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Eyeglasses have been around for centuries, but are making a comeback with many. 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 coming up with new styles that make glasses a fashion accessory rather than a vision correction device. If you find that you want or need to wear glasses, there are many types to choose from. Choosing eyeglasses that are right for you can be difficult as there are so many types available. Here is what you should consider when choosing your next pair to purchase.

Women's Prescription Eyeglasses Overview

When selecting prescription eyeglasses frames for women, factors to consider include style, frame material/shape, lens type, coatings and face shape.

Frames will be your first consideration when choosing women's eyeglasses. Frames may be constructed of any material with metal and plastic being the most common. Your frame material will in large part be determined by what they will be used for. If you will be using your 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.

The construction of the frame should also be considered. Some are snapped 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 a great deal of money. Other advances include silicone nose pads and the like.

As women's eyeglasses increase in popularity, many choose to have a different set for each day of the week or each outfit. Some 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 coming up with new innovations. Bamboo and wood styles are becoming more common. Choose from such great designs as cat-eye shapes or cutouts with geometric designs and patterns.

Women's eyeglasses are also seeing many advances in lenses. 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 enable you to focus better without the need for thick lenses. Light travels through the eye and affects vision. 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 eye wear. 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. Coatings are also available including anti-fog and UV blocking as well as scratch resistant and anti-reflective treatments.

When choosing a new pair of eyeglasses, many things need to be taken into consideration. Lifestyle and personal taste are just two that many consider important. Face shape and coloring are key as they can determine if your glasses are flattering or detract from your overall appearance. 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.

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