A recent study assessed the suitability of eyeglasses purchased online compared to in-store from an optometry practice in the United Kingdom, with 154 pairs of spectacles purchased online and 154 pairs purchased at the practice. Analysis of the study was based on participant survey, accuracy of lens prescription and assessment of lens, frames and fit quality.
Irrespective of the fact that lens quality and prescription accuracy were being measured simply between online and in-store purchases, participants preferred the glasses sourced from the optometry practice. This was due, it was found, to inaccurate optical centration, poor eyeglass frame fit and/or poor cosmetic appearance from the glasses purchased online. What’s more, purchases from online spectacle outlets were more likely to be deemed unacceptable for the progressive addition lenses, which have been known to increase the risk of falls.
Indeed, it comes down to this: Eyeglasses are not a one-size-fits-all solution, as they need to be fitted to a patient’s unique facial structure so that the eyes will naturally see through the optical center of the lenses.
While purchasing eyeglasses online is becoming increasingly common, like almost every other sector of commerce, there are some significant differences between doing it this way and going through a professional facility like Matossian Eye Associates. Here’s a perfect example: What if you ordered glasses via the internet and the fit isn’t right?
Every pair of glasses takes a custom-made approach. Not only are there different designs and materials to choose from for both frames and lenses – and different lens treatments – but each person’s head and eyes are different. Several accurate measurements by an eye doctor are needed to achieve a comfortable fit. A big advantage of going to a traditional eye care professional is that an optician can walk you through the process and take the proper measurements.
Here’s another good example: Proper vision requires accurate measurement of pupillary distance, and the optical center of your eyeglass lenses is the part that provides the “truest” vision. This area of the lens should be directly in front of your pupils. In order to determine how to place the lenses in your frames so the optical center is customized for your eyes, the eyeglasses lab of your eye doctor’s office or other eye care professional needs to know the distance between your pupils (or “PD”).
Eye care professionals are experienced in measuring PDs correctly. Matossian Eye Associates can have you fitted for the right eyeglasses in the right style – at the right price for your budget. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.