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For Your Eyes Only Optometry is located in the heart of the Castro, at 552 Castro Street, between 18th and 19th streets. Look for our brown awning in the middle of the block, which leads you upstairs to the 2nd floor.

552 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Call (415) 626-0858 or schedule an eye exam online.

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Is it Advised to Purchase Eyeglasses on the Web?

Though most people are accustomed to shopping for anything and everything on the Web, eyeglasses are one item that should be cautiously reviewed before you click that buy button. Why? Although Internet stores often promote cheap prices, the advantages of purchasing glasses at an optical store far overshadow the ''deals'' you might find on the Web.

A persuasive reason for buying eyeglasses at an optical boutique rather than online is that you have an experienced optician to guide you in your selection. Our opticians can advise you in the many variables you need to consider in selecting a eyeglasses. If you shop through the Internet, you miss out on the personalized input of a professional optician.

Above and beyond the guidance you will find at a physical eye wear boutique, another advantage you have is that you get to try on the eye wear prior to purchasing. Glasses that don't sit right can cause pain and frustration and may also affect your ability to see properly. Also, you don't get to see how they really look or feel until you have them in your hands to try on. Even more than your wardrobe, glasses require proper fit and comfort to work effectively.

Beyond the comfort and alignment of your glasses, proper vision demands correct Pupillary Distance calculation. The optical center of your lenses gives you the truest vision, so it's crucial to accurately calculate the pupillary distance, or PD. It can be complicated to measure your own PD, but without it, your lenses won't be aligned correctly within the frames.

True, Web-based buying can be good for other types of purchases, but in the case of glasses your best bet is staying with your local optometric center where you can benefit from the staff expertise and advice.