Before shopping for glasses, make sure your prescription is up to date.
Unless you live in BC, ask your optometrist if they will provide you with your pupillary distance (PD) measurement with your prescription. (They aren't required to give it to you, and some charge a fee.) Having it will make it easier to buy online.
Glasses bought online may need to be adjusted to fit you properly. Ask if the online store will reimburse you for the cost of an adjustment.
Don't let just price drive your choice: research the reputation of any store before you buy.
Check out the return policies carefully, and find out exactly what recourse you have if you don't like the glasses or they don't feel right.
If you're looking for cheaper glasses, ask stores if they sell generic lenses: some stores won't offer you the cheaper choice unless you ask for it.
Be careful of advertised sales. Low prices are usually for simple, low-prescription lenses only: Expect to pay more if your prescription is stronger or more complex.
Before you buy, get a breakdown of prices for lenses, frames, coatings and warranties so you can compare.
Many retail stores will adjust glasses bought online, but some charge a fee. Shop around: you should be able to find a place that will do it for about $10.
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