Are you finally tired of your short-sightedness and want to do something about it? Are you considering investing in a good pair of eyeglasses that will last many years? If you answered yes to both of these questions then we’ve prepared a helpful article to help you pick the right eyeglasses when you’re buying for the first time.
We understand that it can be incredibly daunting to buy a pair of glasses for the first time because it’s incredibly expensive and you need to consider how long they last for. Some people say that glasses need to be replaced every one to three years, but there are plenty of people that have used the same glasses for five years or more. While this isn’t ideal (especially considering your eye strength can change over time) there’s usually no problem with getting more years of use out of your glasses.
So without further ado, here are 10 things to consider when buying your first pair of eyeglasses.
1. Decide on a budget for your glasses
To start, you have to budget for your purchase. Eyeglasses can quickly run you into the thousands if you’re not careful, and this is especially true if you want to purchase frames from a particular brand. Unless you absolutely have to, we wouldn’t suggest going for cheap budget options because those are the types of glasses that you’ll need to replace on a regular basis. Instead, we highly suggest that you invest a bit more money into your glasses and consider a reputable brand for reliability and peace of mind.
2. Picking eyeglasses that fit your face and skin tone
Glasses can drastically transform your appearance depending on the type of frames you choose in relation to your face. This is something that will require a bit of research, so we suggest checking out this article about buying the right glasses for your face shape.
3. Choosing frames based on personal style
There are lots of brand names in the world of eyeglasses and it’s common for people to spend hundreds on a brand name that they resonate with. Whether it’s frames that go well with your grey hair, frames from a brand that you love or frames that radiate a quirky and colorful style that you enjoy, there are lots of choices to pick from and we highly recommend that you do some searching around to find a pair that really speaks to you.
4. Finding the right optometrist
It’s a good idea to research different optometrists in your area to find a suitable one that is reputable and has a good track record. After all, your comfort with your eyeglasses will greatly depend on the results from your eye test, and this will require an experienced and knowledgeable optometrist.
5. Deciding on coatings to use
There are actually a huge number of different coatings that you can add to your glasses. This can create no glare glasses that protect against UV rays, you can have blue light glasses which are great for people that work at computers, and there are even some lenses that will react to sunlight and tint whenever they detect sunlight. There are lots of different coatings available so it’s worth speaking to your optometrist or optician about your choices.
6. Getting a sturdy case for your eyeglasses
We highly recommend that you invest some money into a sturdy case for your glasses. It shouldn’t be too big because it could cause your glasses to bounce around the case when you’re walking around with them in your bag. However, they can’t be too small either since it could crush the glasses and gradually warp them. A hard shell is recommended to give your glasses better protection from physical damage.
7. Learning about proper glasses care
To extend the life of your glasses, you should take some time to read about proper glasses care. For instance, you should never sling your glasses off your head with a single hand and you should never set them down on the lenses. You should also learn how to clean your glasses (a point mentioned below) and how to repair them should one of the screws come loose. It’s always nice to have a handy screwdriver or multitool in your wallet for emergencies like this!
8. Understanding how to clean your glasses
A lot of people ruin their glasses because they’re not careful about how they take care of them. We highly suggest that you read up a guide on how to clean your eyeglasses so you don’t accidentally use substances that could damage them.
9. Do you need a backup pair?
Depending on where you buy your eyeglasses, there’s a chance that you might be offered a secondary pair for a discounted price. This can be a great option for people that are concerned about how they treat their glasses, and it’s also a good choice for people that want to have an emergency pair in case something happens.
10. Considerations when buying online
It’s becoming increasingly popular to buy eyeglasses online because it’s convenient and you’ll have access to a wider choice of frames. However, you’ll still need to take an eye test to understand your prescription so that you can get the right frames for your eye strength. In addition, you should understand that you won’t be able to try the frames due to the nature of online orders, so make sure you measure your head shape and size and compare it to the size of the frames.
Buying eyeglasses is a huge commitment so it’s important to budget accordingly and consider all of these different factors. By focusing on these points, you’re guaranteed to be able to pick a reliable pair of glasses that will definitely last beyond their rated lifespan. This will help you save a lot of money and also help you get the most out of your purchase.