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In today's world, where more and more consumers are accustomed to shopping for anything and everything online, eyeglasses are one product that needs to be cautiously considered before you click that purchase button. Here's why. Although Internet optical dealers often offer reduced rates, the benefits of purchasing glasses at an optician far overshadow the ''deals'' you might get through the Internet.

One of the best reasons for purchasing your glasses at an eye wear store rather than online is that you have an experienced optician to help you select the proper glasses. Our staff can walk you through the numerous decisions you'll make in purchasing the right pair of eyeglasses. In instances where you order online, you miss out on the experienced input of an eye care expert.

Above and beyond the help you will find at a real eye wear boutique, you will also be able to try on the eyeglasses prior to purchasing. Frames that don't fit correctly can result in pain and frustration and may even affect your vision. Plus, you don't get to see what they really look like or how they feel until you put them on. To a greater extent than your wardrobe, glasses require accurate fit and comfort to work successfully.

Beyond the comfort and alignment of your glasses, good vision requires accurate Pupillary Distance measurement. The optical center of your lenses gives you the clearest vision, making it important to correctly determine the pupillary distance, or PD. It can be tricky to determine your PD by yourself, but without this measurement, your lenses won't be placed properly in the frames.

True, online shopping is often good for other commodities, but in the case of glasses you're better off sticking to your local vision center where you are able to benefit from the staff expertise and advice.