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Function vs. Fashion: Are You Using Prescription Glasses Correctly?

Gone are the days when glasses were associated with nerds and socially awkward individuals. Today, they have become fashion accessories that are worn even by people who don't have eye problems. If you have prescription glasses from the optometrist, it is easy to get caught up in the fashion wave. As a result, you may be thinking about customizing your glasses frames so that they make you look less nerdy and more fashionable and elegant. However, as you do this, don't lose sight of the reason why you have glasses in the first place. They are more than fashion accessories; they help you see, write and read.

This article will look into some of the practices that you should steer away from if you have prescription glasses.

Modifying your glasses

No one wants to have glasses that make them look unapproachable. However, this does not mean that you should attempt to alter your prescription glasses to suit a particular style. The material, lenses and optimization used in each pair of glasses is meant to suit your eye problems. Every aspect of the glasses is customised to ensure that you can see and read comfortably. So if you change your lenses, frame, and other parts of the glasses without consulting an expert, you may be doing yourself more harm than good. Altering the performance of the glasses can aggravate your eye problem. Always consult with an optometrist before changing any aspects of your prescription glasses.

Making online purchases

There is nothing wrong with ordering your favourite designer sunglasses on the internet. However, this does not apply to prescription glasses. When designing your glasses, the optometrist conducts eye checkups, determines the problem with your eyes, find the correct lenses with the right optimization to suit your eyes, and makes quality glasses. If you go shopping online, you won't be able to provide all the information about your eye health. This means that the glasses you get won't address your eye problem. So if you like a particular style, talk to your optometrist about getting a custom pair.

Replacing contact lenses with glasses

Have you been wearing contact lenses and are thinking about replacing them with glasses? If so, you should understand that you need an eye exam before getting prescription glasses. You cannot just replace your contact lenses with any glasses. That's because the contact lens sits closer to the eye as compared to glasses. Therefore, the parameters used to design your glasses will vary significantly to those used for the contact lens. See a specialist if you want to switch from one to the other.

Avoid these three things that can affect the functionality of your prescription glasses. Always seek the opinion of an optometrist before modifying, replacing or buying new glasses to improve eye health.