Choosing glasses

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    May 23, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    Okies, I'm totally stumped.

    I need glasses (reading, watching tv, computer) they aren't for wearing all the time, I don't need them driving or nuffin, I don't really need them to read all the time either, mostly tired.. anywho

    I need glasses and I'm terrible at choosing them, I've looked at dozens of types and I just don't know what works..

    are there rules or anything?
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    May 23, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
    Go to a nice part of town and ask one of the people who work in a good opticians (just go in and say you are looking for new frames but don´t know what you want). It depends on your hair, your face shape and also what is fashionable in Oz at the moment. Also whether you want them to be a feature or to be unobtrusive. You don´t have to buy them there hehe, but at least you will have some better ideas.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 23, 2009 2:27 PM GMT
    Well tanker, we are in the same boat at present. I wore glasses for reading as a kid, then my eyes seemed to correct... and were better than 20/20 even 4 or 5 years ago, but recently I had them checked... and am going to have to go back to the reading glasses thing.

    I have a prescription from my eyedoctor, so we start there.. as far as glasses type.. you have to choose the style that looks best on you. I would start (and I am) with glasses you like on other people, maybe in pics or you've seen and test them on yourself.. It all depends on the shape of your head (lol) and the look you are after. Fortunately I don't need glasses all the time (or I'd seek contact lenses)..... let us know what you do get.
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    May 23, 2009 2:38 PM GMT
    I went to a great place with two wonderful women and my sister.. I tried on 112 pairs of glasses and I wasn't sure about any of them

    The glasses I like I'm totally unsure if I can wear them.. I can put on sunnies and its all good, but glasses I dun know..

    I like the thick black frames or thickish metal frames, but I'm unsure if they suit..
  • Timbales

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    May 23, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    For you I'd suggest something that is squarish or rectangular, nor round.

    I think you could pull off dark, thicker framed look. You may also want try a thin wire frame or frameless for a more subtle look.
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    May 23, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    wearing glasses or stopping wearing them after a long time is a big change to your face. When I got contacts i was a bit of a shock.

    Honestly.... just take their advice and run with it. You won´t be wearing them all the time.
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    May 23, 2009 3:08 PM GMT
    I have to be happy with them or I don't wear them, I don't settle unless I'm satisfied...
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    May 23, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    contact lenses then.

    Not sure what any of us can do....

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  • MSUBioNerd

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    May 23, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    1) Find someone whose taste your trust

    2) Ask their advice about frames you try on.

    If that fails, there's always the option of using a digital camera at arm's length.

    Seriously, picking out glasses is annoying for anyone who truly needs glasses. You're essentially being asked to use your blurry vision to guess what might look good. The plus side is that unless you spend a lot of time looking in a mirror or in front of a camera, you won't see yourself in them that often anyway.
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    May 23, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidSeriously, picking out glasses is annoying for anyone who truly needs glasses. You're essentially being asked to use your blurry vision to guess what might look good. The plus side is that unless you spend a lot of time looking in a mirror or in front of a camera, you won't see yourself in them that often anyway.


    some places have a camera and they can take pictures of you so you can see what you look like. Otherwise it´s a disaster.
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    May 23, 2009 5:46 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidI went to a great place with two wonderful women and my sister.. I tried on 112 pairs of glasses and I wasn't sure about any of them

    The glasses I like I'm totally unsure if I can wear them.. I can put on sunnies and its all good, but glasses I dun know..

    I like the thick black frames or thickish metal frames, but I'm unsure if they suit..


    That main pic of yours with your shades on...
    Get the same shape for your specs. When you've finally decided, show us. We'd love to see how you look like mate. icon_cool.gif
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    May 23, 2009 6:02 PM GMT
    Be wary of really thick frames as this style is popular now but may not be in a few years. Im in a similar position to you in that I dont need them all the time so I bought a simple style that suits and has lasted me 5 years. They aren't hyper fashionable which is why they suit i think. G'luck
  • MSUBioNerd

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    May 23, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    Well, in all fairness: how many people wear glasses from 5 years ago? I get a new pair every 2-3 years, as my prescription changes.
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    May 23, 2009 11:12 PM GMT
    hmm, I'll need to go back and see, it feels like clothes shopping, usually I just find something and it works, that's it they just look right and feel right.. I'm not finding this in glasses

    I already do have glasses mind you, they are old though and my prescription has changed.. so.. eh.

    Can't wear contacts, I don't need glasses all the time.
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    May 23, 2009 11:29 PM GMT
    I remember how frustrating shopping for glasses can be. They're such a big investment, you really want to make sure you get something you'll be happy with. I hated wearing glasses so much I finally went in for Lasic last fall. Unlike you, I had to wear them most of the time, so it was worth it.

    I was shopping for designer sunglasses a few months ago, and found a technique that helped. Since they were $300-500/pair I was only going to get 2, so I wanted to make sure I was happy with the ones I bought. I ended up taking pictures of myself wearing my top choices, using my iPhone camera. I went home and looked over them for a couple of days before going back to buy the ones I liked best.

    Give it a try. This way you get a better idea of how others will see you when you're wearing them, and you don't make a rushed decision in the store.

