by Jamie Bartlett 17 min read

“Hi, do you guys fit lenses too?”

Yep. We certainly do.

In this handy guide, we explain how we fit your prescription lenses and what you can expect step by step.

To get going, click your scenario in the drop-down list below.

Order frame/s & lenses together

Whilst ordering your frame/s, you can also enter your prescription details at the same time.

 Fitted with non-prescription demonstration lenses, we send your frame/s via your selected postage service to you so you can try them on at home.

After trying your new frame/s on, you simply return them to us for lens fitting or as a return using our online form which lets us know that we need to start preparing your lenses.

Whilst your frame/s are in the mail (back to us) your lenses are simultaneously prepared to save your waiting time.

Once your lenses are ready, we fit them into your frame/s and mail your glasses back to you ready for you to wear.

Post your frame/s via a 2nd class tracked standard service as lens-making can take anywhere between 5-12 working days to complete.

 

Order lenses after trying frame/s at home

Your frame/s will arrive with non-prescription demonstration lenses.

After trying your new frame/s at home, you can choose to order your prescription lenses separately via our prescription lens menu.

After placing your order, you simply return your frame/s to us for lens fitting or as a return using our online form which lets us know that we need to start preparing your lenses.

Whilst your frame/s are in the mail (back to us) your lenses are simultaneously prepared to save your waiting time.

Once your lenses are ready, we fit them into your frame/s and mail your glasses back to you ready for you to wear.

Post your frame/s via a 2nd class tracked standard service as lens-making can take anywhere between 5-12 working days to complete.

 

Update your lenses, keep your current frame/s

To update your Banton Frameworks glasses or sunglasses, you can order your updated prescription lenses separately via our prescription lens menu.

After placing your order, you simply return your frame/s to us for lens fitting or as a return using our online form which lets us know that we need to start preparing your lenses.

Whilst your frame/s are in the mail (back to us) your lenses are simultaneously prepared to save your waiting time.

Once your lenses are ready, we fit them into your frame/s and mail your glasses back to you ready for you to wear.

Post your frame/s via a 2nd class tracked standard service as lens-making can take anywhere between 5-12 working days to complete.

 

Overseas lens fitting

We can fit your prescription lenses; however, the try-on process is not available overseas customers.

Therefore, your prescription lenses will have to be fitted prior to shipment. It’s worth noting that prescription lenses are non-refundable as they are entirely custom to you.

Subsequently, the best option if you’re based overseas would be to purchase the frame from us and take it to your local optician for lens fitting.

We do have a virtual try-on mirror which is designed to help make finding the perfect frame/s easier. Find out more here.

If you have any questions regarding this process, feel free to contact us.

 

More lens information

You might have some more specific questions regarding the type of lenses you'd like and the additional options you can choose from.

Click the drop-down below to familiarise yourself with what we have available.

Prescription lenses FAQ's
GENERAL QUESTIONS

CAN YOU FIT MY LENSES?

Sure thing. At Banton Frameworks, we cater for a large variety of prescription and non-prescription lenses for both our spectacles and sunglasses frames.

  • Plano lenses 
  • Bifocal lenses 
  • Single vision lenses 
  • Ready reader lenses 
  • Prescription reading lenses 
  • Occupational varifocal lenses 
  • Everyday varifocal lenses 
  • Polarised lenses 
  • Prescription polarised lenses 
  • Non polarised lenses 
  • Non polarised prescription lenses 

Head to our handy lens menu at the side of each of our optical and sunglasses frames. There, you can select your lens-type and enter your prescription details.

Alternatively, you can calculate your lens costs separately using our handy lens menu.

 

HOW MUCH WILL MY LENSES COST?

Ok, so this depends on your prescription, the lens-type, thinning requirements and if you’d like any additional coatings.

For a brief breakdown, here’s our current (2020) basic costs without any fancy upgrades. Alternatively, click here to access our handy lens menu.

