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What Are The Risks Of Buying Glasses Online?

Monday, October 15th, 2018, 1:48 am

Optical services Marion, ILWe always recommend having a pair of glasses as a backup in case of an emergency. Essentially, this is our thinking: you might not have time to put your contacts in if an emergency comes up in the middle of the night. Glasses are easy to grab and put on, and those saved few seconds can mean a lot in the case a natural disaster or other emergency strikes.

Thankfully, there are so many choices when it comes to glasses options these days. There are many frames out there and you can find a shape well-suited for your face in a material that you like. It might not even take too long to find them!

Many people are curious about shopping for glasses frames online and what it entails, but you should be aware of the risks before you go giving your money to an online company for something so personal as eyewear. Keep reading to learn about shopping online for glasses frames, and some of the risks you might be taking when you do.


Shopping online might appeal to you if you love being able to shop while you’re standing in line for coffee in the morning. Alternatively, buying from the comfort of your own home definitely has its perks, too. You can browse at 3 AM when you just can’t sleep, but want something productive to do. But, did you know that every online shop is different when it comes to quality?

Buying glasses online means that you need to trust what the description and photos tell you about the product. The frames may not live up to your expectations, and it’s nobody’s fault. Maybe their target consumer just doesn’t have the high expectations you do. Or, perhaps the frames you love are a little smaller than they looked online, or the material is lighter and feels cheaper than you expected. We’ve all been duped by an online purchase at one point or another, so making sure you know the company and trust their quality is key.


Similar to quality, fit is very important to the comfort of your glasses. Unfortunately, there are not many ways to try on glasses when you’re buying online. There are a few companies that will send you pairs of glasses to try on first, but that’s not the norm. If you are simply buying the same pair you’ve had before, then you will know what to expect.


Many online shops pull in customers with low prices that seem like a steal. Unfortunately, they are probably too good to be true. If you want to upgrade to scratch-resistant lenses, thinner lenses, or have an issue with the quality and need to return or exchange your glasses, you will probably have to pay extra. Repairs can also be time-consuming and annoying, since you’ll be shipping your glasses.

Are you looking for new glasses? Call us today at (800) 344-7058 for a consultation at our Illinois office or (877) 269-4545 for our Missouri location.

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