INFORMATION FOR - General Public
Are glasses and contact lenses purchased over the internet safe?

It is the opinion of the Alberta College of Optometrists that patients are able to fill their optical prescription at the provider of their choice.

All optometrists have to abide by strict rules when prescribing or dispensing eyeglasses and contact lenses. They also have to maintain their skill and competency in these areas. Mail order and internet-based companies do not have to abide by these same rules and standards. Recent investigations report that many prescriptions filled by mail order or internet based companies did not meet the same strict standards required by optometrists.

Since dispensing services are not paid for by Alberta Health Care, you should ask your optometrist ahead of time what fee they will charge to verify if your prescription was ground correctly and/or properly fit your eyewear for purchases from mail order or internet based companies.