Glasses and Frame Lenses Q & A


Patients seeking an eye doctor who can test and fit them for high-quality glasses and frames can get the service they need at Ford Eye Center in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas. They have years of experience in the industry and have a large selection of frames.

How Do Glasses Correct Vision?

The need for eyeglasses results from an unevenly shaped cornea, which bends light in different directions and makes it difficult to focus. Eyeglasses correct vision by bending the light in a way that allows the eye to focus.

How Often are Frames and Lenses Covered By Insurance?

The frequency of frame and lens coverage depends on the specifications of the plan, but most commonly, frames and lenses are covered once per year or every other year. To find out how their plan is written, patients can contact member services at their insurance company or visit with the friendly staff at Ford Eye Center, who may be able to help them understand their plan.

Can a Person Buy Prescription Glasses Without An Exam?

If the patient has a current prescription, they can purchase frames and lenses at Ford Eye Center without first scheduling an examination. If they need a new prescription, an exam is required. As a best practice, annual exams are recommended as they are critical for early detection of potentially serious eye diseases.

Are Glasses or Lenses Accompanied by a Warranty?

Whether frames or lenses are accompanied by a warranty depends on the manufacturer and the patient’s purchase options. In some cases, a warranty is included in the price of the lenses while in other cases, patients have the opportunity to purchase a warranty above and beyond the cost of the frames and lenses.

What Types of Lenses are Available and What is the Difference Between Them?

There are 4 primary kinds of lenses:

  • Single Vision Lenses, which have the same power throughout the entire lens.
  • Bifocal Lenses, which contain 2 different prescriptions to accommodate either nearsightedness or farsightedness in combination with presbyopia. The change in prescriptions is noted indicated by a visible line.
  • Trifocal Lenses, which contain 3 different prescriptions marked by visible lines.
  • Progressive Lenses, which contain more than 1 prescription but look like single vision lenses. They are often referred to as no-line bifocals.

Patients also have the opportunity to make other decisions about lenses including:

  • Glare resistance
  • Scratch resistance
  • Tinting in bright light