Optical lens type

Basic lens cost (GBP)

Plano

£0 (fitted in all spectacles)

Ready reader

£10

Prescription reader

£28

Single vision

£28

Bifocal

£60

Everyday varifocal

£70

Occupational varifocal

£88

 

Sun lens type

Cost (GBP)

Polarised UV400

£0 (fitted in all sunglasses)

Polarised single vision UV400

£49

Polarised ready reader UV400

£49

Polarised prescription reading UV400

£49

Polarised bifocal UV400

£62

Polarised varifocal UV400

£69

Non-polarised single vision UV400

£38

Non-polarised ready reader UV400

£26

Non-polarised prescription reading UV400

£38

Non-polarised bifocal UV400

£33

Non-polarised varifocal UV400

£44

 

HOW DO YOU FIT MY LENSES?

  1. Add your prescription details when ordering your frame. If you already have your frame and would like it glazed retrospectively, they can be ordered separately.
  1. We’ll post your glasses to you containing display lenses. After a few days and some nice ‘alone time’ you can tell us if you like them or not using the simple return form. This means we can prepare your lenses whilst your frame is on it’s way back to us, saving your waiting time.
  1. To return you frame for lens-fitting, we’ll send you an email with a free-post returns label. For whatever reason we don’t do this, please request one by contacting us via email.
  1. Once we receive your frame, we fit your prescription lenses and return your frame to you as soon as possible. The expected turnaround time can vary between 5-10 working days, depending on your prescription.

Visit our returns-form

 

HOW LONG DOES LENS FITTING TAKE?

Depending on your prescription, lens fitting can take anywhere between 5-12 working days to fully process.

This includes their ordering, cutting, edging, glazing and then their return postage back to you. See below for the average lens-fitting times. Please note, these average times are affected by bank holidays and the complexity of your prescription.

Optical lens type

Avg. processing time (working days)

Plano

0 (pre-fitted)

Ready reader

5

Prescription reader

5

Single vision

5

Bifocal

5-10

Everyday varifocal

5-10

Occupational varifocal

5-10

 

Sun lens type

Avg. processing time (working days)

Polarised UV400

0 (pre-fitted)

Polarised single vision UV400

5-10

Polarised ready reader UV400

5-10

Polarised prescription reading UV400

5-10

Polarised bifocal UV400

5-10

Polarised varifocal UV400

5-10

Non-polarised single vision UV400

5-10

Non-polarised ready reader UV400

5-10

Non-polarised prescription reading UV400

5-12

Non-polarised bifocal UV400

5-12

Non-polarised varifocal UV400

5-12

HOW DO I SAVE TIME ON LENS FITTING?

Ok so this is pretty cool

We’re able to order your lenses before you even return your glasses back to us. To do this, please use our handy returns form so we can reduce your wait whilst your lenses are cut.

If your frames has taken longer than 10 working days to process, please contact us here.

 

WAIT, I GET FREE LENS COATINGS?

Yep. Because people like to see your eyes. It’s a human-connection sort of thing.

Anti-glare coatings help this by letting light pass through your lens, keeping your eyes in full view by reducing lens reflections. It’s a good way to go.

But it gets even better.

We offer this free of charge along with anti-scratch. Yup, anti-scratch and anti-glare as standard. It’s the new level of standard. You’ll love it.

Anti-scratch: Keeps your lenses lasting longer with this hardy lens coating. It reduces the build-up of scratches and scuffs to keep your lenses in good working order.

Anti-glare: More light can pass through your lens, rather than bouncing off it. This yields better light efficiency giving you better visual acuity and contrast.

Ultra blue light blocking: This coating can reduce the amount of HEV light emitted from digital screens that passes through your lenses. Chances are, you use a mobile phone or computer so this additional coating can come in real handy.

Read about the effects of blue light in our blog.

 

WHAT’RE MY ADDITIONAL LENS OPTIONS?

This is where good glasses become great glasses.

You can tailor your lenses exactly the way you want them by using the lens menu at the right-hand side of each of our glasses frames. Select what you use your glasses for, whether they’re for distance, reading, computer, bifocal or varifocal.

