Can You Get Glasses Without a Prescription?

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The short answer is, yes.

Perhaps you don’t have a current eyeglass prescription and would like to buy new eyeglasses or sunglasses online. The EyeGlass Numbers that are generated by the EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker are not prescriptions, however,  you can use the EGN’s (EyeGlass Numbers) provided to order eyeglasses from online retailers that do not require an eye care provider’s prescription certification. An Eye Care professional does not administer the EyeQue test; you personally do and may make errors while using the PVT.  While tracking your vision using the EyeQue PVT can reveal changes and fluctuations in your refractive errors, we recommend that you receive annual professional healthcare provider vision exams to diagnose any eye health problems.

The EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker enables you to obtain the numbers you need to buy those new specs without leaving the house. First, you can compare results with your last prescription to see if it is accurate or if your vision has changed. Second, you can test your vision multiple times to ensure the results are consistent. The test results are cumulative so the more often you take the test, the more accurate your results will be.

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By testing your vision at home, you can proactively monitor refractive changes over time and automatically save and retrieve them in the EyeQue Cloud. If you notice significant changes, it’s important to make an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam. An optometrist or ophthalmologist will check for potential eye diseases that may be contributing to major refractive changes.


EyeQue Numbers and PD Measurement

Before you start browsing online, make sure you have your EyeGlass Numbers and Pupillary Distance (PD) measurement on hand. Personal Vision Tracker orders placed in the EyeQue store receive a PD ruler, which is super easy to use. PD is the distance measured in millimeters between the centers of the pupils – most adults have a PD between 54mm to 74mm. This is important because it delineates the optical center of each eyeglass lens. If the PD is wrong (out of tolerance), a person will not be able to accurately focus both of their eyes together.

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Considerable Cost Savings

One of the top benefits of the $29 Personal Vision Tracker is that you can order eyeglasses from select online retailers at considerable savings. Here are a couple of online retailers to check out!

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While traveling abroad, Eye Buy Direct founder Roy Hessel observed that many people did not have access to obtaining perfect vision. “I founded the company on the belief that quality eyewear should be accessible, and more importantly affordable, to everyone. The ability to see shouldn’t be held at a premium when it’s such an integral part of our daily lives.” To facilitate the process, the company has posted a guide to buying their prescription eyeglasses online.

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Since opening its first lab in 2008, GlassesUSA has manufactured millions of lenses, ranging from single vision to complex ultra-thin lenses for high refractive errors. Today, its dedicated team of optical experts, craftsmen and production workers work in a 7,500 square foot state-of-the-art lab equipped with some of the most modern optic equipment in the industry. The company runs frequent promotions and sales. They also offer an easy-to-use “try it on” tool in which you can upload a photo of yourself to see how frames look.

How to Save More Money

  •    Unless your prescription is above +/- 3.00, professionals recommend skipping add-ons such as antireflective coating, high index or ultrahigh index lenses.
  •    Some online optical retailers accept vision insurance, so investigate this before ordering.
  •    If you have a flexible spending account or health savings account, take advantage of this pretax money to pay for prescription glasses and contact lenses.


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