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Should you buy glasses at a local optical or online?

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There is a saying “You are not always rich enough to buy cheap”, the idea is that while a low price may be tempting, many times the savings are achieved by providing a lower quality product or service which ends up costing you far more than you saved in added costs, increased hassel and lower enjoyment of the product. When it comes to buying, we are comfortable spending hundreds of dollars on a phone, but we try and find ways to cut corners on eyewear which is not only used all day, every day, but also is literally the lens with which we see the world.

Here are some things to look out for when looking at a budget option.


Buying glasses is similar to buying multiple products at once. Glasses are a fashion item, a health product, and a uniquely personal item. Having an experienced optician with an eye for helping people choose the right glasses for their budget, style, face, and needs is a skill that takes many years to hone.


Buying locally comes with the confidence that you have a place to go to if something goes wrong. If you buy your glasses online, needing a small adjustment to the frames, nose pad, or lenses becomes a big ordeal, however when buying locally, all you need to do is stop by and we can take care of those adjustments for you.

Lens Coating:

Perhaps one of the most overlooked elements of buying glasses online or local is the quality of the lens coatings. Both online and local stores are offering the same types of coating such as anti glare, anti scratch,  blue blocking and transitioning lenses. However the quality of lens coatings differ greatly. We ensure high quality by using the leading brands for our coatings, such as Crizal for anti glare and blue blocking.

Other’s have reported issues with online purchases such as problems with pupillary distance, frame quality, and not being able to try on the glasses before buying them.

If you live in Cary or Morrisville, stop by our local optical for the latest designer frames, the highest quality lens coatings, and great service.

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