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Reasons You Should Stop and Think Before Buying Eyeglasses on the Web

Though many people are used to shopping for anything and everything online, glasses are one item that needs to be cautiously reviewed before you click that purchase button. Why? Although you may encounter reduced rates on the Internet, the benefits of going to an optical store far exceed the ''deals'' you might encounter through the Internet.

One of the most important reasons for purchasing glasses at an eye wear store is that you have an experienced optician to help you make your decision. Our opticians can walk you through the many variables you need to consider in purchasing a pair of eyeglasses. If you order via the Web, you don't have the specialized input of an optician.

Since your head shape and eye shape are unique, it is difficult to get the proper fit for your glasses without trying them on. An eye doctor will note your measurements and choose eyeglasses that are a good fit and won't hinder your comfort. Frames that are too small tend to cause pressure and headaches, while glasses that are too large can quickly slip off your nose. Online optical boutiques may give advice, but this doesn't compare to expert consultation.

Beyond the fit and feel of your glasses, proper vision demands correct PD calculation. The optical focus of your lenses gives you the best vision, so it's essential to correctly calculate the pupillary distance, or PD. It can be tricky to measure your PD by on your own, but without this measurement, your lenses won't be aligned properly within the frames.

True, Internet buying may be good for other types of commodities, but with eyeglasses your best bet is staying with your nearby optometric practice where you are able to get glasses that are most appropriate for you and your lifestyle.