Glasses Need an Upgrade? Tips for Finding the Best Eyewear

Shopping for new glasses can be a challenge, but you can find long-lasting, high-quality eyewear once you know what characteristics to seek.OptiExpress is Fort Meyers’s premier optometry resource, helping patients throughout the community improve their eye health in a comfortable, family-friendly environment.

Outside of the eyewear design and sales industry, there aren’t that many eyewear aficionados in the world – your casual glasses-wearer probably couldn’t tell you precisely what qualities make an outstanding pair of glasses versus a merely adequate pair of glasses. However, having this information is crucial to not only finding a long-lasting, stylish pair of glasses but also getting the best deal. Here are some of the characteristics of truly well-constructed eyewear.

High-quality frames.

One of the first areas of inspection should be eyeglass frames. Here’s what to look for.

  • Excellent finish. If you’re buying designer eyewear, take a look at the accuracy of the finish. If the frames are hand-finished, there shouldn’t be any hint of grooves, waving, or pitting in the surface quality. The highest quality acetate frames are typically made in Japan or Italy, and boast a variety of finishes, from high gloss to transparent, to brushed.

  • Well-crafted hinges. Look at the hinges of the glasses. There should be between 5 and 7 barrels holding the screw if the frame near the temple is more than 3 millimeters in width. The more barrels, the greater the durability.

  • Fine details. In designer glasses, there should be great attention to accuracy and functionality in design. Much of the detailing will be in service to wearability, like grooving that promotes stability and inhibits slipping.

Lens quality

All prescription lenses should be crystal clear, but luxury eyewear should be treated with anti-glare, anti-smudge, and anti-scratch coating. Talk to your optometrist to determine the best lens materials and options for your prescription. Also, ask about warranty options for coatings – the highest-quality coatings are often warrantied.

The eyewear fit

Most of us know the basic rules regarding finding the right frame for face shape, but the structure of your features – the positioning of your eyes, ears, and nose – is significantly more important than whether your face is oval or round. Not only will these characteristics affect whether or not your glasses flatter you, but they will also influence the comfort of the fit (if the glasses slip or pinch your nose). Have your optometrist perform measurements that help you find your most appropriate eyewear frame shape.

OptiExpress – Helping the Cape Coral and Fort Myers Communities Find Exceptional Eyewear

Don’t hesitate to visit an optometrist before selecting new eyewear. Not only will an eye exam alert you to any vision changes, but your eye care professional can also help you choose glasses that best suit your budget, appearance, and lifestyle.

OptiExpress is pleased to offer a one-hour digital lab and a huge selection of high-quality, designer eyewear. Dr. J. Michael Witherington founded OptiExpress in 1996, giving the Fort Myers and Cape Coral communities a trusted eye care facility that specializes in providing full eye health services in a family-friendly atmosphere.

What Style of Glasses Works for You? Tips for Selecting Fashion-Forward Eyewear

Wondering what type of eyewear best suits your personal style? The following article discusses the different selection of frames you might consider when choosing your next pair of glasses. OptiExpress is Fort Myers’s go-to optometry center, helping diverse patients optimize their ocular health in a comfortable, family-friendly setting.

Not everyone’s eyewear fits their clothing style and grooming choices. If you haven’t updated your frame style since your last – or first – eye exam, you may not be aware that there is a whole world of beautiful and style-forward options for you to choose from. Not only can they offer a polished finish to your general look, but they might also even provide a better fit, improving your vision and overall comfort. But how to select the right frames for your face, wardrobe, and image?

Fortunately, you don’t have to necessarily select a single pair of glasses – you can have multiple pairs (and sunglasses, of course), each providing a unique statement for an assortment of sartorial choices. If you aren’t sure how to select the right style of eyewear for you, here are a few tips.

Classic is good. Retro… not necessarily.

Classic eyewear styles include rimless and semi-rimless frames, tortoise shells, flat-top, and Wayfarer eyeglasses – they’re all reminiscent of a previous era without being aggressively dated. Bolder classic styles include Aviator and Clubmaster styles (Clubmaster eyeglasses are square-framed with a bold rim across the top – reminiscent of 1950’s eyewear). They create visual interest when worn with a neutral or complimentary wardrobe.

However, there is a risk that certain vintage eyewear styles will appear costume-y. Cat’s eyeglasses, for example, can look downright cartoonish (remember The Far Side?). However, you can ensure your look stays fresh and contemporary by selecting frames that are designed with a subtle nod to a particular decade, rather than glasses that look exactly as though they were worn in 1963.

Eyewear should be an accent.

When it comes to bold eyewear styles – brightly colored frames or Roger Stone-Esque circular rims — you need the confidence to carry it off and a wardrobe that doesn’t make a competing statement. Big, glamorous glasses paired with quirky attire could give the impression of a child playing dress-up, rather than an expression of personal style.

Make sure your eyewear suits your profession.

Accessories can transform a look, and they can make a statement about your personality, values, and lifestyle very effectively. Decide exactly what you want your eyewear to communicate before you make your final decision about what style frames you’d like to buy. Your career objectives will help you significantly in this regard.

You can afford to make brave fashion decisions when you work in a creative industry, but if you’re a CPA, for example, you might want a more conservative frame or a frame that can easily transition from conservative to stylish depending upon the wardrobe. Gold wireframe eyeglasses – elegant and delicately framed glasses that compliment any look – are simultaneously on-trend and completely classic.

Find a suitable fit.

Regardless of your preferred eyeglass style, if they don’t fit, they won’t do you any favors either optically or aesthetically. Before deciding which style eyewear you’d like to try, visit an optometrist to perform your measurements so that you can make sure you maximize your field of vision and that your glasses fit your face without slipping or causing discomfort.

Wearing a beautiful pair of glasses that compliment your face and style can help give you a more polished appearance. If you are a part of the Cape Coral or Fort Myers Florida community, stop by OptiExpress and discover how gorgeous eyewear can help improve your appearance and confidence.

OptiExpress is proud to offer a one-hour digital lab and a wide selection of designer eyewear. Dr. J. Michael Witherington founded OptiExpress in 1996, giving the Fort Myers and Cape Coral communities a reliable eye care resource that specializes in providing comprehensive eye health services in a family-friendly environment.