he Internet has become such an important part of our lives. From social media and staying connected to the ability to buy anything—and everything—online. However, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that it’s always a good idea. Over the last few years, we’ve had customers come into our store after buying glasses online needing completely new eyewear. Here are three reasons why buying glasses online can be risky.
1. Prescription Can be Wrong
Buying glasses online takes the expert out of the process. The consumer has to manually enter their prescription into the website and often there is no secondary check. Many online sites don’t even require you to submit your prescription or provide a doctor’s contact information. This can lead to prescriptions being incorrectly applied to glasses
2. Quality Suffers
In order to keep costs down—many online retailers use the cheapest materials available. For consumers, this means that glasses could quickly break or could even cause skin reactions because of questionable material. Additionally, it can be hard to resolve complaints with online orders—especially if the company is located overseas.
3. Improper Fit
Glasses that fit properly are just as important as having the correct prescription. When buying glasses online, you have to rely on frame specifications to see how big they are—and you’ll never be able to try them on beforehand. Additionally, many sites ask you to measure your own Pupillary Distance (PD) which is an extremely important measurement to have and also easy to miscalculate.
While the Internet is great for many things—buying glasses should always be done with professionals in-store. They can help you choose the best frames for your face, ensure that they fit properly and address any concerns you might have.