Reasons (And Tips) to Avoid Buying Cheap Glasses

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Have you ever thought about buying cheap glasses online? It’s hard to resist a pair at only $39. 

After all, it would seem that they should be similar to those that your eye doctor would make for you. While it’s very tempting to save some money wherever you can, online glasses may not be the place to skimp.

Here are a few things to be aware of with online glasses:

Disadvantages of Buying Glasses Online

1. Lower Prices Mean Cutting Corners

One thing that online glass retailers claim is that their products are cheap because they don’t have to hire a big team of professionals and pay the high rent associated with retail optical stores.

Unfortunately, what they don’t tell you is that by purchasing from an online retailer, you won’t get the professional help of a qualified optician to help you choose the right lens and frames to protect your vision.

There is a lot that goes into choosing appropriate frames and lens options; some good help goes a long way towards ensuring your glasses are perfect.

2. Lower Quality

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In order to produce a product that is significantly cheaper, you have to cut costs along the way. Cutting costs can come in form of low quality materials, which could be more prone to breakage, and may even cause you bodily harm.

Online retailers often compromise on quality and your vision.

There will always be a difference in terms of scratch resistance, impact handling, coatings and levels of optical performance compared to ideal glasses.

3. You Are More Likely to Choose The Wrong Glasses from Bigger Selections

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Online retailers will be quick to tell you that they have a biggest inventory of glasses for you to choose from but the problem comes to selecting your ideal glasses frames.

Remember you’ll be on your own when selecting these glasses.

Just how many of these glasses do you think will fit your face shape as well as your personality? Keep in mind you won’t have anyone to guide you.

A qualified optician knows your requirements as well as the glasses that are going to meet all of your needs depending on your lifestyle.

4. Cheap Sunglasses Can Do More Harm Than Good

Sunglasses can be quite deceiving if you do not know the brand behind them.

Most sunglasses have a grey tint and it’s easy to think that they have all the UV blocking features. The materials used to make sunglasses that can protect your vision from the UV rays and glare are not cheap.

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It’s important to know that the level of protection that shades provide to shield your eyes from harmful rays is not solely a function of color of the lenses.

Additionally, it’s impossible to ‘feel’ how your eyes are being protected while you are wearing sunglasses.

Ensure that you buy sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV light.

5. Aggravated Eyestrain and Dizziness

Drug store readers will help you see more clearly especially if you’re nearing the age 40 and experiencing the normal age-related loss of focus known as presbyopia…

The only problem is that it’s very easy to choose the wrong power without proper guidance.

Over the counter readers also do not correct for the differences between the eyes to ensure that they are both focused at the same position, and they do not correct any potential astigmatism. Furthermore most ‘cheaters’ cannot protect your eyes from the blue light emitted by electronic devices.

Tips for Buying Glasses

Now that you know the possible pitfalls of buying cheap glasses online here are a few tips that you can utilize to your advantage to save money when you are buying glasses for you or your family:

  • Do you have an insurance plan? Many people have vision insurance plans such as VSP and EyeMed that they are enrolled in as a part of their benefits package at work. These plans are there to help you cut costs every time you’re buying glasses. Most people don’t know that you can utilize insurance towards distance glasses, prescription readers or sunglasses. We can look up your eligibility for you.

  • Ask about packages. Many authorized optical outlets offer discounts on package deals. Premium eye wear products such as photochromic lenses, anti-reflective coatings and progressive lens come with discounts when bought as a bundle. Always ask for details.

  • Take full advantage of warranties. Every time you buy a quality pair of glasses, ensure that you know read all the terms and conditions of the warranty. Quality eyewear is of better value if it comes with warranties for frame materials, lens scratches, and workmanship. Warranties are more valuable if your children wear glasses and/or you live or work in an harsh environment and generally cover scratches on the lenses for a whole year. Always ask your optician about the terms and conditions of the warranties that come with your newly owned glasses every time you make a purchase.

