Buying new glasses can be an intimidating and overwhelming process. There are seemingly endless options for frames, types of lenses, possible add-ons, and new lens technologies that can make deciding on a new pair of glasses feel like a burden. Here are some tips to help you choose the right pair of glasses for you and your visual needs.
Know What You Want
When the time comes to get new glasses, it is important to start from the beginning: make sure your prescription is accurate and up to date. During your comprehensive eye examination, discuss with your eye doctor how you intend to use your glasses so the doctor can best write a prescription for your lifestyle. Consider whether you intend to wear glasses fulltime, or for specific tasks such as computer viewing or reading. These factors may affect your final prescription.
Picking a Frame
For many people, the most challenging part of the process is picking new frames. Plastic frames are hypoallergenic, tend to be more lightweight, and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. On the other hand, metal frames are strong, corrosion-resistant, and oftentimes more flexible than plastic frames. Besides frame material, be sure to choose a frame shape and width that is appropriate for your face. Frames that are too wide or too narrow will ultimately cause comfort issues.
Picking a Lens
When it comes to lens options, your prescription and intended use play a large role. If you have a strong prescription, some lens options, such as high-index lenses, will decrease the thickness of your lenses and make your glasses more cosmetically appealing. Many people choose to add an anti-reflective coating to their lenses. Anti-reflective coating comes with a variety of benefits, including decreased glare during computer work or while driving at night, and an improved appearance of the glasses, especially in pictures.
Let Us Help!
A knowledgeable optician who keeps your personal preferences and visual needs in mind can be a valuable asset when it comes time to purchase a new pair of glasses. While it’s necessary to keep your own preferences in mind, allow them to guide you in the right direction.