Once you’ve entered your prescription, you can start playing around with lens coatings such as ultra-blue-light blocking, tints and lens thinning options.

*But don’t forget, we offer anti-scratch and anti-glare as standard with any of our handmade glasses frames.

 

DO I NEED BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES?

Digital devices such as laptops, phones and tablets have been proven to emit damaging frequencies of light known as HEV, (high energy visible light.)

You can protect your eyes by adding an ultra blue light lens coating to your reading glasses. This’ll make them into blue light blocking glasses which filter out these harmful frequencies.

Learn about HEV light

 

DO YOU OFFER OVERSEAS LENS-FITTING?

We can fit your prescription lenses; however, the try-on process is not available overseas customers.

Therefore, your prescription lenses will have to be fitted prior to shipment. It’s worth noting that prescription lenses are non-refundable as they are entirely custom to you.

Subsequently, the best option if you’re based overseas would be to purchase the frame from us and take it to your local optician for lens fitting.

Why not make your local lens-fitting easier by measuring your pupillary distance?

Free PD ruler

 

HOW DO I GET MY PRESCRIPTION?

You're legally entitled to receive a copy of your prescription paper from your optician.

This can be obtained after your biennial eye examination. Most Opticians will also provide you with another copy if you happen to misplace it.

What happens in eye tests?

 

HOW DO I MEASURE MY PUPILLARY DISTANCE?

This measurement is really helpful and oh so easy to measure, but it might be missing from your prescription paper.

With it, you can order your glasses anywhere you like. Here’s a helpful blog which shows you how to measure it yourself.

How to measure your PD

 

DO YOU TAKE EYECARE VOUCHERS?

We currently accept Edenred eyecare vouchers. If your employer wants you to provide a receipt of purchase and our regular receipt isn’t sufficient, get in touch and we can arrange this with you.

 

VARIFOCALS

WHAT TYPE OF VARIFOCAL LENSES DO I NEED?

How do you use your varifocal glasses?

Because to get the most from your lenses, you’ve got two types to choose from; everyday glasses or as occupational glasses.

 Everyday varifocals will help you with near, intermediate and distance viewing all in one ‘super-lens’. Whereas occupational lenses feature a wider intermediate section on the lens specifically to help with computer work. The furthest distance is also slightly nearer than a conventional varifocal, tailored to shorter distances across an office.

How do varifocals work?

 

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BIFOCAL & VARIFOCALS?

Unlike bifocals, varifocal glasses have a seamless lens.

They don’t have two lens sections, with a reading segment. Instead, they have a spectrum of focal power which you can ‘visually select’ to help you focus on objects near or far.

This means they correct your near, intermediate and distance viewing all in one seamless lens.

How do varifocals work?

 

HOW MUCH DO VARIFOCAL GLASSES COST?

This depends on your prescription and how you want to use your varifocals.

All-round, everyday varifocal lenses start at £70 and occupational varifocal lenses start at £88.

The easiest way to calculate your lens costs is by using our handy lens menu which you can find here or beside each of our varifocal glasses frames.

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET USED TO VARIFOCAL GLASSES?

If you’re considering varifocals, you might’ve heard about their reputation.

Getting used to them can as little as a few days or up to a few weeks. It really depends on your willingness to practice using them. Our top tip? Avoid reverting back to your old glasses, it’ll just take you longer to acclimatise.

For some handy advice about the getting used to varifocal glasses, click here.

 

ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS OF WEARING VARIFOCALS?

“Feels like I’m swimming” or “I’ve had too much to drink” describes the early stages of getting used to varifocals.

This is why they take a while to get used to as you can only use the middle-column of the lens rather than the edges. If you looks through the edges of a varifocal lens to look at something, it’ll appear blurry, as if you’re under water.

With a few weeks of practice, you’ll learn to stop doing this and point your glasses towards what you’re trying to see.

Getting used to varifocals

 

WHAT DOES VARIFOCAL GLASSES MEAN?

