BUYING GLASSES ONLINE
Internet shopping is great for convenience and ease. One click of the mouse and your product is delivered in a few days. This usually works out well for items like office supplies, electronics, and often, clothes. However, buying prescription glasses online is not always such a simple, satisfying experience.
Quality issues are a clear and present danger
– Out of every 200 glasses ordered, only 154 pairs were received
– 44.8% had incorrect prescriptions or safety issues , including cracked or shattered lenses
– 29% had at least one lens that failed to match the ordered prescription
– 19% of adult lenses failed impact resistance testing – 25% of Children’s lenses failed impact resistance testing
Eyeglasses are a custom-made item….a person’s particular head shape/size and eyes can vary widely. Anyone who has ever picked out a pair of frames will tell you that they look different on your face than on the display.
Consumer Reports states, “There are so many choices for lenses and coatings, it’s easy to be confused about what’s worth buying” in regard to online prescription glasses. Once the eye exam is done and you are selecting frames, the choices (and befuddlement) start.
Frame and lens selection can be the most complicated part of the whole process. This is where the expert advice and the personal service of an optician working individually with you are valuable. There are many options for frames and lenses, including multifocal and progressive lenses, computer, reading and occupational glasses.
…And this also includes choices for different lens materials and coatings. Making the right selection can improve your visual comfort, support good eye health, and save you money on options you don’t need.
Precise customization of your lenses involves different lens measurements: the optical center of your lenses is the area that gives you the truest vision and it is located directly in front of your pupils. Measuring your own pupil distance can be like trying to cut your own hair.
In particular, multi focal lenses present an even bigger challenge. Lenses combining different distances such as reading, distance, computer, special considerations for your occupation are very difficult to self measure.
Accurate measurements make all the difference in how successfully you will wear your glasses. Incorrect lenses can also be dangerous for driving, machine operation, walking up and down stairs.
Take note: higher prescription glasses especially require precise measurements and custom fit.
When there is an issue with the fit of the frame, the prescription, or the way the glasses look once you are wearing them, many online customers find the convenience of ordering glasses in their home quickly fades. Consumers who ordered online for the convenience find they need to make the trip to their local optician anyway for adjustments, troubleshooting, and repairs. Since the glasses were purchased online, there is generally a charge for these services. When the fit feels wrong or the lenses are causing headaches, it is a chore to find someone who will make the problem go away.
Wherever you buy your glasses , regular eye exams and contact lens checkups are one of the most important investments you can make for your health. The temptation to skip this part and click a new pair of glasses into your online shopping bag may be an unintended consequence of quick-fix web shopping.
Besides ruling out vision problems, and eye diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma , other conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetic retinopathy can be detected in a professional eye exam.
At first thought, ordering glasses online seems to be convenient. However living with your new prescription can be another matter.
If you choose to order prescription glasses on the web, be sure to proceed cautiously and keep in mind “buyer beware.” The professional and custom care that an optometrist and optician’s office provides is worth a trip for glasses that you will be living with for many months to come.