Contact Lens Basics

Picking Lenses- Who Knew There Were So Many!


The most time consuming part about shopping for eyeglasses is choosing the perfect lenses and frame. While you may think this should be the easiest part of the whole ordeal, it can often take hours to choose the best lenses and frame for your budget and style. If you have ever stepped foot in an eyeglass store, you know that each one contains hundreds of lenses and frames to choose from.

From afar they may all look the same, or look like they vary only a little, but from up close you can see that these lenses and frames are very different from one another. To avoid getting overwhelmed with the whole process and choose the best lenses and frames for you, try these three tips while shopping.

A) Take your time: The first thing to remember when shopping for lenses and frames is that you need to take your time. Choose a shopping day when you have plenty of time to browse and think about your choices. Since there are so many choices, you will need extra time to decide. Try to leave your children at home and go it alone, since you will be most likely to make a better decision when you can completely focus on the task at hand. Be sure to look at all of your options. Ask the experts there for recommendations. If the salespeople are rushing you to make a decision, come back another day. You should never be rushed when making this type of purchase. If the salespeople have a problem with this, take your business elsewhere.

B) Try them on: The best way you will know what you like and what you don’t like it to try on as many options as you can. There should be various models for you to try on. You should be able to experience each lens type as well as hundreds of frame types. Don’t be afraid to jump in and start trying them on. There are likely tons of mirrors around your eyeglasses store, so you will be able to see what you look like in each of them. When it comes to lenses, you won’t be able to try on your specific prescription, but you will be able to see how each lens feels in weight and clarity. Some lenses, such as glass lenses, might seem to be a little heavier than others. Plastic lenses are often very lightweight and are great for all eyeglass types.

C) Shop around: One thing that people sometimes forget is that they have the right to shop around. If you live in a small town, this may not be as great of an option. However, if you live in an urbanized area, you should have at least two eyeglass shops in town. Even local general merchandise stores are opening eye care departments where you can get your prescriptions filled. So, don’t assume that you must purchase your eyeglasses from your eye care specialist or their store. You may be interested to know that a better deal is likely waiting around the corner. Look around your eyeglass professional’s store and check out the products and the prices. Then take a little time to check into other options. Commit to the best deal instead of feeling pressured to purchase right away. When you save yourself money, you will love your eyeglasses even more.

Remember, when you are shopping for lenses and frames, you should stay focused on the task at hand. When you are shopping, be sure to take your time. Never rush yourself or allow yourself to be rushed by salespeople. Be sure that you are ready to make your decisions when it comes time to do so. If you are rushed into a sale, you might not be completely satisfied. Always try on each option that you have to choose from in order to see which one is best for you. When you refuse to try on all of the lens types and various frames, you won’t really know which one is best for you. Lastly, don’t be afraid to shop around for the best deals and best quality products. Allowing yourself to get the best deal is a favor you should always do for yourself.