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Perspectives on Ordering Glasses Online

Order Now PictureWe often get the question, “How about those glasses I can get off the Internet?” Since no one from our staff has ever ordered glasses over the Internet, it’s hard for us to know first-hand what you might get. My usual response is the age-old adage, “You get what you pay for,” but is that fair to say without evidence and research?

When asked questions about ANY issue related to the health and well-being of our patients’ eyes, we base our answers not only on our experiences as clinicians, but on foundational evidence-based research. As it turns out, there was a recently published study on the topic of Internet eyewear by some very prestigious authors.

Online Order Study Results

The study found, “Of the spectacles evaluated, more than 1 of every 5 pairs were delivered incorrectly, with features added or omitted; more than 1 of every 4 pairs had at least 1 lens with at least 1 optical parameter out of tolerance; and more than 1 of every 5 pairs had at least 1 lens that did not pass impact testing.” The study concluded, “Nearly half of prescription spectacles delivered directly by online vendors did not meet either the optical requirements of the patient’s visual needs or the physical requirements for the patient’s safety.”

In other words, nearly half of all the glasses ordered online for the above study either had the prescription wrong, or did not meet national safety standards for impact resistance.

What This Means for You

The above findings concern us as we strive to provide the very best in eye care and eyewear to all of our patients. When glasses are purchased on the Internet, they can be manufactured and sent from anywhere in the world, meaning that they are not held to the same regulatory standards as the United States. Moreover, these glasses are not held to the same quality standards that we adhere to at River Valley Eye Professionals.

Please consider the above when you need to purchase your next set of eyewear.

“Caveat Emptor”
-Latin phrase meaning “Let the buyer beware”