From top to bottom, varifocal glasses give a spectrum of focal power you can ‘visually choose’ from within the lens.

In the top section, is your intermediate/distance prescription. In the lowest part of your lens is your reading prescription. In between?

You can scan up or down through the focal spectrum of the lens to focus on objects at varying distances.

Varifocal glasses explained

 

ARE VARIFOCAL GLASSES GOOD FOR DRIVING?

General-use varifocals can help your eyes with the multiple distances of focus during driving.

From checking your speed to pulling out of a junction, the proficient use of varifocals can aid your driving experience really well. However, it’s advised you get used to using varifocals before using them behind the wheel.

Getting used to varifocals

 

READING GLASSES

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU NEED READING GLASSES?

By middle age, your eye’s ciliary muscles begin to weaken.

These muscles are used to contract your eye’s crystalline lens to make you focus on things close-up. Simultaneously, the crystalline lens in your eyes begins to harden which makes it even harder to contract and achieve focus.

This is called presbyopia which you can test yourself using this free close-reading test.

 

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT STRENGTH OF READING GLASSES?

Using your free reading glasses test chart, you can determine the best strength of reading glasses lens that you’ll need.

Holding it at 35cm form your face, the first immediate line that appears blurry has the recommended dioptre strength associated with it.

Reading glasses strength test

 

SHOULD I GET PRESCRIPTION READING GLASSES?

For the extra investment, prescription reading lenses can make a world of difference.

But why?

Most commonly, one of your eyes is weaker than the other. And because prescription reading lenses are individually suited to each of your eyes, optical requirements, they get the right corrective power to help you focus clearly.

 

IS IT OK TO WEAR READING GLASSES ALL THE TIME?

Clue’s in the title. Reading glasses are for…reading.

Feel free to wear them all the time but they’ll only help close-distance vision within 35cm. You won’t damage your eyes, but you might get a headache if you’re always looking through a reading lens.

You’d be better with bifocal or varifocal glasses if you need to help with multi-distance focus.

 

WHAT AGE IS APPROPRIATE FOR READING GLASSES?

Do yourself a favour and forget ‘appropriate.’

By about middle-age, you’re eye muscles will have begun to weaken. But If you need reading glasses to see close-up, it doesn’t matter how old you are.

People of all ages can suffer with close-reading issues so you’re not alone. To see if you need reading glasses, why not take your free reading glasses strength test.

 

CAN I USE READING GLASSES FOR COMPUTER?

What does your computer screen like?

Unless you work with your face pressed against your screen, reading glasses won’t help, one, single, bit. Screen work is considered as an ‘intermediate’ viewing distance which reading lenses aren’t suited for.

Your best bet is an intermediate lens type to use as your glasses for computer tasks.

 

IS IT OK TO USE READING GLASSES?

Using non-prescriptive reading eyeglasses is a good solution for mild presbyopia.

This is a common condition starting at around the age of 40. Despite the myths, incorrectly powered reading eyeglasses will not damage your eyesight.

Do I need reading glasses?

 

WHAT IS THE LOWEST PRESCRIPTION FOR READING GLASSES?

+1.00 dioptre is our lowest strength of reading glasses.

From there, the strength increases in 0.25 increments, right up to our maximum of +3.50. However, depending on your location, reading eyeglasses in certain countries can stretch to a maximum strength of as much as 4 or 5 dioptres.

Reading glasses strength test

 

CAN READING GLASSES HELP WITH EYE STRAIN?

Yes and no.

If you use the correct dioptre of lens, reading glasses can help you read small text, preventing eye strain and headaches.

Alternatively, using the incorrect dioptre can do the opposite and worsen your ability to focus. Take your free reading glasses strength test to understand the best lens power for you.

 

ARE CHEAP READING GLASSES BAD FOR YOUR EYES?

Cheap ready readers are fitted with matching lens strengths.

Yet, your eyes will likely require different lens powers. This imbalance isn’t bad for your vision, but it does put extra strain on the weaker of your two eyes.

