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Frequently Asked Questions

1001 Optical - FAQ's
1001 Optical - FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are different topics of queries that one could have when it comes to eyewear and eye care.

Medical Issues - Common Questions

1) Can glasses help with keratoconus?

Kerataconus is a condition where the front part of the eye, the cornea gets thinner and thinner, hence affecting vision negatively. Depending on the severity of the Keratoconus, glasses can definitely help to improve vision to an acceptable standard. However if the Keratoconus is quite severe, specialised hard contact lens or surgical intervention may be required for best vision. It is best to contact your optometrist for further information.

2) Should I wear glasses all the time for astigmatism?

It is best to follow your optometrists recommendation when it comes to wearing glasses for astigmatism. Generally weaker levels of astigmatism may be for intermittent, concentrative tasks and stronger levels of astigmatism will be more appropriately worn full time.

3) Should I wear my glasses all the time farsighted?

When you are farsighted this generally means you have troubles seeing up close and the far sight is good. Hence, some farsighted people will be wearing glasses full time and some will be wearing intermittently to help with concentration of up close and near tasks. If you are unsure or have second doubts about wearing schedules for farsightedness, visit one of our friendly optometrists at 1001 Optical.

How do glasses work?

1) How are glasses lenses made?

Once a prescription is filled out by an optometrist and frames are selected and purchased, these will be sent off to a lens manufacturing lab. Once the lab receives the information they will use an edging machine to trace around the inside of the eye segments of the frame. This will determine how big or small a blank lens of that prescription will be cut and fit into the frame. Once the exact prescription lens blank is cut according to the frame dimensions, the lens is then fitted into the frame and cleaned ready in time for your collection.

2) How do glasses work?

Everyone's eye shape and length is different, as such an optometrist tests your eyes to ensure the correct prescription is given to maximise vision clarity. They then make the prescription into a pair of glasses which either brings the image forward or backwards such that it will focus directly on the retina for clarity. Diagrams below show how images focus on your eye if you have hyperopia or myopia, alongside the corrective lenses and how they work to focus the image on the retina for maximum clarity.

Glasses/Frames - General FAQ's

1) Can I change my frame of glasses?

When it comes to glasses, using your unique prescription we will tailor cut a pair of lenses to fit exactly into your chosen frame with all the correct measurements in place. If your prescription has not changed but you wish to re-use the lenses for a different style of glasses or frames then this will not be possible due to the different sizes of lenses that will need to be fit into the new frames. The best way to approach this is to re-order the same frame and we can fit the old lenses into them or alternatively to purchase a new pair of glasses.

2) Can someone else pick up my glasses?

During the collection process, you will be able to come into our store and try on the glasses and make sure vision is as sharp/crisp as possible while also getting a feel for how these frames will be sitting on your face. If by some chance the frames are little bit too loose or too tight, this will give us an opportunity to adjust these and make your new frames perfect for you. However, if there is any troubles reaching our store location then please notify one of our team members and we can arrange for someone else to pick your glasses up. If there is any adjustments, questions or queries don't hesitate to call up and contact our team.

3) Can you add anti glare to existing glasses?

Yes, if you wanted a new pair of lenses into your existing glasses with the anti-glare coating this is something one of our friendly team members in store can help you with.

4) Can transition lenses replace sunglasses?

Transition lenses aka. Photochromic lenses are wonderful and can be used for UV protection when going outside as a replacement for sunglasses. The thing that needs to be considered when making this decision is if there is any UV protection that is needed when driving, it will be better to go for full tinted sunglasses instead of transition lenses because they will not turn dark behind the windshield of a car.

5) Can you use a ring light with glasses?

Whether you are making TikTok's or recording a YouTube video ring lights can be used with glasses. If the glasses have a standard hard coating there may be some pesky back reflections of light from the light ring, however if you want to avoid this be sure to get the anti-glare coating option for best results.

6) Can you use any frames for prescription glasses?

Yes! All the glasses in our "Frames" section on our website can be custom made to fit a prescription inside.

7) Can you wear coloured contacts over prescription glasses?

Yes, you definitely can wear coloured contact lenses over prescription glasses so long as the coloured contact lenses don't also have a prescription.

8) How to check original anti glare glasses?

You can check if there is an anti-glare coating on the lenses by pointing your glasses up to a ceiling light. The coating produces a green tinge on the light and shows that there is an anti-glare coating involved. If you are unsure and want a second opinion, come visit any of the 1001 optical stores and ask any of the friendly team members to verify this for you.

9) How to get glasses?

Glasses can either be bought through our physical 1001 Optical store locations or via online by our website. If you are unsure what your prescription is or if you even need glasses, visit one of our 1001 optical store locations and the friendly optometrist will be able to check your eyes at no extra cost to you (Bulk billed).

10) How to tell what glasses prescription is?

When looking for the glasses prescription, it is best to visit one of the 1001 optical stores and ask one of our friendly staff members to check using a specialised machine what prescription is in your glasses. Alternatively if you are unsure whether the glasses is the latest prescription for your eyes, you can request for an eye test at no extra cost to you (Bulk billed) and our optometrist can verify this for you.

