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Buying Eyeglasses: Online vs. Optical Store

In today's world, where a growing number of consumers have become used to buying more and more products through the Internet, eyeglasses are one item that should be cautiously reviewed before you click that buy button. Here's why. Although online e-commerce sites often offer reduced rates, the benefits of purchasing glasses at an optical store far outweigh the ''deals'' you might get online.

A persuasive reason for purchasing glasses at an optical boutique rather than online is that you have a qualified optician to help you make your decision. Our staff can walk you through the countless decisions you'll make in choosing a glasses. If you order via the Web, you don't have the personalized input of an optician.

Because each of us has a unique shape and structure, it is rare to find properly fitted glasses without first testing them on your face. An eye doctor will consider your measurements and suggest a pair of eyeglasses that are a good fit and won't cause discomfort. Frames that are too small will cause pressure and headaches, while those that are too wide can quickly fall off the bridge of your nose. Online optical boutiques may provide suggestions, but it is difficult to try and fit yourself.

Beyond the fit and feel of your eyeglasses, good vision requires correct PD measurement. The optical center of your lenses gives you the clearest vision, so it's crucial to accurately calculate the pupillary distance, or PD. It can be complicated to determine your PD by on your own, but without it, your lenses won't be placed correctly within the frames.

True, Web-based shopping can be great for other types of purchases, but with glasses you're best off sticking to your nearby optometry practice where you can find glasses that fit you and your lifestyle.