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Eyeglasses have been around for centuries. Today, eyeglasses are more popular than ever and have been elevated to fashion-accessory status. They’re no longer just a dreary medical device on your face. Even those who wear contacts or have undergone vision correction surgery may find a pair of prescription women's eyeglasses they just must have. Designers are continuously offering new, attractive styles. If you find that you want or need to wear glasses, the choices are many. Here is what you should consider when choosing your next pair.

Women's Prescription Eyeglasses Overview

Glasses Frame Material

Frames will be your first consideration when choosing women's eyeglasses. Frames may be constructed of any material, but metal and plastic are the most common. Your frame material will, in large part, be determined by how you intend to use your glasses. If you’ll be wearing glasses while playing sports or working with heavy machinery, you may wish to purchase a polycarbonate frame. Those with skin allergies would do better with a hypoallergenic frame, such as one constructed from titanium or stainless steel. This reduces the risk of contact dermatitis, a skin condition that accompanies these allergies.

Frame construction is another important consideration. Some frames snap together while others have screws and other attachments. If you like to vary your look, the second option is better as you can "mix and match" temples while keeping the same lenses. Many frames are now made of a flexible material which is helpful if you tend to break glasses. The same is true of frames made with spring hinges. Anyone who has children knows how little ones are fascinated by glasses. These advancements make it less likely that their curiosity will cost you. Other advances include silicone nose pads and the like.

Choosing Stylish Glasses Frames

As eyeglasses increase in popularity, many women choose to have a different set for each day of the week or each outfit. Some women choose composite materials, enhancements, designer emblems or multi-colored inlays. Others prefer rimless styles as they are less noticeable. This type of frame consists of nothing more than metal or plastic temples directly attached to lenses. As styles and trends change, manufacturers are constantly innovating. Bamboo and wood styles are becoming more common. Choose from classic designs like cat-eye shapes or more contemporary looks like cutouts with geometric designs and patterns.

Types of Lenses for Women’s Eyeglasses

Women's eyeglasses are also “seeing” many advances in lens technology. Coke bottle lenses are a thing of the past, even for those with a strong prescription. Thinner, lighter lenses are possible thanks to high-index materials. This plastic refracts light and enables you to focus better without the need for thick lenses. Wavefront technology lenses are manufactured using precise measurements of your eye and the way light travels through it. Visual clarity is sharpened as a result. Aspheric lenses correct small distortions in vision and yet are smaller and thinner than those of the past.

Other choices in lenses for women's eyeglasses include photochromic lenses, polycarbonate lenses, and polarized lenses. Photochromic lenses are coated with a chemical or are made to allow for internal changes. This allows them to darken when exposed to bright light and return to normal when the light dims. Polycarbonate lenses are very lightweight and thin, and are perfect for safety glasses, active adults and sports eyewear. This is due to the fact that they are ten times more impact resistant than standard lenses. Polarized lenses reduce the glare produced by water or other flat, reflective surfaces. Eye fatigue is reduced as a result. A variety of lens coatings are also now available, including anti-fog, UV blocking,scratch-resistant coatings and anti-reflective treatments.

Choosing Glasses Frames for Your Face Shape

When choosing a new pair of eyeglasses, many things need to be taken into consideration. Lifestyle and taste are just two important considerations. Face shape and coloring are key as they can determine if your glasses are flattering or detract from your overall appearance. Figuring out what frame matches your face shape can be the biggest challenge of all. Thankfully, handy guides are available to help you suss what shape face you have and which frame style will complement it. Your prescription is also significant. Certain frames won't work with specific types of lenses. Your optician can help you determine this. Be sure that you try a number of pairs until you find one that you love and can't live without. You may even want to pick up two or three.

We’re in a golden age of stylish, hip eyewear. Even if you don’t need glasses, it’s no longer taboo to don a pair to accentuate your look or express your mood. True, selecting a pair of frames is a little more challenging than not wearing any at all, but who said being fashionable was supposed to be easy?

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