5 Tips For Choosing The Right Eyeglasses

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Choosing frames can be overwhelming with so many options and styles to choose from! We hope these five tips for choosing the right eyeglasses will make the process much easier!

1) Choose frames that mirror your lifestyle.

Consider all the different places you go and things you do on a weekly basis. You probably find yourself in many different setting with different people and need eyeglasses that will blend well with every occasion. Choose something that matches most of your moods and what the type of clothing your wear most often.

2) Choose frames that complement your facial structure, and facial features.

The goal is to balance out your facial shape with the style of frames you choose. If your face is angular or square, round and oval frames look best. The opposite also is true: if your face is round or oval, you’ll look good in square and angular frames. This opposite effect will neutralize strong facial features and provide a more balanced look.

If you have a heart shaped face (your face is wider at the top than the bottom), select a frame with a wider bottom edge to balance your facial features. On the other hand, if your face is wider on the bottom, choose a frame with a dramatic top edge.

Also consider the shape of your nose and spacing of your eyes. The bridge on your frames can affect how your eyes and nose look. A thin or clear bridge gives the illusion of width to close-set eyes, while a colored one will make wide-set eyes appear closer together. A low bridge will make your nose appear shorter.

3) Pick frames that are the perfect size for your face.

Frames that are too large can cause visual distortion and glare. Frames that are too small can limit your peripheral vision.A general rule of thumb is the frames shouldn’t be wider than the widest part of your face. The top of the frames should not go above your eyebrow line. The bottom of the frames shouldn’t touch your cheeks. Over time, if your frames become uncomfortable or change shape, bring them back for a tune-up!

4) Make sure your lenses aren’t distracting.

Reflections in your lenses can distract from the appearance of your glasses, interfere with your vision, and make it difficult for others to see the expressiveness of your eyes. Whatever frames you choose, make sure your eyeglass lenses include anti-reflective coating for the best vision, comfort, and appearance.

5) Consider the frame materials and other factors.

In general, you can find frames in plastic, metal or a combination of both. Metal frames typically last longer, particularly stainless steel and titanium. Since most metal frames have adjustable nose pads, they work well for people whose noses are too small or large for plastic frames. In contrast, plastic frames tend to be less expensive and feel lighter on your face. They typically require less maintenance than metal frames, but certain types of plastic contract and expand with temperature changes and require more frequent adjustments.

We hope you found these tips helpful! Please give us a call if you need assistance picking out some new frames or lenses, that’s what we’re here for!

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