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Should I Replace My Eyeglass Lenses?

Replacing your eyeglass lenses

143 million adults wear some type of prescription eyewear.  That’s 64% of the US Population.  The number is even higher when you include children under 18.  Still, only 12-15% of consumers choose to purchase their eyewear online.  It’s difficult to know what the frames you’re buying will look like on you.  Will the company get your prescription, right?  Eyewear is a big investment to have a this many uncertainties going through your mind.  Your glasses are part of your personal style, your personal brand and the most utility you get out of any fashion piece you own. 

Why replace your eyeglass lenses?

  • Your lenses scratched, cracked, or broken
  • Normal wear and tear (Most common reason)
  • Vision needs change – a new prescription

Often, the frames have simply outlived the lenses.  Some consumers looking for replacement lenses may be considering other factors.

  • Their favorite frames have been discontinued or unavailable
  • Preference to antique or vintage frames, but need a modern lens
  • Your frames fit you – you like them, and don’t want to change
  • An affordable alternative to buying new glasses
  • You have and keep multiple pairs and styles to choose from.

Can you replace eyeglass lenses in any frame?

In general, you can replace lenses in any frame.  By upgrading your lenses, you’re upgrading your vision and hopefully seeing better than before, without changing your look.  We’ve got a few exceptions in our FAQ page.

Can you replace lenses for a strong eyeglass prescription?

Absolutely you can.  High Index is usually the way to go.  With LensFactory owning a US Based lab, we can assist you with the strongest of prescriptions.  LensFactory can help guide you to not have that “glass bottle” look in your glasses.  Offering just about any prescription need from Plano (no prescription) to prisms, LensFactory has you covered with prescription lenses.

Can you replace lenses for any type of prescription?

You can!  In fact, LensFactory has the widest selection available online.

 Chart showing different vision needs.  Single Vision, Bifocal, Trifocal, Progressive and High Index lenses.

What materials do replacement lenses come in?

  • Plastic (Most affordable, very clear view)
  • Polycarbonate (Shatterproof, thin, most common today)
  • Glass (Highest clarity, naturally scratch resistant)
  • High-Index (Thinner material available for strong prescriptions)
chart showing material options available for lenses including plastic, polycarbonate or glass

What lens options are available with replacement lenses?

How can eyeglass tint color benefit me?

Did you know that fashion tint isn’t just for looks?  It can benefit you in your daily life.  Some people with dyslexia even report fewer problems with tinted lenses.

  • Yellow/Orange: Enhance contrast in low-light conditions, such as night driving
  • Brown: Reduce eye strain for those with near-sightedness in bright light
  • Gray: Reduce fatigue and make good all-purpose sunglasses
  • Blue/Purple: Enhance vision in foggy weather and protect against highly reflective surfaces
  • Pink/Rose: Enhance depth perception and detail, may reduce migraines

Can you replace polarized or transitions eyeglass lenses?

Yes, you can replace your polarized or transitions lenses.  Even if you don’t have polarized or transitions lenses today, you can replace your lenses with them.

What are polarized Lenses?

Polarized lenses scatter light rays to reduce intensity of sunlight and reflections.  Additional benefits include UV Protection, reduce glare, reflection and eyestrain.

What are transitions lenses?

Transitions lenses (photochromic lenses) combine one pair of glasses for indoor and outdoor use. Transitions lenses are also available as polarized-transitions lenses.  Transitions lenses are clear lenses that darken when exposed to UV rays. 

Chart showing benefits of polarized lenses and transitions lenses.

How long does it take to replace eyeglass lenses?

From the time we get your frames, most lens replacements are completed in 3 – 5 business days back to you. 

Generally there are 1 – 3 days on the front and back of the replacement process for shipping making the total time as little as 5 days.  The simpler your selections and prescription are – the quicker they go out.  For instance, plastic lenses without any coatings can usually go out in 1 – 2 days.  Glass lenses with A/R can take a few weeks.  If you’re unsure about how long it will take, just ask us!

Is replacing lenses the right choice for me?

At the end of the day, deciding to choose replacement lenses over purchasing a new set of frames and lenses comes down to a question of need.  Are your frames broken?  Replacement lenses cannot fix that.  However, if you like your frames, for the most part – you can keep your frames and just replace the lenses.  We’ve shown that no matter your vision needs, your frame type, your material or coatings – LensFactory has you covered.

Check out our whole infographic about replacement lenses!