For only $10.00 you can get your prescription filled in one of our frames for single vision lenses.
Many of our unique lens options are available in Rx lenses too.
If you have a high prescription we can help!
Prescription versus Non-Prescription Reading Lenses
We offer non-prescription reading glasses as well as prescription reading glasses. The quality of the lens materials and coatings are the same with both, but 2 factors are not included with non-prescription readers, your PD measurement and correction for astigmatism (if you require it.) Those 2 factors can make a significant difference in reading quality.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PRESCRIPTION
Taking our reading test will give you very good results, but will not be as accurate as having an eye exam from an Optometrist. Outside of having your eye health checked on a regular basis, which everyone should do, getting an exam by a eye care professional will provide you with the best advice on getting the best reading vision for you.
Sometimes your eye doctor will advise you to get non prescription readers in a certain power for whatever need you have. In this case, the doctor is confident that simple magnifiers will solve your reading problems. He or she might suggest a +.75 for example for over your distance vision contact lenses. If you have shopped for reading glasses, you already know that you cannot find +.75 powers. You are left with getting prescription reading glasses which cost more.
This is where we come in. You can get powers from us from zero to +4.00 in either eye. And you can get lenses that do way more than store bought readers, like blocking blue light.
The 2 factors mentioned above, your PD and any correction for astigmatism you might need, are not addressed with non prescription reading glasses.
IF YOU DO HAVE A PRESCRIPTION
One of the issues we have found is that people are unsuccessfully trying to interpret their Doctor's prescriptions to get non prescription readers. It is important to note that for the best results, you should have a professional Optician evaluate your Rx for you. You can upload your eyeglass prescription to me for a free, no obligation evaluation.
When you get an eye exam, it is important to communicate with your doctor what distance or distances you are having problems reading with. The doctor will then write an Rx based on your input. If you do not express to your doctor exactly what issues you are having then the doctor will default to certain traditional focal lengths and write the Rx that way.
Jim (for example) got an exam and the prescription looked like this:
- OD Sphere -2.25 Cylinder +.75 Axis 137
- OS Sphere -2.50 Cylinder +.50 Axis 032
- Add +2.50
Jim decided to get +2.50 reading glasses for computer use. Jim was totally wrong. Jim's actual computer reading Rx is:
- OD -1.00 +.75 137
- OS -1.25 +.50 032
Not only was his selected power wrong but also, Jim needs minus power lenses. The astigmatism was also not accounted for, nor his PD.
Bottom line- send us your Rx. Send us your PD. Do not try interpreting your Doctor's prescription.
Free Prescription Evaluation
You can send me your prescription and I can break it down into what you need for reading, computer or distance. I will also offer advice on what we can offer you in the way of special lens options. Go here:
PD - Pupilarry Distance Measurement
Your PD or Pupillary Distance Measurement is the distance in millimeters between your pupils, typically when your eyes are focused at a distance of 20 feet or so. We need these measurements because we want to line up the optical centers of the lenses to your pupils so you can see properly, whether for distance, intermediate, or for reading.
Typically, there are two types of measurements, either Total PD or Monocular PD.
As you can see from the image above, the total PD is the total distance between pupils. The monocular PD is the distance from each pupil to the center of the bridge. Some people have the same mono PD from pupil to pupil but most folks have different measurements.
Examples- When the PD is recorded by your eye care professional, it will look like:
- 62 (Total Distance PD) or
- 30/32 Right and Left Monocular PD(The first # is always for the right eye) or
- 62/59 Total Distance and Near PD.
PD Measurements- Traditional and New Methods
When Opticians measure your PD, they usually measure your distance PD. This means that the measurement is made while your eyes are looking at about 20 feet away. When measuring for reading glasses they will subtract 3mm. They do this because when you read, your eyes converge approximately 3mm.
Currently, the most accurate PD measurements are taken with a Pupilometer which the Optician uses to see reflections off of each of your retina. Measurements can be adjusted for distance, near, or intermediate.
There are new apps online which we have tested with varying results. The most common method requires that you have a picture taken of yourself holding a credit card under your nose. This works because credit cards have a standard width of 86mm which is used as a template for mm measuring. Depending on the software, these methods can be very accurate. For us, the real issue with these methods is security. The credit card account number on cards today are embossed. Unless you tape over the number, expiration date, and security code, this info can be read putting your security at risk. Both sides need to be covered.*
Obtaining Your PD Measurement
If you do not know your Pupillary Distance measurement, there are several ways to get it.
- Ask your Eye Doctor- They can, and should, in my opinion, measure your PD, but usually they leave it to the Optician to do.
- Ask your Doctor or Optician to read a current pair of your eyeglasses and measure the optical centers. This is only accurate to your eyeglasses, not your eyes.
- See if your PD is recorded on a receipt or invoice from a previous eyeglass purchase.
- *Have us measure it remotely. If you order a pair of prescription glasses from us we can send you simple instructions on to get the PD measurement. And it is very accurate and very secure!
What We Offer
Our Stock Lenses - For only $10.00 you can get your prescription filled in one of our frames for single vision lenses. Many of our unique lens options are available in Rx lenses too. You can choose Up Close Reading, Intermediate/Computer Reading, or Distance Vision.
Clear lenses and lenses with Mojo BluBlock or cosmetic tints are available in a very wide prescription range. The Rx range for BluBlock AR lenses is lower but we can fill most peoples' Rx needs. See our Rx Lens Power ranges.
Most single vision prescription lenses can be purchased on the frame page. See our Lens Guide for Rx more information.
Special Rx Lenses - We also offer prescription lenses for people with high powers and that want other lens options.