Doctor Eye Health Teaches Us “How to Order Glasses Online LIKE A PRO”

Dr. Joseph Allen a.k.a. Doctor Eye Health, your trusted optometrist on YouTube, just dropped a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to order glasses online featuring Zenni’s website. Let’s dive into his tips and insights for finding the perfect pair.

Doctor Eye Health Teaches Us “How to Order Glasses Online LIKE A PRO”

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Get An Updated Prescription

The first step towards obtaining the perfect pair of glasses online is to have a comprehensive eye exam. Typically, glasses prescriptions are valid for two years (one year for contact lens) and ensuring your prescription is up-to-date is crucial for accurate vision correction. In general, it is recommended to get a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years to check the full health of your eye even if you don’t feel any vision changes. This is because eye exams can detect early signs of eye conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration and to detect underlying health issues like diabetes and hypertension.

Doctor Eye Health Teaches Us “How to Order Glasses Online LIKE A PRO”

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Browse Frames and Filter Choices

With your prescription in hand, it’s time to explore the diverse range of frames Zenni offers. Zenni offers dozens of filters including face shape, frame shape, frame color, and age to help you find your perfect fit. Dr. Allen offers a few helpful tips for choosing the right frame for you. You can also take advantage of Zenni’s Virtual Try-On feature.

  • Tip 1: Consider a frame that is contrasted to your face shape. Dr. Allen says, “If you have more of a rounder face, then a more boxy shaped frame is going to fit and complement a little bit better.”
  • Tip 2: To Nose Pads or Not To Nose Pads? Dr. Allen adds, “If you’re somebody whose glasses frames usually end up sliding down your nose…[look for] a pair of glasses that have nose pads on them. Those might work a little better because nose pads, we can adjust a lot easier and they’re less likely to slide down your face.” From someone who has adjusted a lot of glasses in her career, nose pads are often one of the first things I adjust to help patients get the perfect fit.
  • Tip 3: Consider matching the numbers on the inside of your current glasses to the frame measurements listed towards the bottom of the listing. These numbers include eye size, distance between lenses, and temple size.

Doctor Eye Health Teaches Us “How to Order Glasses Online LIKE A PRO”

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Customize the Details

With your perfect frames chosen, it’s time to input your glasses prescription and choose your lenses! Dr. Allen provides great live examples of what each of the lenses look like from Clear, to Blokz, to Transitions.

Almost there! The next step is to choose the appropriate refractive index, which influences lens thickness. The higher the number, the thinner and lighter the lens. Dr. Allen says, “I personally think that having a higher index lens is good for any prescription, but is definitely a must if you have a high nearsightedness prescription like myself, or anybody who has a higher prescription of -3.00 or worse.” To ensure a slimmer and more aesthetically pleasing profile, opt for a lens index of 1.67 or 1.74 if you’re above a -3.00.

Finally, consider adding an anti-reflective coating to minimize glare and reflections, providing sharper vision and reducing eye strain. He says, “This is something I honestly do strongly recommend everyone consider investing in…to help reduce the glare and reduce any reflections coming off the lens surface itself.” As for specific anti-reflective lenses, he recommends getting the oil-resistant type.

Doctor Eye Health Teaches Us “How to Order Glasses Online LIKE A PRO”

Zenni’s user-friendly interface empowers you to personalize your eyewear. Pick the frames that reflect your personality and customize your lenses for a truly tailored eyewear experience. Shop now to embrace a vision of style and clarity!

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Catherine Ong

Dr. Catherine Ong, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley, School of Optometry and currently provides primary and speciality eyecare in a private practice setting. She has a passion for patient education and enjoys reshaping technical concepts into digestable topics for all patients. When she is not seeing patients, you can find her exploring new restaurants, exercising, or trying out new recipes.