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Should You Buy Your Next Pair of Glasses Online?

While many people are used to buying anything and everything online, glasses are one item that needs to be cautiously reviewed before you click that buy button. Here's why. Although you may find reduced prices online, the benefits of choosing an optical store far overshadow the ''deals'' you might score on the Web.

One of the most important reasons for buying eyeglasses at an optical boutique is that you have a qualified optician to help you select the proper glasses. Our opticians can assist you with the countless variables you need to consider in selecting a eyeglasses. In instances where you shop via the Web, you don't have the personalized input of a professional optician.

Because the shape of your head and eyes is unique, it is hard to get the right fit for your eyeglasses without trying them on. An optometrist will take your measurements and assist you in choosing glasses that are a good fit and won't cause discomfort. Frames that are too narrow tend to pinch the sides of your head, while frames that are too large can slip off the bridge of your nose. Online optical stores may provide advice, but this can't replace expert consultation.

Even more than the fit and feel of your glasses, proper eyesight requires correct PD measurement. The optical focus of your lenses gives you the best vision, making it crucial to correctly determine the distance between your pupils, or PD. It can be tricky to measure your PD by yourself, but without it, your lenses won't be positioned correctly within the frames.

True, Internet shopping can be good for other types of purchases, but in the case of eyeglasses you're best off staying with your regular vision center where you can find eye glasses that fit you and your lifestyle.