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Why Buy From Us: Online vs. In-Office

eyeglass and sunglass display 8by10Tempted to order online for your next eyeglasses or contact lens prescription? Here are a few reasons why, for UC Irvine students and others, ordering from Vision Expert Optometry's University Park Office is a better idea for all our patients, including our UC Irvine students:

1. Buying From our Eye Clinic Saves you Money

Many online retailers boast of low prices and great deals that you are supposedly unable to get when ordering from your optometrist. The truth is that, most of the time, while the prices on some online sites initially appear to save you money, they often will cost you more money than if you order from our University Park office.

Many eye doctors maintain special relationships with eyeglasses and contact lens manufacturers that allow them special deals and savings which they are then able to pass on to their patients. These often take the form of special rebates for patients, which eye doctors are often happy to send in on their patient's behalf, allowing the doctor to cut costs for their patients at the bottom-line. Online services, on the other hand, are often unaware of these rebates or require you to redeem them on your own in order to save money on your eyeglasses.

2. Personal Relationships and Expertise From Top Eye Care Experts in University Park

To an online store, you are a faceless consumer. To our trusted eye care professionals, you are a patient in their care. The aim of the online store is to sell you a product. The aim of your eye doctor is to help you look and see your best, and safeguard your long term eye health and visual comfort. Part of fulfilling this role is maintaining a personal relationship with each and every patient. The same cannot be said about online retailers.

3. Our University Park Eye Doctors Go the Extra Mile

Woman with eyeglasses Irvine CAOur University Park eye doctors go to great lengths not only to measure your exact prescription, but also to take into consideration things such as your face shape, the way your lenses will look and feel with certain frames, and what size and type of frame will be most comfortable and provide you with the best vision. Not only are online stores unwilling to do this, they are unable, since you are ordering from across the country, or even across the world, rather than them being right there with you.

Your eye doctor will also consider where each type of frame will sit on your face, which influences what part of the lens your eyes will be looking through. This is especially important with bifocals, in which an improper positioning of the lens in front of the eye can make proper viewing through the different vision zones especially difficult or impossible.

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4. If it's Not Right, Our Eye Care Staff will Fix It!

A professional, trained and educated eye doctor with whom you have a personal relationship is more likely to fill the prescription correctly the first time, and fix it if there is a mistake, than an online retailer whose training is customer service or sales oriented, and with whom you share no personal connection beyond their desire to sell you their products.

We are here and happy to help you with all your eyeglasses and contact lens needs, book an appointment today to see and look your best!