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Modern eyewear serves a dual purpose. In addition to being a vision-correcting medical device used to enhance your safety and quality of life, glasses have become a major fashion accessory. Therefore, when it comes to selecting glasses, there are many important factors to consider.
Frames are made from a large variety of materials ranging from acetates and hard plastics to metals and metal alloys. The quality of frame materials is very high nowadays with many cutting-edge manufacturers investing heavily in developing new innovations and materials to make stronger, more flexible, lighter and more beautiful frames.
In considering the optimal material for your glasses frame, your lifestyle plays a big role. Children and those with active lifestyles require durable and flexible frames that are resistant to breaks from hits and falls. Those who have skin allergies need to seek out frames made from hypoallergenic materials such as acetate, titanium or stainless steel. Other characteristics of frame materials to consider are the weight or flexibility of the material as well as the price. Many designers also use wood, bone or precious metals to adorn frames.
Hinges and nosepads also play an important role in the durability and comfort of your frames. Children in particular can benefit from spring hinges and nosepads which can keep the frames from slipping off. Rimless or semi-rimless glasses are also an option if durability is not a primary concern.
Frame size is a very important factor in frame selection. Frames should fit well and not slip off the nose or be too tight and press against the temples or the sides of the nose.
More and more top fashion design brands are coming out with designer eyewear collections to suit every taste and style. Frames come in all colours, sizes and shapes so the choices are endless in finding a frame that suits your personal style and looks good with your face shape and colouring.
Even though people spend much more time focusing on frame selection, as a medical device, the lenses of your glasses are the most important part. It is therefore very important that you obtain your lenses (and therefore your glasses) from a reputable source. It is always a good idea to buy glasses through an Optometrist who is able to check that the lenses are made and fitted properly to ensure ideal vision.
There are a number of variables to consider in selecting lenses.
If you have a high prescription that requires thicker lenses, you may want to ask for aspheric lenses, which are thinner than normal lenses.
There are lenses that are made from materials that are more durable and shatter-resistant such as polycarbonate or trivex, which can be useful for children or sports eyewear.
Photochromic lenses can serve as glasses and sunglasses as the lenses darken when exposed to the sunlight to block out the sunlight and UV rays.
Polarised lenses create greater eye comfort by reducing glare specifically from the water or snow and are great for sunglasses for those that spend time outdoors.
There are also a number of coating options that you can add onto lenses to enhance certain characteristics such as anti-reflective coatings, anti-scratch coatings or UV coatings to reduce exposure from the sun. Adding a coating may require special cleaning or treatment, so ask us about special instructions.
Glasses Over 40
Once you approach age 40, you are likely to begin to experience presbyopia, which is the loss of the ability to focus on close objects. This happens as the eye begins to age and can easily be corrected with reading glasses. However, if you already have and glasses prescription for distance vision, you will need a solution that enables you to see both near and far.
There are a number of options available for presbyopes including bifocals, multifocals and progressive lenses, with new technology improving the options all the time. You should speak to one of our optometrists about the solution for your individual needs.
Whether they are for a child’s first pair, a second pair of designer frames or a senior with a complicated prescription, you should always consult with one of our optometrists for a new pair of glasses. Ultimately, your glasses have a job and that is to help you to see and get the most out of every day.