Why You Should Buy Your Eyeglasses From a Trusted Optometrist

A recent trend has developed in the eye care world where people are opting to buy eyeglasses online instead of ordering them through their trusted optometrist. Here are some dangers of buying your eyeglasses online and why it’s always best to visit your eye clinic to make the purchase.

Your vision is one of the great gifts you’ve been given, so trusting that vision to an online company that doesn’t put your eye health first might not be the best solution to your eye care needs.  

While there is no doubt that online shopping offers many benefits, including huge selections and greater convenience, there are some serious limitations that come with buying eyeglasses online, including: 

  • Your eyeglasses may come with the wrong prescription, impacting your vision and overall well-being 
  • The lower quality of products means your replacement and repair costs could increase 
  • You won’t get to try on the eyeglasses before you buy them or receive expert advice 
  • Some websites might not take insurance 
  • It could be difficult to return the eyeglasses if they aren’t to your taste 
  • It’s hard to measure your own pupil distance, which you need to order your eyeglasses 

Your optometrist is trained to make sure you are always benefiting from clear and crisp vision. When you buy eyeglasses online, they won’t be able to ensure that you are getting the best corrective options for your unique needs. 

Our Trusted and Professional Calgary Optometrists Can Help You Find the Right Pair of Eyeglasses 

At our Calgary eye clinic, our professional and friendly Calgary optometrists provide comprehensive eye exams to check your eye health and determine your prescription, before helping you find the right type of eyeglasses that will suit your face shape, style, and ocular health needs. 

We also offer a range of other services, including eye emergency care, glaucoma testing, and cataract management services to keep your vision clear and help you achieve optimal eye health. 

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Why You Should Buy Your Eyeglasses From Your Trusted Optometrist 

Online sites may boast that they offer incredible prices and convenient services, but the truth is that the disadvantages of ordering your eyeglasses online are much more significant than any benefits they claim to provide. 

When you are buying eyeglasses, or even contact lenses, there are many aspects of customer care in which your trusted Calgary optometrist is far superior compared to any online store. 

Here are four reasons why you should always buy your eyeglasses from your eye doctor: 

1. Buying Online Often Means You’ll Compromise on Quality 

Quality is always a gamble when you order online and this is no exception when it comes to ordering frames and lenses. While there are high-quality eyewear brands available for purchase online, for the most part, these stores will leave you with lower quality eyeglasses that: 

  • May break or scratch faster 
  • Will require more frequent repairs and replacements 
  • Don’t work quite the way they are supposed to 

In addition to this, your optometrist can measure the distance between your eyes, the width of your nose, and other variables to ensure that your eyeglasses sit comfortably and correct your vision properly. 

Ordering eyeglasses online won’t take any of these factors into account. The chances are you’ll probably have to drop by your eye clinic anyway, for necessary adjustments. 

2. Your Optometrist Has Your Best Interests in Mind 

When you purchase eyeglasses online, you are doing so from a retailer whom you share no personal connection with beyond their desire to sell you their products. On the other hand, you are likely to have a closer personal relationship with your optometrist, whose job it is to help you look and see your best while safeguarding your long-term vision. 

When you buy your eyeglasses from your optometrist, they will: 

  • Give you an accurate and correct prescription for your eyeglasses 
  • Take into consideration factors such as your face shape, the way your lenses look and feel with certain frames, and what type/size of frames will be most comfortable for you
  • Consider where each type of frame will sit on your face, which is especially important with bifocals and progressive lenses 

To an online store, you are a faceless consumer. However, to your optometrist, you are a patient in their care and their main aim is to protect your eye health and help you see your best. 

3. You Can Get the Right Type of Lenses for Your Frames 

When you buy eyeglasses, you must remember that not every frame works with every type of lens. If your prescription requires thick lenses, then a lightweight, wireframe may not be a good option. An online store won’t stop you from ordering frames that physically cannot support your lenses, but your optometrist can advise you on the best way forward. 

Your Optometrist Can Help You With Specialized Lenses 

In some cases, patients might require specialized lenses such as progressive lenses, prism lenses, or those with unusually high prescriptions. Most online stores can’t accommodate these requirements. Your optometrist can also take any facial measurements needed for these specialized lenses to ensure that they sit correctly in your eyeglasses for optimal vision. 

4. You’ll Receive Care Tailored to Your Needs 

Your eyeglasses should be as unique as you are! While it can be tempting to order your eyeglasses online to save some money, the truth is that your optometrist can give you what no online shop can: a customized standard of care. 

Buying your eyeglasses from your eye doctor will ensure that you find the right frame for your specific face shape, personality, and style preference, and it also allows for precise measurements to be taken so you can fully benefit from your prescription. 

Let Us Help You Find Your Perfect Pair of Eyeglasses 

If you want to know more about how our optometrists can help make finding the perfect pair of eyeglasses quick, fun, and easy, or you want to book an eye exam, contact us at our Crowfoot (403-547-5417), West Springs (403-242-0999) or Creekside (403-516-2292) branches.


Q: What factors should I consider when buying eyeglasses?

To find the perfect pair of eyeglasses, there are several factors you must consider including your face shape, eye/hair/skin colour, your current eye health and visual acuity, your lifestyle, and of course your personal style.

Q: Do I need an eye exam before purchasing eyeglasses?

At Blink Eyewear, we welcome walk-ins! Please pop by anytime with your current vision prescription. If you don’t have an up-to-date prescription, then we will have to perform an eye exam before finding you a pair of eyeglasses.

Q: What are photochromic lenses and do I need them?

Photochromic lenses are eyeglass lenses that are clear indoors and darken automatically when exposed to sunlight. Photochromic lenses can help your eyes cope as they react to different light conditions encountered during the day.

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Blink Eyewear boasts the largest collection of eyewear in Calgary, but our 4 locations are also home to the region’s finest optometrists. Just as you will not find a better store to shop for your eyewear, you will not find a better vision clinic to do your eye exam or treat your eye condition. 

Go ahead and Blink; what you see is really what you get. Call one of our store numbers or fill out the form below to book an appointment.

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