The Covid-19 Pandemic has changed a lot of things for all kinds of doctors’ offices including ours. Most doctors are only seeing patients for emergencies, but where does that leave you if you need new glasses during quarantine? Getting a new pair of glasses is not typically considered an emergency, but it certainly can be an emergency for you if you’ve broken your current pair of glasses or your prescription has changed.
Who Can Get An Eye Exam During Quarantine?
you have a legitimate emergency, such as an eye infection or injury, we will make a telemedicine (remote) or in-office appointment with you. We can also make an appointment for you if you have a sudden and unexpected change in your vision, or if you suspect a new onset of an eye disease such as Myopia, which is becoming more common and often gets worse with more screen time and less outdoor time. (See our article about Myopia During Quarantine). We can also make an appointment for you if you have an ongoing progressive eye condition or disease that requires care, such as Keratoconus, Glaucoma, or many other eye diseases.
And if you come into the office for one of those other reasons, we can give you an eye exam, fit you for glasses, and order them for you. Once they are ready, we offer curbside pickup or free shipping to your home or office.
How To Get New Glasses During Quarantine
But even if you don’t come to see us, we can still order new glasses for you, and we have a variety of ways to do that depending on your situation.
If You Are A Current Patient And Need Replacement Glasses
If your glasses are broken and you need a replacement pair, we can quickly and easily re-order a duplicate of your current glasses, especially if you ordered your current glasses from our office. We’ll have all of your information on file and can generally have your single vision, bifocal or progressive-lens glasses replaced within 5-10 days. In many cases, we can make precision glasses in our own in-office lab, and have your glasses for you the same day.
If Your Current Glasses Were Not Made By Us
If you received your current glasses from some other doctor’s office and need a new pair in a hurry, we can still help. If you’re able to send us your current written prescription, that’s your best and safest choice. But if you don’t have your prescription and cannot contact your previous eye doctor, you can drop by our office.
We’ll meet you outside in our parking lot and bring your current glasses into our office. We’ll clean and sterilize your glasses, use our precision equipment to measure your prescription and other dimensions of your lenses and frames, then sterilize your glasses again, and return them to you in just a few minutes.
Once we have this information, we can order and make for you the same pair, a similar pair, or you can use our Virtual Try-On Service.
High-Tech Shopping for Prescription Glasses with Virtual Try-On
If you’d like a different style or type of frame than your current pair of glasses, we can help you there, too. We have new “Virtual Try-On” technology that will allow you to shop for frames online from your computer, tablet or smartphone, and then do a virtual try-on of over 1000 different styles of glasses.
You can browse through frames by top designers and brands, such as…
- Tom Ford
- John Varvatos
- Michael Kors
- RecSpec Sports Eyewear
- Emporio Armani
- …and many more
We even have some of the more popular brands for kids, including Lucky Brand and Converse.
With Virtual Try-On, you’ll use your desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet, iPhone or Android phone to choose your glasses from our online catalog. Then you’ll use your device’s camera and our system — which has precision technical specs for all our frames — to instantly place the frames on your face, allowing you to see what you’ll look like.
- Want to see what you’ll look like from another angle? No problem! Look side to side, up, down or any direction and the glasses will stay on your face.
- Like the frames but not the color? Change frame colors to find the ones you like.
- Need a second option? Take snapshots of yourself with different frames so you can share them and get feedback from friends and family.
Once you’ve found the frames you love, we’ll get them ordered for you and you’ll have them in no time.
Order Your New Glasses During Quarantine Now
We’re hoping that restrictions will be lifted soon and that we’ll be able to see patients in our office again under more normal circumstances. But until then, if you need glasses during quarantine, we can still help. Try the Virtual Try-On now (it’s really amazing!). Then contact us online for a virtual or in-office appointment
(depending on your circumstances). Or, call our office today at 818-891-6711 to talk to me or a member of my professional team today.