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How to Choose Your New Glasses
Choosing Your New Glasses!
Chances are that you're you're reading this right now, you either need new glasses to replace your old pair or you've just visited your eye doctor and you need glasses for the first time! Don't worry or stress out over it, this article will teach all you need to know and more about choosing the right glasses, ones that look good and will last years. Glasses are an investment, these are your eyes we're talking about, you need to be able to see to do pretty much everything in your life and suddenly finding yourself without glasses because you unknowingly chose a pair of glasses that weren't right for you or your lifestyle could be devastating. This advice works well with choosing regular reading glasses too so don't stop reading just because you didn't go to the eye doctor to get your glasses.
First and foremost your glasses should look good on you! Be picky, you'll be wearing these glasses every day of your life from here on out so don't rush through this decision. Which glasses you choose depends a lot on your face shape, your personal preference, and what's in style at that particular time. If you want glasses that will last the test of time I've got some advice for you. Do not get glasses with any sort of "Bling" in them. These little sparkling stones look nice and shimmery all neatly displayed in your well lit eye doctors office, but i promise you in 6 months, if not sooner, most of those stones will fall out and the ones that don't disappear will turn the most unattractive shade of green.
I also do not recommend the half rimmed glasses that have metal on top and nothing but a clear string on the bottom. That "string" is actually fishing line, yep that's right, your expensive pair of half rimed glasses are held together with fishing line. These look nice but over time the groove the fishing line sits in, that's under a lot of pressure, will cause the lenses to crack and chip little by little. I actually own a pair of these and they've started cracking already and I've only had them for about a year. These types of glasses are not good long term choices, however if you plan on changing your frames every year if you really want the fancy fishing line glasses, get them if they make you happy. I highly recommend plastic glasses or plain old metal frames. These come in various styles and colors now a days and they won't break as easily as the other options and most of the time aren't as pricey.
Plastic or poly? Polycarbonate that is, theres a lot more to choosing glasses then picking the right frames, you also have to choose what kind of lenses you want. Plastic is a lot cheaper then Polycarbonate, however, Polycarbonate will last you a lot longer. Remember when i said your glasses are an investment? They truly are. With plastic lenses your sure to save a little money however you should know they plastic lenses chip easier and aren't as durable. If your going to be exercising or moving around a lot or even are prone to clumsiness i don't recommend plastic lenses. Polycarbonate lenses cost more then plastic, however in my opinion poly is the better choice of the two. I'd rather spend the money for better quality then, should something happen, still have usable glasses. Instead of having to buy a second pair of plastic lenses which, added together, would probably equal to about the price of buying polycarbonate lenses in the first place.
A lot of people don't realize that just because you need new glasses you don't necessarily need to buy new frames, you can use your old frames and have them fit your new prescription lenses to your frames. We need to talk about cleaning your new glasses, you can use lens cleaner that you can buy at your eye doctors office or you can often buy them on major department stores. However if you want to save a few bucks you can use vinegar or a mixture of vinegar and water, if straight vinegar is too strong smelling for you, in a pump spray bottle. If you have a lens cleaning cloth that's great, use it. If you don't you can use anything that feels about the same as paper towel, or in a pinch use your T-shirt. Oftentimes people tell you to be careful what you use to clean off your glasses because some things will scratch the lenses, but the truth is a lot of things can scratch your lenses and it has very little to do with what your cleaning them with. As long as your not using steel wool and sand to clean your lenses you're pretty much set with whatever low lint soft cloth you have on hand.
But wait, I got the anti-scratch coating on my lenses, aren't they scratch proof now? No, they aren't, the scratch resistant coating they put on your lenses does not make your lenses totally scratch proof, they do however make it a little harder for every day activities to scratch your lenses up. So i highly recommend getting the scratch resistant coating put on your lenses as it will extend the life of your lenses some.
Glasses are a lifelong investment so be picky and choose wisely. Don't be afraid to pay a little extra for better quality, it will almost always save you money down the road. I hope this article helps you make a better informed decision while picking out your new glasses.