Making glasses instore

There’s no actual magic involved

The experience is similar for most glasses wearers. You go into an optometry practice, maybe see an optometrist, and get annoyed that all of the frames you like are from the expensive range. So you shell out a week’s salary. Then the store staff say they’ll phone in a week or so when the lenses arrive from the lab.

We think that’s a terrible way to do business. The majority of the glasses we sell are at our entry-level price. And we have equipment in-store that cuts those lenses on the spot. We only need our lab partners to do the work for complicated cases.

So to prove that cutting a lens isn’t rocket science, here’s how it actually happens.

1

Colours and size

First up, you choose your frame colour, your arms colour and your pin colours. Our frame comes in four sizes and we can fit pretty much anyone. You can mix and match frames and arms in colour, and also in size. For example, if you have a hearing aid, we’ll suggest a larger-size arm to make it more comfortable.

2

Measuring your PD

Next, we use a special tool to measure the distance between your pupils. This helps us centre the lenses in exactly the right place for you.

PD stands for pupil distance, and a standard adult size is between 55mm and 58mm.

Because we make glasses for your specific PD, we know they will give you less stress and fewer headaches – unlike those cheap reading glasses you can buy from the supermarket. If you have a different script for each eye, taking your PD into account is even more important.

3

The blocker

Once we have the right lenses for you, and we know your frame size, we use a machine called a blocker to determine where on the lenses we should set the centre.

This means an optometrist can use the same lens for various prescriptions, including magnification and prism.

4

The edger

The edger is the machine that actually cuts the lens to the right shape. It uses a blade and lots of cooling water, and can cut in most shapes. Some machines can even drill the holes needed for frameless glasses. (Although why would you want frameless glasses, when our frames are so awesome?!)

5

Finishing up

We pop in lenses to the frames you chose earlier. Because of our modular system, if you change your mind on the colour, the lenses just pop out and go into the new frames.

That’s why many of our biggest fans have up to 10 different frame colours in their collections.

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Voila! You can see again.

And there you have it — not a lot of magic or mystery, and no need for it to take two weeks in some laboratory somewhere.

All our workshop staff go through a three-month training programme, and we have a team of optometrists on call if you need extra help.