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Frequently Asked Questions

Or have a look for the answer to your question in our FAQ's below

Q: Why can your prices be so low?

We can offer such low prices because we do not run expensive high street shops and we keep our running costs to a minimum. We also only make small profits per pair of glasses that we sell. This allows us to pass on those savings to our customers!!

Q: Am I getting comparable quality glasses?

We offer the same frames and lenses that are on offer on the high stree but at vastly reduced prices! Our partner laboratory is also very experienced and one of the best in the country, so you can be sure that the lenses and the glazing are expertly carried out. The processes are exactly the same that all opticians use so there really are no differences between the products you get from us and products you'll get from your local optician.

Q: What do I need to place an order?

Ordering is very easy, but you will need a valid prescription that has been issued within the last two years. If you do not have a current prescription, please go for an eye test (free in certain large supermarkets!) and ensure that the optician gives you a copy. You must then decline their kind offer to buy expensive frames as you are under no obligation to buy from them. Simply then key this information into our online ordering system.

Q: My optician has tried to discourage me from buying online, why is this?

The frames and the lenses fitted to your prescription are cut, assembled and checked by qualified staff, and undergo the same process in exactly the same way as if you ordered from your optician. There are however some more complex prescriptions that we would not dispense such as very high prescriptions and prism adjustment, but mostly the reason is because they want you to buy them from them and pay the increased prices!

Q: How quickly will I get my glasses?

We will endeavor to get your glasses back to you within 7 working days. However some tints and coatings may increase the processing time by a few days.

Q: What if I am not satisfied with my purchase?

Please return the glasses to us within 14 days of receipt stating what is wrong with them. We will change the glasses to a more suitable pair or we will rectify any problems with the product we have supplied you or change it. Our aim is that you will come back again and again so we want you to wear our glasses and be pleased with what you are wearing!, So please, buy with confidence. Any issues or problems, although highly unlikely, WILL be resolved to your satisfaction. Guarantee details >

Q: That’s great but can I try before I buy?

We do not currently offer a trial service but please remember that you do have a very good no quiblle guarantee to fall back on should the glasses not be suitbale.

Q: How can I be sure that the glasses that you send me are fitted correctly to my prescription?

All the glasses are checked against the prescription that you provided us with before despatch.

Q: Is my online payment secure?

Yes, absolutely. We guarantee it. We use state of the art 128 bit encryption at source so that none of the information that you send us can be deciphered by any one but us. So you can shop with us with confidence.

Q: Can you explain Pupillary Distance (PD)?

This is the distance between the center of your pupils. The measurement helps us to correctly position the lens within the frame. We recommend that you ask your optician to write this measurement on your prescription. If however you do not have this measurement, we will fill the order using an average Pupillary Distance of 63mm for a man and 60 for a woman. This is an average we have worked out from thousands of customers You can ask someone to measure this for you by using our - how to buy glasses online guide

But do not worry if you do not have this measurement as we will contact you if we think you would benefit from this being accurately measured.

Q: Do you offer tints, UV protection or scratch resistance?

Yes, please just tick the appropriate box on the order form.

Q: Do you offer bifocals and varifocals?

Yes we do. We have always offered Bifocals and we use a D28 segment which starts 3mm below the centre line of the lens. We have now developed a very accurate system for supplying customers with Varifocal glasses from a staggering £74.95 including a very good quality varifocal lens. If you are used to a particular make of lens (e.g. Varilux Comfort), we can also supply these at extra cost. Please see suitability indicators under each frame as to which are suitable for varifocal use.

Q: Can you explain some of the measurements?

Yes, you will see these (possibly using a magnifying glass) on the arm of any current pair of glasses that you have. It will look something like this: 53[]14 143:- 53 is the lens diameter, 14 is the bridge width and 143 is the arm length.

The lens diameter is the width across the widest part of the lens in millimeters
The bridge width is the width across the nose bridge
The arm width is the length of the arms of the frames.

If you currently have a pair of glasses that are a comfortable fit, then read the numbers from the arm and choose a frame from our selection with the dimensions that closely match the ones that you have. You can then be confident that the glasses that you order will fit nicely! You can afford to allow a couple of mm difference and the important measurement to compare is the overall width measurement. This will ensure they are neither too tight or too loose.

Q: Can I get my new glasses adjusted?

