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Shopping for Glasses Online…Smart? Not Necessarily

In today's world, where a growing number of consumers are accustomed to buying anything and everything through the Internet, glasses are an item that you are better off purchasing in person. Here's why. Although you may encounter reduced prices on the Web, the advantages of choosing an optical store far overshadow the ''deals'' you might get through the Internet.

A convincing argument for buying your glasses at an optical boutique is that you have an experienced optician to guide you through the process. Our staff can advise you in the numerous decisions you'll make in choosing the right pair of glasses. In instances where you purchase online, you don't have the specialized advice of a professional eye care expert.

Above and beyond the help you will find at a physical eyeglass store, another benefit you have is that you get to try out the glasses before you purchase. Frames that don't sit correctly can cause pain and frustration and may also reduce the efficacy of your prescription. Plus, you don't get to see how they really look 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.

Beyond the fit and feel of your eyeglasses, proper eyesight requires accurate Pupillary Distance measurement. The optical center of your lenses gives you the truest vision, making it essential to properly determine the pupillary distance, or PD. It can be tricky to determine your own PD, but without it, your lenses won't be positioned properly within the frames.

Yes, Internet shopping can be good for other types of products, but with glasses you're better off staying with your local optometric practice where you can find glasses that are most appropriate for you and your lifestyle.