It’s doubtful there is anything you can’t buy on the internet. Shoes, appliances, vacations, you name it. And now, we’ve seen a surge in online opticals – websites that claim to fill your prescription in the frame of your choice at a fraction of the cost of an optical near your home.
When it comes to filling a prescription for eyewear, there are many factors that need to be considered. First off, they are considered to be a medical device and there are standards of safety and licenses needed to fill the prescription. There is training involved, state and federal regulations, and skill behind the process of making eyeglasses.
When an optician (the professionals who select your frames, take the necessary measurements, fabricate, and adjust your eyeglasses), receives a prescription, there are certain factors they need to know:
- Is this a prescription that will require a certain frame shape or size?
- Are the safety issues concerning this prescription?
- Will this prescription require thick lenses and therefore not work in certain frames?
- What will be the best material for making the lenses
- For progressive (no-line) bifocals, what measurements are needed to ensure the patient will see their computer and car instruments correctly?
- How tall or short is the patient? Yes, this matters.
The items on this list can’t be addressed by just clicking on the style of frame you found online. Yes, the price may look good but you may very well end up with a prescription that is too heavy, doesn’t fit well in the frame you selected, may not be in the best material for your prescription, and may not meet your visual needs at work or home.
It’s always best to order your eyewear from a reputable optical where you can try on frames for style and function. And it’s best to have an optician evaluate your needs for work and home, sports, social, outdoor activities, and your lifestyle. Yes, you will pay more for the eyeglasses, but you’ll be getting the RIGHT eyeglasses.