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Frequently Asked Questions

Here Glasses Outlet will answer some of the most frequently asked questions received by customers and curious visitors. If you can't find your answer then please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Lens Damage

If your lenses are scratched it can be distracting & irritating trying to see through it. Depending on the level of damage others can see it too. Unfortunately you cannot polish the lens - that would change the power. Scratched or damaged lenses are easily replaced by reglazing and Glasses Outlet have a huge combination of types, coatings and features for you to choose from. Ask Us!

Updated prescription

You should be having your eyesight tested every two years in the UK, and so with regular check-ups you can keep up to date with your prescriptions. Keep enjoying HD vision. You may or may not have any change, are happy with your existing frame & just wish new lenses.

Glassesoutlet.co.uk can do that for you!

New lens coating

You may have decided to forego the anti-reflection coating last time, and now want it, or perhaps the light reactive lenses for holiday sunshine would have been beneficial after all. Again, reglazing means you can add these features to your glasses without a new frame, saving on cost and recycling – more eco friendly.

Get more from your glasses

Heard it a thousand times! “I am fed up switching between my distance & reading glasses.” You could switch to varifocals. Reglaze one pair with varifocals & keep a spare- perhaps sunglass varifocals.

Not all frames are suitable for reglazing.

Off the peg sunglasses & ready readers from the Petrol forecourt

Cheap plastic & metal sunglasses off Amazon & Ebay. There is a reason they are cheap. They will probably snap upon reglazing.

Most respectable brands will have produced quality frames that can be successfully take new lenses.

If a frame is too old, it may have deteriorated just through old age. This includes metals & plastics.

If you have bought a metal frame & there are no screws to get the lens outs, it more than likely cannot take new lenses.

If you are unsure please send them to us for assessment.

It can vary from £19 to £150 for a pair single vision lenses. There are many different of lenses & features which attract different price points, so quite individual depending on frame type & prescription.

Glasses outlet will charge you £39 for anti-reflected coated lenses Vs Boots £99: Vision Express £99: Ollie Quinn £125

Yes, you can new lenses in your frames in the United Kingdom. Many opticians & online services offer reglazing, where they replace your old lenses with new ones while retaining your current frames.

At Glasses Outlet you can send us your frames & a copy of your prescription by post. On receipt we can give you, your desired lens options & price. We would then make them accordingly and mail them back you complete. Easy!

Alternatively Whats app us for a no obligation quote. Send a screenshot of your frames & prescription with details on lens type desired & we will get right back to you.

Yes, you can reglaze non prescription lenses.

You may wish to:

  • Replace damaged lenses
  • You may want to add additional coatings , like polarised or photochromatic.
  • You may want a new colour of tint, customising your favourite frames for individuality.
  • Upgrade lens quality: upgrade to higher quality lenses for better clarity and/or durability.
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    Yes, you can get new lenses in your Ray Bans. Scratches on the lenses or a broken lens may necessitate a new pair of lenses.

    Take advantage by:

    Change the lenses or the lens colour. Adding coatings, like anti reflection, blue light coatings, polarised lenses or photochromatic ones

    You may want a new colour of tint, customising your favourite frames for individuality.

    Upgrade lens quality: upgrade to higher quality lenses for better clarity and/or durability.

    Yes, you can get new lenses in your Oakleys. Scratches on the lenses or a broken lens may necessitate a new pair of lenses.

    Beware some Oakleys can only be reglazed by Oakley.

    Some others are quite wrapped & have to be individually manufactured.

    Take advantage by:

    Change the lenses or the lens colour. Adding coatings, like anti reflection, blue light coatings, polarised lenses or photochromatic ones.

    You may want a new colour of tint, customising your favourite frames for individuality.

    Upgrade lens quality: upgrade to higher quality lenses for better clarity and/or durability.

    No. We cannot use the Ray Ban logo as it would be a trademark infringement.

    Rest assured the lenses will be excellent optical quality & durability but logo free.



    When I first entered the optical industry following a degree in optometry, frames were made from many materials which were made to last for years. They could be reglazed several times ,assuming they were not damaged. Some would be made from  re-appropriation of horn and tortoiseshell by-products into frames for life. Whilst that maybe un palatable to many, the glasses were reglazed several times, so environmentally friendlier.  Then the industry was de-regulated & high street brands such as specsavers & vision express emerged with the goal of selling you new frames every 2 years following sight tests. Competition then led to 2 for 1 offers, so people had a glut of frames after a few visits, like fast fashion.  The industry had turned the once enduring spectacle frame into a disposable one where acetate frames were discarded as valueless. Some would find there way to overseas charities such as vision aid oversees, others would end up in the bin (not recyclable) or discarded in the bottom drawer.

    Now people are more eco conscious & realise that those old frames could be put to use & it is environmentally friendly to do so. Also new frame brands emerging use recycled materials such a old CDs, hemp, recycled bottles, blended acetate materials with high degree of ethically sourced materials (M49 bio-acetate) which are bio-degradable. 

    Reasons for why the industry has been slow to move on this front is that designer spectacles and sunglasses are often created by one or two of the big manufacturers and sold under licenses. Luxottica for example, owns over 30 eyewear brands and have over 9,000 retail outlets worldwide. They are vertically integrated, so control the initial design right through to sales and customer service. Luxottica brands account for around 14% of the total global eyewear sales, in a market currently valued at over $132.18 billion (Grand View 2018) These companies through corporate shareholders require increased level of sales so where is the incentive until the public demands it.

    We are currently working with a number of niche brands which are producing bio degradable bio -acetate frames which use lenses with a high degree of organic matter to create an enduring eco friendly spectacles & sunglasses.

    In the meantime keep reglazing your existing glasses, revisit those ones in the bottom drawer & do your bit for a more sustainable approach.