescriptions.
  • Digital lenses are particularly effective for progressive lenses, where a smooth transition between distance, intermediate, and near vision is crucial.
 

Digital lenses may be made digitally on both the back and front sides of the lens or only the back side of the lens. Both front and backside digital lenses are referred to as "Freeform" lenses.

 

FreeForm Digital (Both sides)

FreeForm digital lenses apply digital technology to both the front and back surfaces of the lens and offer a higher degree of customization than standard digital backside-only lenses. 

Digital Backside only:

The digital technology is applied to the back surface of the lens, which is the side facing the eye. The front surface of the lens remains conventionally ground.

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Aspheric
Considerations

It is suggested to add Anti-glare when ordering aspheric lenses to help reduce distortion.

Most lenses are Spheric with a standard conventional design with curvature based on the prescription strength. Aspheric lenses are a type of eyeglass lens designed with varying curvature to achieve a flatter and thinner profile, minimizing the "bug-eye" or "coke-bottle" effect associated with strong prescriptions. These lenses enhance aesthetics, provide improved peripheral vision, reduce image distortion, and offer a lighter weight than traditional spherical lenses. Aspheric lenses are particularly beneficial for individuals with higher prescriptions or astigmatism, providing a more natural appearance and comfortable visual experience. They are functional and contribute to a cosmetically appealing design for eyeglasses.
 

Key features:

  • Reduced lens thickness
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Enhanced peripheral vision
  • Minimized image distortion
  • Lighter weight
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Reading boost

Lenses with Reading Boost, also known as reading enhancement, anti-fatigue, or advanced single-vision lenses, provide additional magnification at the lower portion of the lens for near-vision tasks, such as reading or other close-up activities. These lenses benefit individuals who may experience difficulty with small print or fine details as they age, a condition often associated with presbyopia.

Reading boost lenses are similar to mild progressive lenses and are generally intended for adults under 50 who may not need all that a progressive lens offers. And also someone who would like to enjoy lower prices than what your ordinary progressive lens can cost.

Reading boost anti-fatigue lenses

Reading boost key features:

  • Magnification Near Vision
  • No visible lines on the lens
  • For mild reading powers
  • Enhanced Reading Comfort
  • Designed for Pre-presbyopia
  • Lower cost than progressive lenses
 

Boost power availability:

The powers available for reading boost may vary based on the lens brand.

 
Lens brand Powers available
Essilor Eyezen +0.40, +0.60, +0.85, +1.10
ZEISS SmartLife Digital +0.50, +0.75, +1.00, +1.25
Hoya Sync III +0.57, +0.95, +1.32
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Tailored progressives

Tailored progressives are customized to meet an individual's unique vision needs and preferences. The customization considers the person's prescription, lifestyle, and visual habits. This personalized approach optimizes the visual experience by ensuring a smooth and natural transition between different prescription powers within the lens.

Tailed progressive lens options:

  • Zeiss OfficeLens
  • Hoya iD LifeStyle 3
  • Hoya iD Space/Screen/Zoom
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Computer / Occupational

Computer progressive lenses, also known as computer lenses or occupational progressive lenses, are specialized eyeglasses designed to optimize vision for intermediate and close-up distances, specifically for extended computer use. These lenses address the unique visual demands associated with digital devices and the working distances typically encountered during computer work.

Key features:

  • Intermediate and near vision correction
  • Reduced eye strain
  • Wide field of view
  • Minimal peripheral distortion
  • Adaptation to working posture
  • Customization for individual needs
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Bifocals & trifocals

Bifocal & trifocal lenses come in various designs to address different vision needs. The lower part for near vision has a flat or straight top line, creating a visible segment in the lens. Trifocals and Occupational lenses include an additional segment for intermediate vision. Choosing the right design depends on individual preferences and lifestyle.

Bifocal flattop 28

Flattop 28 (FT-28) Bifocals

The flat top (FT) or straight top (ST) bifocal near-vision window is 28 millimeters wide across the top. This is the most common bifocal type.

Bifocal flattop 35

Flat top 35 (FT-35) Bifocals

The flat top (FT) or straight top (ST) bifocal near-vision window is 35 millimeters wide across the top for a broader field of near vision.

Executive bifocal

Executive Bifocals

The flattop bifocal near-vision window across the entire lens bottom is for the broadest field of near vision. This makes them suitable for tasks that require extensive near vision, like reading or computer work.

Round seg 24 bifocal

Round seg 24 (RS-24) Bifocals

The near-vision segment is a round shape, providing a smoother transition between the distance and near prescriptions. The RS24 has a bifocal segment of 24 millimeters wide.

