Lens Replacement for Prescription Glasses (2023)

Looking For Replacement Lenses?

Lens replacement for glasses is easy to do, and it is a great way to save money. Most optical stores will try to sell you a new pair of glasses frames, but this is unnecessary. If you own a pair of glasses that just need to have lens replacement, we can help you. Follow this link to the Replacement Lenses Wizard, to easily accomplish glasseslens replacement for your favorite pair of existing frames.And all of our lenses come with a "Perfect Lenses Guarantee".

Having to replace an entire pair of glasses or sunglasses because of broken, cracked, or scratched prescription lenses is expensive when you consider the price of a new pair with the cost of new lenses. If you have a pair of perfectly good frames, a pair of favorite frames, or have just bought a new pair of vintage or retro frames and need only to change thelenses, save some money by simply replacing them with high quality lenses from Eyeglasses.com, using our lens replacement service.

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There are a few steps that need to be followed when buying lens replacement glasses, including sunglasses lenses, and having them installed into your current frames. First you need to have a prescription for eyeglass lens replacement. But if you send us your old lenses, we can read those prescription lenses andduplicate your replacement prescription lenses. We can also read your pupil distance measurement from those lenses. If you are changing prescriptions or have an eyewear frame with an old prescription, we will need your new prescription information.

CAUTION - Sometimes Frames Break: We take extreme care when handling eyeglasses or sunglasses frames that you send to us for replacement lenses. We carefully evaluate the frame for any structural weaknesses or defects before accepting them for any replacement treatment. If your frame fails this first inspection, we will return the frame to you at no cost. At no time do we have any obligation to provide replacement lens services, and we reserve the right to cancel any order at any time for any reason.

When you replace lenses in glasses,it can cause stress on theframe, and even brand new frames can be broken or damaged during lens installation. It is a rare occurrence, but it does occasionally happen, even after our careful inspection. EYEGLASSES.COM ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS CASE. We are under no obligation to repair or replace a damaged frame. You, the customer, assume this risk completely. However, as a courtesy we can offer you a 50% discount to purchase any frame offered on our website.

Since you already have your existing frames which are either full rim, half rim or rimless, the next step in getting new lenses is choosing the lens type, based on your needs: single vision, progressive, bifocal, trifocal, reading, or computer. Next you can select the type of material you want your replacement eyeglass lenses to be made from: Regular plastic, high index polycarbonate, ultra thin high index, glass, or Trivex. When you shop for lens replacement, it helps to learn about the various options you can choose from, in order to design the best replacement lenses for your personal needs. It is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each, so that you can find the perfect lenses for your needs.

Single Vision Replacement Lenses

For people whose vision is hampered by the experience of blurriness or halos around lights, these lenses offer them a chance to view the world in crisp detail. Single vision lenses have the same focal power throughout the lenses from top to bottom. Lenses and contact lenses can be used to correct conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, among other eye disorders. A contact lens fits directly on to your eye and requires a special fitting. They are the simplest andmost common for folks under the age of forty, and the least expensive replacement lens type. Single vision replacement lenses are great for longer distance, intermediate (such as computer glasses), or near (such as reading or close up work) vision needs. Unlike single vision lenses, the bifocal, trifocal, or progressive replacement lenses have more than one vision power ground into them.

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Bifocal lenses are divided into two parts with different focal powers. The upper part of the lens is normally used for distance vision, while the lower part is used for near-vision tasks such as reading. Most people think of bifocals as having a demarcation line, which can be seen pretty easily. However, thanks to the latest advancements in eyewear technology,bifocal lens designs now offer the consumer other shape choices for the near vision correction component of bifocal lenses. The most popular bifocal lenses are still the half moon or flat top segment. But you will also find a “round” near vision correction component segment, orbifocal lenses with the entire bottom half of the lenses that have the near vision correction component. People with presbyopia, which is the deterioration in the ability of the eye's natural lens to expand or contract in order to focus on close up objects often will get bifocal lenses since they need a special lens for reading, but need a different lens for seeing in the distance. Presbyopia is common for many folks over the age of forty-five.
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Trifocal Replacement Lenses

Trifocal lenses, as their name implies, offer three focal points, usually for distance, intermediate, and near vision. You can see the demarcations lines in trifocal lenses.

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Progressive Replacement Lenses

Progressive lenses eliminate the visible demarcationlines of traditional bifocals and trifocals. They are often referred to as "no-line bifocals." A progressive lens provides a seamless progression of many lens powers for all viewing distances, which is a more natural correction of presbyopia than offered by bifocal or trifocal prescription glasses. Since they offer the most natural vision correction and are the most attractive lens to wear, they are very popular.

