Prescription Lenses and Eyeglasses

Getting new prescription glasses can feel overwhelming. From scheduling an eye exam to choosing the right lenses, there are many factors to think about.

We want to make this process easier. Below, we cover what you need to know about prescription lenses so you can feel confident while shopping for a pair of glasses.

When you're ready to come in, simply schedule an appointment at your local Pearle Vision. We can do everything from conducting the eye exam to ordering your glasses. If you already have a prescription, we’ll help you find the perfect lenses and frames.

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Prescription Glasses at Pearle Vision

Your prescription glasses should be just as unique as you are. Luckily, your local EyeCare Center has a wide selection of the latest styles to help you find the perfect fit.

What Are Prescription Lenses?

Prescription lenses are corrective and help compensate for vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Prescription glasses will alter how light enters your eye, helping you see clearly by changing how your retina focuses.

An optometrist can give you a prescription for lenses after a comprehensive eye exam.

Types of Prescription Lenses

There are three main types of lenses for glasses. Depending on the results of your eye exam, you could need any of the following options.

Single Vision: Single vision lenses help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These lenses are one power edge to edge and help with a single visual need. They also defend against digital eye strain, so your eyes stay relaxed, comfortable, and healthy.

Progressive lenses: Progressive lenses provide a smooth transition from distance through mid to near vision. Progressive lenses give you the most natural vision correction at all distances. With progressive lenses, you can look up to see clearly across a room and far in the distance.

Multifocal: Multifocal lenses correct two or more fields of vision and are divided by lines that sit horizontally across the lens. They can include bifocal or trifocal lenses, which have powers for near vision, distant vision, and/or intermediate vision. Multifocal lenses are rarely prescribed as progressive lenses have largely replaced them.

How Do Optometrists Determine Your Prescription?

An optometrist must perform an eye exam before you can get prescription lenses. This exam is a comprehensive evaluation of your vision and eye health.

Your optometrist will typically start by reviewing your medical history and asking about your vision. Then, they will conduct some tests to evaluate:

  • Visual acuity (sharpness).
  • Eye alignment.
  • Refractive errors (clarity).
  • Eye health.
  • Eye pressure.

These tests help the optometrist create your glasses prescription, which includes the power and type of lenses you need.

Once the exam is complete, the doctor will talk to you about the results, teach you how to read an eye prescription, and recommend necessary treatment. Often, treatment options will include prescription glasses lenses.

Note: Even if you think you may want to get contact lenses instead, an eye exam is still the starting point for figuring out your eye prescription.

How to Get Prescription Glasses with Pearle Vision

If you’re ready to make an appointment for prescription glasses, simply follow the steps below. Whether you need an eye exam, upgraded lenses, or designer eyeglasses, our eyecare experts are here to help.

Find Your Local EyeCare Center

The first step to getting prescription glasses is making an appointment at your closest Pearle Vision EyeCare Center.

We have optometrists ready to give you an eye exam and walk your through the process getting prescription eyeglasses.

You can also bring an unexpired prescription from another doctor to an EyeCare Center. Our specialists will show you the types of glasses frames and lenses available for your prescription.

Choose Your Lenses

With your prescription in hand, you can start shopping for lenses. Our experts are there for you if you need help narrowing down the selection.

Some of the most important factors to consider as you begin your search include:

  • Your lens prescription type (single vision, progressive, etc.).
  • Your preferred lens brands.
  • Additional upgrade options.
  • The frame selection for specific lenses.

The following charts break down this information in a little more detail.

Single Vision Options

Ray-Ban Authentic
Pearle ELITE

  • Preferred lens option for all Ray-Ban® frames
  • Signature engraving
  • Superior frame to lens fit
  • Frame optimization

  • Sharper and comfortable vision for your modern lifestyle
  • Defense against digital eyestrain and visual fatigue
  • Harmful blue light protection

  • Our thinnest, most lightweight lens provides high definition clarity
  • Offers our largest viewing area to give you your best vision

  • Designed for crisp, clear vision     
  • Available in our thin and lightweight or impact resistant material

Progressive Lens Options

Ray-Ban Authentic
Varilux® X series™
Pearle ELITE

  • Preferred lens option for all Ray-Ban® frames
  • Signature engraving
  • Superior frame to lens fit
  • Frame optimization

  • Helps eliminate "off-balance" feeling
  • Sharp vision at any distance, even in low lighting
  • Easy transition between near and far vision

  • Our thinnest, most lightweight lens provides high definition clarity
  • Offers our largest viewing area to give you your best vision

  • Designed for crisp, clear vision
  • Available in our thin and lightweight or impact resistant material

Customize and Upgrade

One of the best things about getting new prescription glasses is that you can customize and upgrade your lenses for maximum comfort and performance.

A few of the common upgrades or customizations you can get at Pearle Vision include:

  • Transitions® lenses: Your lenses automatically become darker when exposed to sunlight.
  • Clear blue lenses: Reduce eye strain and protect your eyes from blue light emitted by digital devices.
  • Premium anti-reflective lenses: Reduce surface reflection by 75% with added scratch resistance and UV protection.
  • Polarized lenses: See more comfortably in the sun by reducing up to 99% of the sun's glare.
  • HD lenses: Get a sharper and wider field of vision, no matter the lighting.
  • Anti-scratch lenses: Try lenses treated with a scratch-resistant coating for increased durability.

You may also want to add a tint to your prescription lenses (or prescription sunglasses). Different tints provide different benefits, especially as lighting changes throughout the day.

In general, tints help heighten contrast and improve visibility. The right color tint for you depends on your needs and preferences, but your optometrist can help you make the right choice.

Get Your Perfect Prescription Eyeglasses

Better vision starts with the right prescription glasses.

Whether you need a new prescription or already have an existing prescription, Pearle Vision is the place to go. We have an array of prescription lenses and frames for you to check out and a team of eye care experts to help you along the way.

Make an appointment to find your perfect pair of prescription glasses.

Prescription Glasses FAQs

What are prescription lenses?

The lenses in prescription glasses help people with vision problems see clearly by bending light as it enters the eyes to touch the entire retina.

Nearsightedness and farsightedness are common reasons people would need prescription lenses. Nearsightedness means light only hits the front of the retina, while farsightedness means light only hits the back of the retina. In nearsightedness, concave prescription lenses spread light so it reaches the back parts of the retina. In farsightedness, convex lenses converge light so it can touch the front parts of the retina it would otherwise miss.

How do I get a prescription for lenses?

You have to visit an optometrist to get a prescription for lenses. During your appointment, the doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine your eye health and vision requirements. Then, you’ll get a prescription you can use to buy prescription eyeglasses.

What are the best lenses for prescription glasses?

The best lenses for prescription glasses depend on your needs and preferences. Some lenses are better for durability and longevity, while others are better for comfort. Further, you can upgrade and customize many lenses to enhance their qualities. Talking to your optometrist will help you determine the best lenses for your vision and lifestyle.

What brand of lenses does Pearle Vision carry?

Your local Pearle Vision carries a variety of lens brands. Depending on your prescription type, you can get Ray-Ban Amplify, Ray-Ban Equalize, Transitions®, Pearle Elite, Pearle Select, Varilux, and EyeZen. Talk to our optometrists about your options to choose the perfect fit for your needs and preferences.

How much do prescription lenses cost?

The cost of prescription lenses varies based on materials, lens type, your prescription, and other factors. Most basic single vision lenses can cost anywhere between $50 and $1,000. It all depends on what you need. Keep in mind, insurance coverage or discounts from retailers may impact the final cost.

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