Ask your eye doctor about possible discounts or promotions on specific lenses and frames and financing plans if needed for your glasses.

5 Alarming Reasons You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

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It’s hard to disagree that direct exposure to the Sun’s rays can do a lot of damage to your eyes and your vision.

Well, according to health experts, wearing your sunglasses during the winter is even more important than during the summer time.


During winter our eyes are, in fact, even more exposed to UV radiation during the cloudy days. Additionally, the much of the Sun’s light gets reflected off the ground, where it is normally harmlessly absorbed, into our eyes.

Light reflected by the mirror-like snow increases the amount of damage caused by UV radiation to your vision, can induce temporary “blindness”, and severe pain.

To keep yourself, and your eyes protected through winter, you need a pair of quality sunglasses.

Here are 5 reasons to wear sunglasses during winter: Number three may shock you!

5 Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

  1. Sunglasses Protect Eyes from Dust, Wind and Debris

    The weather can be quite challenging during winter. Sunglasses can give you a clearer view of your surroundings by creating a barrier that reduces the evaporation of moisture to keep your eyes well protected and comfortable.

    Airtight sunglasses have the added benefit of protecting your contact lenses from drying out in cold environments. With sunglasses, you wont have to worry about any debris carried by the wind to damage your cornea.

    Some lenses are fitted with hydrophobic coatings to repel water, dust, oils, lotions and fingerprints to keep your vision clear at all times.

  2. Sunglasses Reduce Glare

    Winter is well known for its precipitation that coats surfaces in snow, water, and ice, making most surfaces in the environment shiny, hence bright reflections that can easily impair your vision.

    This reflective glare, also known as snow blindness, is very dangerous and can cause fatal accidents since drivers, snowmobile riders, and skiers can’t see through bright light.

    If you enjoy outdoor activities during the winter, this glare can also make it easier for you to get lost, which can be very dangerous.

    To combat this glare, all you need is a good pair of sunglasses that can block the reflecting sun rays.

    We recommend polarized sunglasses to shield against these reflections.

  3. Sunglasses Protect your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays

    Did you know that there are dangerous UV rays from the sun that can potentially harm your eyes and accelerate the development of cataracts and aged macular degeneration?

    Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can affect your eyesight and cause your eyes to age prematurely.

    Sunglasses will also prevent these rays from reaching the skin around your eye which prevents wrinkles caused by UV rays.

  4. Sunglasses Reduce Eyestrain and Headaches

    Your pupils control the amount of light that reaches the retina in your eye. In dim light the pupils widen to allow more light to enter the eye, and, conversely, your pupils will shrink when light is too bright to protect the retina.

    During winter, when light is often far too bright much of the time, your pupils will strain through out the day to reduce the light entering your eyes which in turn causes muscle fatigue and eye strain.

    Over exerted pupil muscles can leave you crippled by painful headaches throughout the winter.

    You are better off with sunglasses that have photochromic lenses. These lenses darken automatically in the presence of bright light hence protecting your eyes throughout the day.

  5. Sunglasses Improve Vision During Winter

    Your eyes are very delicate and need to be protected, especially during the harsher climate of winter.

    For good vision, your eyes require a just the right amount of light.

    Reflective glare is dangerous to the naked eye and can potentially bleach the retina which can lead to poor vision and reduced vision acuity. For these reasons, we recommend sunglasses, even and especially during winter, for long term vision and healthy eyes.

To prevent glare-induced eye strain, you need a quality pair of sunglasses that will reduce the light going into your eyes.

To prevent glare-induced eye strain, you need a quality pair of sunglasses that will reduce the light going into your eyes.

Wraparound sunglasses are particularly effective in preventing injuries from the dust, the wind and debris.

Wraparound sunglasses are particularly effective in preventing injuries from the dust, the wind and debris.

Good sunglasses will block UV Rays and keep your eyes healthy.

Good sunglasses will block UV Rays and keep your eyes healthy.

