May 23, 2020
The world is still reeling from the impact of the Corona virus pandemic. Millions of people around the world have been forced to stay within and work from our homes. If you are working from home, you are one of the fortunate ones; you can afford to keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible and lessen everyone’s risk of contracting the virus. If you are one of those on the front line, you definitely deserve to be applauded, and this is sure to be a challenging time for you.
But regardless of whether you are on the front line or are suitably safe at home, shopping online can be a tricky matter if you aren’t sure how to make the right decision when you are buying something – especially something as selective as prescription eyewear. If you need prescription eyewear, you can now buy it online, of course, but before you make that purchase, here are the top factors you should consider when purchasing prescription glasses online.
Know your style
As any eyeglass aficionado will tell you, it would be in your best interest if you pick a frame that suits your personal style. We all have our preferences when it comes to frame sizes, shapes and materials, colors and what-not, but are you sure that your preference is the right fit for you? For this, you have to consider what’s important to you. For example, if you mean business and are serious about appearing as professional as possible, conservative colors and frames are best. Think about classic, standard shapes like rectangles and ovals, and stick with frame colors such as gunmetal, black, brown, and silver as they are a good match for business suits as well.
If you are a creative professional, a modern shape is a good choice, especially if you choose materials like metal or plastic. You can even go for more unique colors like green, yellow, purple, or blue. Aviator shapes are popular, too, as are vintage and retro frame styles. If you are a busy student, the virtual sky’s the limit. This is the perfect time to experiment with what goes best with you, so you can go all out with bright and bold colors and unique shapes. Feel free to express yourself – and experiment with combination looks that help you stand out.
Know your size
Frame considerations aside, you also have to know your size. While fashion concerns are important, the proper position of the glasses on your eyes is even more critical. If you already have a first pair of prescription glasses and they fit well, take their measurements (you can usually find this on the frame’s inside arm). Some frames may have the numbers indicated behind the bridge of the nose. In any case, take note of the size of the eyes, which is the lens’ horizontal width, and this comes in two digits, usually between 40 to 62mm. The bridge size is the distance between each lens, and this is indicated by a number between 14 to 24mm. The temple size is the arm piece’s length, and it’s usually a number with three digits, between 120 to 165mm.
You have to ascertain your face width and shape, because the wider your face, the larger your eyeglass frames should be. Know your face’s proportions so you can achieve a balanced look with your glasses. If your facial structure is less pronounced, go for a smaller frame, but if your facial structure is wide and full, you will often look better with a bigger frame.