When you're shopping for a new pair of glasses, you may get sticker shock from the prices at your local optometrist's office. You don't have to spend that much, if you just need single-vision lenses or multi-focul lenses. Buying glasses online at timetoshade.com can be an affordable way to get the eyewear you need without paying a price that you will feel in your bank account.
Firstly, you will need your prescription for your glasses, typically no more than a year old — to order. Your doctor is legally required to give you a copy of your prescription after your exam, so you can get your glasses anywhere. Your health insurance may cover eye exams, so review your policy before you pay for an exam out of pocket. But even if you don't have insurance coverage, you should be able to get an exam for around $100 at most optometrists. The exact price will vary depending on the doctor you see and where you're located, but reasonably priced exams are available at plenty of national chains (Costco, Target, Wal-mart or Visionworks). Before you leave your doctor's office, check to see if your pupillary distance, or PD, is listed on the prescription. If it isn't, be sure to ask for it — you'll need this to order glasses online.
Not all glasses frames are the same size. Buying the right frames involves more than just picking out the style you like — you need to find frames that fit your face. There are three measurements to know: lens width, bridge width (the width across your nose), and temple arm length (the length of the arms).
If you already own a pair of glasses that fit, you can start by checking its size. These measurements are usually written inside the frame, listed left to right (lens width, bridge width, temple arm length). You'll find them printed inside the temple arms or the nose bridge. Once you have your measurements, you can use those numbers to find the right frames.
#10 - Affordable Options
Most glasses shops online offer glasses at steep discounts though there are a lot of gimmicks that ending up driving up the price of your glasses. Timetoshade offers a wide selection of glasses in many materials starting at $29.
#9 - Lens Thickness
When you buy a pair at most places online you will find the price to increase when you upgrade your lenses to a thinner pair of lens. Most will give you a standard 1.50 (thick) index plastic lens. Our standard lens is a much thinner 1.59 index lens
#8 - Lens Quality
At timetoshade, we want to make sure you have quality glasses that will last. Most stores will give you plastic for lens and offer you polycarbonate (more durable than plastic) as an upgrade. Polycarbonate is up to 10 times more durable than plastic and glass lens. At TimetoShade every pair of prescription glasses ordered will come standard with these lens.
#7 - Anti-Glare/Anti Scratch Coating
Anti-reflective coating (also called "AR coating" or "anti-glare coating") improves vision, reduces eye strain and makes your eyeglasses look more attractive. These benefits are due to the ability of AR coating to virtually eliminate reflections from the front and back surfaces of your eyeglass lenses. Some of the more popular glasses stores online charge as much as $60 for this feature alone. This is also free and standard with your prescription lens. An anti-scratch or scratch-resistant coating is a film or coating that can be applied to optical surfaces, such as the faces of a lens or photographic film, intended to mitigate scratch effects. This comes free with your prescription lens.
#6 - Ultraviolet Protection
UV exposure can hurt your eyes, so you want glasses that block 100% of UV light. Our lenses will block UV light without any extra cost, other sites with less expensive lenses may not.
#5 - Blue Light Filter
Computer screens emit blue light, which can make our eyes tired and interrupt our sleep cycles. Lenses with a slight amber tint can help block blue light. This is a must-have if you spend a lot of time looking at a screen or a mobile device. Some sites may offer you glasses with an ugly yellow tint while others may only put a coating on the lens. At Timetoshade our blue light blocking lens come with a blue cut diamond lens and a blue light UV coating which together offer even more protection to your eyes at a cost of only $19 more. Expect to spend up to $50 online and up to $100 at your local optometrist to add this feature to your glasses.
#4 High-Index Lenses
Lenses with an index of 1.61 or higher are typically called "high-index lenses." The higher the index, the thinner the lens. Expect this to add anywhere from $30 to $100 to your cost. Our standard is a 1.59 lens which pays for the glasses all by itself, we offer much thinner 1.67 index for only $29 more!
#3 - Progressive Lenses (Multi-Focual)
These are bifocal or trifocal lenses that don't have the typical line through the lens. Expect them to add anywhere from $50 to $400 to the total price. Warby Parker charges $almost $300 for this. At timetoshade, its a standard $69 for digital progressive which gives you about 40% more coverage than typical progressives and is a lot clearer too.
#2 - Mirrored/Polarized Lenses
Sunwear paired with mirror coatings blocks additional sunlight and reduces harsh glare by 10-15% with a solid mirror. The added reflective properties of sunwear with mirror coatings add to the comfort of anyone suffering from outdoor light sensitivity. Not only is glare a nuisance, it impairs depth perception, distorts your view and colors, and can cause temporarily blindness, so the extra cost is worth it. Dark tinted glasses block more light than regular sunglasses but they still don't eliminate harsh glare as do polarized lenses. All our mirred lenses are polarized too. So when buying from timetoshade its all preference of style without sacrificing on quality. This costs only $39 more.
#1 - Designer Frames
While we have frames starting at $29, we also have frames from designers like Ray-Ban, Fendi, Guess and others starting at $60. All of our designer eyewear trumps the competition online when it comes to price especially with the prescription.
Still need convincing? Try buying a pair today and see for yourself the timetoshade difference!