A 2019 poll by Marist College and National Public Radio (NPR) shows that 76% of all United States adults shop online. That being said, not all products should be purchased online. Ordering your prescription glasses online may not deliver the quality of vision you’d expect. Getting glasses that match your vision needs and fit your face requires precise measurements and quality lenses. Real News Communications Network Digital Correspondent Cash Payne sat down with Dr. Amanda Hoelscher to better understand what people may lose if they order prescription glasses on line.
ONLINE SHOPPING, IT’S ALL THE RAGE THESE DAYS. WELL ACCORDING TO HEALTH OFFICIALS THERE IS A PUBLIC PERCEPTION THAT GLASSES ACROSS THE BOARD ARE THE SAME
WHICH TRANSLATES TO MANY PEOPLE ORDERING THEIR PRESCRIPTION GLASSES ONLINE
"certainly people can take our prescription and find glasses cheaper online."
IT’S ALSO USUALLY CONVENIENT AND AT THE CLICK OF A BUTTON BUT THERE ARE SOME SIGNIFICANT RISKS AT HAND
"they’re not getting all of the options that could make their glasses see better, feel better, work better, fit their lifestyle better."
AND IT GOES BEYOND JUST THE LOOK AND FEEL
"they’re lacking having a professional that’s going to find a frame that fits them properly, lens materials that are light weight and compatible for their lifestyles."
PLUS IN SOME CASES, LIKE WITH PROGRESSIVE LENSES, EYEBALLING YOUR MEASUREMENTS FOR YOUR ONLINE ORDER MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST IDEA
"progressive lenses take very, very careful measurements; there is a sweet spot of the lens that really needs to be lined up in front of your pupil so often we’ll see that spot is off. It’s either higher or lower and in some cases it’s asymmetric; one is in front and one is not. But that can affect distance, intermediate, and near vision.
WHICH COULD INTERFERE WITH YOUR ABILITY TO SEE IN THOSE CONVENIENTLY CHEAPER GLASSES
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