Where to buy
Your choices as to where you can purchase prescription or non-prescription glasses include the following:
If your eyecare provider has informed you that you need glasses, if your existing prescription has changed, or you just feel like it is time for a change and different look with new glasses, then you are about to embark on the path to buying glasses. Finding glasses can be a fun, personalized experience that is unique to the wearer.
The perfect frames will depend on position of the eyes, the frame’s position, and the distance between the pupils. There are also options such as shatterproof lenses, no-glare, or scratch-resistant lenses that help the wearer see their best.Before you make the purchase, evaluate carefully all the options available to you, including where to purchase your glasses, how to buy the right glasses to suit your needs and lifestyle, and the role that vision insurance or medical insurance may play in helping you pay for your new glasses.
Purchasing glasses online is another option. If you decide to purchase your glasses online, make sure you approach the endeavor with a healthy amount of patience. You need a copy of your prescription from an eyecare provider and then the online retailer verifies that it is up-to-date before manufacturing the glasses.
Your eyecare provider may also supply you with your pupillary distance (PD), or the distance between the centers of your pupils. The PD is helpful when buying glasses online because it ensures that the corrective lenses are placed and centered directly in front of the pupils. Although it is possible to take the measurement yourself, it is not recommended, as a faulty measurement can result in glasses that are not providing ultimate vision correction.
You will also need to know exactly what you want in your pair of glasses because there is no one available to ask for advice, unlike at a bricks-and-mortar glasses retailer. Items to consider include:
Quality, in terms of the lenses matching your prescription, is usually very good when purchasing glasses online, but if there are any doubts, take the glasses to your eyecare provider and he or she can measure the lenses’ power to confirm it matches your prescription.
Another option is to purchase the frames online and then take them to your eyecare provider or retailer and purchase the lenses from them.