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Where Should You Shop for Your Reading Glasses?

Blog > Reading Glasses

If you have started to experience difficulties in reading a book or if you cannot read the newspaper without squinting, it is time for you to learn more about where should you shop for your reading glasses. The first thing that you need to understand is that it never pays to compromise on the quality of your glasses. So, don’t make the mistake of buying a cheap pair at a dollar store. The simple truth is that over the counter glasses will certainly help you see better, but they are not able to remedy the underlying reason for your vision problems. For people who have passed their fortieth birthday, vision problems often go beyond presbyopia. In fact, they may be suffering from something that is far more serious. Rather than take chances with your vision it makes sense to visit an eye doctor who will conduct an eye test to see exactly what your problem is. If you are suffering from an eye disease then you must treat it at the earliest. And, when it comes to choosing your reading glasses you have two options available. You can either shop for them at a local optician’s store or you can buy them from your neighborhood drug store. Buying from a drug store does not make much sense because they offer frames that only offer a generic fit. This means that more often than not the glasses won’t fit you perfectly. When that happens you won’t get much joy out of wearing your glasses. Also, they are only designed to rectify mild vision problems and cannot address multiple vision issues or things like astigmatism. It makes more sense to do your shopping at an eye doctor’s clinic or an optician’s. Here, the reading glasses will have the right power in both eyes. Also, the glasses will be designed especially for you. Visiting an eye doctor has certain advantages. Your eye doctor can determine and address different kinds of vision problems. He or she is also qualified to conduct eye surgeries, if required. Also, your eye doctor is the best person to prescribe you glasses that will correct your vision. He or she will also make doubly sure that the frames fit perfectly. An eye doctor also knows what kind of lenses are best for your vision problem and he or she can also advise you about different options and features. Depending on the kind of vision problems you are experiencing, your eye doctor can recommend the best reading glasses for you. He can also advise you as to how you can correct multiple vision problems. So, if you need glasses to read and to see at a distance, your eye doctor may recommend multifocal glasses. He can also advise you about what the best surgical option is to correct your vision. The bottom line is that when it comes to buying your reading glasses, you can either shop for them at a local drug store or at your eye doctor’s clinic. The former option is not the best because you won’t get a pair that exactly corrects your vision. Buying from your eye doctor makes more sense as you are assured of quality and perfect vision.




Sports Eyeglasses Offer Protection and Improved Performance

Blog > Sports Glasses

Sports eyeglasses offer protection and improved performance. Thus, it is not surprising to know that this kind of eyewear has become a very fast growing segment. At one time, professional athletes only wore such items of eyewear, but today amateurs and ordinary people are wearing them to protect their eyes during a game. Even the most innocuous looking sport can present some real danger to your eyes. Basketball is a good example of such sports. Though it is not a contact sport in the true sense of the word it does cause a high number of eye injuries. This is because during a game there is a strong likelihood that an opponent or other player may poke you in the eyes accidentally or deliberately. To protect you in such sports it makes sense to wear sports eyeglasses. Even racquet sports represent danger to the eyes because a ball that is travelling at high speeds can hit you in the eyes and do some real damage. The bottom line is that if you indulge yourself in an outdoor sport then you should wear protective eyewear to protect your eyes from dangers like ultraviolet rays and the wind as well as debris. This kind of eyewear has been become a mandatory sports equipment item in some leagues. The good news is that there are many options for you to choose from including goggles and eyeglasses that are designed for certain sports. The right eyewear will do much to enhance your performance and protect your eyes. Of course, each sport has its own requirements and so you should choose your eyewear according to how well it suits your sport. When choosing sports glasses the first thing you need to do is ensure that your eyewear fits you perfectly. Unless they offer a perfect fit the eyewear will not prove to be of much use. So, do not pick a frame size that is too big as that makes your eyes vulnerable and it also impedes your vision. A too large frame size also means that you won’t enjoy perfect peripheral vision, and this can result in hits from the side. Parents need to be aware of this because more often than not they buy their children a big size so that their children when they grow bigger will grow into the eyeglasses. This is not the right thing to do. As a parent you need to make sure that you make your child wear sports eyewear that fits perfectly. Secondly, you need to ensure that the frames are fitted with the best quality lenses. At the very least, you should opt for polycarbonate lenses, as these are durable and impact resistant. Also, try and get a scratch resistant coating on the lenses and if possible opt for UV protection coating as well. The best option for you when choosing sports eyewear is to buy a pair that has some padding on it. If the eyeglasses have a strap then make sure that the straps are easy to adjust. Sports eye injuries are a serious problem and if you want to protect your eyes then you really must wear sports eyeglasses. Otherwise, there is a strong chance that you could become one of the 40,000 people that suffer from sports related eye injuries each year.

