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5 Tips for When You Buy Eye Glasses


Choosing the right pair of eye glasses can make a big difference to your appearance and the quality of your vision. To be sure that you are choosing the best pair of glasses, keep these 5 tips in mind when you buy eye glasses.

1. Start With an Eye Exam

Before you buy eye glasses, visit your eye doctor for a current prescription. Using eye glasses that do not match your specific prescription can lead to headaches, nausea and mild vertigo, and wearing glasses with the wrong prescription can make your vision worse down the road. If you wear glasses, you should have your eyes examined once a year to determine if any changes have occurred to your prescription and to screen your eyes for infections or diseases.

2. Choose Frames that Compliment the Shape of Your Face

The frames that will look the best on your face will compliment the shape of your face, and oddly enough frames that will compliment the shape of your face will contrast with the shape of your face. For example, if you have a round face look for glass frames that are rectangular, and if you have a more square face look for glass frames that are oval.

If you are buying glasses at a store (as opposed to an online store), a salesperson can help you to quickly pick out frames which may be complimentary to your style and facial features.

3. Choose Frames that Showcase Your Best Feature

The color of your frames should match your best feature. So if you want people to notice those golden highlights in your hair, choose lightly colored frames with gold undertones; if you want your green eyes to really pop, choose frames that match the green color shades of your eyes.

4. Don’t Forget the Extras

Extra features can help to protect your glasses and your eyes, and while these extras cost a little extra, they can help to protect your eyes and your glasses. Consider anti-scratch protection to keep scratches at bay, anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and a UV coat to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays; if your lenses are extremely thick because of your prescription, request compressed or high-index lenses to thin them out.

5. Ask About Caring for Your Glasses

Before you walk out of the store, don’t forget to ask how to properly clean and care for your glasses, especially if you have extra protective coats on your frames which may be destroyed by exposure to certain cleaning chemicals; when you buy eye glasses free glass care samples may be available, so don’t hesitate to ask.

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