Safety Glasses

Safety glasses often need replacement due to harsh working environments. We offer a full selection of safety glasses and safety lenses, but before ordering, you should have a consultation with your doctor to make sure you are getting the best prescription lens for your needs.

Contact Lenses Replacement

We do not sell contact lenses, because that is a completely different business and we prefer to specialize in eyeglass lenses. If you are looking for an intraocular lens, overnight glasses lenses, or contacts following eye surgery, we cannot help you.Lens Replacement for Prescription Glasses (7)

Choosing Your Replacement Lens Material

Replacement lenses for your eyeglass frame are available in glass, standard plastic, polycarbonate, and hi-index plastic. It is good to remember that your eyewear lens material determines how well those lenses will perform in everyday situations.


In the past, eyewear lenses were only made from glass. You can still buy original lenses made from glass. However they are substantially heavier and more expensive than plastic lenses. Glass lenses are optically clearer than plastic, and are extremely scratch resistant. However they are much less impact resistant than plastic glasses even though in accordance with FDA regulations, glass lenses are safety hardened.


Fifty percent lighter than glass lenses, standard plastic lenses are the least expensive material from which eyewear lenses are made. However, to provide the high optical quality of standard plastic lenses (CR-39), the result is the trade-off of offering less strength and reduced durability. Because of the reduced durability of plastic lenses, if not properly taken care of, they will become scratched resulting in a loss of some of their visual clarity. We recommend that plastic lenses have a scratch resistant coating applied to them to protect against such damage and are kept in their cases when not in use.


Polycarbonate lenses are ten times more impact resistant than standard plastic lenses. They are ideal for everyday wear since they are tough, shatterproof or impact resistant, and lightweight. However, due to their flexibility or softness, which makes them so impact resistant, theyneed a scratch-resistant coating to prevent surface scratches. Unlike regular glass lenses, polycarbonate lenses block 100 percent of the sun's UV rays without the need for special UV- blocking lens coatings.

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Trivex lenses are one the newest additions to eyewear material competing head to head with polycarbonate lenses. Trivex lenses are some of the thinnest lenses available for ultimate comfort, with the least visual distortion around the edges of the lens. Trivex lenses are about 10 % thinner and thus 10 % lighter than polycarbonate lenses. Just like polycarbonate replacement lenses, Trivex lenses are shatterproof or impact resistant, but need a scratch-resistant coating to prevent surface scratches. High tech scratch-resistant coatings can make the surface of Trivex lenses nearly as hard as glass. You can get distance vision lenses, progressive lenses, bifocal (with line) lenses, trifocal lenses (with lines), lenses for reading and lenses for computer work made from both polycarbonate and Trivex lenses.

High Index

You will see a lot about high index lenses, mid index and low index eyeglass lenses. The “index” that is being referred to is the refractive index of a lens material. The higher the index number, the more the light will refract as it enters. If a lens has a greater ability to refract light, less of a curve is required to obtain a specific power. Less curve results in a thinner eyeglass lens. Both the standard plastic CR-39, and glass are considered base or low index with an index of 1.498 for CR-39 plastic lenses and 1.52 for lenses made from glasses. When you see an eyeglasses lens index over 1.58 or greater it is considered high index.

High index replacement lenses can be made of a variety of plastic and glass materials. They are lighter, thinner, and more scratch-resistant than standard plastic lenses. However, as the index increases and the hardness increases, the lenses become more brittle and less impact-resistant. Other downsides to take into consideration are their highly reflective nature, which causes glare and some distortion along with their higher cost. They require anti-reflective coating to avoid distracting and vision-compromising glare.

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Some prescriptions and activities that require impact resistant eyewear are not suitable for these lenses. Since many eyeglass wearers consider high index lenses as some of the highest quality lenses you can order, many people order high index lenses simply because they think the lenses look better, or because their optometrist recommended them. However, you need to choose the lens material that will best suityour needs.

Choosing Your Replacement Lens Options

Once you have chosen an original lenses type and lens material, you now have several options for your replacement lenses. Some prescription eyeglass lenses need a UV Coating to protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet rays. While some lenses will need a super hard, scratch-resistant coating and an anti-reflective coating with hydrophobic finish to make them more durable and comfortable to wear. The numerous lens options available may differ depending upon which specific lenses you chose to buy. However, these lens options will protect and /or enhance your replacement lenses.

Sunglasses Replacement Lenses

There’s no reason to discard a perfectly good sunglass lens just because you need a replacement sunglass lens. Don't get eye strain trying to look through scratched lenses. Getting a new lens for sunglasses in an existing frame like Maui Jim sunglasses can save you a ton of money.

