6 things to consider when buying glasses online
Purchasing products online is easier than ever before and this new way of shopping has extended to just about every type of product. Due to this, more and more people are opting to buy their glasses online but for those of you who have never done this before you might have some concerns regarding exactly how the process works. How do you know which frames will suit you? Can you purchase specialist lenses like bifocal reading glasses online? Here is a guide to everything you should think about if you are buying glasses online for the first time.
Multifocal or progressive lenses
Fitting a multifocal lens can be a complicated and intricate process so make sure that the retailer of choice offers the lens type that you desire.
Check that the frames on offer are durable and high quality. Take time to browse the various lens options that the retailer offers to make sure you can build the most reliable pair of glasses you can, ones that will last you for as long as you need them. It is always a good idea to go for a scratch-resistant coating and UV protection, but you may also need specialised polycarbonate lenses or high-impact resistance lenses – make sure you are aware of all the options as you do not have a store assistant to hand offering you advice. Most retailers will have helpful guides to all their frames and lenses linked on the website.
You will be able to see quickly whether the retailer offers a decent selection varying in size and shape and materials. This variety is important as not everyone will suit the same designs and each person has their own individual style preferences. Many sellers offer multi-buy discounts or free shipping over a certain amount, so you may wish to buy more than one pair.
4.Try before you buy.
Once you have chosen the frames you like the most you will want to see how they look on you. Some retailers offer a “virtual try on” service where you can upload a picture of yourself or even use your cell phone camera to do a live try on. Make sure they have this option before you have your heart set on certain pair of glasses, it is always best to try before you buy.
It is important to check out the shipping costs and delivery times for the online store you are browsing. You should be prepared to wait for your new glasses as they will have to be specially made to order using your exact specifications.
As with anything you buy, you like to know you can return it if needs be. This is especially a concern when buying things online as they might not always live up to your expectations. Check the stores returns policy including whether you need to pay to ship the glasses back to them and how long you have to return them should they be unsuitable.