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5 Pros and Cons of Buying Prescription Eyeglasses Online

Believe it or not, online shopping has been around in the Philippines for more than ten years already. But it was only in recent memory that shopping for necessities such as clothes and food became extremely easier online. With just a few clicks, you can make an order and wait for it to arrive within a few business days.

If you have difficulties with your vision, prescription glasses are a necessity. And nowadays, it has become effortless to look for glasses online. Despite this, it’s still a buyer’s dilemma whether to buy or not to buy eyewear virtually.


1. Convenient and less time-consuming

If convenience is your top priority, then purchasing online can be a fitting choice. Using only your computer or your smartphone, you can browse and search from countless numbers of websites and online stores at the comfort of your home. Plus, you don’t have to spend your time commuting from your house to a physical store.

2. Cheaper price

With a multitude of eyeglasses retailers competing in the market, it is a no-brainer that many of them offer competitive prices. Not only that, but it’s a common sight that they would also present discounts and special prices for the first purchase. And of course, who would skip 15% off especially when the brand is known to possess high quality and durability? It’s a bargain!

3. Wider selection

Living far from the urbanscape means the nearest optical clinic at your place has a very limited selection of frames. And if you don’t want to sacrifice vanity, you will prefer to buy glasses online. Just by checking social media and mobile apps such as Lazada and Shopee, you’ll be in awe of the seemingly endless options of frames to choose from.

4. Availability of seller reviews

Usually, before you spend big on a purchase, you would read reviews, check their ratings, and ask for recommendations from previous buyers of your prospective seller. If you have your eyes attached to luxury prescription glasses, you surely would love to know if it’s authentic or not. Meanwhile, buying glasses in-store means you have to fully trust the words of the doctor’s assistant.

5. Decide anytime

You don’t have to worry about deliberately browsing and searching for the right glasses for you. Think of it as adding items to your online shopping cart. You can remove an item anytime you want, or even leave it unattended for days. If you’re cross-checking between sites, it’s a good idea to bookmark the items you like and compare them later on.


1. Personalized experience

In retrospect, this is the biggest drawback of buying prescription glasses online. When you choose to visit in-store, a specialist is readily available to cater to your needs and preferences. You can also have a second opinion on whether or not your chosen specs suit your face. In addition, they can prescribe a more precise optical solution such as photofusion lenses that fit your lifestyle.

While online retailers can tell you the differences in their products, an eye doctor will provide you with a personalized plan. Plus, you can ask dozens of questions, and you’ll receive an answer in real time.

2. Imperfect fit

Humans have different face shapes. If you always have trouble finding the right frames, it’s desirable to visit your local optical store. If the glasses fit tightly there’s a possibility that you’ll have tan lines on your face when you’re under the sun for hours. If the glasses have a loose fit, they may easily fall from your face. Of course, you don’t want to damage your glasses. Remember that the fit of your glasses has a subtle impact on your daily activities.

3. Unmet expectations

The problem with buying eyewear online is that you wouldn’t know how sturdy they are or how exactly they look until they are delivered. Visiting a brick-and-mortar store for your optical needs is essential if this is your concern. It’s still much better to touch and feel the glasses before buying one. And if you don’t like your glasses, returning your order is both taxing and time-consuming.

4. Wrong prescription

If you haven’t recently visited your doctor, chances are your prescription is already outdated. Once the prescription glasses are readily available, it would be difficult to return them and ask for a refund. To make sure you don’t encounter any problems, book an appointment with your doctor and have your eyes examined. Keep in mind that your eyes may not have the same prescription measurements.

5. Longer waiting time

While it is convenient to buy eyewear online, you should also be wary of its delivery date. Delivery time may vary depending on your location. Expect a longer waiting time if your glasses need to be shipped hundreds of miles away from your home. Just like shopping through Lazada or Shopee, the seller needs to prepare your item.


Depending on your priorities in purchasing prescription glasses, keep in mind to do whatever works best for you and your eyes. Some friends may prefer to buy their glasses online because of convenience and pricing. Others would rather spend more time in their local optical retailer for customer service. Nevertheless, always remember one thing: the benefits must outweigh the costs.

If you plan to buy your prescription glasses in-store, receive a seamless and personalized experience at Eyecare Deluxe, the only luxury non-invasive eye clinic in Davao City.

When you come to Eyecare Deluxe, prepare to be amazed by our wide range of jaw-dropping luxury eyewear displays. Everything on display is from luxury eyewear houses; some are even handmade. We also have some branded eyewear that is on sale but do not expect anything below 5,000 pesos.

The advantage of choosing luxury eyewear from Eyecare Deluxe is that you can be sure your eyewear will be well-fitted and well-adjusted to your face shape. We can also make modifications to some of our eyewear designs to make your eyewear feel lighter when worn. Eyecare Deluxe is also the only eye clinic in Davao City with a Zeiss I. terminal that can make a complete measurement of the parameters of your eyewear in relation to your face shape, such as the distance of your frame lens from your eye, the tilt of your eyeglass frame in relation to your eye position, and more measurements to help make sure you get only the best experience with your new eyeglasses.

Lastly, Eyecare Deluxe will not only help you achieve clear vision and newfound confidence with your new eyewear; we will also be here to regularly deep-clean your eyeglasses, replace screws and nose pads, and if it becomes unrepairable or you just simply changed your mind about it, we will replace it free of charge. Just make sure you’ve kept your original receipts.

We are happy to assist you with all your optical needs, from choosing the perfect frames to providing you with the best plan for your vision. If you have questions or inquiries, feel free to contact us.



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