Alternatively, you can choose photochromic lenses which darken in the sunshine and lighten indoors. We supply Transitions and Transitions XTRActive. For driving, we can also offer Drivewear lenses which are photochromic and have a medium-level permanent tint.
For extra clarity in the sunshine, we also offer polarised lenses. Just as dark as a sunglass tint, they add an extra depth of contrast which our customers often prefer in place of a standard sunglass tint. Polarised lenses are also the lenses of choice for golfers and anyone on or near the water (think fishing, sailing etc!).
We will examine your frame when it arrives for reglazing and, if there are any obvious issues that may preclude its suitability for glazing in our lab here, we will inform you straight away. Some frames may require specialist reglazing and, where this is the case, we will inform you and give the options available. Please bear in mind that your frame may have hidden signs of wear that may manifest themselves during the glazing process. Issues such as metal fatigue, faults with sprung hinges, paint and lacquer coatings, brittle plastic frames etc may result in the frame breaking.
Whilst Spex4less takes the utmost care in all aspects of its glazing, it does not, in fairness, accept any responsibility where a frame becomes damaged or broken during the reglazing process or in the subsequent despatch to the customer.
Many customers order glasses as an 'accessory' - when they do not need corrective lenses to see properly.
To do this, simply place your order, leaving the prescription information set to 'Plano'. We will then glaze the frame with our optical standard, zero prescription lenses made with CR39 resin. You can also get a scratch-resistant coating free of charge and have access to all the other lens-coating options available to prescription lens customers.
Call us on 0151 632 6611 if you would like any further information.
- The photo must be taken from at least two metres away and zoomed in to produce a clear head and shoulders picture.
- Keep the subject’s eyes at the same level as the camera lens, ensuring that the camera is directly in front of the subject.
- The photograph must be in focus and clear (as much as is possible) of any reflections which may preclude a clear view of the subject’s pupils (watch out for reflections from bright objects, e.g., windows, white walls, camera flash, the sun, etc.).
- Minimum size of the photo should be normal postcard size (you may even send it in a larger format – either electronically or printed)
If you do not like your glasses return them to us within 30 days, we will either credit your account for the total cost of the glasses or exchange them making any price adjustments for you.
You can return your glasses for a full refund or exchange - however, we would much sooner work with you to ensure that you are happy with your order.
30-day return policy starts from the day you receive your order.
Payments & Delivery
There is also a ‘Special Delivery' (next day from day of dispatch) postal service available (in the UK) to you for added speed of delivery if you wish.
Specialist lens requirements may take around a week or so depending on the specific lens types needed by the client. However, there are a number of variables that can affect the speed at which we are able to fill your purchase order for prescription glasses.
In general, the more complete prescription information you are able to provide upfront, the more quickly we’ll be able to get your glasses to you! We may need to contact you if we’ve received incomplete prescription information or require additional clarification.
Please keep an ear to your 'phone and an eye on your inbox after you place your order, as we will generally follow up with you via telephone and/or email should we have any questions about your order.
Some of our customers have asked us to offer trackable shipping options. In response to this, we are now offering, for a small extra charge, trackable Royal Mail Recorded and Special Delivery should our customers so wish. However, please note that Special Next Day Delivery does not imply that your glasses will be manufactured any quicker (our glasses delivery schedule will give you an expectation of when they will be dispatched) - rather, it is a shipping option for our customers to select for added peace of mind with regard to security, speed of delivery and trackability after dispatch from Spex4less.com.
All our UK glasses bought online are shipped by First Class Royal Mail Packet post as standard. There are options provided for Recorded and Special delivery. Our Designer range ship by registered post, and International orders for glasses ship requiring a signature for delivery. We will also gladly use a courier of the customer's choice at their own expense and arrangement. But we do not refund our own shipping costs if this option is taken up.
Tracking the progress of your order? Please allow up to 15 working days for delivery of your new glasses. If you need to track the progress of your order you can e-mail your enquiry to email@example.com please include your order number in the email.
Glasses Delivery Schedule: Please allow up to 15 working days for delivery of your glasses. We aim to deliver most orders within 7 days with straightforward, single-vision glasses often being dispatched within 24 hours. However, each pair is individually crafted to your specification and may take longer as per the following schedule.
Standard FramesMost standard frames with single vision or bifocal lenses will usually be dispatched within 7 days, or sooner. Please allow a little longer for multi-focal and coated lenses.
Rimless FramesRimless glasses are usually dispatched within a week. Please allow 15 working days for delivery of rimless glasses. Designer FramesDesigner frames are usually dispatched within 15 working days. However, some models & colours may take a further 10 days or so if out of stock. (We will always notify you of any delays with designer frames and give you the option to exchange or cancel)
Specialist Sports Frames & GogglesAll specialist sports glasses and goggles are dispatched within 15 working days.Safety GlassesPrescription safety glasses are dispatched within 5 to 10 working days.
However, please note that delivery of your items by this method must be arranged by you with your preferred courier. Please notify us in advance if you wish to do this and let us know your courier's collection information so that we may have your parcel ready for collection. Should you use this method, rather than Spex4less' standard delivery options, it will be at your own cost and risk. No postage and packing costs will be refunded as Spex4less still incurs costs for dispatch of your glasses. Similarly, any glasses returned by courier to Spex4less will also be at the customer's risk and cost.
We recommend that you call us on 0151 632 6611, Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org once you receive your order if you wish to obtain a receipt.
