If you needed a hearing aid, you wouldn't choose one based on style. If you needed a cane, you wouldn't look for a designer label. But if you had a problem with your vision, you would choose eye glasses based not only on their function, but on their look as well. Eye glasses are more than a medical necessity. They are a fashion statement. So here are some tips if you're choosing eye glasses.
- Set Your Price Range - While most insurance covers routine eye exams and some of the cost of the lenses, the frames are your responsibility. Top designer frames can cost several hundred dollars. So the first thing to do when choosing eye glasses is to find frames that fit your budget. Opticians will often run specials, offering select frames for half price. This may be a good place to start your search when choosing glasses.
- Get a Second Opinion - When you choose eye glasses, you're facing a sizeable range of options. Frames come in dozens of basic styles and colors, with seemingly endless variations within each category. Of course, there are practical reasons for going with one style over another. But, let's face it, when you choose eye glasses, you're influenced as much by how they look on you as by how they feel. So when you try them on, don't just trust the mirror, ask someone else's opinion. After all, how you see yourself is not how others see you.
- See Things Clearly - Of course, eye glasses are as much about the lenses as the frames. So your choice of glasses should also be based on the type of lenses you need. While you may want to set a price limit on the frames, when choosing eye glasses, you shouldn't economize on the lenses. For example, scratchproof lenses cost a bit more, but will last a lot longer and save you money in the long run. If you spend a lot of time in front of a screen or computer monitor, tinted lenses can help reduce eye strain and fatigue. There are also lenses specially coated to help improve your night vision when driving.
- Get Them Fitted - This is the most important step when you choose eye glasses. Have them properly fitted when you pick them up to ensure that they are resting comfortably on the bridge of your nose and that you can see clearly.