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Buying Eyeglasses: Online vs. Optical Store

While many Internet users are used to buying anything and everything through the Internet, glasses are one item that needs to be carefully reviewed prior to clicking that purchase button. Why? Although online optical dealers often advertise cheap prices, the benefits of going to an optician far outweigh the ''deals'' you might find on the Web.

One of the best reasons for buying eyeglasses at an eye wear store rather than online is that you have a qualified optician to help you make your decision. Our staff can assist you with the numerous variables you need to consider in selecting the right pair of glasses. When you purchase through the Internet, you forgo the specialized input of a professional optician.

As each of us has a unique shape and structure, it is hard to find the proper fit for glasses without first testing them on your face. An optometrist will take your measurements and assist you in choosing a pair of eyeglasses that are a good match and won't cause discomfort. Eyeglasses that are not wide enough will pinch the sides of your head, while glasses that are too large can slip off your nose. Online eye wear sites may give tips, but it is difficult to try and fit yourself.

Even more than the comfort and alignment of your eyeglasses, good vision demands correct Pupillary Distance measurement. The optical focus of your lenses provides you the truest vision, so it's essential to properly determine the space between your pupils, or PD. It can be complicated to determine your PD by on your own, but without this measurement, your lenses won't be placed properly in the frames.

Yes, Web-based shopping can be good for other types of products, but when it comes to eyeglasses you're best off sticking to your local vision practice where you are able to get eye glasses that are most appropriate for you and your lifestyle.