How to find the best prescription eyeglasses?

Published on 08 March 2023

Buying your first or Xth prescription eyeglasses can be somewhat challenging. There are so many styles, colors and brands to choose from, you may initially find the process daunting.

But with our top tips and the help of our qualified opticians, you will be able to find a flattering pair of women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses for yourself and loved ones!

Tip #1: Schedule an appointment with an optometrist

Prescription eyeglasses are important and go beyond just making a fashion statement. Your eye health is very important, and an appointment with an optometrist will result in a diagnosis of any eye and health conditions as well as a prescription for eyewear to alleviate fluctuating or partial loss of vision.

Tip #2: Identify your face shape

With the guidance of your optician, you can then identify your face shape to determine which frame styles will highlight your best features. Here are the main face shapes people have:

Oval: This face shape is very proportional; it narrows at the chin and forehead. It is a very versatile face shape for all types of frames, including cat eye, rectangular, square geometric, and browline eyeglasses.

Round: A round face is also proportional with an equal length and width. Rectangle, round and square eyewear is often recommended for this face shape.

Square: A square face features a wide and angular jawline and a broad forehead. Eyewear that complements this face shape includes cat eye, round and browline women’s eyeglasses. For men’s eyeglasses, oval and rectangular pairs are also suitable.

Triangular: This face shape has angular cheeks, a wider forehead and a narrower chin. Wayfare, square, round and geometric prescription glasses are your best bet.

Heart: With rounded cheeks, a wide forehead and a narrow chin, a person with a heart-shaped face should consider round frames to make the angular shape appear soft or rectangular eyewear for additional balance.

Pear: People with pear-shaped faces have narrow foreheads, broader jawlines and chin, and less prominent cheekbones. Browline, oval and aviator prescription eyeglasses are frames to try on.

Tip #3: Find out what colors enhance your skin tone

How to tell if your skin tone is warm or cool? Look at the veins on your wrists. If they are greener, you have a warm skin tone. If they appear bluer, you have a cool skin tone. Some people have blue and green veins, meaning they have a neutral undertone.

Many styling experts recommend choosing frames in gray, blue or black if you have a cool skin undertone and warm colors, like red, pink and tan, if you have a warm skin undertone.

Selecting the frame colors you would like for your prescription eyeglasses should also coincide with your personal preferences, personality, and wardrobe. Go bold if you want to flaunt your personality. Find a more muted pair of men’s eyeglasses or women’s eyeglasses if you prefer a more classic touch. 

Tip #4: Think about your lifestyle

No matter what you need prescription eyeglasses for, you should talk with your optician about your current lifestyle.

Do you practice a lot of sports and require eyewear when enjoying them?  Did you know that all of Pineault Rouleau’s optical brands include durable frames and anti-scratch lenses? Our prescription eyeglasses give you peace of mind knowing that you’re wearing eyewear that protects your vision for the long run!

If you spend many hours in front of a computer, you may want to look into a blue light filter to protect your eyes from digital screens. 

Tip #5: Do some research on eyewear brands

Pineault Rouleau offers only premium prescription eyeglasses. Our vast selection of brands and models means you’ll find the perfect frames with the shapes, colors and fit to match your look. What’s more: we are always on the lookout for innovative eyewear brands. You can count on us to bring in new eyewear technologies, treatments and materials to elevate your style, comfort and visual acuity.

Depending on the frames that catch your eye, research their brands. Do they have a long-standing tradition of creating high-quality eyewear? Which brands offer sustainable eyewear? Ask your optician for more details about the stories and values behind each company.

If you are environmentally conscious, you may want to specifically scout out brands that are committed to sustainable manufacturing or develop men’s eyeglasses and women’s eyeglasses with eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo or recycled plastic. 

Tip #6: Take your time

Your prescription eyeglasses must be comfortable. Whether you wear them all day or just for certain activities, comfort will dictate if you actually use them or if you relegate them to a drawer.

Take your time and ask your optician all the questions you have regarding your prescription eyeglasses. If you’re hesitant about selecting new prescription glasses, bring a trusted friend or family member with you to your appointment.

Now that you have top tips for choosing the best prescription eyeglasses, why not book an appointment with one of our experienced opticians? She’ll be more than happy to guide you towards the best pair and outstanding results!

Jacinthe Laurendeau Optician

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