Risks of buying eyewear on-line

Published in Frames
Nov 14, 2014

Unique Vision Centre in Stoney Creek  provides you and your family with the best in personalized optical services, from initial consultations to long-term preventative services conducted by a fully-qualified optician. That includes selling you top quality eyewear. However, you might be one of those people looking to buy your glasses online to reap some of the “savings” offered by companies selling eyewear over the internet. Unique Vision wants to ensure you have a clear understanding of why you shouldn’t buy online.

For starters, Unique Vision Centre reminds you that buying prescription eyewear is not like shopping for things like clothes, computers and books. Every pair of proper glasses or contacts you would use to correct your vision is custom-made. Not only are there different designs, lenses and materials for frames and lenses, there is also the fact that your head and eyes are vastly different than the next person’s. In other words, “one-size-fits-all” never applies to eyewear.  

Here’s another little nugget of information you may not have considered when thinking of buying your contacts online. Contact lenses are medical devices that are regulated by Health Canada. If you’re buying contacts over the Internet you run the risk of receiving a product that may not comply with Health Canada’s requirements for safety and quality. You may also be getting a product that has been recalled, a product that’s counterfeit or of lower quality than advertised, or one that that is actually expired – contact lens have an expiry date, after which they become unsafe to use.

Perhaps the most important fact the experts at Unique Vision Centre want you to remember is you have no guarantee that you are dealing with a licensed optician, optometrist or ophthalmologist when buying online. Vision care over the internet may be dispensed by inexperienced people with no true ties to, or qualifications from, regulated health professionals. At Unique Vision Centre, we strive to deliver exceptional customer service and ongoing after care to offer you the most complete optical experience in the area. It’s the reason why clients keep coming back and referring their friends and family.

Come see the difference; visit Unique Vision Centre at 6-259 Highway 8, Stoney Creek or contact us today at 905-662-4000.