About California Optical

How do I place an order?

Browse the site and pick out a frame- or better yet, several frames. Give us your prescription and tell us what lenses and coatings you would like. We’ll take care of the rest!

We have a full tutorial on how to buy glasses online as well!

Where can I get my prescription?

From your eye care professional, likely an optician or optometrist. They are required to provide you with your prescription following an eye exam.

How is California Optical so inexpensive?

In short, we cut out the middlemen and retail costs while maintaining excellence. We complete all manufacturing under one roof and never cut corners on quality.

Oh no! I need to change something about my order. What should I do?

Our customer service team can fix your prescription as long as you reach out to us in a timely manner. Call us or send an email to> and let us know how we can help you with your order. Make sure to have the order number ready before contacting us. Head over to our Contact Us page for more info.

Is there a way to try out your frames and see which ones fit me best?

You absolutely can! Click TRY ON when you've found a pair of specs you like. It'll take you to EyeTry, our virtual mirror. Just take a picture of yourself then upload and you can try on as many of our frames as you want.

Is it possible to order glasses with non-prescription lenses?

Of course! In the first step of Glasses Type select NON-PRESCRIPTION lenses.

Do you offer children's frames?

We sure do. Come check out our Kids' Eyeglasses.

What about prescription sunglasses?

We have hundreds of men's and women's sunglasses styles, with over 12 unique tinting options. You can also turn any eyeglasses frame into a pair of shades with our Sun tint option.

Do you offer glasses that turn into sunglasses outdoors?

Yes! We offer photochromic lenses and premium Transitions™ Adaptive® lenses. First select your eyeglasses frames and then select LIGHT ADJUSTING after you enter your prescription during lens selection.

Are there any limitations for bifocals or progressive lenses?

For bifocals, frames must be at least 28mm. Progressive lenses require a lens height of 30mm.

How do I measure my frames?

Knowing the right measurement for your frames is important when shopping for glasses online. Check the inside of the temple arm and there should be some numbers there. These numbers are your frame measurements. Check out our tutorial on how to read frame measurements so you can be sure your're selecting glasses from BPG that fit you best.

If you can no longer read the numbers on the inside of your frame, you can always try measuring by hand. Just remember, when measuring frame width, you need to measure from temple screw to temple screw. For temple length you need to measure from the temple screw to the temple tip.

What kind of frames are sold at California Optical?

California Optical offers quality lenses that are checked for perfection at every step of our manufacturing process. We offer full rim, semi-rimless, and rimless frames to fit every style and budget.

Can I order lenses that are both color tinted and photochromic?

Unfortunately, no. Due to the way basic color tint and photochromic are applied, they cannot be applied to the same lens and you must choose one or the other.

Can I buy the frames alone?

Want to get some glasses and don't require a prescription? Choose "Non-prescription" lenses while in the "Usage" section of our lens selection process.

You should also select this option if you plan on taking your frame to an optician and have your lenses fitted by them since California Optical does not offer frames without lenses.

You can remove your lenses at home once your order has arrived.

Can I track my order?

You sure can! You can enter your order or tracking number in the Track Order section in your account.

How long do I have to wait for my glasses after I have ordered them?

Your order will be delivered within 7 - 14 business days. Your glasses will usually reach you faster, but may take the full 14 business days depending on the complexity of your prescription and the package you selected.

What shipping methods do you offer?

