Choosing glasses frames can be an arduous task without the right information. While it’s important to get the right lenses (nearsighted, farsighted, bifocal, progressive, tinted, sunglasses, etc.), choosing the best frames is important in meeting your personal styles and tastes. This may include thicker frames that work well with heavier prescription lenses. However, lighter and more streamlined frames work great for a progressive lens. The latter is made from durable plastics and even traditional glass so it’s essential to find the right frames to secure these materials.

Types of Frames Available

There are essentially three types of frames available in the eye-wear industry: full frame, half rimless and rimless frames. As the name suggests, full frames have frames around the lenses. They are a bit heavier but that is not always the case. They also come in a myriad of colors, styles, and designs for visual aesthetics. Choosing the right frames also depends on your prescription number. For example, you may have a light prescription that works well with half-rimless or rimless frames.

Rimless Frames

Rimless frames have no frames around the lenses. These frames are designed in three sections — the nose piece and two temples. The lenses are created as part of the overall structure of the frame. Therefore, it is important to use polycarbonate, high-index, or Trivex lens materials for rimless glasses. These glass frames are also stylish, trendy, and impact-resistant for the most part. They are even easy to maintain and come in convenient carrying cases for travel or work. Again, check the prescription number to see the type of lenses your eye care specialist has prescribed for better vision correction.

Half-Rimless Frames

Half-rimless frames have rims over the top half of the lenses. Sometimes these are located on the bottom half; it depends on which style of half-rimless frames you choose. The bottom part of the lenses is held in place by a cord made of nylon. Some frames are mounted with a drill so the cord is not needed. Half-rimless gives you the best of both worlds: full-frame and rimless. However, you will need to check the type of lenses you need and if they correlate with half-rimless frames. Most lenses can be fitted without any problems for wearers. It is important to let your eye care store know if any frames are not sitting right on the bridge of the nose as well as the ears. They can make adjustments to ensure the perfect fit that contours to your face shape and style.

Reading Glasses

Reading glasses are designed for near vision reading. Reading lenses magnify objects for wearers so they can read and do work without blurry or darkened vision. To determine if you need reading glasses, you will need to have a thorough eye examination. Your optometrist may dilute the pupils to check for spots of blood and cataract issues. Similarly, he or she will check to see if you are nearsighted or farsighted. If you are eligible for reading lenses, there are frames specifically designed for these glasses. You can find a range of frames online or by visiting your local optical center.