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Everyday Problems Sorted!
By Peter - 12 June 2012
Q. I need new glasses but have no idea which ones suit me - and there's too much choice at my opticians. Any suggestions?
A. A new website called eyeBuddy (www.eyebuddy.co.uk) allows you to try on frames virtually (log in required). Not only will you be able to see which glasses suit you but you'll also get a perfect fit. "Until now, online companies have 'guesstimated' the distance between your pupils (PD) which ensures best fit," says eyeBuddy's Mary Jane Greenhalgh. Opticians measure PD, but may leave it off a prescription or charge up to £100 for it. EyeBuddy's high-tech system can accurately measure PD on a photograph of your face. Just upload a photo, then select and drop on different styles until you find the perfect pair. There are over 20,000 styles to choose from - and advice on glasses to suit your face shape.
Article as featured in the Prima Magazine.
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Pupillary Distance measurement online free, a genuine world first!
By Peter - 29 December 2010
Many people are aware that the biggest barrier with buying spectacles online is perhaps the absence of the Pupillary Distance (PD) being included within the eye-test prescription. Your PD is simply the physical distance between your pupils which is very important for positioning lenses when making up spectacles/glasses. An accurate PD is very important to ensure clear vision and without it, your eye-sight may well be blurred, including for single vision glasses. The vertical PD is required for Varifocals and Bifocals and for this you need a vertical PD which should include measurements individual to someone’s face and the actual glasses they are buying.
Written prescriptions are compulsory with an eye test, but this does not apply with PD measurement, much to the dismay of customers who find out they are charged extra for this information. The full aim of an optician, to put it bluntly, is an eyetest followed by the sale of their products. When you have an eye test and buy glasses from the opticians, you are in fact paying for 4 services. Firstly you are paying for a prescription from the optician, secondly you are paying for the PD measurement of your eyes, thirdly you are paying for the frame you selected, and lastly the prescription lens you want inserted into your glasses. If the customer decides they want to purchase glasses externally, this means the full aim of services from the optician will not be fulfilled. This results in a loss of possible sales.
When you are buying spectacles from the opticians who just gave you your prescription, they usually don’t charge for the second service, PD measurement. However, when you choose to buy spectacles externally, opticians will try to recover the loss of possible sales from dispensing glasses to you, they simply include a charge for recording PD measurement. This isn’t against the law and despite pressure from the public, will not be changed by the General Optical Council (GOC).
Most opticians charge between £40 and £70 for your PD measurement, but have been known to charge up to and over £100. Do you really want to pay that much for a measurement you can do yourself? All you need to do is measure the distance between your pupils. For the standard distance PD you should look into the distance (as your pupils will be slightly wider apart this way). The reading PD is usually about 4mm closer than this. If your optician will not provide the measurement and you don’t have a digital camera alternatively you can state “smaller than average PD” or “larger than average PD” on your order so that we can make an educated allowance to optimise your glasses to your needs.
With a patent pending, www.eyebuddy.co.uk the world’s first for measuring your PD online. By uploading a picture of yourself with a ruler, you can easily measure your own PD. eyebuddy believes this simple idea can save you up to £100 from your local opticians charging you extra. Also, by combining your picture with eyebuddy’s virtual try-on system, it is possible to virtually try on different products. We use a picture of your face and then superimpose the different glasses, taking care to measure PD size and orientation correctly.
eyebuddy offer the full range of glasses lenses that includes Zeiss, Seiko, Essilor, Kodak and Hoya at the lowest prices online.
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