Occupational bifocals

Occupational "Carpenters"

The Occupational lens is designed for specific tasks or occupations, with customized prescriptions for intermediate and near vision, often without a visible line.

7x28 trifocals

Flat top (FT) 7x28 Trifocals

The Flat top (FT) 7x28 offers a magnification power of 7 times for close-up vision and 28-millimeter width for the intermediate and near vision segments. Trifocal lenses typically have three distinct prescription zones separated by visible lines – the upper part for distance vision, the middle for intermediate vision, and the lower segment for close-up tasks. This design is beneficial for individuals with presbyopia, addressing the need for clear vision at various distances.

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Progressives
Progressive lens features
Better progressive lenses have a higher price tag

Higher-quality progressive lenses generally have a higher price tag and provide a better vision experience.

Higher-quality progressive lenses offer solutions optimized to suit the individual's lifestyle, significantly enhancing the ease of using progressive lenses.

 

Key features include:

  • Larger/broader reading corridor
  • More flexibility and eye movement (less neck movement)
  • Smooth transition between distance, intermediate, and near
  • Less off-balance ("Seasick") feeling
  • Less peripheral distortion in soft (out of focus) focus areas or on the outer portion of the lens.
  • Digital / Freeform designs optimized for the individual.


Aside from these features, progressive lenses have the same features as any other lens concerning a lens's core features like the material (weight, thickness, and strength), sun option, and coatings that may also improve the visual experience. Please refer to our extensive lens help guide for further details about these other features. 


Progressive Lens Manufacturer resources and websites:

More information regarding the different progressive lens brands and designs may be found directly on the manufacturer's websites below.

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Progressive lens designs

Each individual progressive lens is available in either a Standard or Short corridor design or "corridor."
 

Progressive Lenses

Lens corridor

A lens corridor, also known as the "corridor length" or "progressive corridor," refers to the middle portion of a progressive lens where the power changes gradually from the distance prescription to the reading or near prescription.


The corridor is the area that allows for a seamless transition between different prescriptions, accommodating the wearer's needs for clear vision at various distances. The length and width of the lens corridor can vary depending on the design of the progressive lens. A longer corridor generally provides a larger area for intermediate vision, making it suitable for tasks such as computer work. On the other hand, a shorter corridor might be preferred for smaller frames or for individuals who prioritize a larger reading zone.
 

Standard corridor

The standard corridor offers a larger corridor and a more seamless transition between the different vision areas of the lens. This makes the lens more optimized for the wearer by offering easier use and adaptability.
 

Short corridor

The shorter corridor is for smaller frames that generally have less than a 30-millimeter lens height. A short corridor will have a shorter corridor for the progressive transition, which may be less optimized. Therefore, opting for a higher-quality progressive lens is advisable to improve the corridor transition in a short corridor lens. A short corridor is suitable for individuals who prefer smaller eyeglass frames.
 

Variable design corridor

Freeform digital lenses are only available as variable design corridors. Variable design corridors prioritize the quality of the distance and intermediate area by optimizing the lens based on the specifications of the Rx, frame measurements, and seg height. A front and backside digital lens (Freeform) must be selected to get a variable design corridor. Otherwise, non-freeform lenses will be fixed-design corridors, which means there's more focus on the reading location in relationship to the pupil, much like a traditional flat-top lens. 

 
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Lens quality grades

Lens quality grades were created to help identify the different quality of lenses across various lens brands. The grades only apply to progressive lenses at this time.

Progressive Lens Quality Grades

Standard
 
Traditional (legacy) progressive lens designs or value brands are generally introduction-level progressives and the most affordable.

Advanced
 
The Advanced-grade mostly includes digital progressive lens options that are typically considered better than standard traditional options.

Premium
 
The Premium grade mostly includes all the freeform digital progressive lens options which are considered better and more customizable than the Advanced options.

Elite
 
The most high-end progressive lens options available typically include freeform digital design and other qualities that make them classified in the highest tier of progressive lens options available with the highest level of customization available. These lenses are known to offer the best lens experience and adaptability.
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In-house fitting formula

Our lab has over 40 years of optical experience crafting bifocal, trifocal, and progressive lenses. We use a proprietary fitting formula that is calculated according to the patient and the frame. If you would like to use a custom Seg Height Measurement for the progressive lenses, it may be provided during the lens order when providing a prescription (step 3).

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Sun Options
Compare sun options

Basic differences between the sun options available.

