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Is it Smart to Purchase Eyeglasses on the Web?

Though many of us have become accustomed to shopping for anything and everything online, eyeglasses are one item that needs to be cautiously reviewed before you click that buy button. Why? Even though you may encounter reduced prices on e-commerce sites, the benefits of going to an optical store far outweigh the ''deals'' you might get online.

One of the best reasons for purchasing eyeglasses at an optical boutique is that you have an experienced optician to help you select the proper glasses. Our opticians can assist you with the numerous variables you need to consider in choosing the right pair of glasses. In instances where you order through the Internet, you forgo the personalized input of an eye care expert.

Since each of us possesses a unique head shape, it is difficult to get the right fit for your glasses without trying them on. An optometrist will note your measurements and select a pair of glasses that are a good match and won't cause discomfort. Frames that are too narrow tend to pinch the sides of your head, while those that are too wide can quickly fall off the bridge of your nose. Online optical stores may provide advice, however it is difficult to try and fit yourself.

Beyond the comfort and alignment of your glasses, good vision demands correct Pupillary Distance measurement. The optical center of your lenses gives you the best vision, so it's essential to accurately determine the distance between your pupils, or PD. It can be complicated to determine your own PD, but without it, your lenses won't be aligned correctly within the frames.

True, Internet shopping may be good for other types of purchases, but in the case of eyeglasses you're better off sticking to your nearby optometric center where you are able to get glasses that are most appropriate for you and your lifestyle.