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Why You Should Think Twice Before Purchasing Glasses on the Internet

In today's world, where a growing number of consumers are accustomed to shopping for anything and everything online, glasses are an item that you should consider purchasing in person. Why? Even though web-based stores often offer reduced rates, the advantages of choosing an optician far outweigh the ''deals'' you might score on the Web.

A convincing argument for purchasing glasses at an optical boutique is that you have a qualified optician to help you select the proper glasses. Our opticians can assist you with the numerous variables you need to consider in selecting a pair of eyeglasses. When you purchase online, you miss out on the personalized input of a professional optician.

Because your head shape and eye shape are unique, it is difficult to get the right fit for your eyeglasses without first testing them on your face. An eye doctor will note your measurements and assist you in choosing eyeglasses that are a good fit and won't hinder your comfort. Glasses that are not wide enough tend to cause pressure and headaches, while those that are too large can quickly slip off the bridge of your nose. Online optical boutiques may give advice, still this doesn't compare to expert consultation.

Even more than the fit and feel of your eyeglasses, great vision demands correct Pupillary Distance measurement. The optical focus of your lenses provides you the clearest vision, so it's essential to properly calculate the space between your pupils, or PD. It can be complicated to determine your own PD, but without this measurement, your lenses won't be placed properly within the frames.

Yes, Web-based buying is often great for other purchases, but when it comes to glasses you're better off staying with your local optometric office where you are able to benefit from the staff expertise and advice.

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Considering the evolving situation of COVID-19, we feel it is our responsibility to prioritize the health of our community members during this critical time and do what we can to minimize the opportunity for transmission. As a result, we have made the decision to close our physical clinic and provide only virtual appointments & emergency referrals until further notice.

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Drs. McRoberts, Bowden & Davidson