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4 Things You Should Know When Choosing Your First Pair Of Glasses

Many people dread the day when they have to buy their first pair of glasses. They see it as a sign that they are getting older and they want to delay that for as long as possible. This is why many people don’t go for an eye test when they know they really should because they don’t want to be told that they need glasses. 

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However, it’s not a good idea to avoid eye tests and wearing glasses because your eye health is so important and if you neglect it, your vision will only get worse. You need to make sure that you have regular eye tests as you get older and if the optician tells you that you need glasses, listen to their advice. If you are worried about the way that your glasses will look or whether they will be comfortable to wear, it’s important that you spend time finding the right pair. There’s no reason that you can’t look great in your new glasses if you follow these simple tips to help you pick the perfect pair. 

Consider Your Wardrobe 

There are plenty of cheap frames out there but if you want something stylish, you need to consider your wardrobe and think about how you accessorise. For example, you can get some great Kate Spade glasses that are stylish and elegant, and come in a range of colours and designs. Don’t just think of your glasses as a practical item, think of them as an accessory like any other. Look at the different colours that you normally wear and any other accessories like jewellery. When you start choosing glasses based on your existing wardrobe, it’s easier to make sure that they look great. 

Know Your Face Shape 

When you are deciding on frames, you need to know your face shape so you can pick a style that suits you. There are a lot of different types of face shape, and certain styles of glasses work well for certain people. For example, if you have a square face, you should look for frames that are the opposite to that, so oval shaped glasses with soft curves work great. If you go for something that is very square and angular, this will just highlight the shape of your face too much. However, if you have a round face shape, you are better off with frames that are more angular and square. It’s important to remember that most people don’t fit exactly into one of the different face shapes and most of us are a combination of a few, so try out some different frames and find one that compliments your face shape. 

Consider When You Will Be Wearing Them 

This is something that people don’t always think about when they are buying glasses, but it’s so important. If you are wearing your glasses at work, for example, you should probably avoid any brightly coloured frames because it doesn’t look that professional. But if you only need them at home for reading, you can wear whatever you like. Some people need glasses for playing sports or working out, which means that they need to be very durable and secure on the face so they don’t keep falling off. It’s important that you consider how you will use the glasses when selecting your first pair. 

Understand Sizing 

You wouldn’t buy an item of clothing without knowing what size it is, so why would you buy glasses without considering the size? It’s important that you understand how the sizing works before you start trying on frames because, although the opticians can help you find the right size, they are only going on your feedback about what is comfortable. 

There are three main sizes to consider when buying glasses; the eye size, the bridge size, and the temple size. The eye size is the horizontal width of the lens and usually ranges from 40mm-62mm. It’s important that you consider the width of your face when deciding on the right eye size because your glasses will look odd if they are too wide or too narrow. 

The bridge size is the distance between the two lenses, usually between 14mm and 2mm. This is a very important size to consider because the glasses will be prone to slipping off if the bridge is too large. However, if the bridge size is too small, your glasses may be uncomfortable, especially if you are wearing them all day. 

The temple size, ranging from 120mm to 165mm, is the length of the arm pieces. It’s important that you try a few different lengths and find one that fits comfortably on your face and holds the glasses securely. 

Choosing your first pair of glasses can be tough, but as long as you have considered all of these things, you will be able to make the right decision. 

The Importance of Eye Health

As a diabetic, eye health is something that is really important to me. Type 2 diabetes can have a detrimental effect on eye health and eyesight, which means that getting regular eye tests is not only vital to keeping my eyes in tip-tip condition but is also a requirement of me, as a driver. Vision Express has teamed up with Road Haulage Association (RHA) and road safety charity, Brake for Road Safety Week and have come up with the ‘EyeTestsSaveLives’ campaign to raise awareness of the fact that that 1 in 4 drivers are risking their licence by not going for regular eye tests. Take a look at the following video:

Now that we’ve moved out of town, I spend a LOT more time on the road, doing two 40-minute school runs each day, as well as taking Husband to the gym, Sausage to St. Johns Ambulance and all of the other various errands that I run in a week. It’s genuinely scary to think that there are other drivers on the road who cannot see well enough to remain safe. A lot of the roads around our village are completely unlit, which makes it even more dangerous if a drivers’ vision is impaired.

According to the research done by Brake:

· Five million drivers (14%) acknowledge driving with less than perfect vision

· Crash risk is proven to be heightened by poor vision

· Road crashes caused by poor driver vision are estimated to cause 2,900 casualties and cost £33 million in the UK per year

· One in five drivers has avoided visiting an optician, even when they’ve noticed a problem with their vision

· One in eight admitted to driving without their glasses or lenses in the past 12 months

The research also states that 4% – the equivalent of more than 1.5 million UK drivers, have confessed to never having their eyes tested.

What’s your opinion on all of this? Are you fastidious about your vision and eye health or are you one of the people who’ve avoided an eye test for years? Do you find it startling how many people there are on the roads who can’t see properly? Leave me a comment below to let me know.

International Women’s Day – Sightsavers

Because today is International Women’s Day I have a guest post from the charity Sightsavers for you all to read. 

Today is International Women’s Day. We’d like to celebrate a very special group of women, lady health workers, who, in developing countries, go door-to-door to provide access to free eye care services made available by us and our partners. These women work tirelessly to help prevent avoidable blindness, travelling to some of the poorest, hardest-to-reach neighborhoods, striving to improve the health of their community.

Case study – Jeba Ansari, Mumbai, India

Jeba a Young Muslim health worker shows the right way of wearing specs to one of the resident in Dharavi slums in Mumbai to find who has eye problem.

Hirabai Bayle, living in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India, shares a tiny home with her mother, teenage son and four sisters. Her husband left her and her son and now Hirabai earns £13 a month to support herself and her son, selling bananas and stitching gloves in a workshop. 20-year-old lady health worker, Jeba Ansari, visited Hirabai and diagnosed her as long sighted. By providing her with glasses, Jeba ensured that Hirabai could continue to work and remain financially independent.

Case study – Sarwar Kausar, Pakistan

Inspired by a need to support her community, Sarwar Kausar became a health worker after finishing school. In countries like Pakistan, many women must be chaperoned to appointments with male health workers, which can be hard to arrange. Thousands of women go without examinations, suffering from eye health problems like cataract and trachoma. Lady health workers can visit women at home when male family members are away, passing on key medical advice to prevent eye diseases and infections.

Case study – Samina, Karachi, Pakistan

Having trained as a doctor, 33-year-old, married Samina decided to become a lady health worker, and eventually trained to become a Lady Health Supervisor (LHS) in the Karachi district of Pakistan. One of around 100,000 lady health workers in Pakistan, Samina overcame prejudice from within her own village, as a women receiving professional training, and now continues to work hard to free her community of eye health problems.

Please visit the Sightsavers website to find out more about their work and to donate to the cause.