Your new glasses may need adjusting either on the nose bridge, by pinching the pads together so as to make them sit higher on your nose bridge or expanding slightly to help them sit lower down. You may also want to adjust the ear pieces. These can be bent or straightened and the ear piece is usually best warmed up first before attempting to bend it. This can be done in very warm water or with the use of a hairdryer.Some opticians will adjust them for you for a small fee.

Q: How much is your postage and packing?

Postage within the Uk is £3.45. This does include all packing and please remember your glasses come with a very high quality hard case in faux leather for the protection of your glasses. We also offer registered and special deliver services.

Q: How long does the delivery take once it's been dispatched?

To keep costs down we use the Royal Mail First Class post. You can opt for the Special Delivery option which will guarantee next day delivery but the normal First Class post can take on average 1-3 days. You must however allow up to 15 days as suggested by Royal Mail. This is rare but can happen.

Q: Can I order without going online?

You can order by post by enclosing your requirements and a chequ made payable to Glasses2you Ltd. You can also email us your requirements and we can raise the order for you and contact you for payment. We will do whatever is easiest for you.

Q: Do you accept NHS Vouchers?

I am afraid that we do not accept NHS vouchers due to the administration process imposed on us to do so. We can accept Accor Vouchers and you can use paypal and any credit card for payments.

Q: How can I make sense of my prescription?

If you are having any problems understanding this please take a look at our help pages:But don’t be put off, you can leave these details blank and fax (0845 017 9027) or email us customerservices@glasses2you.co.uk and we will either check them or if you have left them off, complete the details on your behalf.

Q: What are your lenses made of?

We use the same materials as the rest of the optical industry. We use CR39 plastic and in our rimless glasses we use polycarbonate which is much stronger and impact resistant. We are one of the few online or high street suppliers to offer this in our rimless glasses at no extra charge. We do not offer glass lenses.

Q: Do you offer Light reactive lenses?

Yes we do. You can select this option in step 4/4 of the order process and the can be found under “sunglass options” These lenses are gas filled and react to the changing light and will darken in sunlight and clear indoors or darker conditions. Also known as photochromic lenses.

Q: Can you tell me about polarized lenses?

Polarized lenses should not be confused with transitions. Polarized lenses are ALWAYS dark but provide the ultimate in sunlight protection. The lenses will reduce the majority of glare from horizontally polarized sunlight and only allows vertical polarized light waves to pass through therefore much reducing glare. The only limitation is that they can obstruct LCD displays in dashboards and radios.

Q: Can I have my lenses thinned down?

Yes you can. We offer three levels of thinning as does your optician. These are called a 1.6 index lens, a 1.67 lens and a 1.74 index lens. This refers to the refractive index of the lens and not the thinness of them. You will also get a thinner lens by choosing a small diameter lens as this enables us to thin the lens down more and will give you a better overall result. The bigger frames such as the aviator style lenses have big lens diameters and are not a great choice if you need very thin lenses and have a high prescription. The semi-rimless frames are also not the best choice with higher prescriptions as we do need to leave some extra thickness around the edge of the lens to accommodate the wire groove.
The acetate frames (plastics) are also very good at hiding the thicker lenses especially if you choose the ones with a wide arm

Q: Can you explain what the anti-reflective coating does?

The anti-reflective coating on your lenses serves several purposes. The coating is clear but it will reflect the light and is very good for driving or continued computer use. It also stops strong light reflections from your lenses and makes them more attractive to look at as other people do not get the glare from your lenses.

Q: Would I benefit from a UV coating?

Absolutely! We recommend that everyone choose this option. The coating is completely clear so you will not know it is there. However it is very important to protect your eyes from the UV light that exists even in the winter months. UV light can contribute to many eye problems such as macular degeneration and the sooner you protect your eyes the better.

Q: I don’t understand what I need my glasses for

Your optician may have recommended glasses for distance or reading or intermediate use or all three. If you need glasses for reading you will have a reading addition or near add. For computer use you will have an intermediate addition or int add. If you need the glasses for just distance and reading then bifocal may be the best option. If you need glasses for distance, computer and reading then varifocal will be for you. You do not require an intermediate or computer addition for varifocals as we work this out for you.

Q: Is my contact lens prescription suitable for buying glasses?

No I am afraid not. You will need a different prescription for glasses.

Q: Can you put new lenses in my own frames?

Yes we can. Please look at our reglaze page >>
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Q: Can I order just the frames?

Yes you can. If you want just the demo lenses in, we can do that. We can also provide clear prescription lenses but without prescription if you want them just for fashion. In this case just enter “plano” for your sphere values. The cost however is the same with or without prescription lenses.
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