FAQsHave a look below to see if your query is answered here, and let us know if we've missed any.
To build the glasses we just need an up to date eyesight prescription and your pupillary distance (PD), but you can add this later if you don’t know at the time.
You’ll get an email confirming the order request, which will include an estimated time of delivery. Once your glasses have been made, you’ll get another email to tell you they’ve been dispatched.
Sure! If you sign up for an iChoose account you can keep an eye on the status of your orders. Just head to My Account > Order History.
Sadly not – without an account we don’t store any information online.
Due to the bespoke nature of our glasses production, we can only accept order cancellations or changes up to 1 hour after the order is placed.
Much like with cancellations, we’ll have to be notified of any amendments to your order within 1 hour.
We accept all major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal.
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Delivery & Returns
For UK mainland orders, complete glasses bundles are delivered by tracked DHL, which costs £5.00, and sides only orders are delivered by tracked Royal Mail, which costs £2.35. For surrounding UK territories, additional charges may apply.
All orders to the UK will be delivered within 48 hours from the point of despatch, but with glasses the complexity of the build (i.e., complicated prescription) means manufacturing time may vary.
Simple single vision prescriptions can take up to 4 days, but will normally be shipped within 2 days of order date. Complex single vision prescriptions will take 5-10 days, and varifocals 7-14 days.
If you’re ordering sides only, they'll be delivered by First Class Royal Mail, but if you’re ordering a bundle DHL will take care of it. The couriers will email you updates to keep you in the loop too. All orders are tracked, and if you’re ordering to mainland UK, we aim for your order to reach you within 48 hours of despatch.
Of course; all of our postage is tracked. Head to My Account > Order History to look up the status of the order, and once it’s despatched you’ll be able to click an external link to the courier’s website to track it in transit. If you checkout as a guest you’ll need to track your order via the courier’s own website.
Yes you can – we ship all over the world. Obviously delivery times and costs may vary, but your order will be shipped with DHL with full tracking details.
7-10 working days from the point of despatch.
This varies by zone. The basket will tally up the total cost ahead of placing the order if you proceed through the checkout process. Please be aware that any import charges incurred must be paid for by the customer, and policy can vary quite a bit between countries, so contact your customs office for more detailed information. In the case of returned items, customs fees will be deducted from any refund due.
We have a 7-day fit guarantee that allows customers to exchange or return items for a full refund up to 7 working days after delivery excluding delivery costs – no questions asked. Returns are free too. Head over to our Returns Policy section or more details.
Yep. We'll provide you with a pre-paid returns label from Royal Mail to send your items back to us. If your location isn't covered by Royal Mail, we will reimburse you for the cost of returning the item via standard postage in your region. Unfortunately we won’t be able to refund shipping costs. Similarly, any import charges incurred on return will be at the cost of the customer. Refunds will be initiated after the item reaches us, once they’ve been examined by Quality Assurance.
First you need to have your eyes tested by a qualified optometrist, and then you just need to ask them for a copy of your prescription. They usually like you to buy glasses at their opticians’, but it’s their legal obligation to provide you with a copy of your prescription.
We can only accept prescriptions up to 2 years old.
As you progress through the checkout process, you will be prompted to enter your prescription details. If you don’t know your prescription details at the time, you can enter them later via My Account. Please note you must be an iChoose account holder to do this – guests will have to add their prescriptions during checkout.
PD is the distance between your pupils, which we need to measure to accurately glaze the lenses in your new glasses. Your optician won’t always give you this seeing as it’s considered to be a fitting criteria rather than an optical one, so you’ll have to ask them for it. Alternatively, you can use our handy PD measurer application on our site, which will calculate it for your order.
A plus (+) here means you’re long-sighted and a minus (-) here means you’re short sighted. We accept values between -8.00 and +8.00, and the further from 0, the stronger prescription, the greater the curve on the lens, and the thicker the lens. If yours is quite strong you might want to consider changing the lens to a thinner one. We’ll recommend a lens depending on your prescription value at the index stage of checkout. Each eye can have different prescriptions as well.
This is to correct visual distortions arising from the surface of your eye. You might have heard the word “astigmatism” banded about – this is it. 0 here means your eye’s surface is perfectly spherical, and the more that number increases, the more curved your eye’s surface actually is. Not to worry though, it’s actually more common to have astigmatism than not, and each eye can be different. If you have a cylinder value, you will also have an axis value.
