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INTERNET EYE TESTS: WILL YOU BUY YOUR NEXT PAIR OF GLASSES ONLINE?

You can buy so much online these days, including big-ticket items such as cars and computers. You can peruse real estate sites to find your next home. But would you go online to take an eye test? Companies such as Opternative and Warby Parker offer online eye exams to help you get a prescription for glasses. And Zenni Optical lets you get fitted for glasses online through an application called Zenni Frame Fit. These companies are becoming more prevalent: Hexa Research projects the US online eyewear market will grow to $505.4 million by 2025, from $338 million in 2017.

Does this mean you don’t need an eye doctor or optical store anymore? Not quite. Experts still recommend that you keep your electronic medical record up to date by visiting an eye doctor for a health checkup to screen for conditions such as glaucoma, a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve and may cause vision loss. Still, online eyewear makers are offering an innovative new eye-care experience that some may prefer to a brick-and-mortar sales experience.

WARBY PARKER

Warby Parker has 86 retail eyeglass stores in the United States, with eye doctors working in some of those

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