1. Know which lenses you’ll need. Now, I don’t mean you have to know all the techy ophthalmic terms (leave that to the Opticians) before you can even enter an optical store but at least know a few things so you are not being sold something you don’t really need, or worse, sold something that’s missing things that you really need! I recommend doing some research on the following things: Lens Index (thickness), Coatings (anti-reflective, blue-light), Lens styles (anti-fatigue, progressive, bi-focal).
2. Don’t overthink it! Realistically you should be getting new glasses every two years, so don’t get hung up on finding the one “perfect pair” because as you get to wear them you will always find something that can be better about them (but that’s a thought for the future pair). For now just make sure the frames you choose are right for your face, in terms of bridge fit and comfort.
3. Comfort. This is more of a personal preference but depending on frame material and how it’s made, it can affect the comfort if you are going to be wearing it all day long. This is why I recommend to not be shy and try on different styles of frames while you are in the store. Walk around with a thicker acetate frame and then compare it to perhaps a titanium lightweight one. If you like a heavier look then the frame will most likely weigh a little more and vice versa. Alternatively, you can ask you Optician to find you something in between!
4. Color matters… to most people. Think about your wardrobe at home not just what you are wearing while picking out your frames. Maybe even think ahead and try to wear something neutral! Really pay attention to your hair, eye, and skin color as well and see what frames compliment your coloring. I love to bring color not only into my frames but my lenses as well. Transitions lenses come in a variety of different color options and really bring your look to life when exposed to UV.
5. Be ready for some lifestyle adjustments. I don’t mean to scare anyone but being a person who got their first pair of glasses at 19, there is definitely a small adjustment period. You’ll maybe come to find that you are a bit more dependant on your glasses because they allow you to see to your full potential. Don’t let that worry you because wearing glasses will not make your vision weaker! They are a support tool for your eyes and they reduce strain and help them relax. Not wearing them can do more bad than good so keep them on you and handy everywhere you go!
6. Know how to take care of your new glasses! Glasses are exposed to a lot of dirt throughout the day. Your skins sweat and oils and all the dust and particles from the outside world are always coming into contact with your glasses and if not properly cleaned everyday it can cause bacteria and mold buildup (especially if you have nose pads) as well as scratched lenses. Use a microfibre cloth to buff your lenses when you’re out and when you get home run them under cool running water and rub a drop of mild dish soap on the lenses to get the days dirt right off.
NEVER use hot water on your lenses, leave the glasses in hot areas such as the car, shower, hot tub, oven area…etc.
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