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How To Shop For Glasses This Fall

Posted // Wednesday, September 18, 2013

With fall on the horizon it may be time to switch from your sunglasses to daily eyewear. During the summer months, it’s important to keep your eyes protected from sunrays. But now that summer is coming to an end, it’s time to look a different kind of lens.

According to the Vision Council of America, about 75 percent of adults use some sort of vision correction and most of them — roughly 64 percent — choose to wear eyeglasses rather than contacts.  And while the main purpose of corrective eyewear is to help you see … sometimes it’s just as important how you look. One of our optical lens experts, April Scott, was a guest on THV Monday morning to discuss the latest trends and fashion in eyewear with anchor Alyse Eady.  You can view the video below to see the interview and read further down for more information.

When it comes to eyeglass shopping, everyone looks at the frames first. There’s not much fashion that can be attributed to a transparent piece of glass, so the frames are where the style comes in. Your frames are going to be the first thing people will notice when they see your new glasses, so it makes sense that you want to spend some time choosing the right ones. It’s often best to go with a frame that contrasts your face shape.

Here’s a handy table to help you figure out what works best:

FACE SHAPE                                    BEST FRAME

Square                                                Oval, Round, Butterfly

Oval                                                     Most Frames Work

Round                                                 Angular, Geometric

Heart                                                   Narrow, Round, Bottom Heavy

Oblong                                                Broad, Top Heavy


So while frames are fun to hunt down, you have to be practical. If your frames are cool and stylish that’s great, but you have to make sure you’re being practical. You need frames that match your lifestyle. Some things to remember are:

  • If you’re active and sporty, you want frames that are extra durable and lightweight.
  • If you’re at a computer all day, you might want to make sure your glasses are designed to reduce glare.
  • Constantly on the go? You might want glasses that transition with you so you’re not always changing from regular glasses to sunglasses or perhaps your main glasses should be sunglasses.

Eyeglasses are not what they once were. In the past, glasses were more of a style detriment than they are now. Remember the high school geek always pushing his glasses up the bridge of his nose? Well nowadays, glasses are in. You see more and more people choosing glasses over contacts, and as such the brands that make them have responded. Now there are plenty of brands from some of the most famous designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Tory Burch, Gucci, Prada, Kate Spade and Versace.

So whether you’re glasses have reached the point beyond repair or if it’s time for an update, take a step into our in-clinic optical shop to see what we selection we have available. And if you need a new eye exam to update your prescription, our expert optometrists are just a few steps away.