The comfort and the protection that comes with high quality sunglasses is priceless

The comfort and the protection that comes with high quality sunglasses is priceless

Now you know the importance of having high quality sunglasses during the winter.

Do you have sunglasses for the winter season?

We always advise our readers to steer away from cheap plastic sunglasses.

Get yourself quality lenses and you will notice the difference; feel free to browse our selection of the best quality, most stylish sunglasses on the market in 2019.

Style Guide —How to Pick Glasses Frames For Face Shape

When it comes to looking good in glasses, it isn’t all about owning the most stylish frames of the moment, in fact it’s not that difficult at all to look stunning in even a simple pair of frames —if the frames fit.

If they fit your face shape, that is.

Eye glasses that compliment your face shape draw attention to your best features and away from your less-than-great features, adding an extra touch of gorgeous that can make a world of difference in your look.

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Your face shape plays a critical role when it comes to the kind of frames you look best in; different styles of frames will go better or worse with different face shapes.

Do you know your face shape?

Unless you have very prominent features, figuring this out may not be as easy as looking in the mirror or taking a selfie and taking a look at your face…upon first glance, most faces simply look face shaped.

Never fear, we’ve prepared a handy guide to help you figure out your face shape.

How to Figure Out Your Face Shape

Step 1: Find the widest part of your face.

  • Forehead: A wider forehead will usually give you an oval face shape, particularly if the width of your forehead tapers gradually towards your chin.

  • Cheekbones: A face widest at the cheekbones is typically of a round face shape, but how long a face is also plays into the overall shape of a face with wide cheekbones. With wide cheekbones, you can be sure you’ve got a round face shape if your face’s length and width are approximately equal.

  • Jaw: If the widest part of your face is your jaw, you likely have a square face shape. In square faces, the forehead, cheeks, and jawline all have almost equal widths.

Follow the next steps to be certain what face shape you have…

Step 2: Describe the shape of your jaw.

  • Round: A round jaw is, unsurprisingly, often a sign that you have a round face shape. If you have a round jaw, with a face equally as long as it is wide, you can confidently know you’ve got a round face shape. If your face is noticeably longer than it is wide you might have an oval face shape.

  • Square: A strong, defined jawline makes a face look more squarish. If you have an a strong jaw line, that is not pointed, then you have a square face shape.

  • Pointy: A wider forehead or cheekbones and a noticeably narrow, pointed chin almost always mean that you have a heart shaped face.

Figured out you have a square or heart shaped face? Skip on ahead to our face shape frames guide.

Still not sure whether you’ve got an oval or circle face? Continue on to the next step…

Step 3: How long is your face?

  • Short: All signs point toward the round face shape.

  • Long: If you haven't already figured it out, if you’ve gotten this far you probably have an oval face.

No matter what your face shape, there frames that bring out the best in each. Knowing your own face shape will make it that much easier to make the right choice.

Now that you have the shape of your face, read on below about these types of face shapes and the best eyeglasses that compliment each of them.

The Oval Face Shape

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Oval-shaped faces are easy to recognize due to their well-balanced proportions, the height, width, chin and jaw of oval are all within average ranges of each other, making this the most common (and the most enviable) face shape of all.

People with oval faces can usually experiment with all sorts of glasses, and even hairstyles.

For Him: Frames that are broader than the widest part of your face work best. Avoid frames that unbalance your proportions.Your eyes should sit in the center of the frames, neither too high nor too low.

For Her: Oval face-shaped women can wear a pair of wide eye glasses frames to compliment and accentuate the natural symmetry of an oval face. Glasses with walnut shaped frames that are neither deep nor narrow work best.

Female Celebrities with Oval-Shaped Faces

  • Selma Hayek

  • Tina Fey

  • Kate Middleton

  • Jessica Alba

Male Celebrities with Oval-Shaped Faces

  • Jude Law

  • Ryan Gosling

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The Square Face Shape

Square faces are slightly wider than they are tall, with a strong, sculpted jaw. A square face shape is usually made of a broad forehead and a strong jaw, with the width and the length of the face being roughly equal.

