Are Your Glasses Lonely? Get Them the Perfect Friend!

March 30, 2019

You would never think of going through life with one pair of shoes, would you? Or with one copy of your house key or one pen? Of course you wouldn’t…what would happen if you lost your only house key or your only pen snapped in two? How would you go to a formal wedding if your only shoes were a pair of sneakers? 

Ask your friends who wear glasses how many pairs they have. It will shock you how many have only one pair! Your eyeglasses are one of the most important items you own. You can’t read, drive, go to work or watch TV without them, yet you’re willing to risk misplacing or breaking them when you don’t have another pair available. Looking at the situation from this angle, having one pair of glasses is dangerous. Having at least one backup pair is insurance, pure and simple.  

There’s other reasons to have more than one pair of glasses handy. Fashion as a reason may sound flighty, but wearing the same pair of glasses with everything in your closet is like wearing the same shoes with every outfit. You can do it in a pinch, but you’ll look more put together if your glasses complement your outfit of the moment. You don’t have to go overboard, but a neutral frame, a metallic frame and one of the trendy designer frames can take you through any occasion. 

There are also health-based reasons for owning more than one pair of glasses. Today’s world of pervasive electronics and devices causes moderate to heavy users to experience eyestrain or chronic neck and shoulder pain. Research indicates that electronics emit “blue light” that can damage your eyes and lead to macular degeneration. Your optometrist can prescribe computer glasses with blue light filters to protect your eyes and reduce pain from excessive muscular strain. Whether prescription or not, a pair of good is essential to protect your eyes from UV rays that can also cause an array of issues.  

Now that you know how important it is to have more than one pair of glasses, how do you decide which frame is most flattering to your face? Faces fall into six general shapes. Use the chart provided to decide which face shape most closely matches your own.  

Once you’ve determined your face shape, look for the following types of frames to accent your best features. 

Oval –You have a wealth of choices! Almost anything goes, as long as the frame is as wide as, or wider than, the broadest part of the face.  

Long – Focus on frames that have more depth than width. A square frame is more flattering than a narrower, rectangular one. Decorative or contrasting temples also give an illusion of width to the face. 

 Round – Look for narrow, sharp-edged eyeglass frames to add angles your face. Frames with a clear bridge and rectangular frames that are wider than they are deep can turn you into a rock star! 

Square – To soften your face, try frames with more width than depth, especially narrow ovals and rounded shapes.  

Heart - Choose frame shapes that widen near the bottom to offset a pointed chin. Thin, light-colored frames and rimless frames that have a light, airy appearance also are good choices. 

Diamond – Frames with detailed or distinctive brow lines pack a fashionable punch. Rimless eyeglasses and frames with oval or cat-eye shapes also flatter this unusual face shape. 

Visit either the Tanglewood or Galleria Area location of Pro-Optix Eye Care for a comprehensive vision exam and free eyewear fashion advice from an ultra-stylish eye doctor!  We’ll have you seeing perfectly AND looking great in no time – guaranteed! 

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