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Five Things to Consider Before Buying Glasses Online

Posted on April 9th, 2015
Let's face it: buying eyewear online has become a big part of the eye care industry. With convenient shopping and low prices, ordering your glasses over the Internet seems like a no-brainer.

Unfortunately, what you see isn't always what you get when it comes to online eyewear. If you aren't careful when choosing your new frames and lenses, it can end up costing you in the long run. Here are five things you might want to consider before you buy glasses online.

1. Double-check deals 
There are plenty of great deals online, but when shopping around it's important to remember the age-old saying: “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” Many online sales only apply to outdated products, clearance items or glasses that have been inexpensively manufactured overseas. The bottom line: read the fine print and make sure you know exactly what you're getting before you put your order through.

2. Add up extra costs
While online eyewear retailers can offer substantial savings, it's important to remember that advertised prices are typically only for entry-level single vision lenses with the least expensive frames. If you want progressives, a different style of frames, anti-reflective coatings or other add-ons, the costs can add up quickly.

3. Think about your prescription
Most online eyewear retailers now allow you to enter your prescription when placing your order for new glasses. The problem is that these prescriptions may not be as accurate as an eye exam with an optometrist. In fact, a 2011 study in The Journal of the American Optometric Association found that 44.8% of consumers who bought glasses online received lenses with incorrect prescriptions.

4. Consider adjustments
One of the big advantages of shopping online is the convenience, with the ability to buy a new pair of glasses from the comfort of your own home. It's important to note, however, that glasses almost always need adjustments to ensure they fit properly to the unique contours of your face. That means you may have to visit your optometrist anyways to get the glasses you bought online properly fitted.

5. Think about your lenses
One of the most important things to remember when buying glasses online is that most lenses are entry-level and cannot be personalized to your unique needs. More sophisticated lenses, such as Internal Freeform, use specific measurements, such as the angle of the frames, the way the frames sit on your nose and the distance to your eyes. This kind of personalized lens technology can only be found by visiting an optometrist in person.

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