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Have you ever been tempted to order glasses or contacts online? This may sound simple and easy, but it’s actually not the best route for most people. Read on as a local Lake Stevens, WA eye doctor lists some reasons to go to your optometry center, rather than ordering online.
Glasses and contacts are definitely not one size fits all. Everyone’s eyes and heads are different. Going through a licensed eye care center means that you can get custom-fitted frames and/or contacts. It’s very important that your eyewear fit you properly. This isn’t just a matter of comfort: it also affects your vision!
One concern with ordering online is the fact that it’s very difficult to gauge quality. Overseas manufacturers aren’t held to the same safety standards or product quality that we are here in the States. Discount retailers may cut corners. This could potentially end up causing you unnecessary eye strain or even permanent damage.
Another benefit of going through your optometry center? It’s one-stop shopping! Many people find that easier than dealing with multiple places.
Many eye conditions present few or even no symptoms until they have progressed to a severe stage, at which point treatment becomes difficult or even impossible. That’s why regular screenings are so important!
Sure, you may find a website where you can order new lenses with an old prescription. However, that doesn’t mean you should do that. Your eyes change over time, and so should your prescription! In fact, using an outdated prescription could actually create strain for your eyes.
Another benefit of going through a brick-and-mortar store is being able to see sample frames. It’s hard to get a precise feel for the color, size, or comfort of a pair of frames by looking at a photo.
Choosing between glasses and contacts should be easy, right? Actually … not so much. There are many types of contacts, from daily disposables to extended wear. And as for glasses, you may find that you want transitional lenses and regular frames, plus a set of prescription sunglasses. An optician can go through the various pros and cons of each option with you.
As your Lake Stevens, WA optometry clinic, we’re here to help. Call us anytime!