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    We at Frames Foundry care about your glasses buying experience. We want to make sure you are well informed to purchase your perfect glasses from us. We have created this guide to show you what information you will need and how you can go about selecting your next best glasses.



    The first step is to decide what you need the glasses for.  Do you need the glasses for driving and watching television?  Are they for reading the daily paper?  Are they just for the computer use?  Or would you prefer a pair of glasses that did all of these?

    Given below are some of the common uses of glasses:

    Distance - These glasses are for everyday wear and are good for driving, watching television and when you are out and about.

    Reading - These glasses are for you to see better close-up like reading, sewing and table top hobbies.

    Computer - These glasses are set specifically for you to view the computer screen at arms length comfortably.  We have specially designed lenses that reduce glare and improve visual comfort at the screen.

    Sunglasses - These are tinted glasses made to your prescription to allow you to wear on bright days or get them made up to read comfortably on the beach.

    Varifocal - These glasses are designed to allow you to see well at all distances from driving a car to reading a book.



    Face Shape

    A pair of glasses should flatter your face shape. Knowing what style of frames would suit your face shape will help you select frames that will not only look good but also compliment your life style.  To make the right choice, we have created a guide that will help you determine your face shape and the style of frames that will compliment it.  To view the guide, click on the button below:

    Face Shape Guide 


    Know your Frame Size

    Getting the right pair of glasses is important to both look and feeling, an ill-fitting pair will look bad and feel like a pain. The important areas for this are your eye size, bridge size and temple size, these can drastically effect your choice. For a guide on how to find out your frame size just click on the button below:

    Frame Size  


     Know Your Prescription

    To make it easier for us to get you your perfect pair of glasses we do need your latest prescription.  It is also a legal requirement for you to send us your latest prescription issued by a qualified optician.  You can either email us the prescription or upload it while placing your order. 

    Your prescription will depend on the usage of your glasses:

    • Single-vision lenses are typically prescribed for people who are either near-sighted or far-sighted, but not both. Single-vision lenses only have one corrective power.
    • Multi-focal lenses are usually prescribed for people who have difficulty seeing things up close and far away. These lenses will have more than one corrective power.

    To understand the prescription issued by your optician, please follow our Prescription Guide:


    Our Prescription guide



    Pupillary Distance (PD) Measurement

    Your PD is your pupillary distance; this will give you the correct position for your lenses over your eyes. The PD is measured in mm and if you don’t know yours we have prepared a printable guide below.  If you send us glasses we can find it for you.

     PD Guide.pdf


    Lens Type and Material

    Frames Foundry Reading Chart

    There are a number of coatings that could be applied to your lenses.  The lenses available with our glasses are described below: 

    Standard Lens 

    Our standard lens has a Refractive Index (RI) of 1.5.  This lens has multi-coating and anti-reflection. 

    Thin Lens

    Our thin lens has a Refractive Index (RI) of 1.6 and come with UV400 protection.  This lens also has scratch resistant, multi-coat and anti-reflection coatings.

    Super Thin Lens

    Our super thin lens has a Refractive Index (RI) of 1.67 and come with UV400 protection.  This lens also has scratch resistant, multi-coat and anti-reflection coatings.  This lens is ideally suited for people which higher prescriptions and for use with half-rim and rimless frames.

    Trilogy HC

    Trilogy HC is our super tough lens which has a Refractive Index (RI) of 1.5 and also comes with UV400 protection. This lens is ideally suited for lower prescriptions and its super tough properties make it perfect for active people or people who work outdoors or in the field.


    Note: The lenses used in your glasses can depend on a number of factors such as prescription, usage, frame dimensions, brand, and whether the frame is full rim, half-rim or rimless.  If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or drop us an email.