Choosing your next pair of eyeglasses should be a fun and enjoyable experience, though many people finding themselves overwhelmed with the number of decisions they face. There are many things to consider, from choosing the right frame to deciding on lens options, and the new flood of online optical retailers only makes the process more confusing. Continue reading for our tips on how to buy the perfect pair of glasses.
Online vs. In-Store
Many online optical retailers offer affordable glasses, and these convenient options are certainly appealing. But if you are thinking about using an online retailer, consider the potential trade off in terms of quality. When you order from an internet-based optical, your glasses are made with standard parameters, and your new lenses won’t take into consideration many of the specific measurements that are done at an in-store optical. If you have a high prescription, are sensitive to lens changes, or are ordering specialty lenses like progressive no-line bifocals, we recommend buying your glasses in-person where more specific measurements and suggestions can be made.
New Glasses: Choosing a Frame
The ability to try on frames and see exactly how they fit your face, as well as determine how they match your style and personality, is a major benefit of shopping at a brick-and-mortar optical. Working with a specially trained optician can help ensure that you find a frame that is not only stylish, but also meets your needs in terms of lens design. An optician will consider your prescription, visual demands, and lens preferences when making frame recommendations. For example, if you want progressive bifocals in your glasses, the optician can help you choose a frame with a tall lens that allows for the smooth transition from distance prescription to reading prescription. If your prescription usually results in thick lenses, the optician can help you choose frames that will minimize the thick appearance of lenses and improve the comfort of your glasses. Opticians want to help you find a frame that fits your style and personality, so it’s best to pick out a few frames that you like and then discuss with an optician which option best fits your specific needs.
Lens Options for Your New Glasses
Once you have decided on the perfect frame, the optician can also help you navigate the many lens options you face. Talk to the optician about how and when you use your glasses, and any problems you may have had with previous pairs. If you are frequently on the computer, the optician may recommend lens options such as an anti-reflective coating to reduce glare or blue-blocking lenses to improve comfort while looking at digital screens. If you are considering your first pair of bifocal lenses, they can help make recommendations on lens design and even recommend what brand of lenses you should consider. For those who are interested in prescription sunglasses, the opticians can help guide you to the lens option that is best for your outdoor needs, whether it is polarized lenses or photochromatic lens coatings. Our opticians are knowledgeable about all of your options and can guide you towards the best possible eyeglasses for you and your visual needs.