If you have purchased a pair of eyeglasses before, you know that there is a lot to consider.  Not only do you want to make sure that you have the right prescription so that your eyesight actually improves, but you want your glasses to look good.  Long gone are the days of frumpy looking glasses that serve their purpose without providing style.  You also want to find a pair of glasses that fits within your price range.  Many department stores that sell glasses tend to sell either expensive, name-brand glasses or glasses that are poorly made and look bad.  The best place to find inexpensive glasses that serve their purpose and still look good is online.  Below are four great reasons to purchase glasses online.

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1 – Convenience

By shopping for your eyeglasses online, you get to enjoy all of the conveniences that come from shopping in the comfort of your own home.  Not only can you take your time perusing through several varieties of glasses while in your pajamas, but you can avoid traffic and potentially pesky sales clerks.  Shopping online also provides you with the opportunity to compare several websites and several types of glasses with just a click of the button.  More and more people who wear glasses are switching from purchasing their glasses in department stores to purchasing their glasses online because of the convenience that online shopping provides.

2 – Lower Prices

If you are looking for cheap eyeglasses that are well made, you need to shop online.  Department stores often sell name brand glasses that are more expensive then generic glasses.  So does that mean that name brand glasses are of higher quality or that they look better than cheaper styles that you can find online?  Not necessarily.  When it comes to glasses with name brands, you are paying a higher price than you need to simply for a name and a logo on your glasses frame.  Consider shopping online if you want to find cheap eyeglasses that provide high quality without a high price tag.

3 – Testimonials

Before you purchase a pair of glasses, it is a good idea to listen to the opinions of others who have already purchased the pair of glasses that you are interested in.  When you shop for glasses at a department store, you cannot simply walk up to other customers in the store and ask them to tell you all about their experience with a pair of glasses that you are considering purchasing.  Besides, you would be lucky to find other customers in the exact same store at the exact same time that have experience with the glasses in question.  A huge perk that comes with purchasing glasses online is that you have the opportunity to read dozens of customer testimonials and reviews before purchasing your own pair of glasses.  Although it is best not to base your purchasing decision entirely on other peoples’ opinions, online testimonials can give you a good idea of what to expect before you make your decision.

4 – Selection

Another huge benefit of purchasing glasses online is that you are often provided with a larger selection of glasses than that which can be displayed at a department store.  Many websites that specialize in selling glasses provide you with numerous brands and styles to choose from.  Your shopping experience is made easier by websites that allow you to customize your glasses search according to price range, prescription type, gender, frame shape, frame material, style, size, and color of lens.  They also give you the ability to purchase several glasses accessories and other products such as sunglasses, goggles, glasses chains, cases, and lens cloths.  Most department stores do not have the kind of space required to showcase as many glasses as online stores are capable of.

Next time you need to buy a pair of eyeglasses, consider purchasing them online to enjoy a better shopping experience at a lower cost.

Article Written by Monica Reif of The Sprightly Shopper, Monica is a resident of Southern California and a constant annoyance to her local Starbucks Barrista, Follow her on Twitter @sprightlyshop