The Choices to Make When Choosing Eyewear

words Alexa Wang

Glasses, spectacles, eyewear… these words all describe something vitally important to most people – their vision. For many, glasses are more than just a tool to help them see better; they are an essential part of who they are. Just as with any other piece of clothing or accessory, when it comes time to choose new glasses, there are many choices to make.

Choosing Eyewear

Frame Style

The frame style of your glasses is one of the most important choices to make when picking out new glasses. The shape of your face will play a big role in determining which styles look best on you. For example, those with round faces tend to look best in glasses with more angular frames. On the other hand, glasses with round frames tend to complement those with more angular faces.

There are four main glasses frame styles: full-rim, half-rim, rimless, and cat-eye. Full-rim glasses have frames that go all the way around the lens. Half-rim glasses have frames that only go around the top half of the lens. Rimless glasses have no frame around the lens at all. Cat-eyeglasses have frames that are wider at the top and come to a point near the temples.

Frame Material

Glasses frames can be made from a variety of different materials, each with its benefits and drawbacks. Metal frames are strong and durable but can be heavy. Plastic frames are lightweight but can break more easily. Titanium frames are strong and light but can be expensive.

Be sure to speak with an expert before choosing your glasses, as they will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to finding the perfect frame material.

Choose Eyewear

Lens Type

The type of lens you choose for your glasses will also play a role in determining how well they work for you. Single-vision lenses are the most common type of lens and are used to correct near-sightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Bifocal lenses have two different focal points and are used to correct both near-sightedness and farsightedness. Trifocal lenses have three different focal points and are used to correct near-sightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Lenses can be made to be thinner than would otherwise be the case, but this will come at a cost. However, it can be better for computer users or those who do a lot of night driving. You can even consider photochromic options that go dark when it is bright, which can be essential for driving.

In the case of reading glasses, these can be suitable for buying off the shelf, just as sunglasses are.

Having decided that you are suitable for buying reading glasses off the shelf or online, you will then need to bear in mind a few different types of magnification that there will be to choose from. In other words, the number of times you need the print that you are reading to be magnified. This option, give or take designer options, should work out more cost-effective than buying from the opticians.

Get tested first, then make your decision.

Frame Color

Glasses frames come in a wide variety of colors, so you should have no trouble finding a pair that compliments your style. Black and brown are the most popular frame colors, but there is no reason to limit yourself to these two options. Glasses frames are available in every color of the rainbow, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Go for your favorite color or one that matches the typical clothing you would wear. People almost expect you to be in a particular color and your eyewear is a large part of your image that everyone sees. Whether or not they judge you, shouldn’t be your concern because it is how you feel about your glasses choice that matters. It is exciting to get new glasses and we can feel better about ourselves wearing something new and perhaps different from before.

Glasses are more than just a tool to help you see better; they are an essential part of who you are. In this article, we have outlined the most important factors to consider when choosing glasses.

By keeping these factors in mind, you can narrow down your options and find the perfect pair of glasses for you.


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