When selecting a frame for new spectacles, there are so many options. Unfortunately, many times the final selection boils down to whichever frame brand is the most trendy, and out of that brand, whichever is the cheapest. The correct way to select eyewear however, should be based first on its appearance on the patient's face, which can only be determined in-person. Even then, there are several other variables to consider.
1) Does the patient actually like the look of the frame? Spectacles are indeed medical devices, but in today's fashion-conscious society, with so many options in sizes, shapes, and colors, they don't have to look like it. Also, first impressions are based on eye contact; so consumers should understand that their eyewear can have some definite say-so in how they are perceived by those in authority or potential significant others.
2) How does the frame feel? Is it light, or heavy? Do the nosepads pinch? Do the hinges just flop around, opening and closing with minimal force, or is it strong and stable? What is the frame made of, and of what quality is it? How was the frame made? Is it mass-produced and made on a robotic line, or is it handmade with a high quality control process? How likely is the material to break, crack, or oxidize? Spectacle frames are made from a variety of materials including acetate, buffalo horn, titanium, and carbon fiber to name a few. Options and the range of quality per material is endless.
3) Does the frame work for the patient's face shape and their prescription? I find that a lot of my female patients love "cat-eye" frames, but these frames do not work their best aesthetically with every face shape. I also find that a lot of men prefer rimless or semi-rimless frames for the classic, minimalist look. However, people who have relatively high amounts of nearsightedness or astigmatism would take issue with the finished product of their spectacles in each of these frame styles, particularly with the edge thickness of the lenses. Lastly, consumers must keep in mind that different sized/shaped frames may affect the optical quality with some lens types, namely progressive lenses. The wrong size frame, or one that sits too high or too low can completely negate the great technological optical benefits that progressive lenses offer to patients over 40.
If you still are not sure what constitutes a high quality or luxury spectacle frame, consider attending Atlanta Vision Studio's Lafont Paris Trunk Show. It will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 11 am to 4 pm. Lafont Paris has specialized in very unique, French handmade eyewear pieces for over 93 years. Their entire collection will be on display for purchase. There will be a live French art auction, as well as desserts and libations for guests. Atlanta Vision Studio is offering a 30% off lens promotion for every spectacle frame sold that day.
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