11) How to prevent glare in glasses?

Glare in glasses, especially glare from oncoming headlights whilst night time driving can be prevented by adding an anti-glare coating onto the lens. This extra coating reduces front and back surface reflections of light and drastically reduces the glare from screens for ease of viewing.

12) Can new glasses cause vertigo?

Wearing glasses typically should not cause vertigo, sometimes there are compromises that are made where a stronger prescription will give you better clarity but if heavily deviated from the current prescription and what you are used to, may cause some discomfort. Sometimes it is just a case of wearing your new prescription in and getting your brain used to the new prescription (just like a pair of new shoes). If vertigo symptoms persist for over 2 weeks, come into one of our 1001 optical stores so we can try our best to get the glasses perfect for you.

13) How long do glasses lenses last?

Glasses lenses generally last quite a long time with the right amount of tender loving care! This can include casing your glasses when not in use and frequently cleaning them with the complimentary micro-fibre cleaning cloth that is provided. Your eyes and the prescription that is needed to correct them may be subject to changes as the years go on, we suggest getting your eyes tested at no extra cost to you (Bulk billed) at least once a year to ensure your eye's aren't outgrowing the glasses lenses!

14) How much do glass lenses cost?

Standard lenses with no coatings start at $90. If there is any additional thinning or add-on's that are required then this will incur an extra cost. Feel free to visit a store location for further clarity or our website for pricing.

15) How to get glasses without a prescription?

If you want a pair of glasses with no prescription to act as a shield or for fashion purposes this can be arranged, simply visit one of our stores or alternatively you can order a pair of glasses online from us.

16) How to order glasses online?

When ordering glasses online there will be a few things you will need: 1. a pair of glasses online that you would like to purchase 2. a copy of your prescription. You can browse our range of frames and sunglasses collection and order as your heart desires! For applicable products, you will see an option to 'add with prescription' which take you through the process of choosing your lenses as per your prescription. If you experience any issues, you can contact us to assist you accordingly.

17) How to read your glasses size?

When looking on the inside of an arm there should be 3 numbers displayed as such: "52-18-140". The 1st number "52" refers to the eye size length, the 2nd number "18" refers to the nose bridge width and the 3rd number "140" refers to the temple length. These 3 numbers can vary and will give you an idea of how small or big these glasses will be.

18) Should glasses prescription be the same as contacts?

Generally there are slight variations between contact lenses and glasses prescription. This is because glasses sit slightly in front of your eye whereas contact lenses sit exactly on your eye, the difference in distance between these two can cause for slight variations in the two prescriptions.

19) What is oleophobic coating glasses?

Oleophobic coating or otherwise known as lipophobic means that the coating will help to repel both oil and water. The Oleophobic or Lipophobic properties are commonly found in the anti-glare coating and helps to reduce smudges, makes the lenses easier to clean and help's to crispen the image by reducing the pesky front surface and back surface reflections of light on the lenses.

Contact Lenses - General FAQ's

1) Can you wear coloured contacts over prescription glasses?

Yes, you definitely can wear coloured contact lenses over prescription glasses so long as the coloured contact lenses don't also have a prescription.

2) Should glasses prescription be the same as contacts?

Generally there are slight variations between contact lenses and glasses prescription. This is because glasses sit slightly in front of your eye whereas contact lenses sit exactly on your eye, the difference in distance between these two can cause for slight variations in the two prescriptions.

Sunglasses - General FAQ's

1) How to tell if sunglasses are prescription?

You can usually tell if sunglasses have a prescription inside them by putting them on and seeing if there is any discernible differences to your current vision. If there is there is likely to be a prescription inside, if there isn't then it'll likely be non prescription. If you are unsure, feel free to visit any of the physical 1001 optical store locations and one of our friendly team members can double check this for you, using a specialised lens prescription measuring machine.

2) What are gradient lens sunglasses?

Gradient lens sunglasses are lenses where typically the tint at the top is a dark tint and gradually becomes lighter at the bottom, creating a gradient effect that is currently sweeping the fashion industries.

3) How long do prescription sunglasses take to make?

Prescription sunglasses generally take longer than prescription clear glasses because clear glasses don't require the tint. The the tinting process is an extra step that takes time. Generally prescription sunglasses take around 14 - 16 business days to be ready for dispatch from the date of order.

4) How to determine sunglasses frame size?

When looking on the inside of an arm there should be 3 numbers displayed as such: "52-18-140". The 1st number "52" refers to the eye size length, the 2nd number "18" refers to the nose bridge width and the 3rd number "140" refers to the temple length. These 3 numbers can vary and will give you an idea of how small or big these sunglasses will be.

5) Do polarised sunglasses block blue light?

Polarised sunglasses are used to block out glare that comes from the sun's reflection. When it comes to blue light blocking we have a Blue light filter that can be added onto glasses for ease of digital eyestrain, reduction in headaches and helps improve circadian rhythm through improving quality of sleep.