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Glasses

Glasses are generally considered the ‘easier’ option. There is no special trick to learn in order to use them. They sit in a nice, colourful case in your bag or pocket, ready to be whipped out and worn at a moment’s notice. They are easy to clean, generally quite durable, and if the frames do have a tendency to loosen over time, this can be fixed in a matter of minutes by popping into any opticians and asking them to tighten the screws.

In fact, buying glasses is only time-consuming at the point of purchase. Assuming you have already had an eye test in the past two years, you simply take your prescription along to the opticians and have a look at the variety of frames that they offer. When choosing a pair of frames, it is important to take into account your face shape, colouring, and how comfortable the frames sit on your face. If you’re not sure what to go for, take a look at our Guide To Choosing Frames* for more information. Most opticians will have a range of prices, with the most basic beginning at around £10 and designer frames ending around the £200 mark. As previously mentioned, most opticians do run a number of offers for BOGOF frames, reductions for older people and for students. Both Specsavers and Vision Express also offer FREE eye tests and frames (NHS voucher needed: ask a member of staff for more details) for children under the age of 16.


At this point the optician will also ask you if you want a specific type of lens. There are a number to choose from, and they vary in price. You can choose to have scratch-resistant, antireflective, polarised (glare-reducing) or photochromic lenses, which darken in sunlight to give the same protection as wearing sunglasses. You can also get toughened lenses, extra-thin lenses and lenses which combine two or more of the above options. Stores usually have a leaflet explaining all their lens options and any special offers they might have.


Finally, your chosen frames will be fitted with the correct lenses (this process usually takes up to a week), and then your glasses are ready for collection. A member of staff will give you a final check to make sure your frames sit comfortably and you are happy with your vision. Then you are free to go out into the world and enjoy perfect vision once more.



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