Simplyeyeglasses.com would like your online shopping experience to be as simple and enjoyable as possible. We created an overview with explanations to help you along with your online purchase of eyewear.
If you have a specific frame in mind, try our helpful search feature in the upper right corner of each page.
You may browse our many selections in a number of different ways. You will find menus both at the top and on the left side of every page. Simply find the category you wish to begin with and finish up with the frame of your choice. After you have selected your frame, you will have the option to choose frame size and color. You may want to take a peek at our frame size information page.
A popup box will appear asking if you would like to add prescription lenses. If you decide "Yes", then click the "Add Prescription Lenses" button and move on to step 3. Otherwise, you may add the item to the cart and proceed to our checkout page.
There are four lens types:
After selecting a lens type, you must now provide Simplyeyeglasses.com with your prescription. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. The easiest way is to simply fax or email us your prescription. That's all you have to do . You don't have to worry with entering values for your prescription. We do the rest.
If you prefer to do it yourself, you may enter your prescription into the fields found under the heading of "prescription details." Using your prescription obtained from your physician, click the drop-down menus in each catergory of "prescription details" and enter the appropiate values. If your physician has left any of the content boxes blank, please leave the same boxes blank on "prescription details". Fields are sometimes left blank for a reason. If you chose to enter the prescription details yourself, we will still need to verify your prescription.
If you're not sure about something, please do not hesitate to contact us. We want to help.
Note: Do Not Forget The PD Measurement
We will also need a p.d. measurement. Though it is not manditory, many physicians note this measurement on the prescription. It may be recorded in a box labeled p.d. If you can't find a box on the prescription specifically designated for the p.d., it may be written in a blank area off to the side or underneath the prescription. You are looking for a number, or two numbers, separated by a slash, each with a value between 50 and 75.
If you're not sure about something, please contact us. We will be happy to help in any way possible. If you feel there is a possibility you may be ordering your eyeglasses online before you visit your physician, ask at the time of your visit for your p.d. Even if you are going to use an online company other than SimplyEyeglasses.com, you will still need your p.d.
After entering your presription, you will be prompted to select a lens material. The most common and least expensive is plastic. Plastic is an acceptable material providing impact resistance is not a concern. If you have a high power prescription, (sphere and/or cylinder power over + or - 2.50) we recommend high index for a thinner lens.
When impact resistance is a priority, Polycarbonate is one of the toughest materials available. Although it makes for a thin lens, with a refractive index of 1.586, it is not the absolute thinnest material. However it is thinner than standard plastic and very light in weight. Due to it's impact resistant properties, polycarbonate is an excellent material to use for eye protection in racquet and contact sports, industrial applications, and any occupation requiring eye protection. Polycarbonate should be considered for all children for the best protection for their eyes. If a person has vision in only one eye, polycarbonate is recommended as to give the one eye protection. Even with polycarbonate's high impact resistant properties, as with any lens, it is not shatterproof, and it will scratch as easily as any other lens. High Index lenses are one of the greatest products to ever hit the lens industry. Just ask anyone who has went from a thick plastic lens to a considerably thinner high index lens. They look better, they are lighter in weight, and help one to feel good about their eyewear.
All the different indices can seem complex, just remember one thing; the higher the index, the thinner the lens. FYI: The index of a plastic lens is 1.498 and most glass is 1.523. There is no way to say for sure that your prescription demands high index lenses. Again, we recommend purchasing high index if your prescription's sphere and/or cylinder power is over + or - 2.50. Which high index? That's entirely up to you. Just keep in mind, the higher the index, the thinner the lens. Again, SimplyEyeglasses.com will gladly answer any questions you may have.
This brings us to the original lens material. Glass. Glass should only be used when scratch resistance is a primary concern. Glass is the heaviest of all materials and shatters easiest of all materials. Thus it is the most unsafe of all materials. Though lens materials have come a long way since the days of "glass only," we understand that some insist upon glass. SimplyEyeglasses.com may be the only online company to offer glass.
Now that you've made a lens material selection, let's discuss tints. Many tints are purely cosmetic. Dark greys and browns are useful as sunglass tints. Yellows and oranges are good for low light applications. Simply choose the color of your choice, solid or gradient, and the density or darkness (percentage). The percentage of color is probably the opposite of what most would think. The percentage refers to the percentage of light the lens is allowing to pass through it. For example; a selection of 80% would be a very light tint, and 20% would be a dark sunglass tint.
Anti-reflective (A/R) coating is the last lens option to consider. A/R allows more visable light to pass through the lens. The end result is sharper, crisper vision. A/R is especially helpful at night. A/R also reduces annoying glare on the front surface of the lens, helping others to have a less obstructed view of your eyes. For this reason, most people appearing in movies and television wear A/R. Simplyeyeglasses.com offers two tiers of A/R. Simply A/R can accomplish all the previously discussed results. Simply Superior A/R has all the same benefits, with an added oleophobic top layer that helps to repel dust and debris, making it easier to clean with less chance of scratching.
That's it, the ordering process is over. We know and understand that with all the different options it can become confusing so please contact us and we will walk you through the process. We have opticians on staff waiting to help you.