Sunday, 25 April 2021

A guide to buying glasses online


Has Covid-19 stopped you visiting your local optometrist or generally stopped you browsing glasses? With a toddler in toe mine have been bent in multiple places and I needed to venture online and, if you’re reading this article, chances are that you’re in the market for a new pair of stylish glasses / sunglasses that will help you see. I recently bought the sunglasses online from SmartBuyGlasses and had a surprisingly fab experience, I always struggle in store with lack of choice and feel like nothing suits me.

Wide range of styles

Due to being picky and indecisive I am, I found SmartBuyGlasses to be a true shopper’s paradise. I don’t think I have ever seen such a huge variety of glasses and sunglasses from Gucci to Rayban. They have every single colour and model number which regular stores don’t really have.


Price Match

Going online, you also get best price guarantee. After I placed my order, I saw the same frames on another site for £20 less and after I reached out to their customer service, they refunded me the difference as soon as my order was shipped!


Optician Support - just like in store

What really made the difference in shopping online was the support from their optician, Chloe. After I placed my order she emailed me, asking me some questions about my prescription. She was so kind, helpful, and prompt, she helped me finally understand what lens index means - something I would typically just look at in a card form while shopping in-store and pick the one with the best price. I loved that they went the extra mile for me, adding a truly personal touch. It took much less time than going in for an appointment with my eye doctor, and I didn’t need to deal with the risk of my appointment getting cancelled like everything else is these days.

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You can still try on "virtually"

Actually, it wasn’t just Chloe that made the experience so great. I also used their Virtual Try-On tool which helped me accurately see how my new glasses would look on me. My face is ridiculously small I could wear children's glasses so not all style suit me. I took a selfie video on their website, which then told me my face shape and suggested the kind of frames that would flatter me the most. I wish I needed to shop for glasses more often!


Different features

The whole process took me less than an hour, compared to the hours I would have spent at a store, feeling confused and under pressure. If you’re shopping at SmartBuyGlasses, I recommend checking out their blue light blocking glasses: a must-have in my opinion, given all the time we’re spending on our screens these days. These are glasses that protect the eyes from the harmful effects of blue light emitted by screens. Even if you don’t have a prescription, I recommend getting a pair. Wearing them at least in the late evening before bedtime has been helping me sleep better. Did you know that too much blue light blocks melatonin production? That’s the hormone that helps us go to sleep.


I would also recommend checking out their photochromic lenses. If you live in sunny Florida or California and spend a lot of time in the sun or are driving for long hours, it’s the best way to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. The sun really is our enemy; it can speed up cataract formation, retinal degeneration, and lead to wrinkles! Photochromic glasses have lenses that react with UV rays to darken in sunlight and vice versa. 


SmartBuyGlasses has definitely made me smarter when it comes to eye health. If you’re not looking for designer brands, you’ll be happy to know that they even have £6 frames! This is music to my ears as I tend to leave my glasses anywhere and everywhere and have had a few mishaps here and there.


What do you think of my new shades?


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