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Jan 9, 2020

How To Shop For a New Pair of Eyeglasses

Almost every person I know that wears glasses hates shopping for a new pair. The yearly phone call reminding you to go for an eye test, followed by that annoying car journey into town. You have to wait in the waiting room, and then you get to take that really fun eye test. And after all of this, you get the pleasure of being charged the ridiculous price that they usually charge, just to own a pair of glasses that allow you to see. God help you if you want lenses that are anti-glare or scratch-proof; you need to re-mortgage your house to afford those. 

Fortunately, times are changing, and everything is going digital, glasses shopping included. Now I know that this is probably not news to many of you. But if you are like me, you always decided there were too many risks, especially as you can’t try the frames on our get them adjusted. But then I did some research, and lots of people I spoke to were actually very happy with their online eyeglass purchases. (This website, in particular, sprung up a lot)

So I decided to write a few quick tips and tricks to shopping for glasses online. Hopefully, If you are on the verge of taking the plunge, this article will help convince you.
Returns Policies
The most important thing to check when buying glasses online is the store's return policies. There is a good chance that with the glasses you like the look of on the online shop, there is a potential that you are not going to like them in person. If this happens, you need to be able to send them back and get a full refund or an exchange. 
Adjustments
A great trick if your glasses that you bought online need adjusting, is to go into an optometrist. As long as you do not tell them that you bought them online, they are usually more than happy to adjust glasses for walk-in customers. If you are feeling guilty of the free adjustments after you have not bought the glasses from the shop, buy something small, like a cleaning cloth or some cleaning solution to ease your conscience.
Prescription
Unfortunately, the one thing you can’t get online is your prescription. That means you are going to have to go for your regular eye test in order to figure out what glasses you need. This is just the way things have to be. Just because you have to go and get your eye test in person however, does not mean you need to buy the overpriced glasses they offer you there on the spot. Take your prescription and do your shopping online if you want to save some serious money.

There we have it, and hopefully if you are on the fence about shopping online for your glasses, we have eased any doubts you had about the whole process. Although it can be a bit of a pain sending glasses back until you get the perfect pair, you can often save hundreds by doing it this way, which in our eyes is totally worth the hassle.
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