Wednesday, December 09, 2020

A Guide to Wearing Glasses

I have been wearing glasses since I was 10 years old. Then in high school, I discovered contact lenses - nothing has changed me like these fragile beings do - but I transformed into a whole new person. Learned to take care of my eyes better by using contacts (oh the irony) and in a span of 15 years, I have eye-related disease probably twice, where I was warded once. It wasn't good, I know, but I have learned to take care of my eyes better now.

But when night comes, glasses are still my saviour. I still wear them at the end of the day, so to me getting a good pair is crucial.


Photo by Susan Duran on Unsplash

So there's no dispute that your eyesight is one of your most valuable gifts - it is how you see the world and everything in it - therefore, you must do what you can to take care of your eyes. What I have learned, there are numerous different things you can to take care of your sight; this includes: 

  • Wear sunglasses when spending time in the sun.

  • Be more health-conscious.  

  • Follow a healthy, balanced diet.

  • Exercise frequently. Listen to your body and give it exactly what it needs.

  • Eat foods that a rich in Omega-3, such as spinach or salmon. Omega 3 has a range of benefits for your body and can help numerous areas, not just your eyes, so it is definitely worth adding to your routine.

  • Visit the optometrist, and ensure your eyes are tested regularly. Ideally, you should have your sight tested once a year, if not more. I always change my optometrist but I find myself always go back to Focus Point - affordable price!

  • Pay attention to any changes in your vision. Don’t ignore any signs or symptoms, as the problem will not go away. I'm very sensitive towards what happens to my eyes and would always check them closely when I take off the lenses

  • Avoid eye-strain. If you have a headache, take a break.

  • Minimize screen time wherever possible. (lol)

  • Know your family history when it comes to sight and any risks that you are susceptible to. For example, some eye conditions, such as glaucoma, are hereditary.

By following the above steps, you are doing everything you can to take care of your eyes and vision. However, it is essential to understand that changes to your vision are simply unavoidable. I's important to note that as time goes on, our vision will deter naturally - it is an unfortunate part of life. For example, you may need to begin to wear glasses in order to see more clearly. Although for first-time glasses wearers, this may seem daunting, as soon as you put on your first pair - you’ll realize all you were missing out on previously, and as such, it is definitely worth it. 

Here are some common signs that you might need to start wearing glasses. 

  • Headaches.

  • Tension around/behind your eyes.

  • Dry eyes, despite using eye-drops.

  • Red or otherwise tired eyes.

  • Increased stress.

  • A feeling of ‘strain’ around your eyes.

  • Squinting.

  • Blurred vision.

  • Difficulty seeing at night/when it is dark.

  • Double vision.

  • Distorted vision. 

  • Struggling to focus. 

Although the above list is by no means exhaustive, If you notice any of the above changes or a sudden and distinct change to your vision - you need to make an appointment with an optometrist. They will be able to carry out a series of small and painless tests and figure out precisely what prescription of lenses you may need. Then comes the fun part - choosing your perfect glasses.

There are hundreds upon hundreds of styles to choose from - which can make this process very difficult. As a result, you should take your time when selecting your glasses. Remember, you will be wearing them every day - so you don’t want to rush into a decision you will later regret. Oh, the many regrets I have had in the past from choosing the wrong glasses for my face - but one tips I learned, always wear contact lenses when you try on the glasses for the first time so that you can see them sitting on your face clearly.

The first step of the process should be to decide exactly what style of frame you want. This can narrow down the process of selecting your new glasses significantly, saving you valuable time. 

Frames: Explained.

Cat-eye frames. Cat-eye frames are top-heavy glasses, with a thick frame that rests on the brow bone. Occasionally, they are rimless on the bottom half of the glasses. Cat-eye designs are particularly stylish and can help accentuate your cheekbones - making them appear sharper and more prominent. As a result, they complement rounder face tapes exceptionally well. I've had one maybe 3 years ago, and it was one of my favorite pairs!

Round Frames. Round frames have quickly become one of the most popular styles of eye-wear, particularly those that are oversized. Their circular shape means they can make your face appear slimmer and your eyes bigger. However, it is definitely not for everyone - so choose wisely.

Square Frames. Square frames are traditional and stylish and offer a much sharper look than a softer, more rounded frame - particularly if you opt for a thicker frame. They pair perfectly with those with round or oval faces and can make your face appear slimmer and less full. This is one of the most famous shapes as square shape would fit almost all face shape and make the wearer appear educated - it was my go-to back in high school!

Oval Frames. Oval frames are the perfect combination of square and round frames, providing a truly timeless style. Most glasses could fall under this category - meaning you have plenty of frames to choose from if this is your chosen style. 

Once you have selected your style of frame, you may also want to pay attention to the color of the frame itself. The most popular colors, which offer a sleek, stylish finish, are: 

  • Tortoiseshell

  • Black

  • Grey

  • Dark Brown

  • Navy Blue

The above colors are rather subtle and, as such, can easily pair with the clothes you wear in your day to day life without ‘clashing.’ 

However, bright and colorful shades are a great way to liven up your wardrobe and bring a splash of color to your life - so don’t be afraid to take a risk. Why not choose your favorite color or a shade that complements the color of your eyes? (For most of us, it would be black, but I've seen many people with daring colors which look good anyhow)

Right now, you can browse through hundreds of stylish designs and colors online - meaning you don’t even have to leave your home to get your hands on your dream glasses. For example, I found that boasts a wide range of designer brands at a reasonable price, visit website to find out more! 


Once you’ve got hold of your glasses, you also need to take care of them to ensure they do not get broken or damaged (which happens much easier than you think). Here’s how you can take care of your glasses, take it from me who's been wearing one since I was 10 years old:

  • Buy a glasses case to store your frames when you are not wearing them. This minimizes the chance of them getting damaged at the bottom of your bag or in your pocket.

  • Clean your glasses frequently. As you wear them out and about, glasses can get dirty quickly. You can clean them with warm water and a small amount of dish soap. 

  • When wiping glasses, ensure you use a product with a soft surface. For example, although tissue may seem a good idea, it is not always smooth and can cause scratches. 

  • Avoid touching your lenses directly.

  • Use lens wipes when they are noticeably dirty. 

  • When you are placing your glasses on the side, ensure the lenses are facing upwards and the frames are at the bottom - otherwise, you can further damage the lenses. 

Photo by Scott Van Daalen on Unsplash

Hope these simple guide would help you in wearing glasses. Honestly I'm still torn about Lasik procedure so glasses are still my companion - do let me know if you have any thought about Lasik which would help me a lot!

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