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In today's world, where more and more consumers have become accustomed to shopping for anything and everything through the Internet, eyeglasses are an item that you are better off purchasing in person. Here's why. Even though you may encounter cheaper rates online, the benefits of purchasing glasses at an optical store far exceed the ''deals'' you might encounter through the Internet.

A persuasive argument for buying your glasses at an eye wear store rather than online is that you have an experienced optician to help you make your decision. Our opticians can walk you through the many decisions you'll make in choosing a glasses. When you shop via the Web, you don't have the specialized advice of an optician.

Above and beyond the guidance a professional can provide at a real eye wear boutique, another benefit you have is that you get to try out the eyeglasses prior to purchasing. Glasses that don't sit right can result in annoyance and discomfort and can even affect your ability to see well. Plus, you aren't able to see how they really look or feel until you try them on. Even more than your wardrobe, glasses require accurate fit and comfort to do their job effectively.

Even more than the fit and feel of your eyeglasses, proper eyesight requires accurate Pupillary Distance measurement. The optical center of your lenses provides you the truest vision, so it's essential to correctly measure the pupillary distance, or PD. It can be tricky to assess your own PD, but without it, your lenses won't be positioned correctly within the frames.

Yes, Internet buying can be good for other products, but with glasses you're better off sticking to your regular vision office where you can benefit from the staff expertise and advice.