Save Your Favorite Frames

If you have bought a fabulous pair of vintage prescription sunglasses, which often come without lenses, we will add the lenses so when you hit the streets or the beach you will look as glamorous as the old time movie stars and celebrities. If the original lens gets scratched, send them to us and we will read the pupillary distance from the sunglass lenses, and then make them into tinted prescription eyewear.

What Are The Tint Options

We offer various tint options for your sunglasses replacement lenses: regular sunglasses tints in various colors and densities, fashion tints in most fashion colors from a light density tint 15% to a dark density tint of 35%, and gradient tints. If you are in bright light, the tint density should be 50% to 80%, but the darker they are tinted, the lower depth perception. Your eye doctor or optician can help patients pick the best tint density, and then they come back to our websites and look for our special offers.

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Dropped Your Favorite Sunglasses?

Have you ever dropped your favorite sunglasses on the ground, picked them up, and now have a big scratch on them? Now they are less-than favorite sunglasses! But if you send them in for replacements, you will have your favorite sunglasses back in about two weeks. This includes prescription and non prescription sunglasses from your favorite brands, breathing new life into them, and maybe even a new prescription. A sunglass frame is often made of a softer but more unbreakable material than eyeglass frames, and the prescription is the same for regular or polarized sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses help to reduce glare and also come with uv protection; in fact there is no difference versus most brand of eyeglass lenses which also come with uv protection.

Questions Anyone?

At Eyeglasses.com, we're here to answer any questions you may have. After all, your glasses are more than just accessories. If you are unsure of what type of eyeglasses replacement lenses would be best for your frames and needs, give us a call. Choosing replacement lenses can appear complicated due to the numerous options available, but our knowledgeable customer service representatives are here to help.


Can you replace lenses in prescription glasses? ›

The short answer to that is yes. Eyeglasses are made of plastic, so it's possible to change the lens without replacing the frame if needed. A good rule of thumb is that when a new prescription is needed, it's time to replace the lens.

How much is it to just replace lenses in glasses? ›

A simple lens replacement from a reputable company can be as inexpensive as $50 or less, or it can creep into the low hundreds if you have a complex prescription and are adding specialty coatings to your lenses. The average cost for a basic lens replacement lands somewhere between $70 and $80, before tax and shipping.

Can you replace just the lens? ›

While some people regularly replace their eyeglass frames, others prefer to just replace the lenses. Individuals might do this because they favor the style or when the frames they currently use are no longer available. It can also be cheaper to only replace the lenses instead of getting new frames.

Can I have new lenses put in my old frames? ›

Fortunately, you can typically continue to use your existing frames when you get new lenses, provided that the frames are in good condition and aren't too complicated in shape. If they're damaged or worn out, then you'll need to get a new pair of frames along with the new lenses.

Will Walmart put new lenses in old frames? ›

It depends on which Walmart you go to. Some Walmart's will replace the lenses in your frames and since they want to sell their own frames they usually add $25.00 to the cost of the lenses in a customer's own frame. You will need to call your local Walmart to find out their individual policy for your location.

How much does it cost to put old lenses in new frames? ›

Average cost and duration for eyewear repairs
Common RepairsAverage CostAverage time frame
Cable Temple Conversion$59 to $8924 to 48 hours
Ptosis Eye Crutches$99 to $15924 to 48 hours
Lenses transfered to new frame$29 to $69 (does not include frame)24 to 48 hours
Welding metal eyewear frames$29 to $7924 to 48 hours
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Is it cheaper to get new lenses in old frames? ›

A. Replacing the lenses in your eyeglasses is often cheaper than replacing the whole pair of glasses, but this also depends on the prescription and type of frames you have. You can measure your lenses against your current frames to see if they are the same size.

Why are replacement lenses so expensive? ›

One of the key reasons eyeglasses are so expensive is the manufacturing costs; new technology incorporated into the making of glasses to have them deliver better results comes at an extra cost to the consumer.

How much are glasses lenses without insurance? ›

Using these numbers, you can see that, on average, a complete pair of glasses will run you between $200-$300+ if you don't have vision insurance. However, average cost of a complete pair of eyeglasses in the U.S. truly runs the gamut.

Does lens replacement improve vision? ›

Yes. In most instances, lens replacement surgery effectively improves vision with patients and helps them meet the driving standard of vision or better.

Will Costco put new lenses in old frames? ›

You can bring in any old Rx frame for Costco to update but you'll be charged a small fee for it, can't remember the amount but there is a fee. ... The lens center that Costco uses may not be able to update the lenses for whatever reason like size or shape.

