Why Shouldn’t I Buy Glasses Online?

Eye care, Wilmington NC There are two types of people who wear glasses: those who have one pair and those who have multiple styles for every occasion and emergency. Regardless of which type of person you are, getting quality glasses is important. Getting good glasses that fit you best and stand up to daily wear isn’t as simple as you think, though.
Keep reading to learn about shopping online for glasses frames, and some of the risks you might be taking when you buy online.


Shopping online means trusting what someone tells you, or having wiggle room for your expectations. Glasses frames may be described well, but still, don’t reach your expectations. We’ve all been underwhelmed by online purchases, haven’t we? Maybe those frames you loved online are actually bulkier than they looked online, or they’re too flimsy to stay on when you’re jogging. Glasses can be expensive and difficult to return, so do your homework before you impulse-buy.


There are some basic requirements for glasses. They should look good with your face shape, but they should also to be comfortable enough for a long day at the office. If your glasses do not suit your face shape or have an uncomfortable earpiece that bothers you, online stores might not give you a lot of options to return or exchange them. In short, you could be stuck with an unsatisfactory pair of glasses that you don’t wear. Of course, online stores try to help, and some offer virtual fittings, but the technology isn’t perfect, and you have to adjust your expectations.

Trying on glasses in person makes it easier to find a pair that looks good and feels good.


Lots of online sellers offer extra-low prices that seem too good to be true. Sadly, they probably are. If you want to upgrade to scratch-resistant lenses, thinner lenses, or if you have an issue with the quality, expect to pay. Repairs and returns will also likely be costly and time-consuming since you will be shipping and waiting for extended processing times.

Come try on some frames today, or give us a call to schedule a consultation.

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