Published on March 01, 2023

Top tips for choosing the best prescription eyeglasses

Need prescription eyeglasses for yourself or a loved one? Are you finding it hard to navigate through all the styles, features and functionalities of women’s and men’s eyeglasses? We’re here to help!

Indeed, shopping for prescription eyeglasses can seem overwhelming. However, with our top tips for choosing the best prescription glasses, you’ll find the right pair effortlessly!


Consider the purpose of your eyeglasses

First things first. While it may be tempting to immediately and enthusiastically look into the latest eyewear designs and trends, it is important to book an appointment with an optometrist to assess your eye structure, visual system and current state of health. Your optometrist will verify your vision and visual ability, screen for any eye diseases, and provide a final diagnosis, which may include astigmatism, farsightedness and nearsightedness.

Following your eye exam and your diagnosis, our opticians are there to advise you on different frames according to your prescription. For example, do you need them just for reading or computer use? Do you need to wear prescription eyeglasses all day? Are prescription eyeglasses required for outdoor activities? What is your lifestyle? Your optician may recommend specific lens types and coatings that are better suited for certain activities.

Identify what frame styles look best on your face

Certain frame styles are better suited to some face shapes more than others. Choosing a frame for your face shape does not mean you must stick to a particular style. These following suggestions are meant to be guidelines, rather than hard-and-fast rules, as you shop for prescription glasses:

Diamond : Choose eyeglasses that are wider than the cheekbones or sweep upwards, like oval or cateye glasses. Avoid narrow or chunky frames.

Heart : Choose square or round eyeglasses, or eyewear with low-set temples. Avoid frames with colors or styles that draw attention to your forehead.

Oblong : Choose oversized rectangular eyeglasses or other types of large eyeglasses. Avoid small frames and shapes, like small round eyewear.

Oval : Choose eyeglasses with a strong bridge and that are wider than the broadest part of your face. Geometric shapes work particularly well with oval-shaped faces. Avoid round, small and rimless frames.

Pear : Choose oval or round frames if you have a pear-shaped face. Avoid small and rimless glasses.

Round : Choose rectangular or square eyeglasses to even out the roundness. Avoid round, small and rimless frames.

Square : Choose frames oval or round eyeglasses to soften your face’s angularity. Be sure that they sit high on the bridge of your nose. Avoid chunky or angular eyeglasses.

Apart from the shape of your frames, consider your complexion, as skin tone, hair color, and eye color can make a huge impact on what women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses look like on your face.

For example, darker frames (black, dark tortoiseshell, deep blues and grays) complement light hair, skin and eyes. Lighter glasses (gold, beige, light tortoiseshell) look great on dark complexions. Again, the important thing is to try them on!

One final caveat: apart from better eyesight and matching both your personality and style, your eyeglasses should be comfortable!

Inquire about other eyewear features you may need

Your eyes are important. That’s why we recommend seeking the help of a licensed optician, who will design, fit and dispense the right eyeglasses for each client, based on the optometrist’s prescription. With an optician, you will benefit from personalized services to find the best-fitting eyewear tailored to your needs.

Moreover, keep in mind that you should never skimp on your prescription eyeglasses. High-quality glasses will be durable and offer features that are key to both your visual acuity and comfort.

At Tris Coffin, we offer the best eyeglasses that have high-quality, scratch-resistant lenses with coatings, such as anti-glare or UV protection. The frames themselves are designed with durable materials and superior craftsmanship.

Finally, ask your optician and research the brands behind the women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses you are interested in. Tris Coffin has extended collections of top-quality eyewear from different brands. Whether you are more conservative or craving the latest eyewear trends, we have a myriad of models, shapes and colors to choose from. Our opticians can also give you all the information you need regarding the warranties that back your prescription eyeglasses to protect your investment in the long run.

Choosing the best prescription eyeglasses may seem daunting. However, with these tips, you are well on your way to finding some stellar women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses for your needs. Make an appointment with Tris Coffin today. Our opticians will guide you towards the best women’s eyeglasses or men’s eyeglasses — for you and the entire family!

Jacinthe Laurendeau Opticienne