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Shopping for Eyeglasses On the Internet…Smart? Maybe Not

In today's world, where a growing number of consumers have become used to shopping for anything and everything on the Web, glasses are one item that should be carefully reviewed before you click that purchase button. Here's why. Even though online stores often advertise cheap rates, the benefits of choosing an optical store far outweigh the ''deals'' you might get on the Web.

One of the best reasons for purchasing eyeglasses at an optical boutique is that you have a qualified optician to help you select the proper glasses. Our staff can walk you through the numerous decisions you'll make in purchasing a pair of glasses. If you order online, you miss out on the specialized advice of an optician.

In addition to the assistance an optician can provide at a physical optical store, an additional advantage you have is that you get to try on the glasses before you purchase. Frames that don't sit correctly can cause annoyance and discomfort and may even affect your ability to see well. Plus, you don't get to see what they really look like or how they feel until you have them in your hands to put on. To a greater extent than your wardrobe, glasses require correct fit and comfort to work effectively.

Even more than the comfort and alignment of your eyeglasses, good eyesight requires accurate Pupillary Distance measurement. The optical center of your lenses provides you the clearest vision, making it crucial to correctly measure the space between your pupils, or PD. It can be tricky to assess your own PD, but without this measurement, your lenses won't be aligned properly in the frames.

Yes, Web-based shopping may be great for other products, but in the case of eyeglasses your best bet is staying with your local optometric practice where you can get eye glasses that are most appropriate for you and your lifestyle.

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