The most important part about purchasing new eyeglasses is picking an experienced optometrist to help guide you through the process. Glasses are unique, personal items that will be used on a regular basis and should be tailored to you personally. There are several factors that influence how you adapt to new glasses, which is why it is critical to have professional expertise by your side every step of the way. There are more options than ever in the optical industry to get new glasses from. Prices are typically cheaper through online retailers, but they offer little guidance.
Your prescription likely changes on a yearly basis and it can be challenging to pick the best frames for yourself without the expertise of a professional. Additionally, most chain stores and online retailers offer discounted lenses because they have a deal with a specific manufacturer. They get a deal for exclusively selling one or two brands in exchange for a discount. These savings get passed down to you, but then you have fewer options to choose from.
Technology has come so far in the lense world that you can now experience the same high-quality view from an HD television in your glasses. There are even progressive bifocals that produce no harsh sight line. These advanced options are rarely offered in big chain stores or online retailers. Often, you will be waited on by salespeople with little training in the field of optometry.
A high-experienced optometrist can pick the best lenses for you out of hundreds of options. They will assist you during and after the selection process to ensure the glasses you end up with suits you perfectly. Errors made during the selection process cannot be corrected once the eyeglasses are made and could result in visual discomfort and less than perfect vision.
No matter which type of prescription glasses you pick, keep these questions in mind:
- What lens coating would benefit you?
- What purpose are your new glasses for?
- When will you be using the glasses?
- What did and did you not like about your old eyewear?
- What conditions affect your eyes?
These questions are a starting point to work from when choosing the right eyeglasses. You should also keep these points in mind:
Choose frames that match your personal style
Figure out which lens materials work best for you – it will affect how comfortable your glasses are
Ask your optician about lens enhancements like hard coatings, tints, anti-reflective films, etc. These will offer better protection and functionality from the elements.
Choosing the right frame is just as important as picking the right lenses. There is more to consider than just how it looks on you. The frames should also fit well and feel comfortable. An optician can fit frames to your head so that it does not put pressure on points of contact like on your nose or behind your ears. Your eyeglasses should fit so well that you forget you are wearing it.
Here are some points to keep in mind when trying on frames:
- Eyebrows should be positioned directly above or behind the upper edge of the frame
- Frames should not touch your cheekbones
- Size of frames is determined by the size of your eye sockets and the distance between your eyes
- Frames should not be wider than your face
- Larger frames are in style now and offer comfortable vision and wearability
When your eyeglasses are ready to be picked up, try them on and be sure they fit properly. Your optician may need to make adjustments to ensure they fit your head perfectly. In any case, talk to your optician about which glasses are right for you. The years of experience an optometrist has can help guide you in your decision. Don’t waste time scrolling through limited options on a website or talking to salespeople in a chain store. Call Blink Vision Care today and let our experts find you your perfect pair of glasses quickly and easily.