Buying glasses online: what to look out
Online shopping, definitely a familiar term to modern day people. We can buy almost everything online, groceries, clothes, electrical appliances, and the list goes on and on. But, have you ever considered buying glasses online? I bet most of your answers is NO. Why? Because getting a pair of glasses is one of those things that requires more of a “personal touch”, and a great element of customer service goes with it.
However, imagine yourself in a situation like this: you are browsing websites for a new pair of glasses and you come across a designer that you really like. But, the designer is physically out of your reach. So, what can you do? Here’s where online shopping comes in handy. So, when you are buying something that usually is being bought at a physical store, more consideration has to be poured in. Here’s a guide of what you need to consider when buying glasses online:
Buying glasses online step 1 : Know your face shape
You might like it round, rectangular, or clubmaster, but the question is, does something you like really suits you? You will not want to buy something that doesn’t look good on you right? So basically there are four different types of face shapes, namely
- i) round-shaped, ii) square-shaped, iii) heart-shaped, and iv) oval-shaped.
Now, go look into the mirror and determine which category that best describes your face. Then, you can follow this general guide on how to choose a pair of glasses based on your face shape. Other than the style of the frame, you might want to consider the size of the pair of glasses too. So remember to check out the size specifications of the glasses when buying online.
If you are still hesitant which shape to go for, you can always go to your nearest eyewear retailer, preferably those with an open concept where you can just try on the glasses on display, decide which shape of glasses best suits you, and then go back to your desired designer online and choose that shape.
Buying glasses online step 2 : Get your eyes checked
After you have chosen your ideal frame, the lenses are what you need to consider next. When buying glasses online, you will have to fill out your prescription form, so make sure you get your eyes checked by an optometrist to obtain the latest prescription reading. Here’s all the readings you should know and get from your eye examiner:
- SPH/Sphere: the spherical error that is needed to rectify short-sightedness (-), or long-sightedness (+). The higher the number, the stronger is your prescription.
- CYL/Cylinder: it is needed to correct astigmatism which cause distorted images. Most people have a reading between 0.5-0.75. If you have a reading more than 1.5, it is when you will need prescription lenses to correct it.
- AXIS: is a degree, between 0 – 180, of where the astigmatism is located on your cornea.
- ADD: which is the additive power if you go for a bifocal lenses. It is added to the lower part of your lenses.
- PD/Pupillary Distance: the distance between your pupils. Having a PD reading will allow your lenses to be placed at the most ideal spot. Find out how to measure your PD here.
- PRISM: it is used to rectify double vision and ease eye strain by tricking the brain into thinking the eyes are working well together.
Buying glasses online step 3 : Decide what type of lenses you need
There are generally three types of lenses:
- Single-vision lenses: which only have one power and is the most common type of lenses for short/long- sightedness and astigmatism.
- Bifocals/multifocals: have two or more power which allows you to see both near and far objects clearly.
- Progressive lenses: it is a more advanced version of bifocals/multifocals. It allows a smooth transition for the user to see objects in the far, intermediate, close, and anything in between.
Next, you will need to know what type of lens material and coatings you require. Here are some common and popular ones:
- Standard plastic lenses (CR-39): lightweight and economical, however, it might not be suitable for people that requires a high prescription.
- Polycarbonate: more durable and impact-resistant. It suits children and people with an active lifestyle.
- High index lenses: which can be either 1.56, 1.6, 1.67, or 1.74, the higher the thinner the lenses.
- Blue light lenses: this coating protects your eyes against harmful rays from your digital devices.
- UV protection: as its name suggest, this coating blocks UV radiation from reaching your eyes.
- Light-adjusting coating: this lenses change its degree of tint depending on the amount of light you are exposed to. So it doubles as a sunglasses when you are outdoors.
- Anti-reflective coating: reduces glare from digital devices and nightlights. It also reduces reflection of your lenses and thus letting others see your eyes clearly!
Buying glasses online tip 4 : Look out for return policy and warranty
At last, when you are buying glasses online, you will want to have a peace of mind if anything goes wrong. Make sure the glasses that you are buying online has a return policy that allows you to return and get a new pair if what you get is not what you asked for, or if you find it uncomfortable to wear your new glasses. Also look out for warranty period that allows you to get a new pair if certain damage is found within the warranty period.
So there you go! Things you should consider and look out for when you are buying glasses online. In this digital age you shouldn’t let distance be an obstacle from getting something you like. Buying glasses online definitely allows you to explore different designers from around to world and how much variety of eyewear they can offer. So go on, explore!
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