How long does a lens replacement last? ›

A cataract lens will last a lifetime, and the vast majority of patients do not experience any complications with their lenses after cataract surgery.

Can I bring my own frame to Costco? ›

Yes, you can bring your own frames to Costco. So bring your current frames or snag a deal a pair from several online retailers such as Warby Parker, Zenni Optical, or Frames Direct. Still, keep in mind, you can also receive a discount at Costco when you purchase multiple frames for the same person all on the same day.

Will Warby Parker replace lenses? ›

At Warby Parker, all of our lenses come with a scratch-resistant coating. If your lenses become scratched within six months of your glasses purchase, we'll replace the whole kit and caboodle for free—and if it's been longer than that, you may still be eligible for a lens replacement discount.

Does Visionworks put lenses in old frames? ›

Eyewear Replacement Policies

Visionworks enables clients to bring in their old frames when looking for a glasses lens replacement. They do, however, require a couple of requirements when it comes to your frames.

How fast can Lenscrafters make glasses? ›

Today, nearly 900 stores across the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada have fully-equipped in-store laboratories to produce glasses in about one hour. This is no small investment. But to us, it is the best way to provide the best service we can. Visit the Lenscrafters Product Catalog.

Which lens replacement is best? ›

Which lens is right for me? That depends on your needs. If you're comfortable wearing glasses after cataract surgery, a monofocal lens may be the right choice. If you want to avoid wearing distance glasses after cataract surgery and have astigmatism, a toric lens might be appropriate.

Who benefits from lens replacement? ›

Lens replacement surgery can also be beneficial for the following people:
  • Those who have farsightedness or hyperopia.
  • Those who have nearsightedness or myopia.
  • Those with presbyopia which happens due to the aging process. ...
  • Those who have astigmatism. ...
  • Those at high-risk for developing cataracts in the future.
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Why do optometrists charge so much for glasses? ›

Have you ever wondered why glasses cost so much? When you buy glasses from a traditional brick-and-mortar retailer, you're not just paying for the frame and lenses; you're also paying big money to cover the retailer's hefty outsourcing costs, which usually include manufacturing, licensing fees, warehousing, and more.

Can I buy my own lenses? ›

The simple answer is yes. It is possible to replace your prescription eyeglass lens and keep your current frames.

Why are Lenscrafters lenses so expensive? ›

Why are lenses so expensive at Lenscrafters? The characteristics of metal material The material of metal glasses frame chooses some kind of metal material or alloy to make mostly. Most of the copper alloys are treated as the base material and then have surface treatment processing.

Are expensive eyeglass lenses worth it? ›

Cheaper lenses will give you the clarity of vision you require, but more expensive ones will give you a more distinctive pair of glasses, with personalized features. Customized features like lens color, anti-reflective coating, scratch-resistant, polarized, photochromic, etc. are the components of higher price.

What is the downside of lens replacement? ›

Potential side effects

Lens replacement is a safe and reliable procedure. However, It is more invasive than other procedures, and patients experience common side effects such as halos or glare, dry eyes, temporarily fluctuating vision, and – extremely rarely – infection.

Who is not suitable for lens replacement? ›

Who is not suitable for lens replacement surgery? Lens replacement can correct issues with vision such as short-sightedness (myopia), long- sightedness (hyperopia), presbyopia, cataracts and astigmatism. If you are not affected by any of these conditions, lens replacement surgery is probably not suitable for you.

Who is a candidate for lens replacement? ›

Who is a good candidate for lens replacement? If you suffer from cataracts, your only option is lens replacement. If you are suffering from diminished vision from presbyopia or a refractive error, or if you have been told you are not a good candidate for LASIK, lens replacement may also be a good option.

Is Costco or LensCrafters cheaper? ›

Generally, Costco Optical will offer you a better price than LensCrafters when you buy glasses or contact lenses. However, depending on what your vision insurance plan covers, you may be less satisfied overall with the quality of the product.

Can I just buy lenses at Costco? ›

Yes, you need to be a member to purchase glasses or contacts at Costco Optical centers. However, you do not need to be a member to make an appointment with our in-house optometrist.

Does Costco Optical replace lenses only? ›

They don't offer eyeglass lens replacement only, but maybe in some cases (there's little way to tell). And if you do get a new set of glasses, they seem to only guarantee service for two years, which isn't that long.

How long is vision blurry after lens replacement? ›

In most cases, vision improves immediately after surgery, although pupils may remain dilated for 1-2 days. As the eyes heal and adjust, some patients may experience blurry vision. Blurry vision usually clears the day following the surgery. However, for some people vision can take several days to return to normal.

