Top Eyewear & Optical Tools

We’ve built a number of handy tools and written lots of informative articles to help our readers and site visitors in their search for optical information and those oh-so-right contact lenses, eyeglasses or sunglasses. Here are some of our top optical resources.

1. Optical Glossary – Want to know what PD means (Pupil Distance) or what a Prism is? Just check out our online glossary for definitions to a ton of vision related terms.

2. FrameFinder Virtual Try On – The ultimate in online convenience. Just upload a photo of your face and try on our top eyeglasses and sunglasses.

3. Lens Options Guide – Need information on the various types of lenses available for your glasses – Progressive, Plastic, Polycarbonate, Drivewear, Transitions, etc.? This is where you’ll find it along with information on coatings, tints and some pages with informative videos.

4. What’s My Eyeglass Frame Size? – Want to know how to find out what size your eyeglasses frames are? Check out this informative, easy to understand article.

5. Eyewear Insider – Our library of eyeglasses frames and sunglasses brands. Read more detailed information about the companies that make designer eyewear, their products and watch videos on many of the pages.

6. The Eye Zone Blog Site Map - Want to scan all of the posts on The Eye Zone by category? Easily find all of those celebrity sunglasses, eyewear and optical news posts that you missed or want to read again.

7. Eyewear Videos – Online videos are big and we’ve made it our goal to make optical information videos available to our visitors. Check out our current videos with more to come!

8. Get a FramesDirect.com Google Button – You can grab a button for your Google toolbar that not only will zip you right back to the FramesDirect.com web site, but will keep you up to date on new posts at The Eye Zone Blog.

9. The Eye Zone RSS Feed – Get nearly instant notification of new posts, news and articles in your RSS feed reader or receive e-mail alerts. It’s free and easy to subscribe or unsubscribe and your e-mail address is safe. It is only used for this feed.

10. Frame Size Guide – A more in-depth look at frame size, including components of a frame and an Easy Frame Sizing Guide.

11. Optical Discussions – The new forum-like interface on our discussion board page provides an easy to read and follow list of all recent comments posted on the blog.

12. Eyewear & Vision Resource Directory – A directory of sites providing information related to eyewear, vision, optical style and care. Find resources for warranty, repair and even accessories here.

13. Eyewear Tips & Tricks – Great ideas from our very own opticians to help maximize your eyewear experience.

14. Face Shape Guide – Find the correct style of eyeglasses or sunglasses frame for your face shape: round, oval, square, oblong, diamond or triangular shaped.

15. Vision & Optical Videos – You’ll find a ton of vision and optical related videos to watch online at FDTV, our video center.

Related pages & posts: Contact Lens FAQ, Contact Lens & Eyeglasses Examinations, Inserting and Removing Your Contact Lens, FramesDirect.com Facebook Fan Page, UK Contact Lens Store, Optical Videos.


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14 Comments
  • Pam Dawber
    December 5, 2014

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Richard Burckhardt
    July 31, 2009

    Here’s what Dr. Dhavid Cooper, our CEO, says:

    It’s called a frame heater/warmer… goes by different names. They are usually only available to the trade I believe, but you could try Hilco.com a supplier of optical equipment, or search for one on ebay. You do have to have some experience with them so you don’t overheat or melt the frames. I would try find another optician or shop around till I found an expert who knows how to adjust frames well.

  • p wormser
    July 30, 2009

    In terms of frames, I am a difficult fit. The left temple usually fits well and holds frame in place. The right temple almost always lies right against my head, especially right near the ear. This is a constant source of frustration; my glasses feel out of balance, and I feel uncomfortable. This happens everytime I get a new pair; usually every two-three years. I advise opticians in advance and still, it takes many many visits to get the fit just right. My question is this: what is the heating device that opticians use to gently coax the plastic temples into a shape that fits ? That is what I’m after. If it were possible, I would consider purchasing one but I have no idea how to go about that. I have been wearing glasses since the age of 7 and am now well into my fifties. In an attempt to make my life simpler, I’d be grateful for any leads. Thank you P Wormser

  • Richard Burckhardt
    June 18, 2009

    You might try calling Bolle customer service at 800-221-9035 and see if they can help you.

    Sorry, but we don’t carry parts.

  • Bill Skinner
    June 17, 2009

    One of the little screws loosened up and fell out of the nosepiece of my Bolle Valorium sunglasses. I bought a repair kit for glasses with a bunch of screws in it, but none of them fit. Where can I obtain a Bolle replacement screw?

    Thanks,
    Bill Skinner

  • Lani Pennington
    January 26, 2009

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been searching for years to find frames that fit my face. You sent me a list of many to choose from: Refreshing!
    Bests,
    Lani

  • Lani Pennington
    January 24, 2009

    Hello,
    I have a small face, nose bridge 14, with about a 50 eye size. Your new frame finder only inputs the eye size which results in hundreds of results. Are there any adult frames with 14 or 15 bridges?

  • Richard Burckhardt
    December 28, 2008

    We are getting ready to roll out our Quick Find Eyewear Search
    utility, but you can give it a try now. Click on the link, select what type of frames you are looking for and on the second search screen, you’ll get the option of searching by size.

  • dan
    December 28, 2008

    is there anywhere on here i can just type in my size i’m looking for, and your site pulls up all that match, even within a couple mm’s?

  • Richard Burckhardt
    October 21, 2008

    Here’s another helpful optical resource online:

    Visit AllAboutVision.com for complete information on eyeglasses, contact lenses, LASIK & vision surgery, sunglasses, macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, low vision, pink eye, and much more.

  • Richard Burckhardt
    August 28, 2008

    Sorry, but we don’t carry parts. My suggestion is that you contact the manufacturer directly for a source.

  • Mark Henigan
    August 27, 2008

    Are you able to obtain components such as temples for the repair of discontinued styles? I am looking for either an entire ck 529 (53-19-145) frame or at least a right temple. Thank you for your help and advice.

  • christal
    August 25, 2008

    Hi,

    I have a pair of Nike 4600 frames and am looking for the squishy plastic things that go on the sides next to the temple…could you please tell me where I could purchase them?

    Thanks,

    Christal

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