For patients with myopia (short-sightedness), selecting the right glasses is important for both eye health and comfort. Short-sighted persons often need their glasses when outside the home so they can clearly see objects that are far off.
In most cases, myopic prescriptions feature lenses that are thicker on the outer edges. They essentially start off thin near the centre and become thicker as you move outwards. Due to this unique design, it's important to select the right type of lens for your glasses. With the help of your optometrist, you need to factor in your eye size, frame styling and other facial features.
Here's a brief guide to selecting the best glasses for your short-sighted condition.
1. Start with the lens
The lens is the most important part of your glasses. It will determine how clearly you view objects and how durable your glasses are. Single-vision lenses are typically quite convenient to work with. They're easy to adjust to, and they can fit many different types of frames.
Multifocal lenses are a bit more complex. Because they correct many different vision complications in one lens, you may require a certain level of depth in the frames to hold the lens steady. You should also avoid frames with a significant amount of curvature, as they may compromise stability.
2. Consider the frame
For any pair of eyeglasses, the frame plays a big role in determining comfort, durability and aesthetic appeal. Have your eye doctor adjust the frames of your glasses to fit comfortably on your face. Minor tweaks such as fitting your nose and ears will also determine comfort.
When determining the fit of your frame, make sure you select a light material. Plastic and light metal frames are less prone to falling off your face and leaving marks on your skin.
3. Does the frame match your face?
There's a lot more to the frame than just a comfortable fit. Your frame choice should also match your facial features. To remain comfortable and feel good about your glasses, you need frames that don't look out of place when you wear them.
There are some general pointers you can use when selecting a matching frame. For example, persons with long faces should opt for deeper frames.
If you have a long nose, use a frame with a regular bridge. This look tends to shorten the appearance of longer noses. If you have a short face, shallow frames will work well. And to match the contours on your face, the top line of your frames should match the shape of your eyebrows.
Consider looking at designer frames for a stylish look.