Color tint

Solid & gradient tints are available
Any color & darkness (10%-80%) available
Great for a fashion tint

Sun-sensitive

Photochromic lenses are light indoors and get darker under the sun
Commonly available in neutral colors (grey, brown, green)
Maximum 40%-50% darkness when activated, 60%-70% for extra dark options
Includes blue-light protection

Polarized

Reduces glare off surfaces and objects.
Full-time sun tint 70%-80% darkness
Commonly available in neutral colors (grey, brown, green).
Additional colors available in select brands
Includes blue-light protection
Great for fishing and water activities

More information about each sun option may be found below in this section.

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Color tinting
Important information about color tint:
  • Standard color tinting is only available when "Clear" lenses are selected as a primary sun option.
  • CR-39 Plastic material is suggested for maximum darkness.
  • UV protection is required if not already included with the lens.
  • Adding anti-glare coating over color tinting may reduce the tint's original darkness.

Traditional custom color tinting is available for fashion or sun protection.

 

Tint Type's:

Prices may vary based on the tint type selected.

Solid Color Tinting
Solid Tint
One solid color
Gradient Color Tinting
Gradient Tint
Top color faded to clear
Double Gradient Color Tinting
Double Gradient Tint
Top color faded to bottom color

Tint Colors:

All colors are available in any tint type.

Green
Grey
Brown
Rose
Yellow
Purple
Blue
 

Tint Darkness:

Light fashion tinting up to maximum darkness tint for sunglasses.

10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
 

* The colors and darkness shown are for illustration purposes only and may appear different in person.

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Sun-sensitive / Photochromic

Sun-sensitive (or photochromic) lenses, intended for part-time sunglass use, are clear indoors and get darker under the sun.  Exposing the lens directly to the sun's UV rays turns ordinary lenses into sun lenses when they are needed the most. A variety of high-quality premium photochromic lens options are available and packaged with the lens. Sun-sensitive coatings are usually only available in neutral colors like grey, brown, or green, with select brands offering other shades like blue and purple.

 
Types of sun-sensitive coatings:

Certain photochromic coating brands may offer darker levels, faster activation times, and even include polarization.

  • Standard sun-sensitive coatings are usually clear indoors and reach about 50% maximum darkness when activated.
  • Fast-acting sun-sensitive coatings are usually the same darkness as standard, with faster tint activation times. Usually, it takes around 30 seconds of sun exposure instead of the common 60-second activation time.
  • Extra/dark sun-sensitive coatings are usually 5-10% tinted indoors and reach 60-70% maximum darkness when activated. These are generally darker behind the windshield.
  • Polarized photochromic offers the best of both worlds and goes from clear to around 70% darkness.
 
Sun-Sensitive / Photochromic brands:

Premium sun-sensitive brands for custom prescription lenses. Variety of colors may vary based on lens package.

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Photochromic / Sun-Sensitive Lenses

Transitions Lenses
PhotoFusion Lenses
 
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Polarized
Please note:

Polarization reacts to glare differently than anti-glare coating. While anti-glare coating helps reduce off the lens, polarization helps reduce glare off surfaces and objects being viewed. Combine your lens with both for the ultimate no glare sun lens.

Polarized lenses are advanced full-time dark sunglass lenses that reduce glare off surfaces & objects and improve visual acuity, as opposed to traditional color tinting. These lenses are great for fishing, skiing, and outdoor activities.

 
Polarized lens options:

Premium polarized brands for custom prescription lenses. Variety of colors may vary based on lens package.

Shop all Polarized Lenses
Polarized Sun Lenses
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Mirror finish

Enhance the sun protection and appearance of polarized or sun-sensitive sunglass lenses by adding an optional front mirror-finish coating. Lens mirror coatings are available only on select lens brands and coatings.

 
Premium mirror coating options:

The premium mirror coating brands are for custom prescription lenses. The variety of colors may vary based on the lens package.

Lens Mirror Coating

Visit the manufacturer's websites for further information about these options:

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Lens Coatings
UV protection
100% UVA/UVB protection helps block UV light from sun rays. UV coating is included with all lens materials except for plastic, where it may be added for an extra cost. Many anti-glare coatings are bundled with UV protection so be sure to check out all of the options available. 
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Scratch protection
The scratch guard is a hard resin scratch resistance hardcoat that helps prevent minor knicks and scratches. However, does not make the lenses scratch proof. To receive a scratch warranty with your lenses, consider adding anti-glare coating which includes a one-time scratch redo within a minimum of a year. Scratch guard is included with all lens materials except for plastic, where it may be added for an extra cost. Many anti-glare coatings are bundled with scratch protection so be sure to check out all of the options available. 
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Blue-light protection

Blue-light protection coating filters out blue light emitted from computer screens, smartphones, tablets, and television screens while letting the beneficial light pass through. Long-term exposure to blue light can cause eye strain and fatigue, which harms the eyes.

