The Downside to Online Frame Purchasing


Online Shopping is Great…..But …..

In a world where online shopping is becoming more popular than shopping in actual brick and mortar stores, buying glasses online seems to be as simple as ordering toilet paper from Amazon.

So why choose to get your frames in the doctor's office?

First, when you order glasses online you are not being helped by a professionally trained optician that helps you find the best style and best fitting glasses. The best way to see out of your specs is with properly fitted frames. Not only do your frames need to fit correctly for optimal vision but your lenses once placed in the frame must be properly aligned to correct your vision. Woodlands Eye Associates has a stellar, well-trained staff to aid you in this process. 

Some online retailers offer you a voucher to get your frames fitted. This still requires a trip to a brick and mortar establishment, and you have to deal with the hassle of a voucher, which some opticians do not redeem. 

Second, these online discount retailers sell glasses that are just not the same quality as a pair of glasses purchased at Woodlands Eye Associates. According to the American Optometric Association, half of all pairs of eyeglasses purchased online either fail safety compliance rules or are the incorrect prescription.  Read more about the study here.

There is a huge possibility that the glasses you're wearing from the online store may not even have the correct prescription that was prescribed to you. In this case, you do not see optimally and can further damage your vision with the wrong prescription.

Pay attention to the small print. Some online retailers do not require you to provide a written prescription or even verify that your prescription is correct unless the order is shipping to one of the handful of states that require them to do so. 

Going to Woodlands Eye Associates to get your glasses ensures that you will receive the perfect fit for perfect vision, from the personalized service of an experienced staff. Our frames and lenses are quality and competitive in price. We are committed quality care, service and products. Our staff provide services above and beyond for our patients. Make an appointment at either of our two convenient locations in The Woodlands. Our Panther Creek office is located in the Panther Creek Shopping Center at 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr., Ste. 230 or call 281.367.5335. Our Medical Plaza office is located at 1001 Medical Plaza Dr., Ste 100 or call 281.367.2020. You can also request an appointment by visiting We hope to see you soon!



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