360 eyecare guide to buying glasses

Choosing the right pair of eyeglasses could prove daunting at times. There is a huge and comprehensive collection to choose from, so knowing exactly what you want will make the process much easier. It is vital to carry out research on frames and lenses before getting new glasses, whether you are buying eyeglasses or sunglasses. Also, it helps a great deal to have a process of elimination to get the right fit for you.

So, what steps should you take to ensure you purchase the right eyeglasses?

1. Get An Up-To-Date Prescription

Eyewear prescriptions are valid for a maximum period of 1 to 2 years, with that of younger people being 1 year. Before buying eyeglasses, it is recommended to go for an eye exam and get a new prescription. Do not get your next glasses on an outdated prescription as your needs may have changed.

2. Get A Measurement of Your Pupillary Distance, SEG Height, optical centre and other measurement as required by your prescription.

Pupillary Distance (PD) refers to the distance between your pupils. This measurement is taken in millimeters. PD measurement ensures that the optical center of your lenses is right in front of your pupils. This gives the truest vision. Segment Height is a precise measurement that’s required for patients who need bifocal or progressive lenses. Other measurements might also be required by your optometrist or optician which vary with each case.

3. Select The Right Frame

Various considerations go into choosing the right frame for you. The frame you settle for should suit your style and work accordingly with the shape of your face so as to improve your appearance. Also, it is always better to get that high-quality frame you love that will last you a long time.

4. Choose The Right Lenses

A majority of lenses will fit on most spectacle frames. However, it is recommended to shop for lenses alongside frames to ensure they fit perfectly. Traditionally, lenses were manufactured using mineral glass. Today, a majority of lenses are made from plastic. Plastic lenses offer a higher breaking resistance and, when coupled with a high quality coating, you have total protection from scuffs and scratches.

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The biggest component of eyeglasses is the frame. Getting the right frame will ensure you enjoy total comfort while using your glasses. Also, a nice frame works wonders in improving your appearance.

So, what factors should you consider when deciding on a frame for your glasses?

Here are a few things to consider:

Shape of your face

The shape of your face is crucial in determining the design of frame to choose. Some designs work well with some face shapes but can also be disastrous when used with others.

Size of frame

Frames come in various sizes to ensure they fit the proportions of your face. The main measurement used for frames is the eye size. This refers to the horizontal width of the lens. The various sizes are:

• Small: Eye size ranges from 40-48 mm.

• Medium: Eye size ranges from 49-54 mm.

• Large: Eye size ranges from 55-58 mm.

• Extra-Large: Eye Size above 58 mm.

Intended Image

There are different frame designs for different categories of people. Some frames present a professional image and are the most preferred by working professionals. Others prefer more of a casual image. Such frame designs are mostly preferred by students, young adults and creative professionals.

Before getting your new glasses, take all these factors into consideration. Also, it is recommended to always have an extra pair of glasses, just in case anything happens to your main pair. This will ensure you have the necessary visual aid at all times. As you are buying eyeglasses, it is also a good idea to get sunglasses as these do an amazing job in protecting your eyes from excess sunlight. If you don’t have an updated prescription call one of our 360 Eyecare locations to book your eye exam today or drop by anytime during store hours to browse the large Toronto optical collection.