What Is the Process of Getting Prescription Glasses?

According to studies, three out of four people require vision correction to some degree. This statistic is shocking to most people, but it makes sense. Consider that many babies already have poor vision at birth. Add to that the time people spend staring at digital screens today, loss of focus flexibility, and the effects of age. It is clear why approximately 75% of people need prescription lenses. 

Many Americans, especially kids, require vision correction to see well. Whether or not you have a vision issue, you should undergo regular eye exams to keep track of eye health and any changes.


Prescription Glasses


Are you planning to buy your first eyeglasses? If so, you must know how to choose suitable prescription eyeglasses for your specific needs. Some of the problems people face when shopping for prescription glasses include:


  • They can be expensive

  • Finding the right pair of glasses at a fair price can be time-consuming and frustrating

  • Finding the right style for your profession and face shape can be difficult

  • You might need multiple pairs of prescription glasses and other add-ons


How to Get Prescription Eyeglasses


Visit an Optometrist


The first step to getting prescription glasses is visiting an optometrist for a complete eye exam. The results will help your optometrist determine the appropriate prescription for any corrective lenses. 

The standard validity for an eyeglass prescription is one year for kids and two years for adults. So, if you have an outdated prescription, you should get a new one as soon as possible. Your optometrist will give you a copy of the prescription. That said, you should understand that it is different from a contact lens prescription. So, you need to understand the differences between the two.


Get Your Pupillary Distance Measured

The PD is the distance, in millimeters, between your pupils. The lens's optical center gives the most accurate vision. This part of the glasses should be in front of your pupils. The eyeglasses lab will need your PD to determine the correct positioning of your lenses. Your optometrist will record this measurement during your eye checkup.


Choose the Right Frames

The secret to getting perfectly fitting prescription eyeglasses is simple - know the correct frame size. Factors to consider when selecting frames for your prescription glasses include:


  • Choose frames that complement your face shape

  • Pick frames that fit your style

  • Choose the right size for proper positioning. The appropriate size will depend on your eye, temple, and bridge size


Customize Your Lenses


After walking you through your needs, lifestyle, and preferences to narrow your options, your optometrist will help you determine the coatings and types of lenses you require. Your eyeglass prescription will also state the thickness and base type of the lens. You can invest in add-ons to reduce weight, increase durability, and even eliminate glare.

These four simple steps will help you go from squinting to seeing clearly and comfortably. A good optometrist should be with you every step of the way. After all, the process is not over until you walk out the door with the perfect pair of prescription glasses.


For more on prescription glasses, contact Houston Dry Eye Clinic at our Houston, Texas office. Call (713) 664-4760 to schedule an appointment today.