So, you’ve been told you need to wear prescription lenses to be able to see clearly. Glasses remain the preferred option of the majority of people who need to use corrective eyewear. However, if you’ve not worn them before, or if you are looking at picking up a new pair, choosing glasses can be a little bit overwhelming. How do you know which ones will suit you? What types of lenses do you need?
To help you find the right eyewear, here’s our guide to picking the perfect pair of glasses.
Unsurprisingly, the shape of glasses frames is one of the key things that people who wear glasses consider when it comes to picking the perfect pair. The right frames for your face shape can enhance your best features, downplay any that you would rather not draw attention to, and boost your confidence in your appearance.
Round face? You have a round face if you have a soft, full face with a wide forehead and cheekbones. Angular, rectangular style frames with bold, linear lines can elongate your face.
Square face? If you have angular lines with equally wide cheekbones, forehead, and a strong jaw, you probably have a square face. You can soften your features by choosing rectangular frames with rounded edges. Round or oval frames work well too.
Long face? Long faces are narrow across the cheeks and forehead and are longer than they are wide. You can add width to your face by choosing larger, rectangular frames that will balance your proportions.
Heart face? If your face is widest at the forehead and you have a narrow, pointed chin, you probably have a heart-shaped face. Aviator styles tend to suit heart-shaped faces, along with minimalist, rimless styles.
Oval face? Oval faces are characterized by fairly balanced and even features. People with oval faces are particularly lucky as most styles will suit them!
As well as choosing the right shape frames, you may also want to give some consideration to the color of your glasses. Skin tone can play a significant role in determining whether a pair of glasses will suit you or not, so it’s important to choose a shade that complements your appearance. If your skin tone is cool, shades of black, silver, and purple will highlight your features. However, if you have warm skin, stick with golds, coppers, browns, and tortoiseshell colors.
Many people get so caught up in choosing the perfect style of glasses that they overlook the importance of how they will fit. As a result, many people wear glasses that are the wrong size – leading to them feeling too tight or too loose, sliding down the bridge of their nose, and more. Making sure that your glasses fit right is guaranteed to improve the way that they look and feel, giving you greater confidence when wearing them.
The lower edge of the frame should have clearance from your cheeks, and the top edge of the frame should ideally fall in line with your eyebrows. Ideally, your eyes should also sit at the horizontal center of each lens, although it may be necessary for them to sit a little higher depending on the type of lenses you need.
When it comes to getting the perfect fit, your eyewear provider is invaluable. They will use their skill and experience to assess how your chosen frames sit on your face to ensure that they will be both comfortable and stable.
While your lenses will be made to your prescription and your provider will advise you whether you need a single vision, multifocal, etc, there are various types of lens coatings to choose from. Again, your glasses provider will be able to recommend specific types to you, but it is helpful to understand what they are and how they can benefit you. Some of the most common lens coatings to choose from include:
Scratch-resistant: does exactly what its name suggests.
Anti-reflective: provides better vision and fewer distractions. Also makes it possible for others to see your eyes.
Anti-fog: prevents lenses from fogging up when you come in from the cold.
UV-blocking: this is built-in UV protection to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun.
Blue-light blocking: these lenses filter out much the artificial blue light emitted by digital devices, reducing eye strain and other symptoms of blue light overexposure.
Mirror-coating: can improve visual comfort in extreme light conditions.
Tints: these can help people to see with greater clarity in certain lighting conditions. They can also increase contrast and improve depth perception, which can be valuable when participating in certain sports or working outside.
If you’d like more advice on picking the perfect pair of glasses, don’t hesitate to speak to our experienced and knowledgeable team in Chicago, IL or Oland Park, IL who will be delighted to help.