Some customers have their own favorite eyeglasses frames that are out of production. Some of these frames are precious; while some of them are hardly available on the market. Therefore the customers are unwilling to change them. However, the lenses must be updated or replaced regularly. If they choose to fill a prescription locally they will be refused by most of the glasses stores for various reasons as they don’t need to buy new glasses frames. For this reason, many people try to find some online glasses stores to seek this special service. But actually, buying lenses only online have many disadvantages.
First of all, the lenses you have bought from the online stores may not fit your eyeglasses frames. As we know, since the sellers don’t know the sizes and shapes of your own frames they can only match your lenses according to your description. However, it is inevitable that the lenses cannot be made accurately. Maybe some people will say they can ship their own frames to the seller for fitting the lenses. But this may cause another two problems which are listed as below:
1. There is a risk of damage on the glasses frames during the shipping. The online stores where you buy the lenses from are always far from where you live; even sometimes you will buy them from an online store that is several thousand or more miles away from your home, so it will take a long time to ship the frames to them. No one can guarantee that the frames can certainly arrive at the destination without being damaged. This is no doubt a kind of risk.
2. It may be a waste of money. For the inexpensive glasses frames except those are of special values, you are strongly suggested to buy a new eyeglasses frame. For instance, your eyeglasses frame is priced at only $20, but the shipping cost may be more than $20. In such case, you might as well buy a whole pair of eyeglasses. You may worry that the glasses frame will not fit you. But most of the online glasses stores have try-on systems which enable you to try on the glasses frames you like to see whether they are suitable for you. So you don’t need to worry about this matter.
To sum up, it is not suggested to only buy lenses from the online stores as there are so many drawbacks.