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  • How do I order prescription glasses from Smith?

    To order Smith prescription glasses, you will need your current lens prescription including your PD measurement (pupillary distance).

    Then, ordering is easy. Just choose your frame, select your lens options, and select "Add your prescription." Enter your prescription details in the Rx Wizard, then add to cart and checkout.

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  • Tips for understanding and reading your prescription.

    Single Vision

    • Prescription Format:

      • Typically presented in a grid format with fields like OD, OS, SPH, CYL, etc.
      • Values may be entered digitally or handwritten by the doctor.

    • SPH and CYL:

      • Sphere (SPH): Indicates lens power for nearsightedness (-) or farsightedness (+).
      • Cylinder (CYL): Corrects astigmatism, with a (+) or (-) sign.

    • PD (Pupillary Distance):

      • Measured in millimeters (mm).
      • Can be a single number (e.g., 64) or two numbers (e.g., 31/33).
      • Important for aligning lenses correctly in front of each eye.

    Progressive Lenses

    • ADD (Addition):
      • Applies magnifying power for near vision.
      • Always noted with a (+) sign.
      • Designations like DV (Distance Vision) and NV (Near Vision) may be specified.

    Understanding Specific Entries

    • PLANO/PL under SPH:

      • Indicates no correction needed for nearsighted or farsighted vision.
      • Enter 0.00 in the SPH section of the Rx wizard.

    • SPHERE/SPH/S/DS under CYL:

      • Indicates no correction needed for astigmatism.
      • Enter 0.00 in the CYL section of the Rx wizard.

    • Multiple ADD Values:

      • If your prescription lists multiple ADD values, enter the one with PAL (Progressive Add Lens) into the ADD section of the wizard.

    OD and OS

    • OD (Oculus Dexter) and OS (Oculus Sinister):
      • Latin terms for right eye (OD) and left eye (OS).
      • Also seen as O.D. and O.S. respectively.
      • OU may reference both eyes, and RE and LE may also be used.

    Additional Details

    • Ax (Axis):

      • Specifies the angle for astigmatism correction (1 to 180 degrees).
      • Always accompanies CYL if listed in the prescription.

    • Prism:

      • Corrects double vision or vision displacement.
      • Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate prescriptions requiring Prism correction.

    • Measuring PD (Pupillary Distance):

      • Measures the distance between your pupils.
      • Obtain the most accurate PD by visiting your doctor or using tools like AccuPD.
      • Two-number PD (e.g., 31/33) is preferable for custom-made eyewear.

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  • How to measure your pupillary distance (PD).

    What is Pupillary Distance?

    Pupillary distance measures the distance between your pupils. It's a crucial measurement for ensuring that your eyewear is properly aligned to your eyes.

    If it's not included in your prescription, you can visit AccuPD, a free tool that measures your PD.

    However, to obtain the most accurate PD reading, a Call or Visit to your Dr. would be advised.

    If you prefer, you can also measure your PD yourself following the steps below with a ruler and mirror. It's important to measure from the center of one pupil to the center of the other.

    1. Stand 8-12 inches away from a mirror.
    2. Hold a ruler against your brow or cheekbones.
    3. Close your right eye and align the ruler end with the center of your left pupil.
    4. Look straight ahead, close your left eye, and open your right eye. Note the measurement to the center of your right pupil.

    • PD is measured in mm and can be one number like 64 or two numbers like 31/33.
    • The first number in a two number PD is the Right or OD.
    • Getting the two-number PD is always the best choice when creating custom-made eyewear as it centers each Rx in front of each eye, versus the less accurate method of dividing the single number by two.

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  • How long does it take to receive my Smith Prescription order?

    Once you've placed your prescription order, it can take up to 30 days to receive. Upon completion and quality inspection, we ship and deliver as quickly as possible. You will receive a shipping confirmation email when your order leaves our lab.

    Keep track of your shipment through the “Track My Order” link in your shipping confirmation email or by logging into your Account.


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  • Can I email or fax my prescription later?


    No, we do not require a physical copy of the Rx to be uploaded or shared.

    All Smith prescription orders must be submitted into the Rx Wizard on the website with a valid Rx prescribed by an eye doctor.

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  • What if I need to change or cancel my Smith Rx order?

    Thanks for choosing Smith. As soon as your order is placed, our lab gets to work and starts making your glasses. As a result, there isn't a delay that allows us time to change orders once they’re submitted.

    Please review our Returns policy for more information.


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  • What is your Smith Rx warranty policy?

    Smith is committed to quality, and we've built our reputation on long-lasting, high-performing products.

    All Smith Rx prescription products come with a two-year guarantee from defects in workmanship and
    manufacturer materials. This limited warranty is only valid to the original purchaser with a proof of purchase from We will replace defective product that meets the above criteria at no charge.

    Please be advised that the Smith warranty is for authentic Smith Optics products including authentic Smith lenses, frames, and parts without modification of any sort. Any alteration to lenses, frame parts, or nose pads voids all warranties.

    How it Works
    The warranty process normally takes 1-2 weeks. To start a warranty claim, head over to the Smith Warranty Claim Form. To help make the warranty process go smoothly, you'll need the following:

    1. Product name and model
    2. The product SKU or UPC number. These identify the specific model, colorway, and size. They can be found on the original packaging or on the product page at
    3. Photos that clearly show the problem with your product. Check out Warranty Claim Photos for examples.
    4. Proof of Purchase is required for all Rx product.

