The Basics of Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses are more popular today than ever, despite the availability of contact lenses and vision correction surgery.

Frame styles branded with high profile designer names are always in demand. And eyeglass frame materials have evolved with the advent of new plastics and various types of metals.

For safety glasses, you may want an extra tough plastic, such as polycarbonate. If you suffer from skin allergies, hypoallergenic metals such as titanium or stainless steel are good choices.

Certain frames are made with highly flexible metal alloys, which reduce the possibility of breakage. Spring hinges are also good choices for added durability and are a great option for children's eyewear.

Eyeglass Frame Styles

Eyeglasses have also become quite popular as fashion accessories. Many people change their frames to match their wardrobes. Your appearance, personal taste and lifestyle should all be considered when choosing eyeglasses.  

Multi-colored inlays, composite materials, designer emblems, and enhancements such as insets of precious stones are commonly found in popular frame styles.

Rimless styles have become more popular in recent years as an understated way to wear eyeglasses without obvious frames. Rimless styles mainly involve attaching plastic or metal temples directly onto the lenses rather than onto a frame.

Advances in Eyeglass Lenses

You also have many options when choosing the lenses for your eyeglasses. Among the most popular types of lenses and lens options prescribed today are:

Eyeglass Lenses for Presbyopia

Presbyopia is the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability that makes reading and other close-up tasks more difficult after age 40.

This means that the usual type of eyeglass lenses you've likely been accustomed to wearing, known as single vision lenses, no longer will work well for you.

Multifocal eyeglass lenses available for presbyopia correction include:

If you see well in the distance without the need for eyeglasses, then simple reading glasses with single vision lenses may be all you need to deal with near vision problems caused by presbyopia.

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