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    *EDIT*
    Lostboy said "some places have a camera and they can take pictures of you so you can see what you look like. Otherwise it´s a disaster".

    Sorry, I missed that you had posted this already icon_redface.gif
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    May 23, 2009 11:51 PM GMT
    The most important thing is to make sure your eye is centered in the lens. Lots of people pick glasses that are trendy and don't relate to their face at. I'm talking about width here by the way.

    Otherwise, it's a personal choice what you want to get. Sometimes dark rims look good with dark features. Sometimes it's nice to get silver frames. It's all a matter of what you like.

    I also think it's a good idea to wear contacts (if you have any) to try on the glasses since you can't really see yourself. If you don't wear contacts, but the place you're at sells them, they'll usually give you a trial pair to toss in just to try on the glasses.

    Also, make sure when you're looking in the mirror with the glasses on that you view your entire body, not just your face. Lots of people make this mistake and only look at their face close up with the frames on. You get a completely different perspective by taking in your whole self.

    Good luck. I change my glasses about every two years and love doing it!!
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    May 23, 2009 11:52 PM GMT
    LT, the oval shape of your face is the most versatile. There are too many options for you, that's the problem...
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    May 24, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    UofTLatinBoy saidI was shopping for designer sunglasses a few months ago, and found a technique that helped. Since they were $300-500/pair I was only going to get 2, so I wanted to make sure I was happy with the ones I bought. I ended up taking pictures of myself wearing my top choices, using my iPhone camera. I went home and looked over them for a couple of days before going back to buy the ones I liked best.


    I'll give that a go and if I can't decide I'll post here haha..

    I'm good with sunnies I know immediately just looking at them..

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    May 24, 2009 12:32 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidOkies, I'm totally stumped.

    I need glasses (reading, watching tv, computer) they aren't for wearing all the time, I don't need them driving or nuffin, I don't really need them to read all the time either, mostly tired.. anywho

    I need glasses and I'm terrible at choosing them, I've looked at dozens of types and I just don't know what works..

    are there rules or anything?


    I've worn glasses since I was twelve (sucks). It is a difficult process selecting a frame that will elevate your personal hotness.

    Take a friend or two when you go shopping and be aware not to select a frame that over powers your face. You don't want to look like Carey Grant in his old age or our gay icon "Elton John".

    this guy got some good videos on youtube on selecting the right frame:
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    May 24, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    Tank, I've found you the perfect pair!

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    May 24, 2009 4:19 AM GMT
    One way to decide which glasses are best for you is to try on several kinds with a mirror and good light. You could also take a trusted friend to give you his opinion. That's what I'll do when my time comes. I know there are some guidelines (as Tim points out above) so I'll study that area as well before choosing a pair.
  • RSportsguy

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    May 24, 2009 5:00 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidOkies, I'm totally stumped.

    I need glasses (reading, watching tv, computer) they aren't for wearing all the time, I don't need them driving or nuffin, I don't really need them to read all the time either, mostly tired.. anywho

    I need glasses and I'm terrible at choosing them, I've looked at dozens of types and I just don't know what works..

    are there rules or anything?


    Well you look HOT in the sunglasses that you are wearing in your avatar!!icon_biggrin.gif
  • GQjock

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    May 24, 2009 11:30 AM GMT
    Haha ... LUV the Dame Edna pair icon_cool.gif

    Glasses are like haircuts
    The ones that are the best for you will be determined by the shape of your head for the most part

    http://www.eyetopics.com/articles/39/1/Choosing-Eyeglass-Frame-Shapes.html

    By the pics you posted it looks like you've got a triangular face tank
    So by that ... the Dame Edna style ain't that very far off the mark icon_wink.gif

    For a Triangle-Shaped Face

    * The goal is to add width to your forehead and make your jaw line appear softer and narrower.

    * Choose frame styles that angle up and outward at the top corners.

    * For women, cat's-eye shapes are flattering.

    * For men, square frames are attractive.

    * Frames with rimless bottoms are also good for both men and women.

    * Frames with temples and bridge located near the top of the frame are best.
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    May 25, 2009 1:22 AM GMT
    I do wear glasses and finding new frames from time to time was torture until some good woman optician helped me, showed me photos of people with faces like mine in a catalog wearing different kind of glasses and had me oohing and aahing at the wisdom of the combinations. So yes, there are "rules" there. Ask the people in the store or find a store when they really show you why do they are recommending you what they recommend you. I was never satisfied until they did so and now I'm a client of theirs and, after all, is not like glasses are a ten dollars item.

    On the other hand, only once have I experiecended that spontaneous "these are just absolutely perfect!" thing with glasses and I haven't been able to found them here in Mexico yet. I saw a guy wearing them in my college... I immediately threw caution and shyness to the wind and stopped him to ask him about them! So for the first time I know what I am looking for icon_biggrin.gif but I guess that's the exception, not the rule.

    On the other hand, just remember you're not getting married and you CAN have more than one pair of glasses, can buy one today, another in some months or next year and so on.

  • Timbales

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    May 25, 2009 2:21 AM GMT
    I'm not looking forward to wearing glasses again when I need readers.