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Why People Shouldn’t Buy Glasses Online?

Why People Shouldn't Buy Glasses Online? - Tonic Eye Care & Vision Therapy

Are you needing a new pair of glasses? Thinking about making your purchase online? Buying glasses from the comfort of your home sounds super appealing. Some websites now have programs where you can upload a photo of yourself to enable you to try on different eye frames virtually. Although this could be convenient and save you time, there are some drawbacks to consider when choosing your next set of frames online.

In this blog, we list out reasons why purchasing glasses online isn’t ideal.

1. The measurements prescription might not be accurate

It is important to consult with your optometrist before buying glasses or contact lenses online to ensure that you get the right fit for your eyes. Licensed eye care professionals can take accurate glasses measurements in person using specialized equipment, including pupillary distance (PD) and ocular centre height (OC height). OC height measurements will change depending on how each frame fits on your individual face. Errors in these placements can negatively impact your vision, such as blurred vision or even headaches.

2. Quality may be lacking

When purchasing new frames online, there is always the inherent risk of receiving a product that is lesser in quality. This is especially true with glasses since you aren’t able to check its quality just by looking at the product page of a website. For instance, weak lenses can have an increased risk of breakage, which can be dangerous and unsafe.

3. Frames need to be tried on

Although you may be able to see how the frames look on a website, there is no way to really know how they actually feel on your face. There is a high possibility that the frames could sit too tightly on your face or even slide down the bridge of your nose. Being in the store with a trained optometrist would be ideal as you’d be able to have your frames adjusted so that there is a comfortable fit to your face.

4. Your eye doctor is essential

When you visit your eye doctor for an eye exam and buy glasses, your optometrist will be able to assist you every step of the way. From ensuring that your prescription is accurate to purchasing the best set of frames for your face, such care is unmatched compared to purchasing online. When working with your optometrist to buy glasses, they can also retest your vision with the new glasses to ensure they are perfect for you.

5. Returns might not be easy

Many online shops don’t provide warranties on their frames, and also may not accept returns. There is also the possibility that they won’t accept vision coverage insurance.

6. Personal experience

Shopping from your optometrist can provide a more custom and personal experience to ensure that you get the most accurate prescription for your eyes as well as the best fit for your new set of frames. An experience that is not possible if you are at home surfing the web for your new set of glasses.

Your Local Optometrist

Regular checkups with an eye doctor are very important because a professional eye exam will determine what type of care your eyes need and whether or not your vision is healthy. If you’re looking for an optometrist in the Toronto area, contact Tonic Eye Care today for all of your vision needs!

Easily order your contact lenses and nutraceutical products (eye drops, eyelid wipes, omega-3 supplements, etc.) online! Returning patients will automatically have your prescriptions in our system.

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