Buying eyeglasses online is widely believed to save you time and money, as well as increase your selection, but is it really worth it? What are the benefits and drawbacks to ordering online as opposed to hand-picking your next pair of glasses in person?
Will You Have a Wider Selection?
It’s true — stores and offices may not carry the specific frames you want, most likely due to the fact that they do not have enough space to stock every single style. If you want a unique frame, buying eyeglasses online will yield a much more plentiful selection.
Will You Save Money?
Many shoppers prefer buying online for one simple reason: lower prices. When eyeglass businesses do not have to spend money to open, staff and maintain brick-and-mortar stores, their overhead is lower.
Hopefully, they pass these savings on to you, and you can save on a pair of eyeglasses.
Will You Receive a Quality Product?
There’s a catch to those savings you enjoy — your new glasses might be low quality, or even unsafe. According to a study by the medical journal Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association, almost 50 percent of all eyeglasses bought online fell short of either prescription or safety standards.
What’s more, over 20 percent of all prescriptions were filled incorrectly, and over 28 percent had at least one lens that did not fit the prescription. Over 22 percent of the lenses studied did not pass lens impact tests.
Is it Worth the Convenience?
Many online companies focus on marketing the convenience factor of buying eyeglasses online, highlighting the fact you will never have to visit a store or office to try them on. But why do we even try them on? To see if they look good! What if you get your new frames and you don’t like the way they look on your face?
Also, you will not receive glasses ordered online right away. You will have to wait for them to be manufactured and fitted according to your prescription and measurements. A process is involved with purchasing glasses fitted correctly for you, regardless of whether you are buying online or in store.
Will the Customer Service Meet Your Needs?
What if you receive your product and it needs an adjustment? If you are in a store, you can simply explain the issue to the professional providing service and he or she may be able to realign the frames right then to make sure you walk away with a comfortable fit.
Buying eyeglasses online limits you in this area. Yes, you could take your online-bought eyeglasses to a store or doctor to have them fitted, but you may be charged a fee if you didn’t buy them there originally.
Find the right balance for you. As a compromise, you could purchase frames online and lenses in store to maximize the quality of your eyeglasses.
Whatever you decide, remember that your eyeglasses are an important investment in your vision. A high-quality pair will last for years. Talk to the team at Salt Lake Eye Associates for more advice about buying eyeglasses online and to schedule a regular eye exam if needed.