    If your warranty claim is approved, you will be responsible for the cost of shipping replacement product to you.

    Limitation on Damages
    For breach of any written or implied warranty on this product, the consumer is limited to damages of repair of the product or replacement with an identical or equivalent style, at the election of Smith Optics. Smith Optics is NOT liable for any other damages, such as special, incidental, or consequential damages, resulting from the use of this product. Note: Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of special, incidental, or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state to state. This warranty extends to residents of the United States only.

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  • What is the Smith Rx product return policy?

    Our Smith Rx return policy is the same as our standard. We want you to be happy with your Smith purchase and accept product returns for full price online orders within 30 days of the purchase date provided products are unused and in the original packaging. Learn more about our Return Process here

    Pro Program orders are not eligible for return at this time.

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  • What do I do if I'm experiencing issues with my Smith prescription glasses?

    Sometimes, it takes a few days to adjust to a new prescription. If you are still having issues after a few days, please fill out the Smith Warranty Form so we can help troubleshoot the problem.

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  • I'm having trouble placing my Smith Rx order online. What should I do?

    If you're having trouble placing your order, reach out via our Customer Support page.

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  • How do I order multiple pairs of glasses with different prescriptions?

    If you need multiple pairs of glasses with different prescriptions — like a pair for you and a pair for your spouse or a pair for reading and a pair for driving — you can simply add another prescription to a second pair of glasses in the same order. However, the glasses will most likely ship separately. You can also order a helmet (or other Smith products) and a pair of prescription glasses in the same order.

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  • Can I purchase Smith prescription glasses for someone as a gift?

    Yes, you can order prescription glasses as a gift, but you will need the recipient's current prescription details including their PD measurement (pupillary distance).

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  • How do I get my prescription?

    We recommend that you get an eye exam at your local vision center for the most current prescription possible. If your current prescription is still valid, contact your doctor for a copy. Be sure to include your PD (pupillary distance) measurement.

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  • Can you fill my glasses prescription?

    We can fill most prescriptions; however, some frames have a limited range due the frame curvature. You will receive an error in our Rx Wizard or your range will not be available if we are unable to fill.

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  • I don't have a copy of my prescription. Can you get it from my doctor?

    Unfortunately, we are not able to request prescriptions directly from a doctor or clinic. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects your health data and requires that you make the request. Once you have a copy of your prescription, you can complete your order. 

    If you have questions about reading your prescription, checkout our Rx tips.

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  • Can I send my current glasses to get its prescription?

    We aren't able to match a prescription from an existing pair of glasses. All Smith prescription orders require you to submit your prescription along with your order.

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  • Can you use my contact lens prescription to make my glasses?

    No, we are not able create eyeglasses using a contact lens prescription. Contact prescriptions are specific to contacts. Most vision plans cover an annual eye exam, so we recommend that you get a fresh eye exam before ordering for the most up-to-date prescription possible.

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  • How long is my prescription valid?

    Most eyewear prescriptions are good for two years, but expiration dates can vary by doctor and prescription needs. Most vision plans cover an annual eye exam, so we recommend that you get a fresh eye exam before ordering for the most up-to-date prescription possible.

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  • What contact lens prescriptions can you fill?

    We do not currently fill contact lens prescriptions.

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  • Can I get glass lenses in my prescription?

    Glass lenses are not currently available for prescription orders.

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  • I have ordered prescription glasses from Smith in the past. Do you still have my prescription on file?

    We're glad you like your Smith prescription glasses enough to get a second pair, but we require that you enter your prescription any time you place a Smith prescription order. We recommend that you get an eye exam before ordering, so your new Smith glasses have the most up-to-date prescription possible.

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  • What type of eyeglass and sunglass lenses do you offer?

    We offer a variety of Rx lens options including clear and sunglass tints. Learn more about Smith prescription lens options here.

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  • What is the difference between single-vision and progressive lenses?

    Single-vision lenses offer one correction value throughout the entire lens, typically for distance or close-up.

    Progressive lenses offer multiple correction values in one lens, so you can have distance and close-up values in one pair of glasses.

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  • What is the difference between progressive lenses and transition lenses?

    Progressive lenses offer multiple correction values in one lens, so you can have distance and close-up values in one pair of glasses.

    Transition lenses are light sensitive or photochromic lenses that change from clear to tinted when exposed to sunlight (UV light).

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  • Does Smith offer light-responsive (photochromic) lenses?

    Yes, Smith offers light-responsive or photochromic lenses that automatically adjust from clear to tinted when exposed to sunlight (UV light). This is only available with our prescription eyeglasses, not with our prescription sunglasses.

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  • Does Smith offer bifocal or progressive lenses?

    Smith offers fully custom progressive lenses but do not offer prescription bifocal lenses. We do however offer a few frame models with non-prescription bifocal reader.


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  • Does Smith offer lenses with a prism correction?

    We are not able to accommodate prism correction at this time. Your local vision center may be able to order Fresnel or a press-on prism lens that will work with Smith prescription glasses. Be sure to confirm any third-party add-on before ordering your Smith prescription glasses.

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  • Do Smith prescription glasses offer protection from blue light?

    Yes, we offer blue-light filtering lenses. You will see an add-on option when creating your order.

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  • Do Smith lenses protect from UV Sunlight?

    Yes. Our clear lenses and tinted sunglass lenses filter out harmful UV rays.

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  • Does Smith offer ANSI-Certified prescription glasses?

    Smith does not currently offer ANSI-certified prescription eyewear.

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