What to Consider When Choosing a New Pair of Glasses

The huge range of designs and styles of glasses is forever growing and sometimes it can be difficult to know what to choose. Here are some key points to consider when choosing your next pair of glasses.

Make sure you have the correct prescription

Ok, this might sound obvious, but for glasses to serve their purpose in delivering the clearest and most trouble-free vision possible, the prescription must be right for the wearer. Ideally, before buying new glasses, consult with your eye doctor and get booked in for an eye exam to make sure you have the right prescription for your new glasses.

Consider your frame style

The number of styles of frame on the market is huge and finding the right one isn’t always a quick job. Whether they are classic frames like aviators, rectangular or ovals, newer, modern geometric designs or the many rimless and semi-rimless styles the choice of frames is extensive. Then there is the frame material to consider too. Metal, wood and plastic are all widely available with some having more eco-credentials than others. Even after you have decided on the material you may wish to consider styles that have patterns and embellishments on them. Fortunately, if you can’t get to your glasses provider to try them on, there are online options that continually improve, whereby you can virtually try out every design imaginable.

And what about color?

Even after all you’ve made all the other decisions, it’s definitely worth making sure you find frames that are a color you feel happy with. There are hundreds of colours of frames on the market, so it is important to consider how they fit in with your hair color, skin-tone, even down to your wardrobe if you have a consistent style. Or why not choose several frames of different colors so that you have an option for every occasion.

Lens Coatings

When you choose your lenses your glasses provider will also talk to you about the various lens coatings they can offer. There are many options, all designed with a purpose in mind and for specific effects. These include.

  • UV protection

  • Scratch resistant

  • Dust & water repelling

  • Anti-reflective

  • Blue light protection

Your glasses provider will be happy to talk through each of the different coatings, the costs, and the benefits to you.

Make sure your glasses fit well

Poorly fitting glasses can cause a range of different problems. Glasses that are too tight can be uncomfortable on the ears and the side of the face/head, and glasses that are too loose can slip constantly, meaning constant adjustment is needed, or in the worst scenario they fall off altogether and break.

It’s also important to make sure that glasses fit comfortably on the nose too, as all noses are individual and poorly fitting glasses can cause considerable discomfort. Whilst your glasses provider can make small adjustments to a lot of frames and make sure they are the right size for you, for some people, certain frame designs just will not fit comfortably. Your provider will happily help you to find the ideal frames for you.

For more on eyeglasses, contact iCare Vision Center LLC at our office in Seattle, Washington. You can call us at (206) 502-2800 to book an appointment today.

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