Be very aware of fraud and counterfeit products by online eyeglass and contact lens vendors.
If it sounds to good to be true --- it's not true.
While many of us are accustomed to shopping for more and more products online, eyeglasses are one product that should be cautiously reviewed prior to clicking that purchase button. Here's why. Although you may find reduced prices online, the advantages of going to an optical store far overshadow the ''deals'' you might score online.
A convincing reason for purchasing glasses at an optical boutique rather than online is that you have a qualified optician to advise you in your selection. Our staff can walk you through the numerous decisions you'll make in choosing a pair of eyeglasses. In instances where you shop through the Internet, you forgo the personalized advice of a professional optician.
In addition to the help you will find at a real eye wear store, another benefit you have is that you get to try out the glasses prior to buying. Eyeglasses that don't sit correctly can result in pain and frustration and can also inhibit your ability to see well. Plus, you don't get to see how they really look or feel until you have them in your hands to put on. To a greater extent than your wardrobe, eyeglasses require proper fit and comfort to work successfully.
Even more than the fit and feel of your eyeglasses, good vision demands accurate PD measurement. The optical center of your lenses provides you the truest vision, making it essential to properly measure the distance between your pupils, or PD. It can be tricky to measure your PD by on your own, but without it, your lenses won't be positioned correctly within the frames.
Yes, Web-based buying can be great for other purchases, but with eyeglasses your best bet is staying with your local optometric office where you are able to benefit from the staff expertise and advice.