FramesDirect.com stocks over ten-thousand styles from 250 top brands; we sell 300 different types of Ray-Ban alone! So your first step is fun - just browse our incredible collection and see what strikes your fancy.
You can shop by brand, color, or shape (among other filters.) Whether you’re a fashionista or a sports fanatic - you'll find the perfect pair.
Find glasses that suit your face shape
Choices, choices, choices! How do you narrow down your options to only the frames that will make you look your best?
Try our handy face shape guide to find out which styles will flatter your face
Find your glasses frame size
Wondering what size glasses to buy? You can easily find your frame size by looking at your current glasses. In this short video, learn the meaning of the numbers that appear on your frames - eye size, bridge size, and temple length.
Remember, your eyeglasses and sunglasses will be different sizes - sunglasses are usually much larger. It's easy to find a perfectly fitting pair of glasses online if you know how to find your size!
Have a copy of a recent prescription handy
(or we can call your your eye doctor for you!)
Optical prescriptions expire between one and two years from the date of your last exam, so make sure to visit your eye doctor if it's been longer than that.
Regular eye exams are an essential part of ensuring great optical health for life. But don't worry if you don't have your prescription to hand, one of our expert opticians can contact your eye doctor on your behalf.
Find out what type of lenses you need
Most nearsighted and farsighted people need single-vision lenses, which have only one corrective power. Single vision lenses are also used to for reading glasses, to correct presbyopia (when you have trouble focusing on objects at a close range.)
Multifocal lenses have two or more different corrective powers. Learn more about bi-focals and progressive lenses in this video.
Understand your lens material options
There are four different materials that you can have your prescription lenses made from:
Plastic is the most economical choice, and recommended for people with light prescriptions up to +/-1.75.
Polycarbonate lenses are impact resistant and recommended for children and people with active lifestyles - good for prescriptions up to +/- 4.00.
High Index 1.67
High Index 1.67 lenses are 45% lighter than plastic lenses and recommended for people with prescriptions up to +/-9.00.
High Index 1.74
The thinnest and lightest lens material is High Index 1.74 which is recommended for people with high prescriptions.
Understand your lens coating options
You've picked your frames and lenses. There's just one choice left to make; your lens add-ons. So what lens features will you need to upgrade your sight?
- UV Protection is a clear coating that blocks the sun's harmful UV rays from reaching your eyes. UV protection is so important that we automatically include it with your order.
- Duraclear premium Anti-Reflective (AR) coating eliminates the glare on the front and back of your lenses. AR is a must-have on any pair of Rx glasses, since it reduces eye strain and has easy to clean (super hydrophobic) properties. Comes with Standard lens option.
- Digital Light Protection is a precision engineered lens coating that can deflect a significant portion of harmful blue/violet light, leaving your eyes fresh, even after a long day at the office in front of a screen. Digital Light Protection also provides scratch resistant and anti-glare properties. Comes with Premium lens option.
- Transitions® lenses automatically lighten and darken to adjust to outdoor light conditions. This option is ideal for people who do not want to constantly switch back and forth between their prescription eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses.
All of our lenses come with a scratch-resistant coating, UV protection, and edge polish at no additional charge. Enhanced features can be added to your lenses if you choose the Standard or Premium lens options.