Ordering Glasses... Let’s Get Personal!

We’re banking online, shopping online, communicating online… yes our physical and electronic worlds, in a way, are becoming one in the same. Prescription Glasses orders demand personal touch.

I’d like to share a study with you that was recently conducted by the American Optometric Association (AOA). The study examined the operations of the online optical industry.

A little background: 200 pairs of glasses, both adult and children’s, were ordered through ten different online vendors across the United States. Of the 200 glasses orders placed, several were lost to cyber space. Excessive crucial mistakes were made concerning the prescription and lens type. AOA reports nearly 23% of the lenses failed impact testing. Of the children's glasses tested, 29 percent failed impact testing.
Q: How are these mistakes made without intervention?

A: There is not a government-regulated group, such as the FDA, monitoring online optical operations.

Incorrect prescriptions can cause headaches, eyestrain, fatigue, double vision, the list goes on… When glasses fail to meet impact resistance standards, they are putting the spectacle wearer in danger of serious injury. Several prescriptions require personal adjustments to the frame in order to allow the wearer to have clear vision. This personal frame adjustment service is not provided by online vendors, therefore the online glasses wearer will likely be looking through a distorted or blurry window to the world.

Here at Eye Specialists in Bellevue and Papillion, our friendly optical staff is knowledgeable and more than happy to ensure that our patients’ optical needs and preferences are met.

Visit the link to check out the statistics and find more about the risks of online glasses orders.