For US customers, we offer USPS and UPS Next Day Air services. Please note, UPS Next Day Air means your glasses will arrive the next day once manufacturing has been completed and they have been shipped.

For Canadian customers, we offer the Canada Post service.

For UK customers, we offer DHL service.

For Australian customers, we offer the Australia Post service. For other countries, we offer DHL service as well. For all other countries, see our shipping methods.

Oops! I entered some of my prescription incorrectly. Now what?

Our expert team can fix your prescription as long as you give us a call us or shoot us an email at with your order number and correct prescription within the hour of ordering.

How do I read my prescription?

Figuring out what all of those numbers an letters on your prescription mean can be a little tricky, but we've got that covered. Come check out our tutorial on how to read your prescription.

What is "PD" and how do I get mine?

PD, or pupilalry distance, is the distance in millimeters between the center of one pupil to the other measured in millimeters. Your PD is usually included in your prescription. If not, you can measure your PD yourself.

How can I measure my PD?

You can do it yourself or have someone else measure it using a mirror and a ruler. Place a ruler, milimeter side up, directly under the center of your right or left pupil. While looking straight ahead, measure the distance from the center of your left pupil to the center of your right pupil. Repeat for accuracy. Note that the average PD is between 57 and 65mm.

Can I use contact lens prescription for ordering glasses?

Contact prescriptions and eyeglasses prescriptions differ and using them interchangeably will result in problems with your glasses. Make sure you have the correct prescription before entering it.

Do you offer prism correction?

Absolutely! When entering your prescription, click Add prism.

What are California Optical lenses made of?

Our industry standard lenses are made of lightweight CR39 and polycarbonate plastic. Our quality lenses come in six different refractory indexes. See our Lenses page for more information.

How are bifocal and free-form progressive distances decided?

Typically, 60% of the lens height is reserved for distance vision and 40% for reading

What materials do you use for your bifocal lenses?

We use quality industry Flat Top 28 for all bifocals.

Can I purchase lenses by themselves?

Sorry, but we are unable to sell lenses independent of their frame.

Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately we are not currently affiliated with any insurance companies. However we can provide you with a detailed copy of your invoice along with our tax ID number so you may request for reimbursement from your insurance company.

We are covered under FSA and HSA however. You can shop using your FSA debit card, we can provide you with a detailed receipt for you to submit.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept AMEX, Visa, Discover, MasterCard and PayPal payments.

How are your payments secured?

We use Paypal Pro as our payment processor. Paypal is one of the most secure payment platform in the industry . All transactions are actually sent to paypal to process, we do not see your credit card information on our end.

How can I obtain a sales invoice

You can download a detailed sales invoice by accessing the My Orders section of your account page.

Is it possible to have double discounts on my order?

Sorry, but we do not allow multiple discounts. That means only one coupon per purchase. Also, coupons cannot be applied to any items that are currently on marked down or on sale. If you have a several items in your cart, promotional codes will only be applied to full-priced items.

What is your return policy?

At California Optical, we guarantee the quality of our eyewear. If you are not happy with your glasses, simply contact us for a refund or a replacement.

BPG has a 14-Day Fit & Style guarantee which allows customers to make an equal exchange or return with no questions asked.

Our 365-Day Product Guarantee means Customers are eligible for a one-time replacement pair within 12 months. A one-time replacement pair will be only issued if there are clear defects in material and workmanship.

Product warranty does not cover damage caused by accidents, negligence, or improper care.

How do I make an exchange or return?

1. Obtain an Authorization Return Email by contacting our Customer Service.
2. Send your glasses back to us and provide our Customer Service with the delivery confirmation number.
3. Once we receive your delivery confirmation number, you will either receive a refund within 3-5 business days or be sent a replacement.

Anything else I need to know about making an exchange?

If you decide to replace your glasses with a new pair of higher value, the difference you are responsible for covering the difference.
And of course if you decide to replace your glasses with a new pair of lesser value, we will refund you the difference.
Customers are responsible for shipping and handling costs when returning glasses after your 14-day Fit & Style Guarantee has expired.