What you should know when it’s time for a pair of glasses.
Are you ready for new glasses and lenses? There are so many options and combinations of frames and lenses, that it can be confusing when it’s time to pick the lenses that are right for your prescription, and for the frame style you like. We offer the latest lens technology to fit your needs, and we’re here to help you make the right choice for your vision needs. Take a look.
Choosing the Right Glasses and Frames
With so many options in lenses, it can be tricky to know which one will give you the best vision correction and best comfort to fit your frame preference as well as your lifestyle. Here are some of our favorite options:
- Anti-Reflective – with glare reduction, these lenses will let you see clearly with less glare to affect the clarity of the lenses
- High Index – a thinner, lighter lens, the Trivex/High Index lenses fall in are the thinnest, lightest lenses available. The optical properties of these lenses, although thinner, do increase the glare off of them, so a good anti-glare coating is a necessity for high index lenses.
- Free-Form – these lenses are digitally cut which means they are entirely customizable to your prescription. This quality means less swimming effect and less distortion in higher prescriptions and astigmatism prescriptions.
- Progressive – Our state-of-the-art progressives are the latest to hit the market with technology that allows us to effectively use each part of the lens to provide the best optics for your prescription.
What You Should Know About Frames
Once you have an idea of the type of lens you want, it’s time to think about frames. The right frames can be a stylish accessory, but they’re so much more than that. Glasses are a medical device, and you want to get the best vision correction possible. With this in mind, take a look at some important frame considerations.
Consider your prescription.
- Single vision or standard prescriptions give you the widest range of frame options because you don’t have to worry about the frames being big enough to accommodate special lenses.
- Progressive lenses usually have three different prescriptions – near, intermediate, and distance – and therefore require frames tall enough to fit lenses that hold all three.
Consider the position of your eyes.
- For best lens placement, your eyes should be positioned in the center horizontally, and in the top third of the lens vertically.
- The closer your eyes are to the center of the lens the better the glasses will look – too close to the inner corner and you may appear cross-eyed, too close to the outer edge and it can make the frame look too small. Proper sizing and eye placement will give you the best results from your lenses while at the same time they are the most attractive.
Consider the way the frames fit your face.
- Your frames should be about the same width as your face for the best fit and the best proportion.
- The frames should rest lightly and comfortably on your nose without slipping or leaving pressure marks.
- If frames put pressure on your temples or behind your ears, it’s not a good fit. They should be comfortable, but not fall off when you give your head a shake.
- Large frames might touch your cheeks. It can be personal preference if this is comfortable, but your glasses should not lift up and out of place when you smile. If they do, the frames are not a good fit.
Consider the way you feel in the frames.
Choosing frames that fit your face and that are right for your prescription is important, but what about how they look? Your glasses should make you feel good when you wear them. They’re like a great accessory – they can change your look, dress it up, dress it down, or express your personality. Glasses are about improving your vision, but they’re about so much more. They can be functional or fashionable or both. No matter what your corrective needs are, we can help you find frames that make you look and feel great.
Don’t put off getting new glasses because you’re worried about all of the choices in lenses. The doctors at Eyes of NM are here to help. We’ll help you choose the right lenses and the right frames to fit your prescription and your lifestyle.