Opternative’s digital prescription is a convenient way to get a Rx for glasses or contacts. Every prescription is signed by a licensed Ophthalmologist after they review your exam results and vision history. You’ll pay $40 for an Ophthalmologist to review your exam and issue you a prescription for glasses or contacts, $60 for both. Every prescription is guaranteed - you’ll love it or your money back.

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If you’ve worn contacts before, getting a new contact lens prescription is easy with Opternative. It has everything needed to purchase contacts online or from your favorite local retailer, including:

  • Prescription values
  • Contact brand
  • Doctor’s information
  • Doctor’s signature
Contacts Rx
  • Your prescription contains all the information needed for new contacts. The numbers represent the amount and type of lens power needed to correct your vision.

    Contacts Rx Abbreviations
    • OD (Oculus dexter) - Latin for your right eye.
    • OS (Oculus sinister) - Latin for your left eye.
    • SPH (Sphere) - Power needed to correct your near or farsighted vision in diopters (D). A negative sign (-) indicates that you’re nearsighted and a plus sign (+) is used when you’re farsighted.
    • CYL (Cylinder) - Power needed to correct your astigmatism.
    • AXIS - Describes the orientation of your astigmatism.
    • ADD - Magnification power in your bifocals or reading glasses to make seeing up close easier.
    • BC (Base Curve) - Shows the curvature needed within the contact lens to match your eye and provide the best fit and comfort. The lower the number, the steeper the curve of your cornea.
    • DIA (Diameter) - The distance across the surface of your lense, from edge to edge.
    • Brand - The brand of prescribed contact lenses

  • With your Opternative prescription, you can buy contacts from your local eyewear shop or online retailers - anywhere contacts are sold. Our favorite is 1(800) Contacts. They beat any price, offer free shipping and the contacts are always on our doorstep fast!

  • No. A prescription for glasses is different from contact lenses. Contact lenses rest directly against your eye while glasses are held about 12 millimeters away. For higher prescriptions, this changes the prescription strength needed. Additionally, your contact lens prescription will include details that refer to the shape of your eye.

  • An eyecare practitioner takes many factors into account when recommending contact brands including diameter and curvature of your cornea. Opternative doesn’t currently provide contact lens fittings. If you’d like to switch brands, please visit a local eye care provider.

  • Each Opternative prescription comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee. Our patient support team will work with you and our doctors to get your prescription just right. If you’re still not satisfied, we’ll issue a refund. Additionally, the majority of optical stores will refund or replace your contacts if the prescription is wrong.

  • Unfortunately, Opternative is not offering contact lens fittings at this time. You’ll need to visit a local eye care provider. Prior prescriptions aren’t needed for Opternative glasses prescriptions.

Not only is your glasses prescription guaranteed to be clear and comfortable, you can use it anywhere. It has everything needed to purchase glasses online or from your favorite local retailer, including:

  • Prescription values
  • Doctor’s information
  • Doctor’s signature
Glasses Rx
  • Your prescription contains all the information needed for new glasses. The numbers represent the amount and type of lens power needed to correct your vision.

    Glasses Rx Abbreviations
    • OD (Oculus dexter) - Latin for your right eye.
    • OS (Oculus sinister) - Latin for your left eye.
    • SPH (Sphere) - Power needed to correct your near or farsighted vision in diopters (D). A negative sign (-) indicates that you’re nearsighted and a plus sign (+) is used when you’re farsighted.
    • CYL (Cylinder) - Power needed to correct your astigmatism.
    • AXIS - Describes the orientation of your astigmatism.
    • ADD - Magnification power in your bifocals or reading glasses to make seeing up close easier.

  • With your Opternative prescription, you can buy glasses from your local eyewear shop, online retailers or large eyewear chains - anywhere glasses are sold. There are frames and lenses to match any budget. Some of our favorite retailers include Zenni Optical and Warby Parker.

  • No. A prescription for glasses is different from contact lenses. Contact lenses rest directly against your eye while glasses are held about 12 millimeters away. For higher prescriptions, this changes the prescription strength needed. Additionally, your contact lens prescription will include details that refer to the shape of your eye.

  • Each Opternative prescription comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee. Our patient support team will work with you and our doctors to get your prescription just right. If you’re still not satisfied, we’ll issue a refund. Additionally, the majority of optical stores will refund or replace your glasses if the prescription is wrong.

  • Not a problem. Our exam will walk you through a series of vision tests and provide your results to one of our doctors for review. We’ll help you each step of the way.

  • Your eyewear provider will be able to use your prescription to create distance-only glasses or bifocals and reading glasses if your prescription includes ADD power. You don’t need a separate prescription. For additional information, see our ADD Power FAQ.

  • ADD power adds magnification to your prescription to make seeing up close easier. Your prescription can be used for distance-only glasses, bifocals or reading glasses. Have questions? See our FAQ on What to expect with ADD power.

Questions? Call our Patient Support team at +1 (866) 314-6941

You’ll pay $40 for an Ophthalmologist to review your exam and issue you a prescription for glasses or contacts, $60 for both.

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