Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Eyeglasses-Risks of Online Ordering

Online ordering of eyewear, while appealing from a cost standpoint, has severe limitations:
·         The buyer cannot:
o   Verify the prescription in the eyewear
o   Verify if the lens material or brand is the one ordered (there are more than 250 brands of progressive lenses)
o   Try on frames for comfort, fit or correct size.

·        It is not possible to take the necessary measurements (interpupilary distance, vertex distance and bifocal height) over the internet with current technology.  These measurements are NOT a part of a vision examination but rather are determined by opticians as an integral of their dispensing eyewear.

·        There is no one to fit the completed eyeglasses or to provide periodic adjustments or repairs.

Yes, you might save money with an online purchase of eyewear but only at the risk of getting inferior workmanship, a limited selection and service from a non-licensed or non-certified optician. Here at the Baltimore Washington Eye Center, each member of our optical department has achieved their A.B.O.C. (American Board of Opticianry Certification) designation.    Our staff is dedicated to helping you find the best solution for your individual needs to include: sunglasses, reading glasses, progressives, no-line bifocals, computer glasses, and many other options designed to meet your personal needs. 

Guest Blogger: Larry Heilman, F.N.A.O., Optician with the Baltimore Washington Eye Center