Blue-light protection is packaged with many lenses but is also available in additional coatings, with each level offering about 20% protection. Combine multiple levels of blue-light protection to receive the maximum protection against blue-light exposure.

 

Blue-light lenses:

Lenses that are bundled or packaged with blue light protection included. Some of these lenses may be seen below.
  See all blue-light filter lenses
 
Essilor Eyezen Bluelight lenses

Blue-light coatings:

Certain premium lenses are available with an extra blue-light coating, which has different proprietary names to the lens brand but aims to solve the same blue-light issue. The availability and cost of this option may vary by material and series. See all the lenses that have blue-light protection as an extra option below:
 
Essilor Essential Blue Series
Available for select Essilor lenses
ZEISS BlueGuard
Available for select ZEISS lenses
Hoya Clear Blue Filter
Available for select Hoya lenses

Anti-glare coatings with blue-light protection:

Alternatively, blue-light protection is also available on select anti-glare coatings, which may vary based on the lens brand but aim to solve the same blue-light protective issue.
 
Crizal Prevencia
Available for most lenses
Duravision BlueProtect
Available for select ZEISS lenses
Hoya Recharge
Available for select Hoya lenses
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Anti-glare coating

Anti-glare (anti-reflective) coating is packaged with many lenses or available as an additional option for all others. This coating reduces annoying lens glare, offering various benefits for the wearer.

 
Without Anti-Glare Coating

Without Anti-Glare Coating

With Anti-Glare Coating

With Anti-Glare Coating

 

Benefits of Anti-Glare coating:

Anti-Glare Coating Benefits
  • Less eye strain & fatigue
  • Improves cosmetic appearance
  • Reduces annoying lens glare
  • Reduce headlight glare
  • Reduces lens distortion (for aspheric & progressive lenses)
  • 1 year scratch warranty
Premium coatings also include:
  • Easy cleaning properties
  • Anti-water and anti-dust (hydrophobic)
  • Anti-oil and smudging (oleophobic)
  • Enhanced scratch durability
  • UV protection
  • Blue-light protection
  • 2 year extended scratch warranty
 

Hydrophobic & Oleophobic coatings:

Hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings enhance the performance and durability of anti-glare coatings by repelling water (hydrophobic) and resisting oil and fingerprints (oleophobic).

Oleophobic repels oils from the skin, such as fingerprints and smudges, making lens cleaning easier.

Hydrophobic coating repels water from the lens surface. It is especially beneficial in rainy or humid conditions, as water droplets are less likely to cling to the lens surface.
 

Premium Anti-Glare coating brands:

Crizal Anti-Glare Coating

Options and pricing may vary based on the lenses selected.

 
Anti-Glare hue colors:

Anti-Glare Coating Hue

Anti-glare coating leaves a slight hue on the lens that looks like a film or residue. The hue is intended by design and is used to help reduce the white glare on the lens. Some coatings, like select Duravision anti-glare coatings, leave a blue hue that may be preferred for cosmetic reasons.

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Lens Services
Lens edge polish

Lens-edge polish improves the cosmetic appearance of the lens. However, a polished lens edge can also cause higher glare due to reflective light, which can sometimes be bothersome. This feature is usually added for thicker lenses, for rimless frames, or upon special request. There is no extra cost for lens-edge polishing.

Lens edge polishing
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Edge grooving

Lens-edge grooving is processed for semi-rimless, half-rimless or nylor frames. The lens stability is usually supported by a wire fitting inside of the edge groove. It is recommended to consider the lens should have a fair amount of edge thickness to support a stable grooving and preserve lens integrity. Polycarbonate or Trivex materials are recommended for durability. There is no extra cost for lens-edge grooving when lenses are ordered with semi-rimless frames.

Lens edge polishing
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Drilling & mounting

Lens drilling & mounting are for full rimless glasses. Lenses are precisely drilled to the manufacturer coordinations then mounted to the frame to ensure an accurate fitting. Lens options for full rimless glasses are limited to Polycarbonate, Trivex and Hi-Index 1.67 (or higher) materials only for durability reasons. Due to the fragile nature, it is recommended to handle these lenses with greater care than an ordinary pair of glasses. Moreover, further maintenance (tightening) may be needed from time to time. There is an extra cost for drilling & mounting that is usually applied to the lens order when ordering lenses with full rimless glasses. 

Lens edge polishing
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Lens Replacement Service
Customers may send in their own glasses to purchase new lenses from our store. Please visit the Eyeglass Lens Replacement section for more information.
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