Is Buying Glasses Online a Good Idea?

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Is Buying Glasses Online a Good Idea?

Even though many people think buying glasses online is a good idea, it actually isn’t. Glasses are one of the most important items that you should consider purchasing in person.


Even though prescription glasses online offer cheaper frames, or BOGO offers, the benefits of buying eyewear in Kelowna outweigh the perks of buying them online. In this blog post, we will share with you a handful of reasons why it’s a good idea to spend the time picking your perfect glasses at a local optometry business like LensCrafters located next to Orchard Park Optometry.

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  1. You have a qualified optician at your service

After getting your eyes examined, you will most likely receive a new prescription. One of the biggest reasons to buy your glasses after an eye exam in-person is the optician will be able to help you with your decision.

The staff at the Kelowna LensCrafters is there to advise you on numerous variables you need to consider when buying a new pair of glasses. When you buy your prescription glasses online, you won’t have a professional to bounce options off of.

  1. You can try them on

People have different shaped faces, which means not all glasses will fit properly. If you’re unable to try the glasses on, you’re running the risk of them not looking right with your unique head shape.

When you buy your eyewear in Kelowna at LensCrafters next to Orchard Park Optometry, the professional optician will consider your measurements and will select glasses and different styles that are a good fit and won’t hinder your comfort.

Glasses that are too small will cause pressure and headaches for you, while frames that are too wide can fall off the bridge of your nose. You don’t want to be that person always pushing their glasses up their nose. Also, your eye needs to sit at an ideal height in the frame and only a skilled optician can see if this will allow you to maximize your visual field.

When you buy cheap prescription glasses online that option to try them on isn’t available. Many online retailers will have an option to place the glasses on a photo of you, but these testing methods rarely work properly on the website and they don’t give you a real-life look at how they’ll fit.

Nothing is better than trying on a handful of eyewear options to determine which one looks the best.

Licensed opticians have two years of optics and practicum training to ensure that you are receiving the best possible service and value from your purchase.

  1. Accurate Pupillary Distance measurement

Another reason it’s not a good idea to buy prescription glasses online is that you may not have the correct pupillary distance measurement.

The optical center of your glasses will ensure that you have the clearest vision. When you are buying prescription glasses in person, the optometrist will be able to determine your PD with the use of a tool.

When you buy cheap prescription glasses online, you may have to measure the PD yourself. This is really difficult to do accurately and more than likely the wrong measurement will be written down. When that happens, the lens will not be put into your glasses correctly resulting in poor vision even with your new prescription. Also, this is just one of several measurements that are important for your glasses.

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  1. Quality matters

Often times the glasses you buy online do not have the quality that you have at a local company.

Online retailers that sell cheaper eyeglasses say they offer quality eyewear, but when you get the glasses in the mail, you will be able to tell the quality difference.

The frames will be lighter, more than likely the temples (the arms of the glasses) will be too long for your face and the overall quality will be more prone to damage.

There are significant differences in the scratch resistance of different lenses and lens coatings, different levels of lens materials and different levels of comfort and durability.

Many online retailers offer cheap prescriptions online by fabricating their own lenses instead of using a respectable wholesale optical laboratory.

If something happens to your glasses when you buy them in person, you can simply come down to our store and we can work on solving the problem. If you buy cheap prescription glasses online, you’re going to have to deal with emails, phone calls, and no responses. That doesn’t sound appealing.

  1. Replacing lenses

It’s easier to replace lenses in quality eyeglasses and is often not possible with cheaper prescription glasses that you buy online.

So, when you get a new prescription, and you want to keep the same frames you bought earlier in person, it’s possible. But it’s not possible to have your eyeglasses updated with new prescriptions if you bought them from an online retailer.

The frames are often not strong enough to have the lenses replaced, the online retailer probably doesn’t offer that option and many optometrists won’t switch out lenses on frames not bought at their location.

So, is buying glasses online a good idea?

If you want quality glasses that will last, buying glasses online is not a good idea. Instead, consider supporting a local business and buy your next prescription frames in person.

The optometrists and support staff at Orchard Park Optometry are committed to providing you and your family with the most convenient eye care experience possible. From our central location in the Orchard Park Mall to our evening and weekend appointment availability including Sundays, we do all we can to accommodate your busy lifestyle, while providing state-of-the-art family eye care.

We look forward to helping you pick out your next pair of eyewear at our Kelowna location.

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