Buying Spectacles Online? Think Again!

Jun 28, 2015 in Eye Tests

Buying Spectacles Online? Think Again!

Do you have trouble reading the newspaper these days? Or perhaps your eyes are getting strained by working long hours in front of a computer. Maybe it’s time to get your eyes checked, and start wearing spectacles to prevent further deterioration of eyesight. Since online shopping has made it easier for you to buy clothes, books and groceries from the comfort of your home, you may be tempted to buy your spectacles online as well. Well, think again! Here’s why it’s a dangerous move.

Online Shopping

It’s true that online shopping has made our life so much easier; the sheer convenience of browsing for things from the comfort of your home, paying online and having it delivered to your doorstep is what makes it a big time saver. While it’s all right to buy certain things online, when it comes to your health, it’s not such a great idea. Online sale of prescription glasses has really grown over the past few years with companies offering discounts. However, there’s a huge risk in this practice. Unless you fill out the prescription accurately, you could end up with spectacles that have an incorrect or unsuitable power. Sometimes the frames may come with wrong measurements. This can lead to further deterioration in eyesight, as well other problems such as headaches and eye strain. Online purchase also does not allow for customised spectacles, multi-focal lenses, etc., nor does it allow detection of underlying eye problems or other health issues.

Eyes Wide Shut

Your prescription glasses need to be customised to your eyes and must take into account your specific requirements. This is not possible when you buy glasses online. A professional eye test is necessary to gauge your eyesight problems and also to understand the overall health of your eyes. A qualified optometrist can best understand your unique requirements and can also advise you on what kind of spectacles will suit you best. Eye tests can also bring to light any other health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, tumours and also some neurological disorders. Just as you would trust your health in the hands of your GP, your eyes need to be looked after by a qualified eye care professional.

Get Help

At Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care, you can get a comprehensive eye examination done. Our friendly and fully-trained optician will understand your case history and carry out a complete lifestyle evaluation before proceeding with the eye test. We use advanced optometric techniques to carry out the eye examination. Based on the result of the eye test, our optician will be able to suggest the best course of action – whether you need prescription glasses, or if you’d be better off using contact lenses, or whether any other underlying eye problems need to be addressed, perhaps with surgery. Choose from our wide range of designer glasses or buy contact lenses from some of the best brands in the world. So don’t take the risk of buying your spectacles online. Book an appointment online with Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care and let us take care of your eyes.