Things to Consider Before Buying Glasses Online

November 26, 2013 by KhurramAziz  
Published in Shopping

There’s more to your spectacles than meets the eye. Here’s a breakdown of what to look for if you’re in the market for new glasses.

Ordering eyeglasses online offers a plethora of options to a consumer. Not only are prices cheaper, but a larger selection of frames is available to choose from. With the lower price and selection options available, there are some concerns for the first-time buyer. The normal assistance seen in an eye lens store will not be available. Consumers need to know what matters most before choosing to order their eyeglasses online.

Prescriptions Need to Be Up-to-date

The biggest mistake a person can make is not having a recent prescription available. While your glasses may seem crystal clear, it is essential to have a recent prescription to ensure that your vision is as close to 20/20 as possible. Ideally, a person will have their prescription updated annually, but there are exceptions to this rule.

Between the ages of 20 and 30, a person will not need an updated prescription as often. The length of time between prescription updates can be as long as two years barring no vision-related problems.

Frames Matter

Frames need to be taken into consideration when ordering glasses. The frames a person orders need to fit correctly, which is normally the biggest concern when ordering glasses online. This can be done by either visiting an optical store to have your measurements taken or by measuring your current glasses if they fit correctly. The following measurements will be necessary:

·         Lens Width

·         Lens Height

·         Bridge Width

·         Arm Length

These should be measured in millimeters and every frame should come with a measurement description so that a consumer can find the ideal fit for their new frames.

Lenses Have Options Too

The lenses that a person chooses will also come in a variety of options. These are more for comfort and preference than for sight-related concerns, but they are necessary to understand. The most common lens options will include:

·         Anti-reflective: These lenses are created to keep reflections to a minimum. A person will not experience the “mirror” effect that they may see when in bright light or in the sun.

·         Ultraviolet Protection: Wearers that are exposed to sunlight often will require ultraviolet protection to keep their eyes safe from the sun’s harmful rays. These lenses are also recommended for those that have light sensitivity.

·         Scratch Resistant: The active wearer will want to choose scratch resistant lenses so that they can engage in sports or be a little more active without worrying about scratches. These are ideal for kids.

Assistance for Special Orders

Certain eye conditions will require special attention by the eyeglass provider. If a prescription option or lens type is not offered, there is always assistance available online. There is usually an online method of contact such as a virtual chat or e-mail. However, stores such as offer telephone support for their customers. When in doubt, it is always better to contact the eyeglass store to ensure that a certain lens is available, a frame will fit or to inquire about a product that they may not currently have listed on their website.

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