Online eye exams are unable to determine if a patient may have cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, or other conditions. Conditions that would have been disclosed during a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection can help improve treatment outcomes.
When taking an online eye exam, even if an eye care provider reviews your results, there was no eye care professional there to insure the vision test was done correctly. Meaning the reviewed results could be skewed.
Ordering glasses online only gives you one prescription measurement per pair of glasses or contacts. Most patients have different vision measurements in each eye. There is also a chance of entering your prescription incorrectly in the order. Progressive lenses and bifocals are even more tricky tiny errors can have a huge impact on the final product.
Glasses ordered online you only get a limited number of frames to try on. In a vision center, there are typically racks and racks of frames to try on to see how they look and feel.
Is all the convenience very convenient when you have to return and exchange the glasses multiple times if the vendor even allows returns? If you feel strongly about ordering online be sure to read the return policy carefully. When you shop in person the glasses are custom-made for you.
Think of this when you try to save a couple bucks by ordering your vision care online. If you have an undetected eye disease because you didn’t get a comprehensive eye exam the FedEx driver, can’t bring a fix for that!