Is it better to buy my prescription glasses online to save money?

Chances are you can save big and get a deal on your prescription glasses online, but is it  really a safe option. Ordering online often requires doing an online vision test, which is certainly not enough to provide accurate results. With this is mind; is it better to buy your prescription glasses online to save money?

Buying your prescription glasses online should not be your first option, but this can be done if:

1.    You are sure that the vendor meets the US standards. Do some checks to ensure the optical quality of the lenses and frames. This should include them having a return policy that allows you to return the glasses, if they are unsatisfactory.

2.    You are not at risk for eye disease: When you visit your ophthalmologist you are given a comprehensive eye exam, and they also check for any irregularities. This is not possible with an online vision test. So if you have a family history of eye disease, or wear severe corrective lenses, online prescription glasses is not for you.

3.    You already have a prescription from your ophthalmologist. Armed with this, you can check out reputable vendors for prescription eyewear, and shop around to get deals on lenses and frames.

You can certainly save on prescription eyeglasses by buying them online. Just be sure to remember these 3 simple tips.  However, if you are over the age of 39, it’s best to visit your ophthalmologist for an eye exam, to ensure you are not at risk of any of the eye diseases that occur due to aging.

Contact the New View Eye Center, Reston, VA, to learn more about buying prescription glasses online. Call703-834-9777 to schedule an appointment with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

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