Over time, this can become taxing and potentially lead to eye strain which is why you might consider investing in some high-quality prescription reading glasses.

 

BIFOCALS

DO I NEED BIFCOALS?

You’ll know it’s time for bifocals if your close reading is starting to get a little…tired.

This due to the onset of presbyopia which commonly happens during middle age. Not sure if this sounds like you? Take your free close reading test.

Reading glasses strength test

 

WHAT DOES BIFOCAL MEAN?

Two lens strengths, one pair of glasses. Oh yes, bifocals are the equivalent of two spectacles frames in one.

Real quick; they have a small segment in the lower half of the lens which is used for close reading. By looking through this section of your lenses, you’ll be able to read things up-close.

What are bifocal glasses?

 

HOW DO BIFOCAL GLASSES WORK?

Bifocals contain two lens-segments. The main segment of the lens is for single vision, usually for intermediate or distance focus.

The second smaller segment is for close reading, within 35cm. Together, they give you two sets of corrective focal power which can be super cost efficient. Why? Because you can avoid rotating between two separate glasses frames.

What are bifocal glasses

 

WHAT IS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VARIFOCALS AND BIFOCALS?

Bifocals contain two separate lens sections.

A main section for intermediate/distance vision and another smaller, lower section for close reading. Bifocal glasses are easily identified by a visible split-line between these lens areas.

Varifocals, on the other hand, contain numerous lens strengths without any split-lines in the lens. Depending where you look through the lens, you can visually select the right focal power to see what’s ahead of you.

How do varifocals work?

 

WHICH IS BETTER BIFOCAL OR PROGRESSIVE LENSES?

Bifocals are a simpler, less technical type of lens. You can simply ‘jump’ between two separate lens-strengths, whether you want to see close-up or at a distance.

Varifocals (progressives) are more intricate. They give you multiple lens-powers to choose from, starting at the top of the lens to the bottom in a smooth spectrum.

As varifocal technology advances, they’re becoming less expensive and easier to get used to wearing. Bifocals are becoming slightly outdated, but can be preferable as they can be easier to get used to wearing.

 

WHAT TYPES OF BIFOCAL LENSES CAN I GET?

We offer the most common type of bifocal lens, the ‘D-Seg’.

But if you like, you can ask us to use one of three types of bifocal lenses. These are categorised by the shape of the close-reading segment (seg) in the lower portion of the lens.

  • Our D-seg lenses have a ‘D’ shaped reading segment.
  • A Round-seg lens will have a near circular reading segment.
  • Finally, a Franklin-seg will have a dissecting split-line across the bottom third of the lens.

(As the story goes, Benjamin Franklin invented the first bifocal lens. He cut two different lenses in half and stuck them together.)

Types of bifocal lenses

 

SUN LENSES

I GET POLARISED LENSES FOR FREE?

You certainly do.

28% is the average market price increase for the privilege of polarisation. But here at Banton Frameworks, your sunglasses are polarised at no extra cost. It’s on us.

 

ARE YOUR SUNGLASSES 100% UV PROTECTIVE?

Most importantly, sun lenses must protect your eyes from UV sunlight.

In compliance with EU law, our polarised lenses are rated to UV400. This blocks 99-100% of UV light, protecting your eyes from UVA and UVB frequencies.

Polarisation a secondary function that does not reduce of affect their UV protection.

 

WHAT IS VLT% ?

The darkness of your sunglasses is determined by their Visible Light Transmission.

The lower the VLT% of a sunglasses lens, the less light it transmits through the lens, thus making it darker. VLT% is used to categorise sunglasses into four different types range from 1-4.

Our polarised non-prescription sunglasses lenses have a VLT of 14% which makes them a category 3 lens.

Learn about VLT%

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF POLARISED SUNGLASSES?

Polarised sunglasses have the added ability to almost completely block reflected sunlight.

This is when light bounces off shiny surfaces like water and becomes horizontally focused. Otherwise known as glare, these reflections are filtered-out to give you a consistent view and improved visual acuity.

