Go for an Eye Exam
Before you start looking at eyeglasses, you will need to determine your refractive error. An eye doctor will test your acuity and find your eyeglass prescription. A prescription reveals the precise amount of power needed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Look at Eyeglass Frames
To get a sense of which styles appeal to you, you will need to look at a variety of frames. Eyeglass frames are available in several colors and shapes. Browse the Internet for current styles. Flip through magazines, noting styles that appeal to you. Some websites allow you to virtually "try on" frames on an uploaded photo.
Find an Optician
Licensed opticians are trained to help people choose eyeglasses. An optician will be able to recommend frames that flatter your facial structure as well as your skin tone. A well-trained optician will suggest several frame styles for you to try on and also make sure you achieve the perfect fit to allow for your best possible vision. Your optician may also offer eyeglass-making services. Eyeglass retail outlets, conversely, usually have opticians on staff, as well.
Consider Lens Options
You have many options when it comes to lenses, including the material from which a lens is made. Some people prefer lightweight polycarbonate lenses, although they tend to be more expensive than regular glass or plastic lenses. Your optician may recommend a thin, lightweight lens if you have a high prescription. Also, there are several lens coatings that may appeal to you, including scratch-resistant coatings, UV tints and anti-reflective coatings.
Try on frames with a friend. Ask for honest opinions.
Take your time. You'll have these glasses for some time.
Consider a second pair. It's always smart to have back-up eyeglasses.
What You Need
- An eyeglass prescription
- A large selection of frames
- An honest friend