Picking the Perfect Pair of Glasses

Wearing eyeglasses is one of the easiest ways to correct your vision. However, with so many frames, lenses, and even coatings to choose from, choosing the perfect pair of glasses can be quite difficult. Some of the factors you should consider when shopping for a pair of glasses include:

Types of Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses fall into two main categories. Multifocal eyeglasses correct both distance and near vision in the same lens. One portion of the lens is for near activities such as reading and writing, while the other portion is good for distance vision. Single-vision glasses, on the other hand, have all-purpose lenses designed to help you see either far or up close.

Protective Coating

If you appreciate the importance of keeping your eyes healthy, you need to consider protective coatings when picking eyeglasses. If you prefer one pair of glasses for both outdoor and indoor use, those with photochromatic lenses might be your best option. These lenses adjust based on light exposure. They have a lighter tint when one is indoors and a darker one in sunlight.

You should also choose glasses with an ultraviolet coating to help protect your eyes from harmful solar rays. An anti-reflective coating is another great feature to look for. It will reduce glare, prevent eyestrain, and make easier eye contact possible.

Lens Material

The material used to make the lens can make a huge difference. In the past, glass lenses were the norm. Nowadays, however, most eyeglasses have plastic lenses. Plastic lenses are safer since they do not shatter when they fall. They are also more flexible and lighter than glass lenses. Many also have a natural UV light-blocking ability.

You will also find eyeglasses with high index lenses, which are ultrathin, lightweight plastic lenses. These lenses are ideal for individuals who require high visual correction. Since the lenses are so thin, they reduce the coke bottle look common with glasses with thick lenses.

Most doctors tend to endorse polycarbonate lenses for those who need glasses to engage in activities that can lead to eye injuries. Trivex is another plastic material with the same safety standards.


The better your glasses fit, the better they enhance the appearance of your face. Consider choosing frames the same way you would pick a pair of shoes. Essentially, you need to know the perfect size for you. This will require you to incorporate the arm length, bridge width, and lens width.

You also need to figure out the shape of your face before picking frames for your glasses. Generally, certain frame shapes go well with certain face shapes. If you want the most flattering pair of glasses with minimum fuss, you need to figure out your closest match.

Eye Color, Hair Color, and Skin Tone

Your face’s shape is not the only thing you should consider when picking a pair of glasses. Your skin, hair, and eye color also play important roles. The perfect pair of eyeglasses will complement the coloration of your eyes, face, and hair. Once you determine whether your coloration is cool or warm, you can find frame colors that best suit you.

To learn how to choose the perfect pair of eyeglasses, visit Eastern Virginia Eye Associates at our office in Chesapeake, Virginia. You can also call (757) 607-4800 today to schedule an appointment.

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