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.