There are so many factors to consider when trying to choose new glasses: What frame best fits my face? How do I know what type of lenses to choose? Does it matter where I buy my glasses? These are only a few of the many questions that can make the process an overwhelming and tedious one. Below is a quick guide to help you through the process choosing and buying the perfect pair of glasses.
Choosing the Right Pair of Glasses: Online or In-Store?
Recently there has been a massive growth of online optical retailers that offer affordable glasses shipped right to your door. There is no denying the appeal of this option, however there may be some drawbacks to consider. First and foremost, seeing the frame on your face can play a big part in knowing which pair of glasses is best for you; the “shopping around” options are limited with online retailers. Online optical shops also don’t have the ability to take special measurements for the frames on your eyes, leaving room for error in the production of the glasses. There are limited adjustments that can be made after glasses are purchased from an online retailer if you are unhappy with the comfort or vision of your new glasses. For those people who require high powered or complex glasses, there is a great need for precise lens measurements in order to have the clearest vision through glasses. For these reasons, we recommend avoiding online retailers and buying glasses at an in-store optical when possible.
Choosing the Frame
Deciding on a glasses frame is the perfect opportunity to highlight your personality and fashion sense. It is important to pick a frame that suits your personality, but it is just as important to find a frame that properly fits your face. At in-store optical shops, skilled opticians can help guide you towards frames that best suit your facial features. They can also make recommendations for lens shape or frame material based on your prescription or your visual demands. In order to find the perfect frame that both fits your personal preference and your prescription, we recommend first narrowing down frames you like to a few choices, then working with an optician to determine which if your choices best suites your eyes and your prescription.
How to Decide on Lenses
Once you have finally decided on a frame, you are faced with seemingly endless decisions about lenses. By working with a skilled optician, you can decide on the pair of lenses based on your visual activities and how you use your vision. Some of the most popular lens options include anti-reflective coatings, photochromatic lenses, or high-index material. Anti-reflective lenses help reduce glare from both the front and back surface of your lenses, reducing eye strain and lessening glare which night-driving or working on a computer. Photochromatic lenses are lenses that transition from clear to tinted lenses when exposed to UV light and can be useful for those who wear glasses full-time. High-index material lenses are popular among those people with strong prescriptions; the materials of these lenses reduces the thickness and heaviness commonly associated with strong glasses prescriptions.