How long does it take for eyes to adjust after lens replacement? ›

Within 48 hours, many cataracts patients see significant improvement in their vision. It is possible that your vision could take one to two weeks to adjust and settle. The eye must adapt to the new intraocular lens that has replaced the lens.

How long does it take for vision to stabilize after lens replacement? ›

Depending on the IOL you choose for your cataract surgery, it may take three to six weeks before your vision fully stabilizes. You may find it especially difficult to adjust to monovision.

What is $70 Costco frame allowance? ›

Costco® Optical allowance of $70 is equivalent to the frame allowance at VSP network doctor locations and participating retail chains. Members who select a featured frame brand, including Anne Klein, bebe®, Calvin Klein, Flexon, Lacoste, Nike, Nine West and more, will receive an extra $20 toward their frame allowance.

How much do Costco frames cost on average? ›

The average cost of prescription glasses at Costco Optical is around $185. The best price is usually when you get the Costco Kirkland Signature brand frames.

Can I use my own frames at Costco Optical? ›

In most cases, Costco also lets you bring in your own frames and will cut your new prescription lenses to the right size (assuming the frames are in good condition). You may be charged a small fee for this, but it'll be way cheaper than buying a whole new pair of glasses.

How do you fix a cracked lens on glasses? ›

How to fix a broken glasses rim
  1. Clean the break with lukewarm water mixed with dishwashing detergent.
  2. Using a clean cloth, thoroughly dab the break so it's completely dry.
  3. Cover your lenses in painter's tape to protect them for the next stage.
  4. Between the broken halves of the rim, sparingly apply the super glue or acetone.
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Why is Warby Parker different? ›

Warby Parker was started to create an alternative. By circumventing traditional channels, designing glasses in-house, and engaging with customers directly, we're able to provide higher-quality, better-looking prescription eyewear at a fraction of the going price. We believe that buying glasses should be easy and fun.

Is blue light filtering worth it? ›

A recent study suggested that blue light-blocking glasses do not improve symptoms of digital eye strain. The American Academy of Ophthalmology does not recommend blue light-blocking glasses because of the lack of scientific evidence that blue light is damaging to the eyes.

What do opticians do with old lenses? ›

Most good opticians will be able to replace the old lenses with new ones matching your prescription. Depending on your correction, you'll likely save yourself money, too, by keeping your existing frames. If your old lenses are made from glass, you can recycle them at your local recycling centre.

Why are my new glasses not as clear as my old ones? ›

Until you adjust to your new prescription glasses, it might appear that your new glasses don't correct your vision as well as your old pair. This is completely normal. Most people find that it can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few days to adjust to their new prescription glasses.

Can you replace the lens in your eye more than once? ›

Cataract surgery can be redone, most commonly after a problem occurs with the lens implant from the original procedure. Cataract surgery entails removing the natural lens material and replacing it with an artificial lens implant designed to match the patient's approximate prescription.

Does Target Optical replace lenses? ›

Yes, it's possible to replace the lenses in your frames, but it depends on their condition due to: normal wear and tear, your particular prescription, your lenses, as well as the options you choose.

What are the disadvantages of lens replacement surgery? ›

Potential side effects. Lens replacement is a safe and reliable procedure. However, It is more invasive than other procedures, and patients experience common side effects such as halos or glare, dry eyes, temporarily fluctuating vision, and – extremely rarely – infection.

What is the recovery time for lens replacement surgery? ›

On average, eye lens replacement surgery recovery time is about two weeks. To aid recovery you'll have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops. A few days of slight discomfort and glare or blurred vision is completely normal while you recover from lens replacements and your eye settles down.

How long does a lens replacement operation take? ›

Lens Replacement Is a Very Quick Procedure

Usually only taking around 10 minutes. Most people return to work quickly after lens replacement surgery, although it may also take more time to return to work depending on the type of work you do.

Does Sam's Club Optical replace lenses? ›

What guarantee does Sam's Club provide on contact lenses purchases? We will exchange unopened boxes of previously purchased contact lenses if your prescription changes and we'll also replace torn contact lenses within the manufacturers' recommended time frame.

Will visionworks put my old lenses in new frames? ›

Visionworks will replace the original pair with another pair of glasses with frames and lenses of your choice that are of equal or lower value. The returned pair of glasses must be in new and original condition. This guarantee does not apply to broken or damaged glasses not consistent with ordinary wear.

What lenses do LensCrafters use? ›

lenses? LensCrafters lenses offer all the benefits of Essilor lens technology and can be shaped to fit any frame. Ray-Ban Authentic prescription lenses are etched with the Ray-Ban logo and crafted to blend seamlessly with the iconic styles in the collection.


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