Blog - Prescription Eyeglasses
Sometimes known as spectacles, but better known as just glasses, sometimes get a bad reputation for being too nerdy or just not cool enough. We at Hipoptical beg to differ. Stereotypes are quite last century, and there is nothing more hip than having your vision and being able to see the world with clarity.
Not only do your glasses give you your sight, but they also double up as some super stylish accessories. They are also far too versatile and cool to be boxed into just one single category. Much like you and your multidimensional personality, your glasses are so much more than just nerdy.
Glasses aren’t just a tool but an accessory that you can use to express yourself. Whether you’re a fashion icon, who wants to change their eyewear every other week or a little bit more functionality oriented, our wide range of prescription glasses will most definitely have something to pique your interest.
The only problem that comes with having all of these choices and options, however, is actually zoning in on a pair of glasses that you want to buy, and that really showcases who you are. With so much variety around you, figuring out what you like, what you dislike, and what you actually want can be a little tricky. So here is a short guide to help you pick out the perfect pair of glasses that best define who you are:
Step 1: Prescriptions and Numbers
The first step to buying your prescription glasses is actually to have a prescription. Only then will you be able to make sense of what to look for and how to make your choice on Hipoptical. Your prescription should be up to date from your latest checkup, which should ideally be no less than a year old.
With that in hand, it is time to decipher and understand what the numbers on your prescription mean. Though it may look complicated, the numbers merely indicate the type of vision problem that you have and the extent to which it affects your vision.
An SPH on your prescription, for instance, tells you how much correction is required for near or far-sighted people, while an ADD number will make an appearance for those in need of reading or multifocal lenses.
While ordering glasses, it is also extremely important to know and understand your pupillary distance number (PD), which is the distance between your pupils. This number will dictate where exactly your lens needs to be placed in the frames of your choice. It will also determine how comfortable you feel with your glasses and how well they fit.
Step 2: The Lens
Once you’ve understood the problem with your vision, you now need to select the lens best suited to correct the problem. For instance, a person with a single vision prescription might need spectacles only for certain activities such as reading or driving.
As their lenses correct only one field of vision that can be either nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatisms, these lenses will differ greatly from those of someone who is in need of progressive lenses or bifocals. Only when the lenses are aptly selected to the vision problem at hand can they provide the precision in vision that you would like to get from your glasses.
The lens material should also suit the kind of lifestyle that you lead. At Hipoptical, you can select from our range of high-quality options such as glass, polycarbonate, high-index lenses, and so on based on what looks best, comfort, visual clarity, sturdiness, and, of course, safety.
Step 3: A Frame For Each Face
Your glasses should, above all, provide you with the utmost comfort. Since you will be wearing them for the most of your day, you need to make sure that when you wear them, they fit so well that you almost never feel them. They shouldn’t be too tight, they will pinch your nose and compress your ears.
If they are too loose, however, they may slide down your face, which can be rather aggravating at times. Keep your frames light and supple so that they don’t put too much pressure on your nose bridge and behind your ears, but also ensure that they are durable and don’t break easily.
At Hipoptical, our frames come in all shapes and sizes - from rimmed to rimless, metal to plastic, rectangular to cat-eyed, the variety is endless. Amidst all of this choice picking the ' one’ - the frame that is both comfortable and stylish, isn’t too light or too heavy, and fits your face so perfectly that you could have almost been destined to find them - can be quite a task.
So to ease the process a little, what you can do is figure out your face shape and the style of frames that goes best with that specific shape. For example, as a general rule, oval-shaped faces tend to have higher and wider cheekbones.
Their rounded and longer faces give them the freedom to pull off almost any kind of fame. So if you have an oval face go crazy with all of our options, try-out as many funky pairs as you’d like - in all probability, you will look great either way.
On the other hand, for someone with a more roundish face that is more equally proportioned, a sturdy pair of rectangular lenses or some cool aviators might work well to give their faces the illusion of length and a little more definition.
These are, of course, general guidelines that might not work for everybody. Keep experimenting with as many styles as you like. It is, after all, your vision and your look. Remember to ensure that whatever frame you choose, it allows you to get a large field of vision from all angles. To be comfortable with your frames, you should be able to see clearly without having to move your head or eyes to look through the lenses.
Once you’ve found your perfect pair try it out is cool colors and patterns to add a pop to your everyday outfit. Have a frame for whatever it is you need to be today - sporty, chic, or businesslike. Bring out your inner style icon and look great with perfect vision.
Step 4: The Minor Details
When you are buying glasses online, always check for minor details like the lens coating, frame material, and so on. Certain materials may not be conducive to your profession or to the weather in the area where you live. For instance, metal frames may not be the best idea for places with high temperatures, while plastic frames, on account of their durability and rather high resistance to rough-housing, might be ideal for younger children.
Lens coatings can help with giving your glasses a little extra resilience, making them longer lasting. They can increase durability, provide UV protection, make your glasses more scratch-resistant, and so on. Some coatings can also help to reduce halos and reflections produced by bright lights. With these little things looked after, you are set to make your purchase for the perfect pair of glasses.
Make the process of browsing and buying your prescription eyeglasses a little fun and much easier with this guide. With our trendy glasses, sunglasses, and even blue-light glasses, you can ditch the contact lenses, and look amazing all day, every day. Sift through tons of variety from the comfort of your own home. And while you are at it, give back to society because with every pair that you purchase, we donate a pair to someone in need.
We hope this helped you narrow down your choices and find the pair that you were born to rock. But if you haven’t found it yet, never fear. You have all the time in the world to explore and change up your style as and when you’d like. Just come on back to hipoptical.com and pick out another one. It’s as simple as that!