How to Buy Eyeglasses

Having just went through the exercise of buying eyeglasses for the millionth time in my life, here are some observations I’ve made over the years that can make the experience a bit easier in the short and long term.

1. Go to an eye doctor and get a prescription
Can’t get eyeglasses without a prescription – I prefer going to a private practice eye doctor rather than a chain for an eye exam, but that’s just me.

2. Choosing frames
This is by far the worst part – for me, at least. Go check out Pearl, Lenscrafters, what have you and try on a bunch of glasses. I found that Pearl had NOTHING that I liked, but maybe that’s just me. Lenscrafters only had a few I liked, but that’s life. Each store seems to carry different brands and models with some but not as much overlap as I would expect.
The most important part is that the glasses fit and they’re comfortable. Try to get a rep to measure you and write down your eye, temple and bridge size – these numbers are almost as important as your prescription. Once you find a pair you like, wear them for as long as possible. There is a big weight difference between metal and plastic frames – my new plastic ray ban’s are way heavier than my old metal frames.

3. Buying frames
There are two ways to go when it comes to buying your eyeglasses frames: you can buy them from the eye doctor/chain store OR you can buy them online. This is why you need to know your eye, temple and bridge size and you can either buy frames online or have the frames cut by a retailer. I’ve found that frames are way cheaper online than they are at retail locations.

Well, there you have it. If you’ve never had to go through this before, try to bring someone with you who has dealt with this nightmare before. Seeing is the most important thing, but I guarantee the most lengthy and exhausting part of the process.

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Posted on May 14, 2014, in lists, observations and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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