I’ve had my exam exam and received a new prescription. Oddly, my contact strength has increased, but my eyeglass recommendation remains the same. My optimist says this is due to my astigmatism. He recommended getting the Silhouette brand titanium frames since I wanted to get rimless glasses this time around. Apparently semi-rimless are more durable (my last frames have lasted almost twelve years), but the lighter weight and cool styling makes me want to try rimless prescription lens. Actually, I just switched to a pair of Revo rimless wrap sunglasses and I love those. It’s too early to judge their durability.
I plan to spend $400-500 per pair on new glasses. I like to have a pair and a spare, so this could run a solid grand. With that kind of money I need to make sure I love them. So, I’m doing a lot of research. I’ve priced the Silhouette Minimal Art frames, which seem to have excellent reviews, at a couple of places online: Frames Direct and Coastal Optics, I think. Unfortunately, both of them have been crucified by unhappy customers on Yelp, so I doubt I will actually buy online unless my Doctor’s office gouges me.
Since I have a pair that already fit well, finding my size was easy. Usually the sizing is on the inside of one of the frame’s “arms.” mine was on the inside of the brige and read ‘51018.’ This means the eye measurement is 51mm. That’s the width of each lens. The height is called the B measurement and not a lot of brands provide that. The 0 seems to be meaningless. The 18 is the width of the bridge, the piece between the lens, which is also in mm. The third measurement you need to order a pair of frames is called the temple. That’s just the total length in mm of the folding piece that goes over your ears. For most women, it’s 130-135mm, but since the frames I want have 140mm as the shortest option my doctor recommended going for that.
The bridge options were limited to 17, 19, and 21. My optometrist recommended the 19 size as 17 is quite narrow. I tried on a pair of another brand in the store and the 19mm was comfortable. 20 was to big and made the frame drop too heavily on the sides of my nose.
The next choice was the lens type. My prescription is +4.5 single vision so regular plastic, glass, and polycarbonate would be too thick. I suspect Trivex is too thick as well, but as the doctor had already left for the day I couldn’t ask. I’ll probably go for the less expensive 1.67 high index lens as the 1.70 and 1.74 are more expensive and probably won’t make much of a difference for me. The doctor is supposed to call with prices tomorrow as his assistant didn’t have any useful information, though she tried to be helpful.
I’m also going for one of the more expensive brand name anti reflective coatings like Crizal, as they’re supposed to last a lot longer than the generic. They also help protect from scratching. UV protection pretty much comes with the high index lens, so no need to purchase that separately.
The last choice will be aspheric or regular lens. I’ll have to ask my doctor about that as well when we speak tomorrow.
That’s a lot of info, which I hope will help you if you’re in need of glasses too.
My other advice is to bring an iPad or other internet device with you. The doctor’s office didn’t have any catalogs for the frames I wanted and googling it meant that I could have a far wider choice of things that they could order easily for me.