Eyeglasses or Contacts: Which to Choose?

Eyeglasses or Contacts: Which to Choose?

2 Things To Consider When Selecting Prescription Sunglasses

by Douglas Sutton

If you are living with vision impairment, you may wear eyeglasses or contacts to help you see. Unfortunately, many people who wear prescription eyeglasses will remove them when outside or driving during the daylight hours because they need to wear sunglasses. While helpful for protecting your eyes from the sunlight, traditional sunglasses will not help with your vision issue. Therefore, it is beneficial to invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses. With this guide, you will be able to select the right prescription sunglasses for your needs.

Frame Styles

When shopping for your new prescription sunglasses, you may be surprised by the different styles available. Not only will you be able to choose from different overall styles, but you can also select from a variety of brands and colors.

It is important to note that certain lens prescriptions will not work with certain frame styles. If you require progressive lenses, which allow you to see at all distances, you will need a frame that allows you to see through the larger lens.

You should also take into account the shape of your face when choosing frames.

If you have an oval face, opt for a frame with a bold shape and color. If your face is round, look for a frame with strong details and nose pads that will keep the glasses off your cheekbones. This will balance out the face properly. For rounder faces, your frames should be neutrally colored and be round or have an upswept design.

Sun and Glare Protection

Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can lead to vision problems and underlying concerns affecting the health of your eyes. Extended exposure to UV radiation has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, and even temporary vision loss. Because of these risks, you should make sure your prescription sunglasses are capable of blocking 100 percent of UV rays from the sun while also absorbing HEV rays.

Adding glare protection is also important, especially since it can help you see in a more clear and concise manner while driving or just being outdoors. Glare protection will reduce the light reflecting from water, snow, sand, and concrete. This glare protection is known as polarization. While it is an added expense, polarized sunglass lenses are a smart investment for your vision and overall eye health.

Prescription sunglasses are important for your vision and eye health, but they can also be a fashionable statement. With this guide, you will be able to choose the right frames and lenses for your sunglass needs. Contact a company like Wolcott Optical Service LC for additional advice.


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Eyeglasses or Contacts: Which to Choose?

Since I was a teenager, I've worn eyeglasses. The idea of getting contacts didn't seem all that important. It was only during my last eye exam with a new optometrist that I decided to revisit the possibility. On the advice of my optometrist, I decided to try the disposable lenses. To my surprise, they worked great. Even my field of vision was broader. One of my favorite things is that I never have to hunt for a handkerchief or a tissue to wipe away dust from the glasses anymore. Being able to purchase sunglasses off the rack is pretty great too. If you just got the word that corrective lenses is in your future, let's talk. I'll tell you why choosing contact lenses over glasses makes sense.