Prescription glasses can get pricey but an increasing number of people are embracing the idea of going online for eye-wear.

There are plenty of benefits to purchasing prescription glasses online and the whole family can find what they need through one online retailer.

You have a huge selection available at your disposal and you can usually find pretty good deals including special sales and discounts.

Shopping online for glasses also lets you think about what you want before buying, whereas when you’re in-store, you might just be in a hurry or rushed to get it done.

Buying glasses can be an investment, whether they’re for you, your kids or someone else in your family.

Here are some tips that can help when purchasing glasses online.

Look for a Retailer That Lets You “Try” Glasses On

 A lot of online retailers have really great interactive features, they have options that let you virtually try on different frames and see how they’ll look on your face.

You just need to upload a picture looking straight ahead and this is just as good as being able to try glasses on in the store, but you can do it in the comfort of your home without having an entire sales team watching you.

Identify Your Face Shape

 It’s important to know your face shape and the right frames that will best compliment your features. For example, if you have an oval face, oversized frames tend to work well, while for round faces you might want a rectangular frame to offset the curves of your face.

If you know the shapes that are going to compliment your face, it will help you choose the right frames and the buying experience will go faster.

Know your Pupillary Distance (PD)

Eyes are set at a particular distance from each other, which can vary from person to person.

The distance between the centre of one pupil to the centre of the other is referred to as Pupillary Distance.

Typically, the Pupillary Distance falls in a range between 54 and 65 mm. As children grow up, their PD keeps on changing but once they become adults, this value remains constant.

- Stand straight in front of a mirror and place a ruler (which has measurements in mm) on your nose. The starting point of your ruler can be either at exactly the centre of your left eye pupil or your right eye pupil. You can close one eye to see if the end of the scale lies at the centre of the pupil.

- Keep the ruler steady and mark the location of the center of the other eye’s pupil on the ruler.

- The distance between the starting and the ending point represents the PD. Measure this distance in mm.

You can repeat the process at least three times for an accurate measurement.

If you find it difficult to measure your PD yourself, you can ask a friend to help you out in a similar way. All you have to do is stand steady!

Knowing your PD is very important so that you may buy prescription glasses that fit your face perfectly.

It is essential that your glasses’ lenses are directly focused over your pupils so that you can enjoy proper vision.

Free Returns or Exchanges

Even if you virtually try on glasses before buying them and you choose the right frames for your face, they might still not work for whatever reason when they arrive.

Look for online retailers that offer free exchanges and returns for a certain period of time, as well as a complete warranty.

This way you aren’t wasting money and stuck with glasses frames you don’t like.

Prescription glasses can get expensive, if you sign up for the newsletter or to receive updates from a retailer, you can get some great promotions.

You can find good deals on leading brands and even specialized lenses if you’re willing to wait for a valuable promotion.

Remember to always ask for a copy of your glasses’ prescription and your PD at each of your eye examinations!

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