I’ve got a friend blessed with ten children, most of whom wear glasses! I knew they lived frugally, but hadn’t noticed any of her family having problems with out of date glasses. I finally cornered her and asked what her secret was. She told me that in addition to picking tough, unisex frames to pass down, she almost always had the glasses reglazed several times before the frames finally wore out. I have to admit, I had to ask what reglazing glasses entailed.
Reglazing is the process of changing out the lenses in a pair of frames whether due to a broken lens, a prescription change or to upgrade to better lenses. I did some investigating and found that glasses reglazing from iWearGlasses started at under £10, far less expensive than I was used to paying at high street opticians, plus I wouldn’t have to buy new frames as mine were in good shape.
According to a Telegraph article, reglazing instead of getting entirely new glasses can save a very significant amount of money. That’s a great thing when money is tight, or when you need to stretch out your expenses. If you have a family member with a high prescription, you can purchase frames with regular lenses and then upgrade the lenses to higher indexes of polycarbonate to reduce weight later on.
So what do you need to get a pair of glasses reglazed?
Firstly, you’ll need a prescription to send along, including a measurement of pupillary distance (PD), which is the distance between your pupils in millimetres. Remember that your optician’s office is obligated by law to provide a takeaway prescription with your PD listed and that you are not required to buy from their office!
Secondly, the frames will need to be the right type and in good condition. There are certain sports goggles and safety glasses that curve significantly across the front and therefore cannot be reglazed. Frames that are worn out, having broken parts or metal fatigue often can’t be reglazed.
To conclude, it’s financially worthwhile having your prescription glasses reglazed and keeping your much loved frames. For more information on Glasses Reglazing please visit online reglazing specialist iWearGlasses.