Buying prescription glasses can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. Going to the optometrist can be a little bit intimidating, not to mention expensive. If you don’t have extra health cover then you will undoubtedly find that you need to pay the cost of your prescription glasses and depending on the lenses you require and frames you choose, this can be an expensive exercise.
That being said, you can often find some great deals and might find some great savings available if you shop around. If you want all the best tips on what to do when shopping for new prescription glasses, then we recommend reading on below.
Small independents versus large chain brands
There are some huge chain brands that sell prescription glasses in Australia, most of them are run by Luxottica which is the largest supplier of prescription glasses and other eyewear in Australia. The brand sells billions of lenses and frames every year and in Australia they are responsible for chains Laubman & Pank and OPSM. Australia also has the large chain Specsavers which has many stores throughout the country.
In addition to the large chains, there are also a number of small independent stores that operate throughout the country. Most accept major health plans and sell smaller brands or unusual styles.
What to keep in mind when buying prescription glasses
The first thing you’ll need to do when getting new prescription glasses is get an eye exam from your optometrist. Your optometrist will be able to give you a script and will also be able to identify any issues that you might have with your eyes. They will be able to identify what exactly the issues are with your eyesight and regularly visiting them can also help you to get in early on any developing health problems.
Prescription glasses have to fit your unique needs for you to get the benefit you need from them. The lenses you use will be carefully selected by your optometrist based on your needs, lifestyle, and health. They may also take into example issues like cataracts or other problems that can affect your eyesight.
When buying new eyewear you should know that there are different types of lenses out there. The standard type that you will come across are made from plastic and usually include an anti-scratch coating to stop them from getting damaged. Aspheric lenses are another common type that you may come across, they are usually good for reducing ‘big eyes’ as they are smaller and flatter. Polycarbonate lenses are another popular option for safety reasons, sports and children because they are resistant to impact and UV rays. You will also find high index lenses available; these use a light plastic so they aren’t as heavy on the face.
Do you need multi-focals?
Multi-focals are a type of progressive lenses that are good for people who suffer from both near and long-sightedness. These can be good for driving or when you’re in an office environment where you need to regularly walk around and sit at the computer.
You’ll also want to think about what kind of coatings you might need. An anti-scratch coating will stop scuff marks, whilst an anti-reflective coating will help to reduce glare. A UV coating will help to limit the amount of sunlight your eyes are exposed to.
You should also think about what kind of frames you want to get with your glasses. Plastic is common but you will also come across steel or wire frames and other materials and designs.