How to choose the right eyeglasses

How to choose the right eyeglasses

From classrooms and the office to sports and driving, your eyes can face many different environments in a single day. Sometimes, eyeglass lenses specifically designed for those situations can give a boost to your vision, comfort, eye safety, and overall enjoyment. Learn more below about how different types of glasses can help you see better in different types of environments.

What are the best glasses for sports?

The best eyeglasses for sports call for lenses and frames that enhance your vision, protect your eyes and stay securely (and comfortably) in place.

From fast-paced team sports to more leisurely activities, it's crucial to protect your eyes from injury with impact-resistant materials that provide plenty of coverage. Look for shatterproof lenses, such as impact-resistant polycarbonate or Trivex. And consider wrap-around glasses that may stay in place better while adding coverage.

Lightweight polycarbonate lenses, nylon frames, and non-slip features can also increase comfort, while an anti-fog coating and a sport-specific tint can improve clarity. You can even find prescription swimming goggles that provide additional coverage, water-resistant padding, and extra comfort.

What are the best glasses for computers and digital screens?

If you spend hours at a time staring at a computer screen, you could be at risk for digital eye strain, blurred vision, red eyes, headaches, and even sore muscles. That’s because looking at a fixed distance for extended periods makes it harder to focus on other distances. Plus, reading on a screen is harder on your eyes than reading on paper. And if you adjust your body position to look through the bottom of your bifocals, you may also be causing strain on your neck, shoulders, and back.

To overcome these issues, look for computer glasses designed especially for mid-or medium distances to help reduce glare and relieve tired, dry eyes and other symptoms associated with digital eye strain. You may also want to consider blue light glasses or lenses optimized for intermediate-distance viewing. An anti-reflective coating and specialized tints can help reduce glare from overhead lighting and block short-wavelength light from your computer, all of which can enhance contrast and reduce eye strain.

What are the best glasses for viewing small or close-up items?

Reading glasses can make it easier to read the newspaper or enjoy your favorite novel. But they can also provide optimal vision for more than reading. Any activity or task that requires focus at a close distance, like jewelry making or sewing, can benefit from specialty reading glasses.

What are the best driving glasses?

Sun glare or glare from headlights while driving at night can be a major factor in reduced visibility while driving. To reduce your risk, consider a pair of glasses with polarized lenses or lenses with an anti-reflective coating. Either option can help improve your vision behind the wheel by reducing daytime and nighttime glare. You might also want to pack a pair of prescription sunglasses.

What are the best safety glasses?

Whether you’re working at a construction site or tooling around your home workshop, certain environments call for safety glasses to minimize the risk of eye injuries. For maximum eye protection, look for highly durable materials in both the eyeglass frame and lenses, such as impact-resistant polycarbonate and Trivex.

Spring hinges on your glasses can also increase durability. In addition, look for eyewear with expanded coverage, like top and side shields, wrap-around styles, or goggles.

What are the best sunglasses for sun protection?

If you spend a lot of time outside, you’ll want a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage. Look for styles that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Also, make sure that the frame sits close to your eyes and fits the shape of your face for the broadest protection.

Consider sunglasses with polarized lenses, which reduce glare and help you see objects more clearly in bright light. Varying tints and transitional lenses can take you from day to night with ease. Plus, you can find these options in sunglasses that let you look stylish while enhancing your vision!

Choosing glasses for fun and fashion

Sometimes you want an extra pair of prescription glasses just for fun. With many designer styles available, it’s easy to create your own eyewear wardrobe to match an event, an outfit, or just your mood.

Finding glasses to improve your vision and enhance your lifestyle

If you're thinking of getting a pair of specialty eyewear, start by scheduling an eye exam to make sure that your eyes are healthy and that your vision prescription is up to date. Your vision care provider can also answer your questions and help you choose the best lenses and frames for your lifestyle and your needs.

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