Please note that our glasses are priced as a package that includes both the frames and the lenses, so your item total will not include a specific amount for the frames and lenses separately. The only exception to this will be if you have purchased non-standard lenses, which will show up as a separate line item on your invoice.
Bifocal spectacles have a regular distance lens with a segment at the bottom for reading. These are for people, with a reading add or reading prescription, who would otherwise need separate glasses for distance and reading.
Varifocal lenses, also called progressive lenses, progressive power lenses and graduated lenses, are corrective lenses used in glasses to correct presbyopia and other disorders of accommodation. A gradient of increasing lens power is added to the correction for the other refraction error, going from a minimum or nothing at the top of the lens to the maximum magnification at the bottom of the lens. A wearer can then adjust the lens power required for clear vision at different viewing distances by tilting his or her head to place the line of sight through different parts of the lens. Varifocal lenses avoid the sudden jump in the visual field created by bifocal lenses.
The lenses are also more cosmetically attractive as there are not any obvious or sharp jumps between the visual areas. They are known as the modern alternative to the older bifocal and trifocal lenses. These lenses suffer the slight disadvantage of creating regions of 'distortion' away from the optical axis, yielding poor visual resolution toward the edges. Although manufacturers are constantly striving to minimize these distortions, some wearers cannot tolerate the lenses. The amount of distortion typically reduces depending on the higher varifocal lens quality the wearer opts for.
- Standard Plastic CR39 (1.5) Website Option: 1.5 Standard Ideal for most prescriptions. However, prescriptions with powers stronger than +3.00 and -3.00 will start to look thicker. Powers between the two will look fine.
- Plastic (1.6) Website Option: 1.6 Thin An ideal option for prescriptions up to +4.00 and down to -4.00. 1.6 lenses can be around 23% thinner than standard plastic CR39 material. Prescriptions outside this range will start to look thick.
- Plastic (1.67) Website Option: 1.67 Very Thin Probably the most popular of the thinner lens options. These lenses are about 15% thinner than the 1.6 option and around 25% flatter. They are ideal for prescriptions up to +6.00 and down to -6.00 - but prescriptions outside this range will look considerably thicker.
- Plastic (1.74) Website Option: 1.74 Thinnest The thinnest plastic lens available on the market. It is around 50% thinner than the 1.5 standard plastic lens and 30% lighter than the glass equivalent. It is a perfect lens for mid to high prescriptions.
There are several types of lens materials:
Standard 1.5 index plastic – This material is also known as CR39 and is a conventional plastic lens. Light and durable, it can be supplied with all treatments and comes with a scratch-resistant coating as standard.
Thin 1.59 index polycarbonate – Polycarbonate is practically as thin as our thin 1.6 index plastic lens and 12% lighter as standard. The construction of polycarbonate material also makes it extremely strong which is why it is used in sports. Polycarbonate is also shock resistant, over 12 times more so than standard 1.5 index plastic lenses. Because of its strength and shock resistant polycarbonate is also used for safety spectacles.
Thin 1.6 index plastic – Up to 20% thinner than standard 1.5 index plastic and up to 25% lighter.
Thinner 1.67 index plastic – On average 15% thinner than the 1.6 index plastic and on average 15% lighter. This lens can be supplied with all treatments such as UVA and UVB protection as well as scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coatings.
Ultra thin 1.74 index plastic – The thinnest and lightest lens material available at Spex4less. On average 10% thinner than 1.67 index plastic and on average 10% lighter. This is the ultimate material choice for higher prescriptions. This lens can also be supplied with all treatments.
Your PD is measured either during the eye test or when prescription glasses are ordered. Obviously, we cannot measure your PD over the internet, so it is best to make sure your PD is included in your glasses prescription. Simply ask your optician to make a note of it on your prescription. If you are unable to provide your PD to us, do not worry. We will take an average male or female PD, based on 1000’s of real PD measurements, and use this value when we make your glasses. You can, of course, measure your own PD. However, bear in mind that, when you measure your own PD, you may not get the same result as an experienced optical professional. We recommend that you use the measurements taken by an optometrist or an optical dispenser whenever possible.
If your prescription has two complete rows for SPH, CYL and AXIS with one row for distance and one row for near, then click the link that says "My Prescription Looks Different" and then click the link "I have TWO complete rows of figures on my prescription". You will now be able to enter the values as they appear on your prescription.
We are not allowed to provide spectacles to customers who have had ‘Complex’ lenses prescribed. Where a prescription is greater than or equal to 10 dioptres (either the total Sph and Cyl, or either of them on their own), we are unable to provide spectacles for you for a prescription this high. Opticians’ rules preclude us from supplying glasses where the prescription (which is deemed to be ‘complex’) is greater or equal to 10 dioptres in any meridian.
Sphere (SPH): We cannot, under any circumstances, fill prescriptions with an SPH value stronger than -10.00 or +10.00. If you do not have astigmatism, the SPH will be the only value on your prescription (no CYL or Axis).
Cylinder (CYL): If you have astigmatism in either eye, you will have a CYL value in your prescription. We cannot, under any circumstances, fill prescriptions with a CYL value stronger than ±4.00.
While the above SPH and CYL values are at the extreme ends of our range, our ability to fill your prescription depends on your specific combination of SPH and CYL values. If your SPH is stronger than -6.00 in either eye, and you also have a CYL value, please give us a call at 0151 632 6611, Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm. We would love to discuss your prescription in detail to determine whether or not we will be able to provide you with prescription lenses.