A closer look at online shopping for eyeglasses

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Almost half the time they aren’t what the doctor ordered, study shows

Armed with a prescription and some patience, consumers can save hundreds of dollars — and maybe some time — by buying eyeglasses online.

For most, the major concerns are cosmetic ones. But an important risk is often overlooked: the quality and safety of the lenses.

Researchers found that nearly half of prescription glasses they bought online either contained the wrong lenses or didn’t meet the standards for impact testing, meaning the lens can crack or shatter, according to a small study published last year in the journal Optometry.

February 22, 2012|By Julie Deardorff, Tribune Newspapers