These days, do-it-yourself type services are all the rage for buying glasses. Unfortunately, these online services can't offer you the same benefits and convenience that visiting an optometrist's office in person can. Here's what you're missing out on if you haven't visited an optometrist recently.
One of the biggest expenses of getting a new pair of lenses is the frames themselves. While a new pair of frames is a must for those who have experienced significant damage to their glasses or just want a new look, it's not a necessity for everyone.
This is where your optometrist can help. If you buy a pair of glasses from an optometrist and later on need a vision prescription adjustment, you may be able to purchase just the lenses through your optometrist. This will ensure that you have new lenses with your proper vision prescription without having to pay for new frames, too. Your optometrist will even help you by popping your new lenses into your old frames.
Another common issue with new glasses when you don't see an optometrist is that tiny problems with the frames or glasses can become a big expense. While optometrist are available to perform minor repairs on glasses, like replacing a screw, lubricating a hinge or replacing lost nose pads, online services can't say the same. You'll either need to embrace that do-it-yourself attitude and learn how to fix these problems for yourself, or give up and buy a new pair of glasses entirely. It's worth considering seeing an optometrist instead, as small repairs are often offered for free, and even on a drop-in basis.
Adjustments to Fit
Lastly, keep in mind that how your glasses fit plays a big role in your overall comfort and quality of vision. When your glasses don't sit in exactly the right place on your face, the measurements provided by your eye doctor may not perform the way that they should.
Small adjustments made to the way that your glasses fit are a common service offered by optometrist. They can adjust the nose bridge, nose pads, and the ear pieces to ensure that your glasses not only look good on you but provide you with the full corrections that you're expecting to your vision.
Getting your glasses from an optometrist will actually end up being a lot more useful to you than trying to go it all on your own. The next time you need a pair of glasses, visit an optometrist's office and rest easy knowing that any issues with your glasses can be tweaked or adjusted with their help.