What to consider when choosing eyeglasses

Sooner or later, most people will have to pay a visit to a Victoria optometrist to see if they need eyeglasses. Heavy computer use may have degraded your vision prematurely, or age is taking its toll on your eyesight.

Whatever the reason, choosing eyeglasses has to include consideration of the following:

  1. Face shape – faces, while generally oval, may appear rugged, chiseled, soft, angular, round, triangular, or squarish. Depending on the shape of your face, you may be recommended an eyeglass frame with a larger base, a fat or slim frame, rounded, square, or even multi-sided.
  2. Face size – obviously, a frame has to be proportionate to the size of your face. A too small or too large frame would look incongruous, and few people want that.
  3. Facial features – sometimes, a facial feature like striking eyes will be complemented by a lens that mimics their color. You may want to take this into consideration when choosing a frame color. Skin tone as well as hair color are also a considerations, and you may actually prefer a contrasting frame color, treating your eyeglasses as a fashion accessory. There are so many frame styles, designs, and color combinations that you will be spoiled for choice. Of course, one can never go wrong with basic black.

The lenses that go with your eyeglass frames also need to given some thought. After all, they are the reason you are selecting a frame in the first place. The most basic, and cheapest, ones correct for your vision. That’s it. Multi-coated ones relieve eye strain better, allowing you to work or read longer.

With smartphones, tablets, and computer screens now a fact of everyday life, frame shape and color may not be the most important consideration when choosing eyeglasses. If you are a heavy screen user, ask your optometrist about lens coatings designed for filtering blue light. There are also anti-reflective coatings designed to reduce the glare of light hitting the back of the lens. This reduces eye strain. Though they add to the cost of a pair of eyeglasses, users report they they are well worth the cost.

Photochromic lenses are also available, giving you the option of wearing prescription lenses outdoors, without the need for an extra pair of sunglasses or shaded clip ons. These sometimes are used to also shield the eyes from the harsh glare of computer monitors.

Contact Island Eyecare Optometrists for more information.