What to look for in prescription eyeglasses

Published on March 02, 2023

Do you need prescription eyeglasses? Concerned that you won’t find a pair that offers comfort and matches your style? 

It might be challenging to choose the right prescription eyeglasses. After all, there are so many different models, frames and features to choose from. However, shopping for women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses can be made easy with our top tips! 

Start by booking an eye exam

You may be tempted by immediately shopping for a new pair of prescription glasses. However, you cannot choose any design just because you like it. When was the last time you had an eye exam to determine your eyes’ state of health? 

Schedule an appointment with your optometrist, who will check your eyesight and vision and examine your eyes for any eye diseases. 

If you need to wear glasses all day, ask the optician what type of glasses you can use during outdoor activities or if they have any recommendations for glasses for specialized work. Inquire about different lenses and coatings suitable for your eyes without harming them. 

Consider your face shape and size

Did you know that your facial structure, i.e., your face shape and size, plays a significant role while choosing the best prescription eyeglasses? There here are seven basic face shapes: 

  • Diamond
  • Heart 
  • Oblong 
  • Oval 
  • Pear 
  • Round 
  • Square

It is important to choose the style of women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses according to your physiognomy to highlight or downplay your features. 

If you’re curious about determining your face shape, you can conduct some research online or download one of the many apps that are available. Keep in mind, however, an optician is there to help.

Looking for one-of-a-kind prescription eyeglasses that are bold, colorful and with frame shapes that are exceptionally unique? Schedule an appointment with an optician at Karir, which is renowned for its designer frames that can suit any face shape!

Select the style of your frame

Just like your face shape, your frame shape is also essential. Some frame styles look good on people with specific physiognomies. Below are some suggestions for each face shape. Remember that these are only guidelines to assist you in finding the best prescription eyeglasses for your unique style. 

Diamond-shaped faces 

Choose glasses wider than your cheekbones or taper upward, such as oval or cat-eye glasses. Avoid narrow or chunky frames, as they don’t look good on a pointed chin. 

Heart-shaped faces

Such faces are broad at the top and narrow at the chin. Therefore, it is better to choose square or round glasses or glasses with low-set temples, as they will perfectly balance your broad forehead and narrow chin. Also, avoid eyeglass frames with colors or shapes that draw attention to your forehead. 

Elongated faces

For this face shape, it is better to choose oversized rectangular or large glasses to balance your forehead and chin since your face is wider in the middle. Avoid small frames and shapes, like small round glasses. 

Oval-shaped faces 

Choose glasses with a strong bridge wider than the broadest part of your face. Geometric shapes go incredibly well with oval faces. Avoid round, small, and rimless frames.  

Pear-shaped faces  

Pear-shaped faces are thin at the top, and broad at the bottom, so oval or round frames are the best choice for a pear-shaped face. Avoid small and rimless glasses. 

Round-shaped faces 

This is one of the best face shapes because it is even Still, rectangular or square and even round glasses will look good on you. Avoid round, small, and rimless frames. 

Square-shaped faces 

Choose oval or round frames to soften the angularity of your face. Make sure they sit high on the bridge of your nose. Avoid chunky or square glasses. 

Remember that you also need to consider your complexion when choosing frames. Skin tone, hair color, and eye color can significantly impact how men’s eyeglasses or women’s eyeglasses look on your face. A little trick to figure out your skin tone is to try on a piece of jewelry. You are likely to have a cool skin tone if silver looks better on you. You have a warmer skin tone if gold suits you better. If both silver and gold look good, your skin tone is neutral. In addition, the shade of your skin (light, medium, dark) will also come into play when choosing the frames for your prescription eyeglasses.

Armed with this information, you will be able to find eyewear that will complement your look. For example, warm skin tones should stay clear from pastels, while cool skin tones should avoid bold colors that overpower their complexions. Again, there are no steadfast rules. The goal is to try them on!

Think about other key eyewear features

Apart from better eyesight and matching your personality and style, your eyeglasses should be comfortable. Durability and quality are equally important; when buying prescription eyeglasses, you will want to examine the finish quality. Think: smooth transitions, robust rivet hinges, anti-slip grooves, etc. Let one of our opticians guide you through our brands, their craftsmanship ethos, and the warranties that safeguard your investment.  Choosing the best men’s eyeglasses or women’s eyeglasses may take some time, but it is worth it to protect your eyes and see more clearly! 

While shopping for prescription glasses online may seem like a great idea, note that it will never replace the expertise and guidance of a qualified optician. Book your next eye exam today with Karir!

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