Complete Eyeglasses Guide: Getting the Right Frames & Lenses

As far back as the 15th century, glasses were envisioned as symbols of scholarly accomplishment, gracing the faces of intellects and people of importance in paintings and portraits of the time. And yet interestingly enough, actual working lenses would still take almost another half-century to be invented!

Today’s glasses come in a variety of shapes, styles, and materials and are both functional and fashionable. Spectacles are an important accessory, helping people to see better, while also showing off a unique side to themselves. That’s why choosing the right lens and frames for your individual needs and lifestyle is important. More than a fashion statement, glasses are your window to the world.

What are eyeglasses made of?

Your eyeglasses consist of two main components, the lenses and the frames. Your frames are the most visible aspect of your eyeglasses and also determines how comfortable your glasses feel. While this is important, as you may be wearing your glasses for hours every single day, you must not forget about your lenses.

Eyeglass lenses both protect your eyes, as well as ensure clear vision by correcting any problems you might have.

  • Choosing eyeglasses frames and lenses

However, while lenses and frames have distinct duties, they work in tandem to provide the sight and comfort needed to go about your day. It is important to choose both the right lenses and frames that work for you.

Your frames are the foundation of your lenses and whichever you choose, they must fit your face properly, feel comfortable and be suitable to how you go about your day-to-day life. If your frames tend to slip on your nose while you’re walking, or they dig into your temples, then they have not been fitted properly. Frames must be chosen so that they do not distract from their most important function, which of course, is to support your lenses.

Your lenses need to be creating a clear and natural view for you. If you read or use a computer frequently, for example, your lenses need to be designed to help reduce fatigue and eye strain. If you have trouble driving at night due to reflective lights, then there are lenses that can help reduce the glare. If you are frequently outdoors, lenses should be chosen to protect your eyes by blocking rays of ultraviolet light.

  • How to choose eyeglasses

Choosing your eyeglasses: the cost of frames and lenses

The cost of eyeglasses is relative to their construction, whether they are designer frames or made with expensive metals or alloys and whether they are specially made of materials for added wear or function. Cheaper frames can crack or break more easily than flexible ones. Like lenses, frames can be made to be more durable, but at a higher cost. Lenses that are coated, change with light, are resistant to scratching, and any other added features of course will cost more.

The added cost outweighs the problems that arise with cheaper frames and/or lenses. Replacing your frames, glasses, or both, because they’re damaged or broken, is going to cost you more in the long-run. Cheaper lenses will not help your eyesight and cheaper frames, although their price may be attractive, may not outlast frames that are of better quality. Of course, highly priced designer frames can either be of superior quality, or not, and it pays to check around to compare pricing and value.

How to Choose What’s Right for You?

Everyone has differing needs when it comes to eyeglasses, and there are many fashion and function choices to consider. Selecting your glasses depends on what your vision needs are and would depend on factors like, what you do every day, and how to look your best when wearing your glasses. Glasses are made for many unique needs, as well as vision problems.

The two main components of your eyeglasses are the frames and the lenses. Sometimes, to make the best choice, you need to consider each separately and decide what suits you best.





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