Some people with this lean facial symmetry can also have long or rounded square face shapes.

For Him: Frames with softer, rounded or minimal lines work best on your chiseled, square face. Oval or circular frames offer a nice contrast, but nearly rimless horizontal frames can help too by playing up your strong features.

For Her: Narrowly framed glasses with narrow ovals and more width than length make the best glasses for square face-shaped people. These frames make the square face look longer and most importantly, they flawlessly smooth the angles of the face.

The Round Face Shape

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Round faces have curved lines with equal widths and lengths that are in the same proportion; a round face shape will usually have plump cheeks and a curved chin.

Proportionally, these faces are wider than they are tall, with a gentle jaw.

For Him: Slightly angular and boxy frames will help add length to a round face. You can slim down your face by using frames with high temples. Square-ish frames are fine, but avoid anything with overly harsh lines that will only emphasize roundness. 

For Her: The best glasses for round face-shaped people either lengthen the appearance of the face to make it look more like an oval, or compliment the natural face’s natural curves, Use angular narrow frames to further lengthen a round face, or compliment it instead with wide rectangular frames.

The Heart Shaped Face

Heart-shaped faces are wider at the forehead, sweeping down into a pointed chin.

Some heart faces can be long, others may be rounded.

For Him: Rounder frames will balance your wider forehead. Because this shape can be difficult for men to complement with frames, you might want to consider rimless glasses, instead.

For Her: To reduce the width of the top a heart-shaped face, glasses with frames that are wider at the bottom are essential. You can also use thin, light-colored frames to compliment your heart-shaped face.

Female Celebrities with Heart Shaped Faces

  • Zooey Deschanel

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt

  • Halle Berry

Male Celebrities with Heart Shaped Faces

  • Johny Depp

  • Justin Timberlake

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Skin Tone, Hair color, and Eye color

When you're selecting eyeglasses, there are other factors that also determine the type of frames you will need for your glasses - your skin tone, hair color, and eye color play a vital role in the selection too.

Besides your face shape, eyeglasses should also compliment your eyes, hair, and face.

Skin Tones

Skin tones are usually categorized as either warm or cold regardless of the color of the skin.

A cool complexion has pink or blue undertones while a warm complexion has a cream or yellow cast.

Eye color

Eye colors are key elements when it comes to determining your eyeglass color. a good example is the blue eyes that can go well with a pale blue-gray color which is warm and almost-violet color which is cool. On the other hand, brown eyes can vary from cool almost black to light cider shade which is warm.

Frames That Compliment Blue Eyes

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Frames That Compliment Brown Eyes

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Hair Color

Hair colors can also be categorized into warm and cool colors. Cool colors are white, platinum, auburn, ash brown, blue-black, and strawberry blonde. The warm colors include brownish black, golden blond, brown-gold and dirty gray.

Eye Glass Frame Colors

Once you have established if your "cool" or "warm," then now you can go ahead and find the eyeglass frames that best style your face shape from the colors that suit you.

Here some examples of eyeglass frame colors.

Warm Colored Glasses Frames:

  • gold

  • khaki

  • peach

  • camel

  • orange

  • coral

  • warm blue

  • off-white

  • blond tortoise

Cool Colored Glasses Frames:

  • black

  • blue-gray

  • magenta

  • jade

  • pink

  • rose-brown

  • silver

  • demi-amber tortoise

  • blue

I hope we have answered all your eye wear styling questions in this guide. If we missed anything you urgently need to know, let us know in the comments, and we’ll get right back to you.

Now you can confidently shop for frames knowing that you are going to kill in your new pair of glasses.

It all starts with your face shape, then your skin tone and eye color. Once you establish these three, you should be able to get a slick pair of eyeglasses that compliment your face effortlessly.