Eye wear has come a long way in the last two decades. What was just a vision correction tool transformed into a fashion accessory and the eye wear industry belts out a zillion different options to choose from. If you are new to the whole glasses game, it can be difficult to choose a pair that is perfect for you.
Perfect pair of eye-wear is all about comfort, fit, and style. Do no fret.
Here’s a step by step guide to choose the right eyewear so you don’t go wrong:
Choosing right Eyewear Step 1:
The size of the frame is super important. Choose it wisely. Do not choose a frame that is too big or too small for your upper face. If the frame is a little too small, you risk extending your field of vision beyond the lenses. That can lead to an increase in your prescription power and you do not want that. On the other hand, choosing a frame that is too big for your face can get uncomfortable. Also, large frames make the eyes look smaller than usual and we are all in for big eyes. Aren’t we?
Therefore, choose one that fits you right. How would you do that? Well, it’s simple.
To test if you are wearing just the right size, check if you are able to see out of the bottom and top sides of the frame without straining your eyes. If you are, you are wearing the wrong frame. If you aren’t, bingo! Ideally your lenses should cover at least 90% of your field of vision. Keep that in mind.
Choosing right Eyewear Step 2:
Measure the distance between your eyes and the thickness of the bridge of your nose and help your optometrist pick your fit better. The width of the bridge in frames is pretty standardized we know, but the distance between your eyes is an important aspect to consider so that your glasses look aesthetically pleasing while also helping you see better.
If your lenses are placed at the right distance from each other. It will greatly reduce the strain on your eyes, prevent the glasses from slipping down your nose when you bend your neck, and reduce pressure on the inner portion of your eyes. It also prevents the bridge of the frame from resting directly on the forehead.
On the other hand, if the lenses are not the correct distance apart, it can lead to formation of marks around your eyes and nose, cause headaches, and even hinder the production of tears in the eyes.
Choosing right Eyewear Step 3:
Once you are done sifting out frames that have the correct lens size and distance, check out the arms of the glasses. They shouldn’t be too tight or too loose.
If the arms of your eyewear are too tight, it can cause you headaches, pain behind the ears due to pressure exerted, and marks along the side of your face.
Loose arms on the other hand can lead to the glasses slipping off your nose often. It can also cause the alignment of the lenses to alter itself.
Another important factor to consider is the material the arms are made of. Certain skin types are allergic to metal and certain others to plastic. Since most often the allergy doesn’t manifest itself immediately, it is wise to go by your past experiences with other types of accessories. When worn over a long period of time, the dirt and sweat that gets trapped between your glasses’ arms and skin can cause allergic reactions.
Also, remember that the lighter the frame, the better. Heavy frames will cause fatigue and headache apart from slipping often. Titanium frames (the newest to hit the market) are not only lighter, but also tougher than most other frames. So, you don’t have to stick to plastic to keep it light.
Choosing right Eyewear Step 4:
Check if your glasses are centre aligned properly. Whether or not you can see accurately through your glasses hugely depends on this factor.
Centre alignment of glasses is nothing but the lens being right in front of your eyes helping you see clearly without causing any eye strain. It is important to see properly through the centre of your lens since most lenses are ground concavely on the inner surface and convex on the outer surface. If your lenses tilt to one side, or appear slightly distorted, it can cause severe eye strain and can also lead to an increase in the optometric defect of your eyes.
Choosing right Eyewear Step 5:
Once you are done choosing the right frame, it’s time to put thought into the right lens. Decide if you want lens that are made of glass or ones that are made of acrylic. If you take our word, acrylic lens are a better option all the way.
Although acrylic lens are more expensive than their glass counterpart, they are unbreakable and are intended for rough and tough use. Acrylic lens are lighter too.
With the advent of several advances in the manufacturing of the lenses, it is now possible to use acrylic in making bifocal frames (this was only limited to glass lens till recent times). So, when in doubt choose acrylic, always.
Choosing right Eyewear Step 6:
If you suffer from a condition called hypermetropia (wherein a person finds it difficult to see near as well as distant objects) you might have to opt for bifocal lens. This type of lens have a semi-circular demarcation at the bottom of the lens to help see nearer objects clearly while the rest of the lens help see distant objects properly.
Note that you have something called progressive lenses out in the market too. These are slightly more expensive cousins of bifocals but are way better. They function like bifocals but do not have any unsightly semi circles at the bottom. They are easier to see through since one does not have to readjust them every time one is looking at objects that is close to them. Choose whatever you prefer best.
Choosing right Eyewear Step 7:
Frame- check, arms- check, lens- check, nose pads? Yes, nose pads.
Although it seems pretty inconsequential, but nose pads play a supremely important role in making your glass wearing experience comfortable. They are usually made of first grade soft plastic and are built so they comfortably rest on your nose. These tiny parts also help keep your glasses aligned to the centre of your face and keep your lenses away from your eyelashes.
Needless to say, your nose pads too, just like your eyewear arms shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. When you buy your eyewear, you must consider getting its pad plate adjusted so that they of not press firmly against your nose. You should be able to blink in your eyes without your lashes touching the lens or you can risk some serious discomfort. Also if wearing the eyewear causes you to have marks on either side of the bridge of your nose, chuck them.
Nose pads are notorious for causing allergic reactions in some cases. If you have sensitive skin, opt for hyper allergenic material in nose pads to avoid discomfort later.
Choosing right Eyewear Step 8:
Before you place an order for your eyeglasses, have the optometrist measure your frame size. They are made or altered to dimensions.
Want to know how they do it?
Well, the process includes 4 main measurements- bridge, eye, temple and vertical measurements. The bridge measurement is the gap between the eyes, the eye measurement is distance between the eyes as against the distance between the frame’s lenses, the temple measurement is the length from one side of your temple to the other, and the vertical measurement (only used in the case of bifocal lenses) is a complex measurement best left to the understanding of an optometrist. These measurements are carefully taken into account to craft lenses that are just right for you.
Choosing right Eyewear Step 9:
It’s not mandatory, but it’s wise to go through all the options the store provides. Check Whether they have anti-glare (that helps reduce the glare emitting from computer and smart phone screens) lenses, scratch proof lenses ( ones that are almost resilient to minor scratches due to rough use), or progressive lenses and then decide what best suits your requirements based on your usage.
Who said glasses are nerdy and boring.
There are a million types of frames out there to choose from-full rim, rim less, cat eyes, rounded, flat eye, butterfly, aviator and more. Whether you want to keep it minimalistic or want to go all bold and stylish, there is one just for you. Whatever style you choose, make sure it is super comfortable. Trust us when we say, that it’s the comfort and not the style that will help you carry your eyewear with panache.
Here’s to choosing the perfect pair.