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Shopping for Glasses On the Internet…Smart? Maybe Not

While most Internet users are accustomed to buying anything and everything through the Internet, glasses are one product that needs to be carefully reviewed prior to clicking that buy button. Here's why. Even though web-based stores often advertise cheap prices, the advantages of going to an optical store far exceed the ''deals'' you might get through the Internet.

A convincing argument for buying eyeglasses at an optical boutique rather than online is that you have a qualified optician to help you make your decision. Our staff can assist you with the countless considerations you will account for in purchasing the right pair of eyeglasses. When you shop through the Internet, you don't have the specialized advice of an optician.

In addition to the guidance an optician can provide at a physical eye wear store, you will also be able to try out the eyeglasses before you buy. Glasses that don't fit right can result in annoyance and discomfort and can even inhibit your vision. Plus, you don't get to see what they really look like or how they feel until you try them on. To a greater extent than your wardrobe, glasses require correct fit and comfort to work successfully.

Even more than the fit and feel of your glasses, proper vision requires accurate Pupillary Distance calculation. The optical focus of your lenses provides you the clearest vision, making it essential to accurately measure the distance between your pupils, or PD. It can be tricky to assess your PD by on your own, but without this measurement, your lenses won't be placed properly in the frames.

Yes, Web-based shopping may be good for other products, but with glasses your best bet is sticking to your nearby vision practice where you can find eye glasses that fit you and your lifestyle.