There’s some good discussion and tips on the open thread on glasses about ordering glasses online. I think I will add a section to the Collected Wisdom page about that. So if you have any additional hints or tips, let me know.
The discussion was spurred by a question from Monica who is looking for any experiences with ordering Miraflex glasses online. Her optical provider was particularly unhelpful with that. Here’s part of her question:
So, my question is.. I have heard that these frames are durable and I think that is what we need at this point, but has any one ordered them from their website online without getting them fitted? Do they fit well? How do I know what size to get?
I’ve been thinking more about ordering online as well, after hearing some of the great experiences people have had with getting prescription sunglasses online (I’m still a little wary of ordering primary glasses online given how often we get Zoe’s glasses adjusted). I want Zoe to have sunglasses, and the price is certainly right. The problem for me is getting the Pupillary Distance (PD) measurement. GeorgeB left a great comment about measurments for ordering online and said that you could use a small ruler with cm to get the distance. But I have a pretty bad track record on this. My husband has ordered his glasses online a couple of times, and the first time, he had me try to measure the pupillary distance. I failed. Wow, did I fail. He ended up with glasses causing major eyestrain, and had an optician at Costco re-do the measurement. Since we’re especially concerned with Zoe’s eyes staying aligned, I don’t want to mess this up. I asked at her eye appointment yesterday, but her eye doctor’s office doesn’t sell glasses, so they didn’t have the equipment to do the measurements and told us to ask our optical shop. But will our optical shop be willing to give us that measurement? It’s certainly not in their best interest. We’ll see tomorrow when I call. So any hints for getting a good pupillary distance measurement? I think at the optical shop, they put glasses on Zoe and marked with a grease pencil where her pupils were on the lenses of the glasses and then measured that. I may give that a shot.