Learn more here

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR SUNGLASSES TO BE POLARISED?

Polarised sunglasses contain a chemical film ‘sandwiched’ within the layers of the lenses.

This film contains hundreds of rows of vertically aligned molecules which creates their most important function. Due to the vertical (up and down) alignment of the molecules, they act like a filter which blocks-out horizontally orientated light.

This is how polarised sunglasses work as they’re capable of almost completely blocking-out horizontal light, otherwise known as glare.

More info about polarised lenses

 

DO SUNGLASSES NEED TO BE POLARISED?

Nope. But they sure make a heck of a difference.

Which is why you get them as standard at no extra cost. You see, polarised lenses are a really nice way of getting a clearer view of what’s ahead of you.

This is because they can block-out reflected glare from shiny objects around you that affects your quality of vision. By reducing these reflections, polarisation is a bonus we felt you deserved. You can thank us later.

More info about polarised lenses

 

ARE POLARISED SUNGLASSES BETTER?

Arguably, yes. Out in the sun, your environment will constantly change as you move around throughout the day.

This variation of sunlight and it’s angle towards you makes polarised sunglasses the better option. They simply give you a more consistent view in varying intensities and angles of sunlight. Reflected glare from water or shiny road surfaces can be reduced with a polarised lens.

Which is why we fit them to all our British made sunglasses.

Polarised vs non polarised

 

CAN POLARISED SUNGLASSES BE USED FOR NIGHT DRIVING?

Keep yourself on the right side of the road AND the law.

Don’t wear our sunglasses when you’re driving at night.

They’re a category 3 lens which makes them pretty dark. You wouldn’t be able to see the road properly. Plus, who wears sunglasses at night anyway?

Sun lens categories

 

DO I NEED ANTI GLARE ON POLARISED SUNGLASSES?

Anti-glare lets more light to pass through a lens.

For sun lenses, the only time you’d want anti-glare is on the back of the lens to prevent sunlight bounce-back into your eyes. This coating isn’t completely necessary, but from 2020 onwards, our polarised sun lenses are coated on the back-side of the lenses to give you best view possible.

Anti-glare for polarised sunglasses

 

HOW DO ANTI GLARE GLASSES WORK?

Despite the name, anti-glare lens coatings don’t block glare, it absorbs it.

Cleverly, it lets more light to pass through a lens instead of being reflected. This is why anti-glare is also called anti-reflective. For sunglasses, you’d only ever want anti-glare on the back of your lenses.

This prevents sunlight from bouncing back into your eyes whilst the front of the lens reflects light away. A bit like a two-way mirror.

How polarised lenses work

 

POLARISED SUNGLASSES VS NON POLARISED

Polarised lenses help to reduce glare. This is when sunlight bounces off large flat surfaces like water and becomes horizontally focused, thus becoming polarised light.

Non polarised lenses can’t block glare because they don’t contain a polariser within the lens. This is why polarised lenses give you better visual acuity, free from distracting reflections.

Polarised vs non polarised

 

HOW DO POLARISED LENSES WORK?

Our polarised lenses are made from multiple layers.

Within the lens-sandwich is what’s called a polariser which is made of a chemical film. The polariser hosts hundreds of tiny molecular rows which are vertically aligned, very close together.

This creates a vertical filter that prevents horizontally reflected light from entering the lens. Thanks to the in-built polariser, this is how reflected sun glare from shiny horizontal surfaces is blocked out.

How polarised lenses work

 

CAN I GET PRESCRIPTION SUN LENSES?

Yes you can.

Why not make good sunglasses some great sunglasses?

You can tailor your sun lenses to perfection using the lens menu at the right-hand side of each of our sunglasses frames. Select your application, whether they’re for distance, reading, computer, bifocal or varifocal.

Once you’ve entered your prescription details, you can experiment with different lens coatings.

Shop sunglasses

 

 

 

Jamie Bartlett
Jamie Bartlett

Co-founder of Banton Frameworks.



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