A lot of thought goes into choosing the perfect frame when you’re buying eyewear. Eyewear is something you wear on a daily basis, and it’s more than a medical device that helps you see—it’s a fashion statement. Your frames are a true reflection of your personality: from sophisticated and wise to edgy and adventurous.
When it comes to choosing the perfect pair for your style and personality, here are four factors to consider:
1. Get an updated prescription.
Your prescription can change from year to year, so it’s important to get a yearly comprehensive eye exam from a licensed optometrist. In addition to correcting your vision with a new prescription, a comprehensive eye exam allows your doctor to check for signs of eye diseases like glaucoma or macular degeneration as well as a host of other health concerns like diabetes, high cholesterol or hypertension. Can’t remember the last time you had an exam? You’re probably overdue. Luckily, there are more than 38,000 doctors in the VSP network—from coast to coast—to make it easy. Find a doctor near you today to get an updated prescription.
2. Buying eyewear online isn’t always easier (or cheaper).
The most important thing to do when buying eyewear, is research the quality of the frame and lens materials being used because those factors can make a huge difference in your cost and satisfaction. For example, what types of lenses are included in the price? How much is anti-reflective coating? If you have vision benefits, can you use them? And, for those of you with progressive lenses, you may find it difficult to order eyewear online at all.
The best way to get quality eyewear that you know will fit you properly is to see your eye doctor. If you’re an online-only type of person, you should check out Eyeconic. It’s the only online, in-network retailer for VSP members. Most VSP members can use their vision benefits to buy eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses, and contacts. Eyeconic can even handle almost any kind of prescription, including progressive lenses and multiple lens treatments. Plus, if you’d like, they can send your glasses directly to your doctor at no-cost to you, so you get that perfect fit on every pair.
3. Frames aren’t a one-size-fits-all.
Your face is unique, so each frame is going to feel and look different on you than everyone else. For example, if your frames are too big and don’t fit the bridge of your nose properly, they can slip. Plus, most faces feature asymmetrical or uneven features, which is why your doctor’s office is trained to adjust the frames to sit evenly on your unique face.
Eyewear also comes in all kinds of shapes, and it’s worth noting that certain frame shapes look better on certain face shapes. So take the time to consult properly with your doctor’s office on which style is right for you. Just remember, most VSP members will receive an extra $20 to spend on their frame when selecting featured frame brands. (Think: bebe, Calvin Klein, Dragon, DVF, Flexon, Nike, Salvatore Ferragamo and so many more!)
4. Customization goes beyond the frames.
Glasses are, of course, used for a medical purpose. So they need to do more than just look good—they need to work! When it comes to lenses, it’s important to know you have choices in lens enhancements and materials. Lens enhancements are things like anti-reflective coatings and blue light reduction. Your needs vary by age, activity and personal preference.
There are even different lens materials to pick from, such as upgrading to polycarbonate lenses or high-index lenses for the thinnest appearance and lightest weight. Your doctor’s office can help you select the best option for your prescription needs and personal preferences. Pro tip: if you like a lot of lens options, make sure you stay within your insurance network to maximize your benefits. Plus, if you’re a VSP member, find out how you can save even more on Unity lenses and enhancements here.
This post was updated on August 15, 2017 to reflect new findings.