How to find the perfect pair of eyeglasses

(NC) While buying a new pair of eyeglasses may not rank as a major life purchase, it can sure seem like a big deal to decide how your face will look for the foreseeable future. After all, this is your chance to create a fresh look for yourself, and the right frames can make all the difference.

Whether you’re going for cool, fashionable, professional, smart or all of the above, here are four tips to help you find the perfect glasses: 

Contrast is king. When selecting a frame, try to counter your facial features to create balance. For instance, round frames often pair well with square or angular faces, while square frames contrast well with round faces and softer features. Similarly, if the top half of your face is wider than the bottom, you want a bottom-heavy frame, and vice versa.

Frame to your eyes. When trying on a new frame, your eyes should sit at the horizontal centre of the lens and vertically in the top third. Remember, the closer your eyes are to the corner of the lens, the better your glasses will look on you. When your eyes sit in the inner corner, it can make you appear cross-eyed. But too far out and your frames will look too small for your face.

Consider your prescription. It’s not all about the frames. While many eyewear prescriptions are valid for up to two years, your eye health situation can change quickly, so it’s always wise to book a comprehensive eye exam before investing in a new pair of eyeglasses. Also keep in mind that stronger prescriptions can cause your lenses to get thicker. You’ll likely want to invest in high-index lenses if you’re looking for thinness, style and comfort. 

Make sure they fit. While style is important, comfort is paramount when you’re going to be wearing your purchase for over 16 hours a day over the next two years. To avoid buyer’s remorse, ensure your glasses don’t slip down your nose from being too loose or leave red marks or indentations from being too tight. You also don’t want your glasses touching your cheeks or eyelashes.