The AARP website posted an article last November 9, 2013, guiding readers on how they can correctly select eyeglasses for prescription use. Choosing prescription glasses is a delicate process, as users need to get pairs that are not only comfortable, but also provide clear vision. Among the suggested tips for correct prescription glasses purchase are as follows:
If, after an eye exam, you decide to get a new pair of glasses, don’t let fashion trump function. Many people suffer from presbyopia, a naturally occurring stiffening in the lens of eyes that reduces the ability to focus at close-vision tasks. (You may know it as reading at arm’s length.)
If you previously wore prescription glasses and now have presbyopia, you’ll probably want multifocal lenses with various “strengths.” But you’ll probably want to avoid tiny, fashionable styles.
“They’re not good for older patients who need bifocals, trifocals or progressives,” says Robert Rosenberg, O.D., an optometrist in Great Neck, N.Y., who serves as the spokesman for the American Optometric Association. Typically, multifocal lenses require a vertical height of at least 1.25 inches.
Since prescription glasses tend to be worn for an entire day, it would be tempting for some to choose frames that match their clothing. The article stresses that folks shouldn’t forgo function for fashion, yet there are frames that work as good as they look. Customers interested in bifocals that have the best of both form and function should try shopping for trendy prescription glasses online.
Numerous fashion labels have lent their names to eyewear products, and these happen to be some of the more popular frames in the market. While the lenses are graded and produced according to prescription, the frames need to properly fit the wearer for long periods of time. A good and comfy frame rests easily upon the wearer’s nose bridge and temples.
Purchasing glasses online might sound a little too difficult for those who want to personally try the frames for themselves, however it can be done. Buyers will need to properly measure their face dimensions to get a good idea of which frame sizes will fit them best. It would help to have a prescription beforehand to get a good idea of which sizes to pick. There are also many other eyewear products being offered on the Web. Specialty retailers, such as GlassesSpot.com, even sell cool prescription sunglasses online.
(Article Excerpt and Image from 4 Things to Know About Shopping for Eyeglasses, AARP, November 19, 2013)