For many people, glasses are a fact of life. From the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed, their glasses are by their side, whether perched on their nose or tucked away in a handbag for easy reach. But for parents who are already worn out, uncomfortable frames can make tired eyes seem even more of a nuisance than before.
If you’ve ever bought glasses that just don’t work for you, then this post is for you. Make sure your next pair of specs are the best you’ve ever had with these simple tips.
Check the Material
Typically, sunglasses are made from metal or plastic. Metal frames can last longer, but plastic frames often feel more flexible and lightweight. For strong, lightweight metals, you’ll often be looking at a higher price tag, making plastic a more accessible option.
But plastic doesn’t mean your glasses will look cheap. This range of wooden eyeglasses have a grained, rustic finish for an artisanal feel, but are actually made from acetate. This means they are lightweight, durable and kind to skin.
Consider the Arms
A major cause of aches and pains, the arms of your glasses can add unwanted pressure to the side of your head. When trying on a new pair of glasses you shouldn’t feel any tightness or pinching. Unlike a new pair of shoes, your frames aren’t going to give with time. If anything, your pain will get even worse when you’re wearing your glasses for long periods.
On the other hand, you don’t want arms that feel too loose either. Though they may feel like a dream when you’re staring at yourself in the mirror, they’ll start to lose their appeal when you’re going about your day. Choose frames that sit neatly on your nose and don’t slide out of place.
Bigger isn’t Always Better
You might feel like you’re getting more for your money when buying bigger frames, or maybe you’re after a pair of shades like your favourite celebrity. However, sometimes bigger glasses can feel heavier and clunkier when on your face. Scaling down could help you to feel more comfortable or, if you have your heart set on this style, choose a lighter material.
Know your Nose Pads
Barely visible, nose pads are often disregarded when it comes to buying new glasses, but they play an all-important role in your comfort. Depending on the shape of your nose, you may decide to opt out of nose pads altogether, but a sure-fire way to know if your nose pads are working for you is whether they leave an indentation in your skin. You don’t want to see any marks being left behind, or any redness, even after a full day of wear.
Keep your Prescription Up-To-Date
Before you even think about buying new glasses, the most important thing to do is pay a visit to your optician. If your prescription isn’t quite right, it doesn’t matter which glasses you choose, as you’ll be prone to eye strain and headaches.
Once you’ve got the go-ahead from your eye test, it’s time to find the perfect pair for you.