The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing the PERFECT Pair of Glasses!

Purchasing the perfect pair of glasses can be a daunting task! With so many frame choices and an overwhelming amount of lens options, where do you even begin?

Oh, and not to mention the frightening notion of an often monogamous long-term relationship with whichever glasses you decide to buy – purchase the wrong pair and you could be faced with a year of lackluster Instagram and Facebook posts that are simply not up to your standards – and nobody has time for that!

Therefore, it’s no surprise that many people tend to procrastinate – or altogether avoid – getting new glasses until absolutely necessary.

Fortunately for you, our ultimate guide to purchasing the perfect pair of glasses has you covered!

In this guide, you’ll find helpful tips that will change your glasses purchasing experience from intimidating to invigorating!

Eye doctor giving an eye exam

Step 1: Start with an eye exam. 

Your vision through a new pair of glasses is only as precise as your prescription! Therefore, a visit to your local optometrist or ophthalmologist is your first step in this process.

During your eye exam, your eye doctor will perform a careful refraction and eye health assessment to ensure your glasses prescription fits your exact needs. Keep in mind, ordering a pair of glasses using an outdated prescription is flirting with disaster and can lead to unclear, uncomfortable vision.

Optician dispensing the perfect pair of glasses

Step 2: Talk to your optician about how you plan to use your glasses.

While choosing a new frame is typically the most time-consuming element of getting new glasses, discussing your lifestyle, and how you plan to use your glasses, is just as important!

Make sure to spend a few minutes reviewing your day-to-day activities and glasses prescription with your optician.

Optician helping patient select her glasses

Step 3: Select the perfect frame.

Selecting a frame is the most exciting part about purchasing a new pair of glasses!

The frame you wear can say a lot about who you are and is an opportunity to express your personal style. However, careful consideration of your prescription and visual needs is equally important.

If you have a “stronger” prescription, you should consider getting a smaller frame size to reduce the thickness of your lens. On the other hand, progressives, bifocals, and trifocals need to be at least a minimum frame size to allow for your full prescription to take effect.

Also, don’t forget, it’s very important to consider your lifestyle when selecting a frame.

  • Are you an active, on the go person? If so, you may need a more resilient, flexible frame.
  • Are you buying reading glasses that you’ll be taking on and off a lot? If so, you should consider flexible frame hinges.
  • Is your face sensitive to weight or pressure? If so, you might want a lightweight frame.

While there are guidelines for the best pairing of frame and face shape, there are no steadfast rules.

For example:

  • Round faces are best complemented by a square shaped frames.
  • Oblong or oval faces are best suited by more rectangular shaped frames.
  • Angular or square faces are best fit in something with softer edges, such as round, oval or cat-eye shaped frames.

Keep in mind, various frame colors can also highlight and brighten your skin tone and eye color. Once you’ve narrowed down your frame options, go with your gut and select the frame that offers you the most comfort and best fit!

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