Buying Glasses Online
This guide assumes that you have already gotten your prescription from your optometrist.
Disclaimer: I am not an optometrist, eye specialist or affiliated with any retailer of eyewear.
Interesting background reading:
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I have a 10 year old child and her vision has not "settled" requiring new glasses once every 6-8 months.
It is unsustainable for me to be paying $90 for an eye exam and $200 for a pair of glasses every six months. I have insurance coverage, but not that much.
So I started shopping around.
So while I can't get around the $90 for the eye exam, I can purchase glasses at clearlycontacts.ca.
They had a 2 for 1 sale. I ended up paying $60 for two pairs (one with premium lens coatings and the other plain).
You will need your actual prescription from your optometrist. They will give this to you.
You will also need your pupillary distance (or PD). It’s the distance in mm between your pupils. You can measure this yourself. The optometrist also has that value, but they will not want to give it to you, since this is cue that you are buying the glasses online. Remind them that they have been paid for a service and they are withholding your medical data.
If they don't release the PD to you, there are a number of apps and tools online to get the value. And please remember to file a consumer complaint.
The next thing you may need to do, is look at your frame size. This is not mandatory as the glasses can be refitted at any local optometrist. If you currently have glasses, just use the size written on your pair. This youtube video explains how.
After you are armed with those bits of data, just upload your photo and you are good to go.
My daughter got her glasses today and suffice it to say, the "try on" tool was spot on and she is very happy.
You may need to adjust the arms. You can walk into most optometrists and they will do this free of charge.
Edit: Or you can go into one of their brick and mortar shops.