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What You Need to Know About Eyeglasses


Although contact lenses and vision correction surgery have made significant advancements, eyeglasses are still a popular option. With a wide selection of frame materials, frame styles, and colors, glasses are a great way to express your style while improving your vision.

What You Need to Know About Eyeglasses

Types of Eyeglass Frame Materials

With the introduction of new plastics and various other kinds of materials, there are endless options to choose from when deciding on your eyeglass frame material. Commonly, eyeglass frames are made from plastic or metal, but other materials can be used depending on the type of frame you desire.

If you are looking for safety glasses, you will require a more lightweight, durable frame material such as polycarbonate. For those who suffer from skin allergies should consider hypoallergenic materials such as stainless steel. This will help avoid skin conditions such as dermatitis.

The frames can also be made of more flexible materials to help prevent breakage and can also be made with spring hinges, which increases frame durability as well. These types of materials are commonly used for activewear glasses and children’s glasses.

Eyeglass Lens Advancements

Modern eyeglass lenses are now thinner and lighter, making them more attractive. Popular eyeglass lenses and lens treatments include:

  • Photochromatic lenses. This type of lens darkens automatically in the sunlight, providing you with full protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  • Polarized lenses. With these lenses, you can prevent glare from reflective flat surfaces, like water or snow. These lenses can also help to reduce eye fatigue.
  • High-index plastic lenses. Designed to be thinner and lighter than conventional lenses, these plastic lenses provide built-in protection from UV rays.
  • Trivex and Polycarbonate lenses. These types of lenses offer ten more times the impact resistance than plastic lenses and are commonly used in safety glasses, children’s glasses, and sports eyeglasses.
  • Anti-Reflective Coating. With anti-reflective coating, you can drastically improve your lenses by eliminating lens reflections, reducing glare, and allowing more light into your eyes for better vision at night.

Choosing the Best Eyeglasses for Your Lifestyle

There are a variety of factors that come into play when searching for the perfect frame. These factors include your appearance, lifestyle, and your personal taste. A few things to consider when searching for frames:

  • Some frames won’t work with certain types of lenses. For example, if you have progressives, they may not work in a smaller frame.
  • Certain styles of frames work best for specific face shapes. Although you may like the frames, your friend or favorite celebrity is wearing, be sure to analyze your face shape to ensure it will complement your features.
  • Consider your prescription when choosing frames, as well. If you have a higher prescription, be sure to choose a smaller frame that will center on your eyes.

At Dittman Eyecare, our experienced staff can help you find the best frames for your style and prescription. Contact us today to schedule your eye exam appointment!

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