Study finds patients prefer high street spectacles

Patients prefer spectacles purchased in high street shops to those bought online

A ground-breaking study comparing spectacles bought online with those purchased in optometry practices has found that participants preferred glasses bought in shops.

The College of Optometrists-commissioned study was carried out by researchers from the University of Bradford and Cardiff University. They compared 154 spectacles bought online with 155 spectacles from UK optometric practices, with participants asked to complete a questionnaire on vision, comfort, fit, and how acceptable and safe the spectacles felt. In addition, all participants and spectacles were assessed at the University of Bradford eye clinic for clarity of vision, ocular muscle balance and fit and quality of the spectacle frames and lenses.

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