Reviewed by: Dr. Matthew Miller, OD on Jan 13, 2021

Say you’re shopping for a new pair of prescription glasses. You find a pair you love, dig out an old eye prescription, and order your frames. When your glasses arrive, they don’t make your vision as sharp as you’d like.

What went wrong?

Our eyesight can change throughout our lives. The most critical step when you’re ordering new eyeglasses should be making sure that your prescription is up to date, and the best way to get an accurate prescription is to make an appointment with an eye care professional. Here’s how to do it.

Get in touch with your eye doctor It’s a good idea to go for an eye exam about once a year, or more frequently if you’re suffering from symptoms like blurry vision. If you’re a little overdue, now’s as good a time as ever to get your eyes checked out!

There are two types of eye care professionals licensed to give eye exams; optometrists and ophthalmologists. An optometrist is an eye specialist who can perform eye exams and provide treatment for any issues you may have. An ophthalmologist is a doctor who can also perform eye surgeries.

You can schedule an appointment with either of these specialists by searching online or asking your regular doctor for recommendations. During the eye exam, they will measure your eyesight and also look for any potential medical issues.

After your eye test, you will walk away with a slip of paper featuring all the measurements you need to order glasses with prescription lenses perfectly suited to your needs. Here’s a handy eyeglass prescription guide explaining what these numbers mean.

Using your prescription at EyeBuyDirect Once you have an up-to-date prescription, ordering prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses at EyeBuyDirect is super simple. Choose the frame style you like, click the select lenses button and follow the steps based on your requirements. It’s a good idea to carefully review the prescription numbers to ensure your lenses perfectly correct your vision.