How to Choose the Best Glasses for Your Style

Whether you’re a busy mom, an active athlete, or a professional who works behind a desk all day, there are lenses to fit every lifestyle. But what good are lenses without the perfect frames?

Keep reading for tips on how to choose the best lenses and frames for your style!

Which Frame Fits My Style?

While some people consider glasses to be a fun fashion accessory, others prefer a more neutral, conservative look. Neither style is right or wrong — it all comes down to what makes sense for you and your lifestyle. From sleek and sophisticated to funky and retro, there’s a frame to match any style or personality!

Sophisticated and Practical

Are you a career-oriented professional? Do you shy away from frames that are too bold or “loud”? Do you want a frame that’s quietly classic and timeless?

You may prefer a more conservative frame in a traditional shape and color. Classic shapes like ovals or rectangles tend to work best on people who typically wear business attire. Neutral colors such as tortoise shell, silver, gold, brown or black are easy to match with suits and other formal wear. Frames made from titanium or stainless steel can also make you look extra sharp!

Designer brands like Coach, Prada, Gucci and Versace offer timeless eyewear options that are sleek and sophisticated, yet practical and timeless. Visit our optical shop in Birmingham to try on a pair and see for yourself!

Creative and Carefree

Are you an artist or student? Do you work in a creative environment? Do you like to express your personality through fashion?

If that sounds familiar, you might be drawn to frames that make you stand out from the crowd. Plastic frames come in shapes and colors that are as unique as your style. From bold, vintage-inspired eyewear to soft, airy patterns, there’s a frame to fit your rock star alter-ego or inner artist!

Brands like Kate Spade, Tom Ford, Ray-Ban, and Maui-Jim offer eyewear with a chic mix of form and function. You can make a statement and be comfortable! (Unlike wearing heels).

Active and Athletic

Do you spend a lot of your free time at the gym? Are you an avid runner, cyclist, snowboarder or skier?

If you live an active lifestyle, you need a pair of frames that can withstand the occasional drop or impact. Frames from Nike, Oakley and Costa are made of high-quality, durable materials that hold up to a little wear and tear. It’s nice to have that piece of mind when you compete, so the only thing you have to worry about is making it over the finish line!

Which Lenses Should I Get for My Glasses?

Once you choose the perfect frame, it’s time to pick the right lenses. But with so many advanced options available, how do you know which lenses are right for you?

Modern lenses are made of extremely durable plastics that are treated with special filters to protect your eyes. In addition to being thinner, lighter and stronger than glass, these high-tech lenses offer numerous benefits to people who need vision correction:

  • Polycarbonate: These lenses are resistant to drops and impacts, which make them a great choice for athletes, busy parents or people who are constantly on the go.
    Trivex: On paper, Trivex lenses don’t seem that much different than polycarbonate. While they’re similar to polycarbonate in that they’re thin, lightweight, and impact-resistant, Trivex lenses are approximately 10 percent lighter than polycarbonate. By contrast, polycarbonate lenses are about 10 percent thinner than Trivex lenses.
  • Aspheric: These lenses are for people who are nearsighted or farsighted, since aspheric lenses require various degrees of curvature. If you’re nearsighted, a lens that curves inward will be best for you, while a lens that curves outward is for those who are farsighted.
  • Multifocal: Bifocals are the most common type of multifocal lens. Split into two sections, this type of lens is best if you want glasses that allow you to see at a distance and up-close. Trifocal lenses are a great option for people who work behind a desk, as they allow you to clearly see objects “in-between” long distance and up-close, such as a computer screen.

You can easily customize your lenses at our optical shop in Birmingham. Choose from single vision, progressives, transitions, and more! If you’re not sure which lenses are right for you, a routine eye exam can help. Our expert opticians understand your visual needs and can make recommendations to fit your lifestyle and budget.

Visit our Optical Shop in Birmingham

Whether you lost or broke your glasses and you need a replacement, or you want to freshen up your look with a whole new pair, your perfect glasses await! Let your personality shine with designer eyewear from Vision First Optical Center in Birmingham. Contact us to make an appointment or stop by our Birmingham office to try on your new eyeglasses today!

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