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Things to Consider When Buying Glasses (Checklist Guide)

Seniors Buying Glasses

It’s worth noting that not all these treatments are required, but you may want specific options based on your lifestyle. For example, if you’re outside a lot, UV protection is a plus. If you are always on the computer or your phone, either for work or leisure, blue light filtering is also a good addition.

Considering Your Face Shape 

The shape of your face can determine whether a frame can accentuate your overall appearance or detriment it. Below is a table of common face shapes and frames that look best with each:

Face ShapeGlasses/Frame Shape
Oval FaceWorks with any pair of frames
Square FaceA curvier frame can soften the angles and jawline
Oblong FaceSquare frames with “sharp angles” can add width to your face
Round FaceSquare frames can add angles to your face

(Source: Your Eye Site)

What About the Cost of Glasses?

You’ll also want to consider the overall cost of your glasses and how they may fit within your budget. In the United States, the average cost of glasses is $196, with a range between $50 to $1000 for a single pair.

A variety of factors will drastically change the price of glasses:

  • the type of lens material,
  • whether it’s single or multifocal,
  • and if the frames are brand name or not.

All play a critical role in determining the cost. 

How to Save Money on Glasses

Naturally, frames that come from a major brand will end up costing more than non-brand name frames. However, even though they look objectively better than lesser-known frames, that doesn’t mean they’ll always be of superior quality.

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Therefore, if brand recognition doesn’t matter to you, you can save most of your money by ignoring these frames and going with a more economically priced option. But if it does matter, no one is going to argue that high-end brand frames will look better. 

Final Thoughts: How These Considerations Change with Age

While the basics behind choosing your glasses may stay the same, unfortunately, as we all get older, parts of our body don’t always work the way they used to. The eyes are included in that bitter fact.

Cataract Surgery and Recovery (My Experience)

Chief amongst these changes are various conditions that can be brought about by age, such as the eyes’ lenses hardening, cataracts, glaucoma, and more. Thankfully, there are ways your optometrist can combat these types of changes and prescribe the right types of lenses and glasses—as long as you communicate them.

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