For those of us who have been needing glasses for a long time, you will remember the inconvenience of having to take a trip into the city center or town to pick out new reading glasses. However, now with the development of modern technology, it has never been easier or more convenient to buy glasses online, and they can even be significantly cheaper than high street stores.

There are a few factors to consider before you make your online purchase, to ensure you receive the correct glasses and you are happy with the overall result. These include;

  • Find Out the Ideal Strength that You Need

Reading glasses tend to have standardized strengths, but you need to establish which strength is right for you and gives you the best result. Some website retailers offer sight tests online which give a very good indication as to which strength of lenses will work best for you. The other alternative is to have an eye test completed by your optician. There will be a charge for the sight test but they will provide you with a copy of your results, which can be used for purchasing your glasses online.

  • Search for the Most Competitive Price

Online retailers of glasses provide a much cheaper product than you could find at an opticians. This is because online retailers don’t have the overhead costs and expenses that a high street retailer has; they can order direct from factories and can pass some of these savings on to their customers. Buying online can save you hundreds of dollars, but it is still important to search a few different sites and ensure you get the most competitive price. You can always ask for a recommendation from family members or friends who have already purchased reading glasses online, or look for special offers which may involve a discount on a second pair when you pay for the first pair.

  • Research Which Frames will Compliment Your Face

If you have been wearing glasses for years, you are probably familiar with which frame shapes suit your features, if not you could try on a few pairs at a local store. As a rough guide, it is a good idea to have a frame shape which is the opposite of the shape of your face. For example, if you have a round shaped face, then angular frames will provide a balance and contrast your face shape.

Once you have established which shape of frame would suit you best, consider the color. You should pick a color of frame which complements the natural color tones of your skin and hair. It is also worth considering the color palette of your wardrobe and which tones you usually favor.  To ensure you get the most use out of your new glasses, you should be completely comfortable with the color.

  • Check out the Website’s Customer Service

Although you may find a website offering exceptionally low prices, it is worth looking at their shipping and returns policies. This will give you the confidence to try a new style.

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