New Eyeglass Frames for the New Year?
Have you been eyeing a new pair of glasses to replace your old, worn frames? Christmas is coming up; it is a fabulous time of year to treat yourself (or a loved one) to the perfect pair of new glasses! But with all the various styles, frame materials, and lens types floating around, what is the perfect pair? Let us help you with a rundown of eyeglass basics.
Eyeglass Frames 101
Frame styles come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you are looking for a pair of glasses that is subtle and unobtrusive, try rimless glasses. These glasses have no frame around the lenses; the temple and bridge pieces are fastened to the lens themselves instead of to a frame. Another subtle frame style is the half-frame; the frame only curves around the top half of the lens but the bottom is left rimless. For a trendy and bold look, try on a pair of glasses with a thick frame. Black is classic for thick frames, but for the daring, red or even teal can be a fantastic choice. Other frame thicknesses can be found between rimless and thick-framed, and frame colors range the spectrum (and beyond – various metals and even transparent frames abound).
The material that the frame is made of is also important when choosing a frame. If you have sensitive skin, a hypoallergenic material, such as titanium or stainless steel, is the way to go. If you are involved in sports or need safety glasses, tough plastic such as polycarbonate are stronger and will handle extra stress well. Or perhaps you are looking for a frame that is flexible and will not break easily (such as a child’s frame); metal alloys provide strength and flexibility while remaining lightweight. Plastic frames can also be lightweight, and they are easily molded into unusual shapes and come in a wide range of colors while remaining cost-effective.
Glasses aren’t actually made of glass?
Lenses are no longer made of glass; instead, most lenses are made of modern plastics. These plastics are stronger, more resistant to scratches, and weigh less than older plastic or glass lenses. Polycarbonate lenses are tough, impact-resistant, and provide 100% UV protection. Trivex lenses are similar to polycarbonate; however, they may provide better vision correction in certain cases. Photochromic lenses are clear indoors but become tinted outdoors, reducing the need for sunglasses. High index plastic lenses were designed for strong prescriptions without creating a “coke bottle” look. Aspheric lenses have a thinner, flatter profile than regular lens, and polarized lenses reduce light glare to the eyes.
Finally, many glasses offer options for lens treatments. An anti-reflective treatment reduces reflections and light glare from the glasses, allowing your eyes to be seen better both in person and in photos. Many lenses have a built-in scratch resistant treatment, but this is a great option for those lenses that do not come with it. UV protective treatments boost the UV protection of your lens to 100% (today’s lenses block most UV rays but often not completely). Last, an anti-fog treatment will reduce the fogging of your lens on a cold day, while working out or cooking in the kitchen.
We’re here to help
With such a variety in eyeglasses, you are sure to find a pair that fits your needs. And if you are having trouble finding the perfect frame (or cannot make a decision between several pairs), our staff is available to help you! Let us help your eyes look (and see) the best this Christmas!