In the UK, millions wear corrective eyewear, and in recent years, purchasing glasses online has become an increasingly popular alternative to buying them locally. The obvious benefit of online shopping is the ability to browse a large number of stores from the comfort of your home, compare between them and choose the best possible price, however buying online is likely a very different experience than shopping in store. So in order to help you make the most of this money-saving experience, let’s explore a series of top tips for buying glasses online.

• Before buying, note the return policy. This is perhaps the biggest worry when it comes to buying eyewear online. The top online stores offer return policies that are comparable with your local stores, so don’t settle for less.

• Prior to investing a lot of time making choices, note the shipping costs. Many online shops market low prices, but then pad that price with exorbitant shipping rates. Most of the top stores, however, offer free shipping.

• Do not make a blind purchase. Spend some time in a local shop trying on glasses. Get an idea of which styles work well on your face. Although most shops will not refund or exchange you do not want the extra hassle of sending them back and waiting for a new one to arrive.

• If you find frames in a local shop that you like, note the style number and the precise colour name. You can use the style numbers when shopping online, and since there are so many colours and patterns, a precise name helps.

• Weight is a big deal. Small changes in weight are immediately noticeable when trying them on in the shop. Online, however, it is very easy to underestimate small changes in weight. Know what weight you use now, and before you make a heavier purchase, make sure you know how that additional weight feels on your face.

• It is especially important to use an optician when purchasing progressive lenses and bifocals. During the fitting process, multifocal lenses require additional measurements and other intricacies. If you buy them the first time through a local optician, you can then apply that information to the subsequent purchases made online.

• With online glasses, a number of factors can make the purchase complex, such as lens coatings, tints and even hinge types. Research these aspects thoroughly in advance. Know exactly why you’d want a particular feature.

• Discontinued frames are common online, and often, you can buy them at significant discounts. Be aware of the limitations, however. The retailers often sell them “as is,” and you may not be able to repair them in the future.

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