Prescription Glasses Calgary

A Checklist for Buying New Prescription Eyeglasses

Are you finding it difficult to read text messages? Do you have a headache after working on your computer? Does your eye hurt after reading a book or a magazine? If your answer is “yes”, you might be suffering from visual impairment. It’s time for you to meet our team at Focus West Optometry for an eye examination and for a new pair of prescription glasses in Calgary.

However, buying spectacles is not as simple as purchasing clothes or grocery items. It is not only a visual aid but also an accessory that expresses your personalityand style. Using the wrong eyewear, however, can be harmful to your eyesight.


Here is a checklist of what you must do while purchasing prescription glasses in Calgary:

Get an Up-To-Date Prescription

Visiting a reliable eye doctor should be the first thing on your checklist. After your examination, you need to give the prescription to the optician, for buying spectacles.

You may be suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The curvature of the lenses will depend on your vision problem, which will ultimately decide the clarity of your eyesight.

During the eye exam, your optometrist in Calgary may ask about you and your family’s medical history. This might also include current prescription if you are already using glasses.

Selecting the Frame

Lenses are made separately from frames. You must know the shape of your face to choose the best frame for you. A frame that suits you will help not just your vision but also your appearance.

If your face is round, select a frame that is angular. This will make your face look long and thin. Do not go for small frames as they will make your face appear rounder.

For heart-shaped faces, square frames or round ones that have curved edges will fit best. Select styles and colours that draw attention away from the forehead.

If you have an oval face, ensure the frame covers the broadest part. Refrain from overly big frames.

If your eye condition needs a specific frame, check with your optician who is qualified to assist you.

Buying the Frame

There are two options for buying eyewear –online or at a physical store.

Buying offline lets you get professional help. An experienced optician will have the skill to tell you if the lens is perfect for you or whether the frame fits your nose correctly. Moreover, if you have a high power or a complicated prescription, an online store can’t help you.

Avoid Add-Ons to Keep the Cost Down

Anti-scratch, anti-reflective coating, poly-carbonate – are all add-ons that increase the price. Figure out exactly what you need and then make the purchase. Ensure to go with the final price rather than with the advertised price of the eyewear.

Refund & Return Policy

If you feel the purchased glasses aren’t the right fit – you should be able to swap them for the right size or style without any hassle. Two weeks is enough for getting used to new eyewear. That time frame is sufficient to know if you need to exchange them.

It’s Worth Paying Extra

Prescription spectacles are accessories you wear every time. Spend a little extra to buy a good-looking one over cheaper and unattractive eyewear. It is worth paying for a quality pair – especially once you divide the total cost by the number of days you will wear them. They end up costing less in terms of price per wear.

Always Keep an Additional Pair

There are many reasons why owning more than one spectacles is beneficial. You never know when you could lose or accidently break a pair.  Also, every day brings different activities and experiences. There are days when you may need protective eyewear for sports while other times may require computer glasses at work.

Use a Microfiber Cloth and a Protective Case

Spectacles can easily get damaged. That is why it’s crucial to keep them in a hard case. Ensure to use a soft microfiber cloth for cleaning them. It will help you see clearly and keep your glasses new.

Regularly examine the screws that grasp the frame together. Also, use both hands while taking the glasses off and never place the lens down as it can result in scratches.

Let Focus West Optometry Help

We are a full-service practice that offers comprehensive eye exams, utilizing recent technologies to diagnose vision abnormalities. With an experience of more than 22 years, we aim to promote and protect the ocular health of our patients. We offer a range of options in correcting vision including prescription sunglasses and contact lens.

Also, for information on looking after your eyes, read our blog post - Taking Care of Your Eyes Day-to-Day

Call us today to schedule an appointment for selecting your new prescription glasses in Calgary.

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