How to Choose Comfortable Eyeglasses

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With all of the different elements that make up a good pair of eyeglasses, comfort is one that sometimes takes a back seat.  Since the entire reason for having glasses in the first place is to see better, it’s imperative that the lenses have the proper prescription and are free of scratches, nicks or cracks.  You also want the material of the frames to be strong and flexible, so they will last long, and you want to choose a style that looks good and that you can wear with a variety of different outfits or types of clothing.  Of course, if you have glasses that don’t fit your face well and are uncomfortable, all the rest won’t make much difference because you won’t even want to wear them. 


The meaning of “comfortable glasses” may vary from person to person, but the main goal is to feel as though you aren’t wearing any glasses at all.  If you can get through your days barely noticing that you have any glasses on, you’re probably doing okay in the comfort department.  One element in choosing comfortable glasses is making sure that wearing them doesn’t cause any discomfort.  You may notice that they’re on, and they might not be your first choice, but as long as they don’t hurt, you’re headed in the right direction.  This usually means pinching on the bridge of your nose or squeezing in at your temples or above your ears. 


Sizing your glasses well is another way to make sure that you ultimately select a pair that is comfortable for you.  Making sure they don’t pinch and squeeze is important, but you should also check the lenses, too.  When the eyeglasses are on your face, your eyes should be looking directly through the center of each lens.  It’s a good idea to look into a mirror to achieve this.  You also want to make sure that you can see to the sides well, and the frames don’t impede your peripheral vision too much.  If the glasses tend to slide down your nose just from moving your head in a normal way, they won’t end up being very comfortable. 


For optimum overall comfort, you’ll want to choose a pair of eyeglasses that aren’t any wider than the widest portion of your face.  You want the top part of the lenses to rest no higher than your eyebrows and the bottoms to be up above your cheekbones.  Once all of the different size and fit points are covered, you’ll know that you likely have a pair of glasses that will be comfortable.


Keep in mind that the shape and size of everyone’s face is different, so you may have to try on a handful of different styles before you find one that fits well.  Eyeglasses come in many different styles and shapes, so don’t get discouraged if you can’t seem to find a nice, comfortable pair right at the start.  Just remember how a pair of glasses is supposed to fit and take it from there. 


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This article was published on 2012/05/15