Complete Guide TO glasses: Getting the Right Frames & Lenses

As far back as the 15th century, glasses were seen as symbols of scholarly accomplishment, gracing the faces of intellectuals and people of importance in paintings and portraits of the time. 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 their unique personality. 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 glasses made of?

Your glasses consist of two main components, the lenses and the frames. Your frames are the visible aspect of your glasses and are an important part of how comfortable your glasses feel. However, as you may be wearing your glasses anything from a few hours to right throughout the day every day, you must not forget about the enormous role of your lenses.

Spectacle lenses while ensuring clear vision by correcting any vision problems you might have, they play a big role in the comfort of your eyes and body and in protecting your eyes.

  • Choosing eyeglasses frames and lenses

While lenses and frames have distinct duties, they work in tandem to provide the sight and comfort needed to go about your day.

Many people think they have to pick their spectacle frame first, but in fact it is the other way round. Your lenses create a clear view of the world for you but the type of prescription you have and the style of lenses you need, will impact on your best frame choice, and you may even need more than one!. If you are an engineer using a computer frequently, for example, you will need lenses designed to ensure your comfort in front of the screen. But your work may also take you outdoors to work sites, so you may also require lenses to protect your eyes and block harmful UV rays. If you drive at night ghost images from lights can be annoying, then there are lenses that are coated to reduce ghost images.

Your frames are the carrier for your lenses and whichever you choose, they must fit your face properly, feel comfortable and be suited to your day-to-day life. Your frames should always fit snugly across your nose and not be too tight on the sides of your head. They must be adjusted so that they don't slip down your nose or dig in at your temples or on the top of your ears, a skilled optical dispenser will know whether the frame is the right size and fit for your face. Frames must be chosen so that they support your lenses and ensure the best appearance for the overall package of frame and lenses.

  • How to choose eyeglasses

Choosing your glasses: the cost of frames and lenses

It often surprises people when they analyse the value they get out of their glasses. Even if you spent $1,000 on a pair of glasses, your prescription is usually valid for 2 years, so that is a cost of $1.36 / day - less than half the cost of your favourite coffee. When you think how important your vision is to your everyday life, the value is very high. It goes up even further when you factor in health fund rebates and glasses closer to the average cost.  

The price of glasses is relative to the features they contain. Whether they are designer brand frames or made with metals like titanium or stainless steel or they're specific materials for added wear or function like sports frames. The rule is still, you get what you pay for. There are cheaper frames but check the quality of the materials they are made from and things like the hinges and trims.

Lens features vary widely but they all play a role in the clarity and quality of your vision as well as its comfort and protection. There are so many different features that you may want more than one pair to meet your needs. From Transitions lenses that change with the light, to coatings that resist scratches and repel dust, to the many thin and lightweight materials, not to mention lens design itself, like Varilux progressive lenses or anti-fatigue lenses like Eyezen, there has been more change in lenses in the last 30 years than in the previous 250. Your optometrist and optical dispenser will show you all the things the recommend you need and then you can decide how closely the cost matches your budget, you can take away features to reduce the cost.

How to Choose What’s Right for You?

Everyone has differing needs when it comes to glasses, 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, to cover all things related to your vision.





Visit your nearest optometrist for recommendation today