As much of an online shopper as I am, I have to admit that it never crossed my mind to buy eyeglasses online. I happened to have been in a store and noticed these gorgeous eyeglasses the cashier was wearing. They were pretty stylish and I assumed they were just for fashion rather than prescription, since I thought I’d seen just about all prescription glasses had to offer. As it turned out, not only were they prescription glasses to my surprise, she also shared with me that she bought her glasses online.
From that point on, I had a ton of questions about buying glasses online – where to go, what to look for, how to find the perfect fit, and more. If you are in the same boat as I was and considering buying eyeglasses online, here are some important things to know before you do!
5 Things to Know When Buying Eyeglasses Online
You still need to provide a current prescription
Your current eye doctor should be able to provide you with your current prescription. These do expire within a certain time period, so if your prescription has expired, you will need to set up an appointment to get a current one.
Pupillary distance (PD)
The Pupillary distance (aka PD) is the distance between the centers of the pupils of both eyes. This helps measure the distance your lenses need to be centered on your pupils. One thing that’s important to know is that even though you can obtain this information from your eye specialist during your appointment, it may or may not be written on your prescription. If it is not, it is your legal right to obtain that number from your eye care specialist! I stress that last part because I’ve personally experienced a situation at an eye center where the doctor tried to refuse me that information, but they are actually obligated to give you that information.
There’s a huge selection of eyeglasses, frames, and tints available online.
You can buy prescription and non prescription lenses and sunglasses. Not only that, but some online glasses retailers places also offer affordable bifocals and discount glasses for men, women and children. Once you choose your frames, you can choose “Clear Traditional, Transparent lenses” or “Sun, For Tint or Turn Regular Glasses Into SunGlasses”
Protective Eyeglasses are really important.
I’ve shared with you guys a while ago about the importance of protecting your eyes against blue-violet light emitted by digital screens. EBD Blue is a proprietary blue light filter available that helps to achieve this. It’s also scratch resistant, UV protective and anti-reflective. If you’re like millions of people who spend a good portion of your day looking a digital screen, this is so important!
According to AllAboutVision.com,
“The display screens of computers, electronic notebooks, smartphones and other digital devices emit significant amounts of blue light. The amount of HEV light these devices emit is only a fraction of that emitted by the sun. But the amount of time people spend using these devices and the proximity of these screens to the user’s face have many eye doctors and other healthcare professionals concerned about possible long-term effects of blue light on eye health.”
You can virtually “try them on”
This is the coolest thing I’ve seen. Of course, one of my biggest questions and concerns regarding buying eyeglasses online was whether or not I’d be able to try my glasses before buying.
Places like EyeBuyDirect.com offer a really fabulous app that help you decide whether a particular frame would look good on you. You simply upload a picture of yourself and follow the prompts to see how the glasses look on your face. And you can do this with as many frames as you like!
Buying eyeglasses online can be a scary process, but it’s surely becoming the new normal for me. I actually bought my last few specs online. Totally satisfied with the process and probably never looking back!
Have you bought eyeglasses online before? Share your experience in the comments!