Optical glasses are eyeglasses which correct your vision. More commonly, people just call them glasses. If you’re about to get your very first pair of glasses, you may be wondering what the process is.
Here, we’ll go over everything you need to know before you go to the opticians or optometrist for the very first time.
Does getting optical glasses hurt?
No, it doesn’t hurt at all. First, the optometrist or eye specialist needs to examine your eyes to see exactly which kind of correction you need. The examination is not intrusive in the slightest. Your examining doctor will ask you to read things from a distance to see whether you’re short sighted or long sighted.
They will also ask you to view things such as text through a range of different lenses and ask you if your vision gets better or worse. After the examination you’ll be provided with a prescription.
Can I get contact lenses instead of optical glasses?
Yes you can. Each has their benefits and it is entirely a matter of personal preference. Before making the decision, take into consideration your lifestyle, budget, and comfort.
Glasses are cheaper in the long run as contact lenses need replacing regularly. They are also more convenient to just ‘slip on’. And with so many styles to choose from, optical glasses can be something of a fashion statement!
Contact lenses require cleaning and maintaining to avoid contracting eye infections. However, they don’t change your appearance and will not fall off when taking part in sports or other activities. And they do not obstruct your peripheral vision like glasses may do.
Just remember that if you can’t choose between the two options, you can always buy both!
How do I choose a frame that suits me?
Frames come in so many different styles that it can be difficult to decide which optical glasses to pick. From unknown brands to designer eyewear by Gucci, Ralph Lauren and Prada, there is something to suit all budgets.
All the options can seem daunting, but a good optometrist and shop stylists are able to help. They will advise you on the most appropriate glasses for your lifestyle. The shape of your face also plays a big part in what frames will suit you.
Whether it is oval, square, heart or diamond shape there is a style that will complement your face. Check out our guide to choosing the right frames for your face shape here
Can I buy optical glasses online?
Ordering online may seem like a cheaper, quicker and easier way to buy glasses but it’s not necessarily a good idea. To ensure you are getting the correct prescription lenses, having an eye exam at the time of purchase is important. Self-prescribing can lead to further eye issues.
An optometrist will also check your eye health at the same time so you know there are no problems.
Not being able to try frames before you buy is also not advisable. By trying glasses on, you are able to check for quality, comfort, and suitability before parting with your hard-earned cash.
Buying optical glasses does not need to be a difficult and complicated process. Contact or visit us at Main Fashion Optical and let us help you find the right glasses for you.