Whether you're away on a trip or stuck at home during lockdown, what do you do when you need a new pair of glasses? What is it like to buy glasses online? Here, we take a look...
How do you buy glasses online?
Glasses broken or just hopelessly out of style?
Well, as long as you have a recent eye check and prescription from your optometrist, you might be able to buy a pair of glasses online.
How does that work? Don't you need to have someone check the fit and your eyesight and all that jazz?
Well, that's what I thought, so I spoke to someone at SmartBuyGlasses about how it all works.
COVID-19 AND BUYING GLASSES Online
Among the many things that Covid-19 has interfered with, heading to a normal shop for a normal purpose is now no longer as easy as it used to be.
If you're looking online, what are you likely to find?
Well, SmartBuyGlasses offer a huge variety of glasses and sunglasses in every colour and model number, more than you can find in store.
On top of that, they guarantee the best price. If you do happen to find frames elsewhere for less, they promise to refund you the difference as soon as your order has shipped.
After you placed your order, an optician will email you to ask questions about your prescription. The company prides itself on being kind, helpful, and prompt, explaining terms like lens index and offering a personal touch.
This one's easy. It's obviously much quicker to book an appointment online than to head into town and risk cancellations and (yet more) lockdowns.
A Virtual Try-On Tool
If you can't actually try on your glasses in store, what can you do instead? Enter the cool Virtual Try-On tool, which sounds like a lot of fun.
You take a selfie video on their website and receive a guide to your face shape and suggestions for which kind of frames will flatter you the most. It's a kind of techy Who's Who.
The whole process takes less than an hour and removes the feeling of pressure and confusion you can sometimes find in a shop.
Block Out Blue Light for Better Sleep
If you’re shopping at SmartBuyGlasses, they recommend checking out their blue light blocking glasses to relieve eye strain from all those hours at the screen. They are even rumoured to help you sleep better as well.
You don't need to wear glasses to benefit from them, apparently. We're all at risk from too much blue light if we spend too long looking at screens. All that blueness blocks melatonin production, the hormone that helps us get to sleep.
Sunglasses for the Sunshine State
They also recommend checking out their photochromic lenses. If you live in sunny Florida or California and spend a lot of time in the sun or are driving for long hours, it’s the best way to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. The sun can speed up cataract formation, retinal degeneration, and even, cough, splutter lead to wrinkles!
Photochromic glasses have lenses that react with UV rays to darken in sunlight and vice versa.
In Summary: Buying Glasses Online
SmartBuyGlasses sound like they pay attention to health and value for money (they even have £6 frames! ) This is music to the ears of anyone who leaves their anywhere and everywhere and have the broken frames to show for it.
Have you ever bought glasses online? What was it like for you?