Do you or a loved one require prescription eyeglasses? Do you find it difficult to sort through the styles, features, and functionalities of women’s and men’s eyeglasses? We are here to help.

Buying prescription glasses can be a daunting experience. But with our top tips on choosing the best prescription eyeglasses, you’ll have no trouble finding the right pair.

Priority #1: Why do you need prescription eyeglasses?

Although you may feel compelled to immediately look into the newest eyewear designs and trends, it’s crucial to schedule a consultation with an optician. So they can evaluate your eye structure, visual system, and overall eye health.

Your optometrist will check your vision and ability to see, look for any eye diseases, and give you a final diagnosis, which may include astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. Once you understand your diagnosis, the optometrist will explain your unique needs for prescription eyeglasses.

For instance, do you only need men’s eyeglasses or women’s eyeglasses for reading or using the computer? Will you have to wear your glasses all day long? Will your outdoor activities require prescription glasses? How do you spend your time? Your optician is there to guide you through the different lens types that will work better for your activities (or your needs).

What is your face shape?

Your physiognomy is extremely important in assisting you in finding the best women’s or men’s eyeglasses. Did you know there are seven basic face shapes: diamond, heart, oblong, oval, pear, round, and square? What frames look best on you will depend on the shape of your face.

1- Diamond

People with diamond-shaped faces have thin chins and foreheads, but their cheekbones are wide. Choose glasses wider than your cheekbones or that curve up, like oval or cat-eye glasses. These frames will draw attention to your cheekbones and delicate features. Avoid frames that are skinny or big.

2- Heart

Faces that look like a heart have a wider forehead and a narrow chin. Choose glasses with square or round frames or low-set temples. The best frames balance the size of the forehead and the size of the chin. Eyeglasses with low-set temples and heavy lines at the bottom will make that part of your face. Avoid frames that draw attention to your forehead because of their color or style.

3- Oblong

The bones in oblong-shaped faces are very long and thin. Choose oversize rectangular eyeglasses or other types of large eyeglasses. Don’t wear glasses with small frames or shapes, like small round ones.

4- Oval

Faces with an oval shape are longer than they are wide; the jaws are narrower than the cheekbones. The best frames for an oval face have a strong bridge, are wider than the widest part of the face, and have a geometric shape. Oval-shaped faces look great with geometric shapes. Avoid frames that are round, small, or have no rim.

5- Pear

People with pear-shaped faces, which are also called “triangular” faces, have narrow foreheads and wide jawlines. If you have a pear-shaped face, choose oval or round frames. Avoid small and rimless glasses.

6- Round

People with round faces tend to have wide hairlines and a fuller area below their cheekbones. Square or rectangular frames are usually wider than round faces. This trait can make your face look better by making it look slimmer and longer. It can also make your round features look more balanced. Avoid frames that are round, small, or have no rim.

7- Square

The hairline and jawline of a square face are wide. Choose oval or round frames for your glasses to soften the angles of your face. The best glasses for square faces are ones that soften the angles and sit high on the bridge of the nose. Oval or round glasses will balance your face and make you look thinner. Don’t wear thick or pointy glasses.

Many apps can measure your face and tell you what shape it is. Choose frames that contrast with your facial characteristics and add symmetry and balance to your major features.

What type of complexion and hair color do you have?

Skin tones are either cool or warm. Once you know which one you have, choosing frame colors that look good on you is easy. People with cool skin tones have pink or blue undertones, while people with warm skin tones have more peach undertones, bronze, or yellow.

In addition to your complexion, hair color, and eye color can all significantly impact how women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses appear on your face. For instance, black, dark tortoiseshell, deep blue, and gray frames look good with light hair, skin, and eyes. People with dark skin look great in gold, beige, or light tortoiseshell glasses.

Comfort trumps style

Your eyes are important. That’s why we never recommend ignoring the quality of prescription eyeglasses. Low-quality men’s eyeglasses and women’s eyeglasses will only last for a while and might not have important features for your eyesight.

The best eyeglasses should have high-quality, scratch-resistant lenses with anti-glare or UV protection coatings. The frames themselves should be made of long-lasting materials and be well-made. Which is what we offer at Josephsons. We only offer the best quality of lenses and frames.

The most comfortable glasses are the best for your face, especially if you wear them most of the day. Once you’ve found styles, colors, and features that work well with your face shape, skin tone, and lifestyle, think about how the frames feel when you wear them.

For example, our Lindbergs frames are made from Japanese titanium and are super lightweight. But some people may enjoy a frame that is a bit more sturdy.

Are they too heavy to wear all day on your nose? Does the stylish detail in the corner get your hair tangled up? Your optician will ensure that your prescription eyeglasses fit perfectly on your face and stay behind your ears by taking the time to adjust them manually to your face. Keep in mind that you are the best judge as to what prescription eyeglasses are comfortable and which are not.

Choosing the best prescription eyeglasses may seem hard. But with these tips, and the help of our qualified opticians at Josephsons, you’re well on your way to finding great women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses for your needs. Ready for a new pair of prescription eyeglasses? Book an appointment with one of our opticians today!

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