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How to pick glasses when you have a high prescription?

To find the perfect frame when you have a high prescription, we can first observe facial features. If the cheekbones are relatively high or the nasal bridge is low, frames with nose pads will be more suitable. Otherwise, the lenses will be too close to the face or even touch the cheeks, causing discomfort when worn for a long time. Conversely, if the nasal bridge is high, we should avoid choosing frames with nose pads to prevent the frames from sitting too high or the lenses from being too far from the eyes.

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Myopic lenses are characterized by being thin in the center and thick at the edges, which means the edges of the lenses will be relatively thick. For the same prescription, choosing smaller frames can help reduce the thickness of the lens edges, making them more aesthetically pleasing, lighter in weight, less prone to peripheral distortion, and more comfortable to wear. The following features can help us choose more suitable frames:

  1. Wide-sided frames: These effectively reduce the visual thickness of the lenses. For example, acetate frames generally have thicker edges than metal frames, which helps to conceal the thickness of the lenses.

  2. Wide bridge frames: These position the pupils more centrally within the frame, better aligning with the optical center point, thus providing more comfort.

  3. Sturdy temple designs: Frames with sturdy temples can evenly distribute the weight of the glasses, preventing them from being top-heavy and reducing the likelihood of the frames sliding down.

  4. Lightweight frames: Wearing glasses for extended periods, lightweight frames can reduce pressure on the bridge of the nose and ears. Compared to heavier frames, they are less likely to slip during movement or when looking down, thereby improving overall comfort.

Written by: Optician Lei

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