How to buy glasses online

With more choice and lower costs, many people are now choosing to buy their glasses online, rather than from their local optician. This page explains how to buy glasses via SpecsPost but for free impartial consumer help on how to buy glasses online please refer to the 2 links to resources at the bottom of this page. 

Did you know that you can save up to 70% off your prescription glasses when you buy online instead of on the high street?

We understand that you might need a little help when buying your glasses online for the first time, that's why we've put together this handy guide on how to buy glasses online, to make your new purchase as simple as possible.


1. How to choose glasses frames. 

We currently have over 1200 styles in stock for you to choose from. If you are unsure which glasses will suit you, here are some tips:

  • Round faces are balanced by more angular frames, and vice-versa. 
  • Try matching the colour of your glasses to your eye colour - tortoiseshell frames work particularly well with hazel eyes.
  • Opt for a pair the same shape as your current glasses if you are unsure.
  • If you wear your glasses for long amounts of time, you may want to consider a semi-rimless or rimless style, as these are the most light-weight options, and can be more comfortable if you wear glasses all day.
  • Take advantage of our free Personal Stylist offer: simply email us with a picture or description of your face, for your free personal recommendation.
  • For a small deposit, we can send your choice of glasses to you, for you to try on in your own home (subject to availability).


2. Choose your lens option.

All our glasses come complete with our standard lenses and free hard coat (for longer lasting, scratch resistant lenses).

Anti-reflective coating - If you work with computers, this coating applied to the lenses reduces the glare and makes viewing monitors and television screens much more comfortable. For special occasions, an anti-reflective coating will prevent glare from cameras, meaning that your pictures turn out better.

1.6 lenses - A thinner, lighter, more attractive option for those with higher prescriptions (as the standard lenses will be thicker), or just for those who prefer their glasses to be as light as possible. These work well in semi rimless glasses.

1.67 lenses - An even thinner option, these work well for people who want rimless glasses

1.74 lenses - Again, a good option for those with higher prescriptions, or those who want a rimless glasses frame.

Non prescription/ Plano lenses - For people who do not need to wear prescription glasses, but wish to do so for fashion purposes.

In Lens Option 2 you can choose optional extras such as "Sun Tints" or "Transitions".

Sun Tints are added to the lens to make prescription sunglasses. These are available in a choice of 3 colours.

Transitions glasses are more versatile. These lenses are clear indoors for normal use, and darken when you go outdoors (making the transition from glasses to sunglasses on exposure to UV light).

Once you have made your decision, simply press "Add To Basket", check your order is correct and then "Checkout Now".


Checkout - Step 1

Here you add your personal details (e.g. name and address).

Next you will be asked for your prescription details. You now have 3 choices. You can now enter your prescription, choose to provide your prescription later (for example if you do not have it to hand, if would like our dispensing opticians to help you enter it, or if you simply want to reserve your frame but need to get a new prescription issued by your optician), or choose blank (plano) lenses.

If you choose to enter your prescription now, you will be asked for your Pupillary Distance (mm). This is the measurement in millimetres of the distance between your pupils. You can ask your optician for this, or find out how to take the measurement yourself in our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you need any help at this time, simply call us on 0845 275 7035 or email us at and one of our dispensing opticians will be happy to help you.

Once you have completed this step (which can be made quicker in the future by registering with us), press "Place Order Now".


Checkout - Step 2

This is your chance to check your order is correct, then make your secure payment with HSBC. For more information on secure payment and how we protect your information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

 Please continue through this stage until your payment has been confirmed, then you will be re-directed back to the SpecsPost website.

We hope you found our step-by-step guide on how to buy glasses online useful.

We love to hear from you, so feel free to call us on 0844 870 7894. We're here to help!


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