You probably wear your glasses everyday. They become a part of your face, and help to define who you are. You may want to create a subtle look, or to make a bold fashion statement with your glasses. You may even want them virtually disappear.
With over 500 frames in stock, we have the pair of glasses for you and your lifestyle.
How To Choose Your Frames
Step 1: Choose a frame that compliments your face shape by contrasting it
I.e. round faces look best in frames with sharp edges, and angular faces look better in rounded frames
|GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE BEST-LOOKING FRAME FOR YOUR FACE
|Complimentary Frame Shape
(Rounded forehead, full cheeks and chin)
|Frames with sharp angles. Frames with straight or angular lines can make the face look thinner and longer..
( Wider forehead and cheekbone area, tapering to a narrow chin. Usually small in size )
|Frames slightly wider at the bottom, with straighter top lines and lower side lines. Rimless frames tend to look good on this face shape as well.
(Broad and square at the jaw-line, tapering to a relatively narrow forehead; cheeks and jowls tend to be broader than the forehead)
|Frames with detail and/or heavier color at the top-- any frame with a more dramatic top edge than bottom tends to do well on this face shape. Cat eye frames often do well.
(Evenly proportioned face. Medium-wide forehead, high cheekbones, narrow, slightly rounded chin)
|Congratulations! You have the luxury of trying out different styles, as many frame shapes are flattering on this facial shape. However, remember to choose a frame size in proportion to face size.
(Forehead, cheekbones and chin similar width creating long lines from cheekbones to chin; face is longer than it is wide with a rounded jaw-line)
|frames which are more deep than wide makes the face appear more balanced. Frames with oval or rounded lower lines, and strong horizontal top lines or emphasis on top outer corners, or contrasting temples do well on this type of face.
(Wide forehead. Straight lines from cheekbone to jaw. Square shaped chin)
|Frames with oval or rounded lines, at least as wide as the face. Frames with little vertical depth will soften edges and make the face look longer.
(Widest at high cheekbones and narrow at both the chin and forehead)
|A wide variety of frames do well, but frames accentuaing the brow line tend to do best; oval, rimless, and cat-eye shapes all look good on this face shape.
Step 2: Consider your prescription
If you’ve got a strong prescription, your lenses will be thicker, which tend to look better in a smaller, more angular frame. Frames with rounded edges, or frames that are rimless, may cause your lenses to appear larger. If your prescription is high, one of our trained staff will be happy to help to find the frames that are optimal for the lenses you’ll need. In addition, if you’re over 40 and considering a progressive, or “no-line” bifocal (see our “choosing lenses” section), frame size is very important. Again, our opticians and staff are happy to help you with these factors.
Step 3: Match your coloring, your needs, your personality!
Today’s frames come in myriad colors, shapes, and designs. If you’re choosing a conservative frame for everyday use, this will probably be easy for you, and you can move on to step 4.. However, we’ve found that many people are considering a designer or trendy frame. (Sometimes as a second pair). If you are going for more color, consider your skin tone– most people have warm (yellow-based) or cool (blue-based) skin tone. If you are cool-toned, you could try black, grey, blue, tortoise, and darker browns. Warms tend to look better in light brown hues and some reds. There are a wide variety of styles that can give you a sophisticated, fun-loving, youthful, conservative, or style-conscious look.
Step 4: Choose your material
The first choice is either plastic (also called zyl) or metal. Plastic frames tend to be trendier and may be more colorful. Metal frames come in a variety of materials. Nickel makes up the majority of cheaper metal frames, and some may be hypersensitive to this material. If you have a history of allergies, especially to nickel or other metals, consider a premium material. Titanium is used in premium frames, as is stainless steel. In addition, flexible materials may be the best for your active lifestyle. Flex-titanium is available, and flexible memory plastics are even available now.
Step 5: Consider your budget
Okay, maybe this should have been higher on the list. This is very important, especially if you are considering a premium or higher priced lens. If you are on a budget, consider spending more on the lenses, and less on the frame. Remember, the lenses are what allow you to see your best!
Your lenses will be customized specifically for your eyes, to give you the crispest, clearest vision possible. Based on our comprehensive eye exam, you will have a personalized eyeglass prescription. Choosing the right lenses can be confusing. This guide will help you better understand your options, and what lenses will best suit your visual needs.
Single Vision Lenses
Available in all materials, single vision lenses can be used for either distance or near vision correction.
No-line Progressive Lenses
No-line progressive lenses correct for far (driving a vehicle), intermediate (viewing the dashboard), and near (reading a map) vision all in one lens. With no visible line, progressives have the appearance of single vision lenses and are therefore the most cosmetically desirable multi-focal.
Bifocal lenses provide both far (driving) and near (reading a map) correction in one lens with visible lines.
We recommend polycarbonate lenses for three good reasons: they are lightweight, thinner than plastic, and the most impact-resistant lenses available. Our optical department will likely recommended polycarbonate lenses for children, teens, active adults, and anyone needing superior eye protections.
Like Polycarbonate, Trivex is impact-resistant and lightweight. It offers superior optics to polycarbonate but can sometimes be a bit thicker than polycarbonate in higher prescriptions.
Lighter weight than glass, plastic lenses can be coated with several different lens treatments. An inexpensive option if you are on a budget.
For those with strong prescription, high-index lenses offer a thinner and lighter choice. These technologically advanced lenses are more comfortable as well as cosmetically desirable.
TREATMENTS, OTHER LENS DESIGNS AND OPTIONS:
Anti-reflective, or AR lenses, help reduce eye fatigue in all situations, particularly while viewing computer screens and driving at night. With AR coated lenses, you will be able to see up to 75% more detail than you will with uncoated lenses. In addition, AR lenses are less visible and more cosmetically appealing.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays pose potential harm to your eyes. Lenses with UV protection accomplish the same thing as sun screen lotion on your skin- they shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Plastic and glass lenses may require UV coating, while high-index and polycarbonate lenses provide UV protection inherently in the lens materials.
To protect lenses from everyday wear-and-tear, scratch resistant lenses are recommended. Some materials, such as polycarbonate and high index lenses include scratch protection. Other lenses can be treated with special coating to make them scratch resistant.
In varying light conditions, photochromic lenses darken and lighten. If the wearer is in the sun, photo chromic lenses start darkening in less than 7 seconds. If indoors, the lenses are clear. Photochromic lenses are available in virtually all lens materials and lens designs.
Available in a rainbow of colors, lenses can be tinted from light to very dark.
In addition to being thinner and lighter, aspheric lenses make your eyes look more natural. This design flattens the surface of the lens, therefore eliminating the magnification or minification of the eyes. Edge-to-edge visual clarity means that as the eyes move, vision will remain clear rather than “blur out” when the viewer looks away from the center of the lens.
Computer lenses correct vision specifically for the unique eye conditions of the computer user. These lenses can enhance your vision while reducing the eyestrain caused by glare.
Any surface can create glare in sunlight, including water, sand, snow, windows, vehicles, and buildings. Polarization eases eye stress and fatigue in the sun, and comes in several color and density options.
Mirrored coatings provide a reflective surface that makes the eye virtually invisible to viewers, while keeping the wearers eyes protected from glare and heat.