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The first thing you pick up in the morning, and the last thing you let go of at night, glasses are such an important part of our everyday. That’s why finding the right pair of glasses frames is so important. They have the power to correct vision, whilst expressing your personality and complementing your style, tying together an effortless appearance. Shopping for sunglasses and glasses online has never been easier as our store features the latest designer brands, including Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, and Oakley; along with our exclusive low-cost glasses brands such as SmartBuyCollection and Arise Collective. The perfect place to find glasses frames for the whole family, we’re proud to offer womens glasses, mens glasses, and frames for kids, including affordable solutions from our Value Collection. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to a new pair of designer prescription glasses or find some affordable yet stylish low-cost glasses, we’ve got you covered!
Ever wondered what glasses frames are made of, and why this is important to you? Different eyeglasses frame materials can have a huge impact on the durability, comfort and lightness of glasses frames. One of the key steps in finding glasses with qualities that are important to you could be as simple as choosing the frame material. Read on below to find out more about the materials used in crafting glasses frames:
Acetate: Acetate is a nylon-based plastic with higher transparency and gloss than other plastics, making it a fantastic material for use in glasses design. Most clear glasses frames will be crafted from acetate plastic, as this not only looks great but is lightweight and carries hypoallergenic properties. Allowing the frame to sit comfortably on the face, it’s the perfect glasses frame material for all-day wear!
Titanium: The most popular frame material amongst eyewear experts, titanium is one of the strongest and highest quality materials available. Titanium is highly resistant, meaning it doesn’t rust when in contact with moisture, making it a great choice for a long-lasting glasses purchase. It’s also incredibly lightweight, so glasses frames crafted from this material are comfortable when worn for extended periods.
Wood: Growing in popularity, wood is an optimal material choice for glasses frames. Adding exclusivity to the glasses, wood frames are usually handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces due to the intricate detailing on the frame. They’re also the most sustainable frame material as the production of wooden frames doesn’t create industrial waste, making them an affordable and eco-friendly purchase. Wood also comes with beneficial hypoallergenic properties, making them ideal for those with plastic allergies or sensitive skin. Check out Oh My Woodness! Glasses for your next low-cost glasses purchase.
Our online store offers a wide selection of designer and low-cost glasses frames made from quality materials. From custom-designed acetate to lightweight titanium or thin metal frames, we’re proud to offer a collection of eyeglasses using nothing but premium materials. It’s simple to browse through the various frame types available by using our dedicated filters: acetate, metal, plastic, titanium, or wood.
If you’re shopping for a new pair of low-cost glasses or prescription glasses, you may find yourself wondering which style will suit you best. Finding the perfect pair of glasses can be tricky, but the most important step is understanding which style will flatter your face shape. Although each face shape is unique, there are 4 main face shapes, of which we can identify ideal frame types to harmonise with your face. Take a look at the below recommendations to find out which glasses will look best:
Square-shaped faces: Naturally distinctive and angular, square faces have a broad forehead, cheeks, and jawline. Pilot glasses or cat-eye glasses are the most flattering styles for this face shape, but oval glasses or round glasses frames can work too, as they help to soften the angular features.
Round faces: Uniformly shaped, round faces have a soft appearance, so they need to avoid round or oval glasses which will only make the face appear more rounded. Instead, try creating a natural contour using rectangular glasses or square glasses frames, these will help lengthen the face and make it look narrower.
Heart-shaped faces: With a typically broad forehead, pronounced cheekbones, and a tapered chin, heart-shaped faces benefit from a wide variety of frame shapes. Oval and round frames help to bring balance to the face shape, whilst angled glasses frames add contour to the face. It’s advisable not to opt for bright coloured glasses or oversized frames as these will underline the natural heart face shape.
Oval faces: An oval face shape is about twice as long as it is wide. People with this face shape find it easy to find prescription glasses as they suit most frame styles, from bold frames to more angular geometric glasses. It can be best to avoid narrow frames as these tend to lengthen the face visually and make it look longer. The key thing here is making sure the frame size is correct so they fit your face shape nicely.
If you require prescription correction, our collection of designer glasses frames can easily be modified to cater to your prescription needs and become prescription glasses. We offer an extensive selection of womens glasses and mens glasses frames that can be easily equipped with prescription lenses. Whether you’re looking for high-end designer glasses or low-cost glasses frames, we’re proud to offer a stress-free approach to buying glasses in the UK, making it as simple as ever to purchase a new pair of prescription specs! Follow the steps below to order your prescription glasses online:
Shop for your new eyeglasses online. You may use the dedicated filters at the left-hand side of the page to filter by blue light glasses, glasses with progressive lenses, single vision glasses, and more! Once you’ve found your favourite glasses, click to add to the basket.
Next up you’ll be asked if you require a prescription lens. To transform the glasses frames into prescription glasses, simply add your prescription at check out and make sure you’ve selected the prescription lens index (otherwise known as thickness) that you need. Our helpful guide here discusses the various lens index options available and which prescription types they’re suitable for.
Now our opticians will work their magic behind the scenes and do the rest! If you’ve misplaced your prescription, or simply don’t have it to hand, don’t panic! Thanks to the latest advancements in technology, we’ve designed an application that allows you to scan the prescription in your current glasses and retract the prescription information from there. It’s called the Prescription Lens Scanner app! You can take a look at our detailed FAQs to find out more.
Submit your glasses order! It’s really that simple. For more information on prescription glasses, or if you have any other queries regarding eye health, our online optician is on hand to help with anything you may need.
The SmartBuyGlasses Virtual Try-On feature collects images of your face and creates a virtual facial reconstruction to show you how you may look in the glasses frames you have selected. We don’t use the data to identify you, and we’ll retain the data only as long as it’s needed, or 3 years, whichever is shorter.