This is a reply addressing the article:
Guide to glasses and sunglasses
As an optician, I agree with about 95% of what you have listed there. It’s good to see people doing their research ahead of time instead of relying on opticians to give you most of what you need to know. Most opticians are commission based, and while I wouldn’t go as far as to say that they will lie to you, but some can be very…misleading.
That being said, here is my contribution:
Shape: Nailed it. But don’t always feel like you must follow it exactly. Use it as a guide and starting point.
Fit: This category is what I would consider the most important, especially if you choose a plastic frame that doesn’t have adjustable nosepieces. The size on the temple (or bridge or nosepiece for some frames) is not the diagonal, but the width of the lens from the farthest point from left to right. Your diagram is a little off as well. The temple is measured from the hinge to the tip, not the front of the frame to the tip.
Color: You can never go wrong with a Black or Tortoise frame. It’s all about your personal taste and what kind of clothes you wear. I personally like it when people try to be a little more risky and get something in blue or burgundy.
Lenses: Please always get an anti-reflective coating for you lenses! I cannot stress this enough. The make a huge difference when driving at night with all the glare you get from headlights and street lights. In general the rule for materials is as follows:
CR-39 (standard plastic): 0.00 to -2.00 Polycarbonate: -2.00 to -4.00 Trivex: -2.00 to -4.00 (to be used with rimless glasses) Hi Index 1.60: -4.00 to -5.00 Hi Index 1.67: -6.00 to -8.00 Hi Index 1.74: -8.00+
Sunglasses: In my experience, every man needs a pair of aviators, wayfarers, and something sporty to wear. Brand isn’t as important as the fit in this case. Please get polarized whenever possible. Mirror coatings are okay as long as you don’t overdo it to a point where someone can use your sunglasses to check if they have something in their teeth. Get a silver flash or black flash. Most optometry offices will have bunch of demos that you can choose from.
Brand: Great list there. Please add Alain Mikli, Mykita, IC! Berlin, and Kio Yamato. They are pricier than the list of brands that you have already, but if you ever get a pair of these frames, you’ll definitely get what you pay for.