Being an optician carries with it huge responsibility; not only do they need to be clinically trained to understand the eye and how our vision works, they also need to have a passion for function, an interest in technology and a knack for developing a trusting relationship with a client. Choosing designer glasses can be a daunting experience so having a confident optician is key to making the right choice. |
How Does Your Optician Choose and Fit Your Specs?
Dealing with something as personal as choosing eyewear requires careful consideration and your specialist will ask themselves several questions before pointing you in the right direction. These include:
What frame is required and which frame is best for the prescription? What does this client usually go for in terms of style? What styles have worked well for the client and what kind of frame did they feel most comfortable with? What kind of lens is needed to accommodate the prescription? How should the designer glasses feel for the client? What is important about the look and design of the frame for this particular individual?
Once the expert has built up a case history they will then consider some of the following:
Sometimes a person will want a large frame with bold features but they have a small bridge across the nose. In this case a plastic frame with nose pads might be suggested.
Some people have a small space between their eyes and ears, so a design with a metal temple that is easy to adjust in length is definitely what the optician will suggest.
The expert will always be thinking about what the designer glasses will look in the end once fitted onto the client. The aim is to match the product with the person’s expectations. It is easy to see why buying designer glasses over the internet is a risky choice. Dealing in person with an educated and experienced professional is definitely the best option.
What Else is Considered?
The specialist will also check a few practical elements before they offer their recommendation. They will check for ‘x-ing’ and make sure nose pads are even. They will also take note of the temples, which should be square with the front. Temples should also fold well and must butt up to the hinges.
Before the optician allows the customer to head off with their new designer glasses, they will pop the specs on the person and make tiny adjustments if necessary. The three primary nose pad angles need to be correct: the vertical angle should be between 10° and 15°, the frontal angle about 20° and the splay angle the same, which depends on the individual’s nose.
A frame that fits well should only touch the wearer’s face in three places. This is known as the ‘fitting triangle’. The points are at the bridge of the nose and one on each side of the head. The frame’s over the ear bend also needs to feel comfortable and should lie lightly just past the point where the temple and the top of the ear ultimately meet. There must never be any pressure on the temple or at the back of the ear.
Wearing designer glasses should be something you become unaware of. The eyewear needs to be so seamlessly comfortable that you don’t even remember you have anything on your face. This is why an experienced optician, one you can trust, is the best way forward when buying the best specs for you.
David Paul opticians epitomise everything you want from a local eyewear specialist. Not only do they offer eye tests, they provide an expert service that includes OCT testing, advice on buying your ultimate pair of designer glasses and much more. The team of experienced eyewear specialists and expert optometrists are there to make your glasses and contact lens buying experience the best it can be.
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