Most glasses wearers will spend more time than not wearing their spectacles, so it is vital that the fit and your vision is impeccable.
At Verity Opticians we pride ourselves on giving first class service before, during and after your eye exam.
There are six steps to ensuring that your glasses are perfect.
1. Eye Exam
It is recommended that you have your eyes tested at least every two years, although it may be more regular if you suffer from certain health conditions. During your 15-point eye examination, not only will we check for changes in your prescription but also track your eye health.
Diseases like glaucoma, high blood pressure and diabetes can all be identified at an eye test, and your optometrist will recommend visiting your GP if they see anything suspicious.
Once your eye exam is complete, you’ll have an accurate and up to date prescription.
2. What are your glasses for?
Spend some time talking to your optometrist or optical assistant about what you’ll be using your glasses for, and a bit about your normal day. They will then be able to help you choose a frame that will suit your face and your lifestyle.
Flexible hinges - great for reading glasses if you’ll be taking them on and off a lot throughout the day
Titanium and lightweight frames - great if you want to feel as though you aren’t wearing glasses
If you have young children, you’ll want a robust frame with flexibility as they tend to grab spectacles off your face
If you intend to play sport in your glasses, your optometrist can recommend frame styles and lens types that are durable
3. Choosing your frames
You want to choose a pair of frames that suit you and let your prescription work properly. Our Optical Assistants can help you to choose frames that flatter your features, as well as recommend the styles that will work well with your type of vision impairment (long sighted, short sighted, bifocals etc.).
There are no rules when it comes to picking the style of frame that will work best for you. Just like our sunglasses recommendation, there may be styles that flatter your face shape, but they might not be what you like, and they need to be compatible with your lens type.
Round face shapes suit square frames
Oval face shapes suit rectangular frames
Square and long face shapes suit more rounded frames including cat-eye shapes
4. Choosing your lenses
There are so many lens options available that it can be a bit daunting, but don’t settle for a bog standard lens.
Scratch-resistance is useful for most people as it protects the lens from becoming scratched which can cause clarity issues
Anti-reflective lenses can help to reduce glare from external light and also to create a clearer finish for people looking at you. If you’re in a customer facing role, have your photo taken a lot or work in front of a PC this is a valuable coating.
Thin & light lenses - lenses that are produced specifically for people with a strong prescription. Not only are they lighter to wear, but they also offer a more aesthetically pleasing look around the edge of the frame. In layman terms, they prevent the jam jar look!
UV and Blue Light filters - harmful UV rays can cause long lasting damage to your eyes. Lenses are available that reduce the impact. Blue light from screens can cause eye fatigue, and lenses are now available to reduce the negative impact of blue light on our eyesight.
Transitions® - If you don’t want the inconvenience of switching between clear and tinted lenses when you move inside and out, or you’re sensitive to natural light, consider Transitions® lenses.
No matter how comfortable a pair of glasses feel, you need to have them professionally fitted when you choose your frames. Measurements should be taken so that the lens fits into the frame at the optimum position for clear vision. This is especially true for bifocals and multi-range lenses.
For standard single-vision lenses you will have a pupil distance (pd) measurement taken. This will ensure that the centre of the lenses are positioned at the front of your eye.
For multi-vision lenses such as bifocals and varifocals, a segment height measurement is also taken to decide where the near and distance parts of the lenses will sit within the frame.
Without these measurements, your vision may be unclear when you get your glasses back.
6. Final adjustments
When your glasses have been made up to your requirements including the lens type and coatings, you’ll be invited in for a final fitting.
At this point, your optician or optical assistant will ensure that the frames fit levelly on your face, are comfortable behind your ears and fit on your nose well. If your frames have nose pads these will be adjusted to fit you specifically.
This final fitting will also test to make sure the lenses are at the correct position and your vision is clear. You should visit us every few months for minor adjustments if you feel the frames getting wider or notice any changes in the fit or comfort of them.
So now you’re ready for the perfect pair of glasses. Book an eye appointment at one of our stores or if you already have a recent prescription from one of our optometrists, bring it to one of our branches and we can help you to choose the right spectacles for you.