There are two main areas within which differences in eyewear can occur. These are in the prescription lenses that you receive and the type of frames that you choose. Here is what you need to know about the different types of lenses and frames that are available, which will help you to be better informed when it comes to selecting the most appropriate eyewear for your individual requirements.
Exactly what lenses you will need for your glasses will be recommended by your optical care team. This is because you may need a specific type of lens depending on the prescription you require to see more clearly. For example:
Single vision lenses: this type of lens has just one prescription and is ideal for patients who need prescription eyewear for just one reason, for example for driving or reading.
Bifocal lenses: these lenses accommodate two different prescriptions and are usually given to patients who need support for both distance and up-close vision. By choosing bi-focal lenses, you can avoid needing two different pairs of prescription glasses.
Varifocal lenses: varifocal lenses accommodate more than two vision types, and unlike the clear distinction on bifocals, they have different sections for viewing near, far and everything in between.
In addition to the lens types listed above, it is also possible to benefit from tinted lenses, such as those used in sunglasses which can be placed into your choice of sunglasses frames.
One of the most important decisions that you will need to make about your eyewear is what types of frames you want your prescription lenses to be placed into. This is particularly crucial if you will be spending a great deal of time wearing your glasses as you will want to make sure that they enhance your facial appearance rather than have a negative impact on how you look. Fortunately, there is a huge range of different frames available, ensuring that there really is a perfect style for every face.
Nevertheless, some frames suit some face shapes better than others. Here is a brief guide to choosing frames to suit your face shape.
If you have an oval face shape you most likely have balanced and fairly symmetrical proportions – lucky you! This means that most frame styles will probably suit you. That said, many people with an oval face choose frames that are a little wider than the widest part of their faces for the greatest enhancement of their features.
If you have a wide forehead and a narrow chin, you probably have a heart-shaped face. People with heart-shaped, or inverted-triangle, faces tend to suit glasses frames that are a little wider than their forehead or an exaggerated brow line.
If your forehead, jaw, and cheekbones all seem fairly equal in the width you probably have a round face. Although many people with round faces naturally steer away from round frames, angular ones can actually draw attention to the roundness of your face. Complement your face by choosing soft, curved frames.
If you have a long nose and your face seems longer than it is wide, you probably already know that you have a long face. Choose wide frames with angular or square frames that will add width and reduce the length of your face.
If you have a strong jaw, square chin and a deep, wide forehead you have a square face. To offset some of your strong features and flatter your face you may wish to consider narrow, angular glasses frames.
If you would like more information on the differences in eyewear, or if you would like an appointment with our experienced team at Eyes & Ears in Southlake TX, please contact our offices at (817) 873-6810.