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February 13, 2019

The Problem With Buying Cheap Glasses Online

Sure, It May Be Easier – But Do Frames Bought Online Hold Up?

We buy just about everything online now, and the temptation to buy glasses online for many people is significant. Frames from budget online retailers are often much cheaper than some glasses you might buy directly from a professional optician, and they come with the ease of having them delivered right to your door.

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But as with most things that seem too good to be true, there are a number of potential issues associated with buying cheap glasses online that you may not have thought about. Read on to learn why making a trip to your local eye care professional could be your best bet.

  1. You Don’t Know What You’re Getting When Buying Online

The biggest problem with buying cheap glasses online is that you are in danger of getting scammed. A deal that looks too good to be true often is, and just about anyone can put up a website and claim to be able to provide you with prescription eyeglasses at a cut-rate price.

Famed consumer advocate Clark Howard tells the story of Vitaly Borker, a Ukrainian scam artist who sold countless poorly made knock-offs of designer frames to unsuspecting customers online. When these customers discovered the scam, they not only weren’t able to get their money back, but were also subject to threats on their lives! All of that, just to save a few bucks on frames.

  1. The Frames You Buy Online Might Not Fit

You may not have considered that in order to make sure your glasses fit correctly, you have to measure your pupillary distance. This is a measurement that few people have experience with, and there is no guarantee you will do it correctly.

There is also no substitute for actually trying on glasses to have a good sense for how they will look and fit on you, and whether or not you will be happy with them. None of that is possible online. You have to take the measurements as best you can, visualize the look as best you can, and then hope for the best.

  1. They Might Not Be the Right Prescription

According to the American Optometric Association, close to half, or 44.8 percent of eyeglasses purchased online in their study had problems with prescription compliance, impact resistance, or both. This means that you might not be able to see correctly with your new glasses purchased online, and they may break more easily, as well.

Of the 200 pairs of eyeglasses they ordered from a range of popular online optical vendors, nearly 50 were never delivered at all. Of the ones that they received, 29 percent had at least one lens that did not fit the prescription and 23 percent failed impact resistance testing (29 percent for children’s lenses).

This is not to say that you cannot successfully buy prescription glasses online. There are many cases where people use legitimate vendors and get the right prescription, fit, and quality. But does it really make sense to risk it? You have to go to the eye doctor to get a prescription anyway, so why not simply order your glasses from a source you can rely on?

Visiting Your Local Portland Eye Care Professional, Beaumont Vision

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, come pay a visit to Beaumont Vision, where we’ll make the whole process of trying on frames and getting your proper prescription filled easy. We have an intimate, professional atmosphere, highly qualified optometric physicians, and a great range of high fashion eyewear for you to choose from.

At Beaumont Vision, we will be happy to help you find the frames you need and make sure they are the real deal, high-quality, and in your correct prescription. To set up your appointment, call us now at 503-331-3937.

January 23, 2019

What Is the Relationship Between Regular Exercise and Eye Health?

Maintaining Optimal Physical Health Is Great for Your Eyes

We all know that diet and exercise are important for good health. But what about eye health? Can working out on a regular basis really impact the health and strength of your eyes? It may surprise you to learn that the answer is yes, and if you want to maintain good eyesight, it’s important to appreciate how and why both exercise and diet can contribute.

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How Do Physical Exercise and Diet Help My Eyes?

It may be hard to see how working out can improve your eye health, but studies suggest that it can. Research done over the last decade has shown a link between regular exercise and lower risk for eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and wet age-related macular degeneration.

So why is exercise good for your eyes? One reason may be that cardiovascular exercises can lower intraocular pressure. This reduced pressure puts less stress on the retinal ganglion cells of the eye, as well as increasing blood flow to the optic nerve and retina. This is why cardiovascular exercise may often be prescribed to people suffering from glaucoma.

In addition to exercise, a good diet is critical in maintaining eye health. As WebMD says, “good eye health starts with the food on your plate.” The right foods are filled with nutrients that can benefit the eyes, including Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish like salmon and tuna, Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits and juices like oranges and orange juice, lutein, zinc, Vitamin A and Vitamin E.

Like regular exercise, foods like those mentioned above along with green leafy vegetables, eggs, nuts, beans and other non-meat proteins and even oysters and pork can help ward off cataracts and macular degeneration.

Some doctors suggest keeping in mind the ACE acronym, meaning that foods high in Vitamins A, C and E can be great for your vision and you should try to get the recommended daily allowance of these vitamins regularly for continued eye health.

How Can Obesity or Other Health Issues Affect My Eyes?

Another way that exercise and diet can help eye health is by helping you ward off diseases that could hurt your eyes. Being overweight and having a poor diet can lead to diabetes, which can damage the blood vessels of the retina, causing blindness. In fact, Type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

Obesity can also cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are two big factors that can be indicated in eye disease. Regular working out can help you stay at a healthy weight and keep your cardiovascular system strong.

Contact Beaumont Vision for Better Eye Health

In addition to regular exercise and a good diet, one of the best things you can do for your eyes is to submit to regular eye exams. One of the biggest contributors to eyesight deterioration is delayed care. An eye care professional can help address any issues with your eyesight before problems progress and give you tips on how to best care for your eyes.

At Beaumont Vision, we foster long-term relationships with our patients by providing exceptional eye care in a welcoming atmosphere. To schedule an appointment in the Portland area with an experienced, professional eye care specialist in a comfortable, intimate setting, contact Beaumont Vision now.

Phone: 503- 331-3937 • Fax: 503-528-1234 • 4331 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213