This relates to the cylinder, and it’s an indication of the direction of the astigmatism. So, maybe the surface of your eyes is oval shaped, but the direction of that oval is slightly diagonal, rather than horizontal. This is to factor for that. If you have a cylinder value, you will also have an axis value. Again, each eye can be different.
If you require reading, computer, or varifocal lenses, your prescription will have an add value. It relates to additional correction at close distances.
We can accommodate for single vision, varifocals, reading, distance, and computer lenses, and we accept prescriptions from -8.00 to +8.00, measured from the sum of the sphere and cylinder. For example, a sphere of +4.00 and a cylinder of -2.00 would be a total of +2.00.
Alas, no – it wouldn’t be accurate. Contact lens prescriptions differ slightly to glasses prescriptions seeing as they sit on your eyeball rather than in front of it, so we really require your glasses prescription.
Yep – we offer a range of lens treatments, including coloured tinting and mirroring and these apply to prescription lenses too, so you can turn any frames on iChoose into sunglasses.
The fronts are made of stainless steel or acetate, and the sides are made of plastic. The nose-pads, where applicable, are made of silicone.
At present, there are 120 fronts and 90 sides, so if we do some quick maths that’s over 10,000 combinations for you to play with.
Push down the metal bar on the inner face of each side and slide the side away. Push the new side on until the metal bar clicks into place. Make sure you have them the right way round. Please scroll to the bottom of this blog for a video demonstration.
Over time this mechanism will loosen, but to begin with we include a ring with every bundle to slip over your finger to help.
Distance, computer, reading, varifocal, blank lenses, and no lenses.
Yep, we in the biz call these “plano”. Just select the blank lens option at the lens stage of the order. Your glasses will come complete with clear lenses.
Your optometrist will tell you if you need these. They’re for anybody that struggles to see at all ranges. How they work is the top half of the lens takes care of focusing far away, and the bottom half takes care of focusing close up, and with the power of technology they blend seamlessly in the middle. Don’t worry; they look no different to regular lenses.
This could mean a few things. All frames come with predetermined sides by default, but if you’re wondering if you can get frames without the lenses, there’s an option for that at the lens options stage of the checkout.
Measurements for fronts are displayed on each individual product page.
No, we’re only able to sell glasses to people aged 16 and over.
No, having your glasses adjusted elsewhere will invalidate your warranty with iChoose.
Yep - that's the beauty of iChoose!
There's no built-in way to adjust your glasses so your best bet is to go to your local opticians, where it may be possible to adjust your glasses for a small fee.
Distance, computer, reading, varifocal, and blank. You’ll be prompted to select your choice during the checkout process.
Clear, anti-reflective, light reactive, polarised, tinted, and mirrored. Again, you’ll be prompted to select your choice during the checkout process.
We have a four tiered system for choosing your lens index as part of a bundle purchase:
Bronze (£0): standard, clear, plastic resin optical-grade lenses treated with a hard coating to prevent scratching.
Silver (£11): A mid-index lens at 1.60 on the refractive index, these lenses provide a lighter a thinner alternative to Bronze, and are suitable for mid to strong single vision prescription glasses. Anti-reflective coating is included as standard.
Gold (£24): A high index lens at 1.67 on the refractive index, these lenses provide a lighter and thinner alternative to Silver, and are suitable for stronger prescriptions. Anti-reflective coating is included as standard.
Platinum (£58): A super-high index lens at 1.74 on the refractive index, these lenses are the thinnest and lightest we can offer, and are suited to very strong prescriptions. Anti-reflective coating is included as standard.
You’ll be prompted to make this selection during the checkout process, and we’ll recommend an option based on your prescription requirements.
We have a 365-day product guarantee, so if your glasses or sides break you’re entitled to a one-time replacement within that time period. Head over to our Returns Policy section or more details.
Prevention is really the best way to ensure your glasses have a long life though. Make sure you use the iChoose case to keep them protected when you’re not using them, and avoid wiping the lenses with your sleeve as it might have tiny bits of dirt of grit on it. Let the static cloth included do its job.