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Is it Smart to Buy Glasses on the Web?

While most people are accustomed to shopping for anything and everything on the Web, glasses are one product that needs to be cautiously considered prior to clicking that purchase button. Why? Even though Internet stores often advertise reduced prices, the advantages of going to an optician far overshadow the ''deals'' you might encounter on the Web.

A persuasive reason for purchasing glasses at an optical boutique is that you have an experienced optician to advise you through the process. Our staff can walk you through the many decisions you'll make in selecting the right eyeglasses. If you shop through the Internet, you forgo the personalized advice of a professional optician.

As the shape of your head and eyes is unique, it is rare to identify properly fitted glasses without first testing them on your face. An eye doctor will note your measurements and select glasses that are a good fit and won't cause discomfort. Frames that are too small will pinch the sides of your head, while glasses that are too big can slip off the bridge of your nose. Online eye wear stores may give suggestions, still this can't replace expert opinion.

Even more than the fit and feel of your glasses, good vision requires correct PD measurement. The optical focus of your lenses provides you the truest vision, making it essential to properly calculate the distance between your pupils, or PD. It can be tricky to determine your PD by on your own, but without it, your lenses won't be aligned properly within the frames.

Yes, Internet shopping may be perfect for other products, but in the case of eyeglasses your best bet is staying with your regular optometry practice where you can benefit from the staff expertise and advice.