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How to Choose a Pair of Eyeglasses from an Online Retailer

Jul 21, 2008
For many people, eyeglasses are the single most significant clothing accessory they will purchase. In order to get the perfect set of spectacles, most near or far-sighted individuals would prefer the service of a professional optician or at the very least a well known corporate one hour lens crafter. However professionals can be costly, and as anyone who has ever lost or broken his or her glasses before knows, can cost enough to seriously disrupt a person's monthly finances.

Unlike other items one might be able to live without for a brief stretch, eyeglasses are absolutely vital and must be replaced immediately. As even a modest pair from a traditional optician could range anywhere from two hundred to five hundred dollars, shopping online can drastically soften the blow to the wallet that goes along with replacing one's eyeglasses. Instead of two-hundred, glasses can be found on many websites for as little as twenty dollars a pair.

Before you go online to buy your next set of spectacles, in order to ensure your glasses will fit, there are some important measurements that need to taken. The only thing worse than an expensive pair of eyeglasses: an uncomfortable pair of eyeglasses. In addition to your regular prescription, ask your optometrist for your pupil distance measurement.

The pupil distance, or PD, is the space between the lines of sight leading directly ahead from your pupils. This can be difficult even for professional opticians to measure on themselves. If you really can't get an optometrist to take the measurement then you can resort to using a mirror and a ruler placed beneath your eyes. The measurement ought to be taken in millimeters. The PD is the most important measurement as it will determine precisely where the lenses will fit in the frames.

Shopping for eyeglasses online provides the buyer with significantly more selection than he or she would find in a regular brick-and-mortar store. Most websites have up over two hundred frame styles and wading through them all can take up a lot of time. However, you should know detailed measurements of the size of frame that will fit your head and face properly. Use a tape measure and record the various lengths of your current set of eyeglasses. The arms, the lens width, the bridge width (space between the frames).

Compensate for any part your glasses that fit awkwardly. Since you will not have the luxury of a professional to assist you in your selection, the more information you can collect to describe your ideal pair of glasses the more likely you will be satisfied with your purchase.

One option that can turn a twenty dollar pair of eyeglasses into an eighty dollar pair of eyeglasses is the lens. Moreover, as the lenses are the functional part of any set of glasses, it might not be the best idea to skimp when it comes to lens options. When it comes to lenses, the thinner they are the more expensive they are.

Some individual's prescription will not allow them to get lenses thinner than a certain width. This, again, is an example of how it is important to know the details of your particular needs before you go shopping online. Besides thickness, many people like some percentage of glare coating to filter out UV rays. Even with fancy bells and whistles such as specialized sports frames, the online shopper can expect to pay at least thirty-five percent less than he or she would in at a traditional eyeglass emporium.
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