How to Choose the Best Eyewear for Your Lifestyle
Until recently, many might have felt shy about wearing glasses and preferred a more discrete option to correct their vision: contact lenses. Today, glasses have become a coveted fashion accessory that no one is afraid to show.
For many people, glasses are an integral part of daily life. That’s why it is important to choose a versatile pair that is versatile enough to be used in various situations. Something that does not draw too much attention at work can be used by someone who plays sports, and that doesn’t get in the way of your social life.
There is a huge variety of colours, models, sizes, and materials to choose from. But the style that suits that celebrity you adore may not match your face shape.
So let’s take a look (no pun intended) at some factors to consider when choosing a pair of glasses that suits your lifestyle and personality.
Hours and Hours of Screen Time
Many of us spend a lot of time on the screen, whether at home or work. A recent survey, published before lockdown revealed that American adults spend more than 17 hours a day looking at screens on different electronic devices.
According to this research, people spend between four and five hours a day looking at TV screens, another five hours in front of laptops or computers, and at least four and a half hours checking messages on smartphones!
If you’re looking for new glasses and your job or lifestyle requires spending hours in front of screens, it might be useful to consider glasses that reduce the effects of blue light. This is the name of the light emitted by electronics. It can cause problems like eyestrain, blurry vision, and, in extreme cases, cataracts.
In addition to affecting your retina, blue light also messes with your sleep cycle, especially when you’re watching TV or checking your smartphone just before bed. The luminosity signals your brain to wake up when it should be winding down.
Opt for so-called computer glasses (or blue light glasses) to avoid these problems. They have lenses designed to filter out the excess blue light and protect your eyes, allowing you to work with electronic devices more comfortably.
When choosing a pair of stylish eyeglasses to wear at work, also avoid oddly shaped frames or strong colours. Classic glasses (with oval or rectangular frames) will make you look more professional to your colleagues and clients. And black, grey, or dark blue tones match more sober clothes.
If You Have an Active Lifestyle
Physical activity is an important aspect of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. If someone is considered active, it might be useful to consider picking suitable frames and lenses for these activities. After all, glasses designed for reading are not exactly suitable for physical activities.
Sport models or safety eyewear are the best choices for almost any activity. They have some very specific functions to help people with an active lifestyle, such as polycarbonate frames.
If you play contact sports or are used to running outdoors in any weather, choose lenses with scratch-proof coatings and frames that are flexible. In that way, you protect your eyes from dust, wind, and other elements and avoid spoiling a naturally fragile product that can break or bend with the first hit.
Consider the Strength of Your Prescription
If you’re someone who has a high prescription, your lenses are likely to be thicker. However, your prescription doesn’t have to limit your glasses choices.
There are lenses made of polycarbonate material that can be used to make thin but high prescription lenses. This will open up the possibilities for those who have high prescriptions to try newer, thinner styles.
When buying your new pair, consider that glasses frames for women (and men for that matter) are made of a variety of materials. Some match the shape of your eyes and face; others will look too big or too small, so you have to choose carefully.
While plastic lenses have traditionally been better suited for thicker lenses, metal frames or half-rimmed glasses can also be considered a charming and practical option.
Keep an Eye on Your Style
There are countless options on the market in terms of colours, shapes, and styles of eyeglass frames and lenses. So it can be challenging to change your current pair and make the new one adapt not only to your face but also to your lifestyle.
When shopping for new eyewear, consider factors like functionality over price. Choose formats and materials that are comfortable for your day-to-day – whether for work, practice physical activities, or even look good on a date.
The priority of your glasses is to help you see better by complementing the needs of your eyes. That doesn’t mean they can’t match your lifestyle as well. So keep an eye on your style and find a pair that shows the world the person you are.