Tips for finding the right prescription eyeglasses

Do you need prescription eyeglasses? Unsure if your eyesight has changed and if you need to change your women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses? Picking out new eyewear can bring its own set of mixed emotions: exciting and overwhelming. There are simply so many models to choose from!

There are no set rules as to how you should go about finding your new pair of prescription glasses. Our recommendation is to visit us in-store and try on as many as possible with the help of our opticians. The ultimate goal is to find prescription eyeglasses that make you look and feel your very best!

We’ve put together a list of top tips for finding the best prescription eyeglasses.

Schedule an eye exam

Before diving into a shopping spree for women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses, it is important to understand what kind of eyewear and lenses you need from a qualified optometrist. 

Different lenses can mitigate different types of vision problems. For example, lenses vary depending on if you suffer from astigmatism or presbyopia. During your eye exam, your optometrist will assess your eye health and identify the best prescription eyeglasses depending on the results. Once you know the eyewear requirements, you can explore the aesthetics of buying eyeglasses.

What kind of prescription glasses should I get?

We hear this question often. There are no set-in-stone guidelines or standards for choosing the perfect prescription eyeglasses. However, we recommend that you discuss your options with the optician once you know your prescription. Here are some factors when you shop for eyeglasses:


The ideal frames for your face are all about physiognomy. Women’s eyeglasses and men’s eyeglasses can highlight or mask facial features. Be sure to research your face shape online, or with your optician, to learn if you have an oval, round, square, oblong, diamond or heart face shape. There are several different websites and apps that can assist you in weeding through what will work best for you.

Skin shade and tone

Your skin shade and tone are also important when you are on the hunt for new prescription eyeglasses. Start off by looking at your veins. You most likely have a cool undertone if your veins are purple or blue. Check out blue, gray and black frames. Greenish veins mean your tone is warm, which should guide you to tan, red or deep pink frames. These are just suggestions. Expand your horizons or remain in your comfort zone with colors you actually like.

Your style

Are you bold and bodacious? Prefer a muted, sophisticated and classic style? The colors, patterns and style of your wardrobe will guide you in finding the prescription eyeglasses that gel with your fashion preferences. Furthermore, you may want to vacillate between edgy and subtlety. Don’t be afraid to choose a bold color or unique frame shape to stand out for various occasions—all while keeping it neutral for more day-to-day looks.

Lifestyle needs

Eyewear, particularly prescription eyeglasses, may be needed for different activities throughout the day. Do you work at a computer all day? Are you a runner? Do you operate specialized machinery? These aspects should be taken into account when buying your next frames.

Quality is important

Never compromise on eyewear quality for the sake of spending less on eyewear. Never compromise on eyewear quality. Remember that high-end eyewear not only fully protects your eyes but also says a lot about your personality. Luxury prescription eyeglasses are a long-term investment for your eye health and style.

Eyeglasses for different occasions

You may fall in love with the perfect glasses. You may want to wear them day in, day out. But seasons and styles change in any given year. You may even be attending special events, like a wedding or graduation, where you want to buy a new outfit…and glasses! Consider purchasing a few pairs of glasses, ranging from classic to more fashion-forward to switch things up according to your mood!

Materials count

Prescription eyeglasses feature a wide range of premium materials, including titanium, stainless steel, and high-quality plastics. These materials are strong, durable and lightweight. Peruse different mixes and matches too.  

As you can see, purchasing women’s eyeglasses and men’s eyeglasses doesn’t have to be complicated. Ask yourself if they feel comfortable. Do they fit your face? Do they let your personal style shine through? Ask friends and family for advice – but dare to make a change. Dare to try something new!

Schedule your next eye exam with Eyes On today!