Tips For Choosing Your First Pair Of Glasses

by Sarah Ruhlman

Being told you need to wear glasses can come as a shock to many people. Even if they only need to wear them for reading or driving, the idea of it can be off putting to some. Many people think that the are pointless whereas others feel they wouldn’t suit them. If your eye doctor has recommended you wear glasses, it’s for your benefit, and you should follow their advice. Plus there are thousands of shapes and styles of frames and lenses to choose from. So there’s bound to be a pair that suits your style and personality. Use the following tips to help you choose the perfect specs.



Know which lenses you need

While the look of your new glasses will be important to you, the lenses should always be a priority. After all, these are what will assist you in seeing more clearly. Your optician should inform you of which lenses you require during your eye exam. If you can’t remember or are unsure, always return to the eye center to confirm. It’s always better to know exactly which lenses you need rather than guessing. Also, never buy a different lens because they are cheaper as this could cause further issues with your vision. This is particularly important if you need specialist lenses to help treat an eye condition. To learn more about the different lens types refer to

Choose the color and style wisely

When you are looking at frames, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of choice of color and styles there are. One pair of frames can come in multiple colors and finishes giving you endless options. When choosing a style of frame, always consider your face shape and personal style. Some styles will suit you more than others, so try on a variety and take pictures to compare. You may be surprised with which ones suit you the most. You should also consider colors that suit your skin tone. Your glasses need to complement your clothing and be suitable for work too. So think about which colors you wear and your work environment to help you narrow down your choices. For instance, if you work in a conservative office, bright and bold colors may not be appropriate.

Consider the weight

When you are buying your first pair of glasses, consider the weight and comfort of different styles. If you need to wear your glasses all day every day, comfort should be a necessity. Otherwise, you may not get enough wear out of them, which could affect your vision. Try to wear each style of frame for a few minutes to compare. Lightweight and rimless frames are a fantastic option for everyday wearers. Whereas if you only need to wear them occasionally slightly heavier options will suffice. For useful reviews on glasses you could try, visit

If you’re still feeling anxious about choosing or wearing glasses, make an appointment with your optician. They should be able to put your mind at rest. When trying on frames, why not also take a friend with you. They can give you a second opinion to ensure you make the right choice.


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Kate Hansen September 8, 2016 - 2:41 pm

I was recently told by my doctor that I needed to go see an optometrist and will most likely need to get prescription glasses. I’ve never had glasses my whole life but I’m excited to use my glasses as another accessory to my wardrobe! I like your tip about considering colors of frames that suit my skin tone and that also match the colors I wear so that I pick the best glasses for myself. I wonder if using frames with patterns is considered too much when wearing prescription glasses.

Annika Larson March 7, 2017 - 8:49 pm

I am thinking that my daughter may need classes. She has a hard time seeing the board at school, so we’ll have to take her to the optometrist soon. For her first pair of glasses, we want something functional and stylish. As you said, it’s important to consider face shape. We’ll be sure to compare a variety of styles. Thanks for sharing!

Olivia Nelson April 4, 2017 - 5:08 pm

I agree that you need to consider the weight of your eyeglasses before you buy them. It would seem important to choose ones that weight about the same as your old glasses so as to not cause any problems. I’m looking for new glasses so I’ll have to find some that are not too heavy.

Dave Anderson April 25, 2017 - 2:07 pm

Over the years I have noticed that my eyesight is getting progressively worse and worse. Because of that, I am in need of glasses and I think that it is important to make sure that the glasses that I get help me to see better and still feel good about my appearance. I know that comfort is important like you mentioned. However, I think that the style is just as important as the comfort of the glasses.

Marcus Coons July 11, 2017 - 3:39 pm

It really helped when you talked about how it si important to take into consideration the comfort factor of your eyeglasses if you need to wear them all day long.I can see that taking the time to take this into account can help you make sure you find the best eyewear for your needs. Personally, I would want to make sure I choose a pair of glasses that fit my style and that can help me improve my eyesight properly.


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