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Shopping for Eyeglasses On the Internet…A Good Idea? Maybe Not

Though many people have become used to buying more and more products through the Internet, eyeglasses are one item that needs to be carefully considered prior to clicking that buy button. Why? Even though Internet e-commerce sites often promote reduced prices, the benefits of choosing an optical store far exceed the ''deals'' you might encounter online.

One of the most important reasons for purchasing glasses at an eye wear store is that you have a qualified optician to advise you in your selection. Our staff can walk you through the numerous decisions you'll make in choosing the right pair of eyeglasses. If you order through the Internet, you forgo the specialized advice of an optician.

Because the shape of your head and eyes is unique, it is hard to find the right fit for your glasses without first trying them on. An optometrist will consider your measurements and choose eyeglasses that fit you appropriately and won't cause discomfort. Eyeglasses that are too small tend to pinch the sides of your head, while those that are too big can quickly slip off the bridge of your nose. Online eye wear boutiques may give tips, however this doesn't compare to a professional consultation.

Beyond the comfort and alignment of your eyeglasses, proper vision requires accurate PD measurement. The optical focus of your lenses provides you the truest vision, making it crucial to correctly determine the pupillary distance, or PD. It can be tricky to measure your own PD, but without it, your lenses won't be placed correctly within the frames.

True, Web-based shopping is often perfect for other purchases, but when it comes to eyeglasses your best bet is staying with your nearby optometric office where you are able to get glasses that are most appropriate for you and your lifestyle.