If you're looking to save a few bucks on eyeglasses, you might be tempted to order a pair from an online retailer. After all, many of these businesses promise low prices and fast delivery. But when it comes to your vision, the potential pitfalls of ordering glasses online outweigh any benefits. The biggest drawback is the inability for online retailers to ensure the right fit; only your eye doctor's office can make the right measurements and adjustments so that your glasses fit, allowing you to see clearly.
WHY THE FIT OF YOUR EYEGLASSES MATTERS
You see the best when the optical center of your lenses aligns with your pupils. Through the optical center, your lenses give optimal vision correction. If this part of your lens isn't directly in front of your pupils, your eyeglasses won't help you as much as they should. Without precise vision correction, your eyes might undergo strain and you could even experience headaches.
WHY CHOOSING THE RIGHT LENS IS IMPORTANT
When you shop for lenses, you have to consider what material and coating is best for you. You must decide whether you want lenses that are high index, polycarbonate, or standard plastic.
As you shop for lenses, you need to consider how much protection you need from the sun's ultraviolet light and whether photochromic lenses are best. The photochromic feature causes lenses to darken in sunlight and become clear in other light. Anti-reflective coating is also optional if you want slightly better vision and a more attractive look. It can be challenging to make the right choice without consulting an optometrist or eyewear specialist.
HOW COMFORT FIGURES INTO A GOOD FIT
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If your glasses fit comfortably on your head and across the bridge of your nose, you'll see more clearly through the lenses. Glasses that are too loose tend to slide down your nose, causing the optical center to sit below your pupils. When glasses are too tight, they leave red marks on your nose or temples and can put pressure on your head, especially behind your ears.
HOW YOUR EYE DOCTOR'S OFFICE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
At your eye doctor's office, trained optometrists and eyewear technicians know which lenses and types of frames are best for your vision needs and lifestyle. Though online sites offer instructions for finding your own optical center for accurate pupil alignment, it's very challenging to do this measurement on yourself. It's similar to trying to cut your own hair. For the best results, let the staff at your eye doctor's office do the measurements for the optical center of your lenses.
Based on your medical history and vision problems, your eye doctor's team can recommend the lens that's right for you in terms of material and ultraviolet protection. They also consider your personal style as they suggest options.
When it's time to pick up your glasses, the technicians at the office know how to adjust your frames to make sure you have the perfect fit. Without making your frames' fit too tight, they'll tweak the frames so that they rest in the right spot on your nose.
With clear vision at stake, it's easy to see why it's important to work with the staff at your eye doctor's office as you select new lenses and frames.