So you think you're saving money by buying glasses online. Their prices can't be beat! Their selection is wide and colorful! Some even allow you to borrow 5 frames to choose from, then send back the rejects. This all sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Well, it is.
The truth is that most eyeglass frames and lenses purchased through online companies are made of inferior quality plastics and metals. We here in the USA enjoy the regulatory efforts made by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The countries where these cheap, affordable glasses are made are not so regulated. While we (most countries) strive for top quality optical products, these countries accept low standards as a cost saving device. While some Italian plastics are heavily scrutinized by the optical companies that will use them, there are many times more products that do not pass any kind of inspection. Some are made of plastics that can interact with human skin in disturbing ways.
Please make sure that the plastic frames you buy are hypoallergenic, and metals either powder coat painted or plastic coated. Rashes and burns are not unheard of as a result of purchasing cheap eyewear. In one particular case, the metal started to eat away at the skin on the ears of the client.
In addition, Optical professionals pride themselves on their skill set and ability to handle all optical needs. Some of us have been in the optical field for many years, even decades. This kind of experience cannot be duplicated or imitated by a company that never allows you to see or even talk to a knowledgable person. The activity of eyeglass purchasing can birth many questions by the client. Questions we Optical professionals look forward to and enjoy answering.
Although some online companies boast their humanitarian efforts, and say that they will donate a pair of glasses to a third world person in need, with every pair purchased, they still don't address the inferior product quality issue. Or those in need in our own country. Google: Project Homeless Connect. USA opticians and Doctors donate their time, skill and product to provide glasses and eye health checks to the masses of homeless in the USA.
Your local optician has more than likely been working in optics for years, has knowledge that only experience can teach, and is there for you every day to not only help with your optical questions, but also to assist you in finding the exact perfect frame for your face, your prescription and your lifestyle. Nowhere online will you find that kind of counsel. Optical professionals are required to be licensed by their states and on a national basis. A.B.O.C. (American Board of Opticianry Certified) is what you want to see when visiting the person who is going to be responsible for the way you see for probably the next 3 to 5 years. No one at the online companies are licensed optical people.
Optical professionals take many courses and classes to learn about the newest developments in lenses and optical technology. With today's computer use, Tablet use, and mobile device use, expert advice is needed now more than ever. Choosing the right lens for your needs is paramount in the glasses selection process. Skilled opticians that know color, style and face shape are the only ones who can make sure you look your best and see better than you ever have.
Although most online companies offer "virtual try on" methods (uploading your face photo), the expertise in finding the right size and shape frame for your face is a highly personal one, and is best achieved in person, with an experienced optician advising you on proper choices.
Granted many people today are fashionistas and can dress themselves really well, but when it comes to glasses (a medical device with function and fashion considerations) experience is the key.
So not only do I recommend you eschew all online glasses companies, I strongly suggest you find a local optical shop, or doctor's office that sells frames and lenses. This way you are assured of a perfect fit and find solace in the fact that buyer's remorse is practically unheard of when purchased at a brick and mortar optical outfit.
Focus Opticians boasts 40 years of experience, and cannot be beat for high quality product and old-school service.
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So find a local optical shop and visit. You will find comfort in the guidance provided by any and all optical professionals. In fact, try Focus Opticians! You will be pleasantly surprised.