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'Eye' hear ya~

Some answers to common questions about eyewear purchases made online.


How do you measure your specs?

Above is where I take my measurements so you can compare my specs to yours for a good fitting pair. The temples, also referred to by some as the 'stems' are generally measured from the hinge to the ear tip. The bridge and lens width are measured across the center of the frame. Pupil distance (PD or P2P) is the distance between each of your pupils and ideally you'd like a pair of frames where your eyes are centered within the width of the lenses.

Are these frames suitable for my own prescription?

Many buyers wonder if my reading glass frames are suitable for their RX. Simply said, all of my products are unless noted in the 'SPECS' list. Most optical boutiques and opticians will turn down frames that you walk into their establishment with. They will most likely give you reasons that may sound legit to you, but they're really just trying to intimidate you into buying a pair from their selection, saying my frames are not suitable because they're readers.

My frames are the same quality as theirs and are ordered from the same factories overseas.

We always recommend ReplaceALens.com. We are not affiliated with them in any way, other than we are a customer of theirs, and a very satisfied one at that. Their prices are fantastic and service impeccable. They never turn down any of the frames we sell and our buyers have emailed us telling us how pleased they were with ReplaceALens and their services. Our frames are guaranteed with a replacement or refund if ReplaceALens damages your frame while they put your lenses into them. No other optician would dare offer such a guarantee.

How do I measure my PD? My optician won't give it to me (or) wants to charge me $50 for it (or) I'm sending my frames to ReplaceALens and they need my PD. How do I get that?

Pupil to Pupil distance, or in ophthalmic terms the 'PD' measurement is the distance between both your pupils. Technicians need this measurement in order to center your prescription within each lens. It is usually referred as a millimeter measurement rather than inches. It can be easily measured at home with a ruler and a second person holding the ruler up to your face resting it on the bridge of your nose with one end of the ruler at the point of one pupil and then measure across to the other pupil. PD measurements are generally in the 63-67mm range (2 7/16" to 2 5/8") and sometimes even at about 70mm (2 3/4"). Despite what your optician would tell you if you do it yourself, being off by a millimeter or 2 will not give you a headache.

When sending in your frames to an online lab, what you would do is put the frames on as you would normally wear them and have a second person mark the existing lenses with a permanent marker making a dot where each pupil lands when that person is looking head on with you. If your frames do not have lenses, place a piece of scotch tape across the entire front of the frame and have that person mark the tape with the dots. Simple. Questions? Just hollar at me :)


How will these look on me if I can't try them on?

Generally, opposites attract :) As a rule, full frames/large lenses look great on long, oval faces, triangular, or pear shaped faces. Horizontal, rectangular frames look best on round or square faces. If the frame has nose pads (95% of the time found on metal frames), those can be gently pried close or further apart which will allow the frame to sit where you want it to on your bridge. Another indicator of how high or low a pair of specs sit on your face, is to note where the bridge is positioned on the frame. If it is towards the middle of the frame, then the glasses will likely cover your eyebrows, or sit high on your face. If the bridge is pretty much in line with the top of the frame, the glasses will sit below your eyebrows.

I have big head! .....or.... my head is small/narrow....will these fit me?

It helps if you measure your favorite specs hinge to hinge, and then compare that measurement to the item you have your eyes set on... the hinge to hinge measurement is a good indicator if the frame is the right width for you. The temples (ear piece/stems) should not touch the sides of your head. Then you should measure the length of the ear piece, or 'temple' as it's called in the ophthalmic industry. Average temples measure 140 mm (5 1/2") from hinge to end, including ear curve. Some are 133mm, (5 1/4" long). There are some that are 5 3/4" to 6", but rarely found in over the counter ready made readers. It all depends on the look you want, and what is comfortable for you. But to know these details ahead of time may save you the trouble of future disappointments and returns.

Please read the inside 'hinge to hinge' widths that are provided for the style you like. Make sure you know the hinge to hinge measurement of your OWN glasses when making your decision. Toss me an email if you have any questions.

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