We think you’ll love our frame ranges! From the classics to the quirky, styles to fit every budget and face. Some of our frame ranges include Oroton, Ogi, Woow, Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabbana, Ray Ban, Boheme, Nicola Finetti, Coco Song, Pepe Jeans, Anne Klein, Jag, Ted Baker, Lightec, Columbia, Skaga, and so many more.
Tips for buying eyewear
The lens prescription is always the primary consideration in choosing glasses. Before you start looking for the frames, consult with the optometrist and optical staff about lens considerations.
If the prescription calls for strong lenses that are likely to be thick, it is important to keep the frames as small as possible to reduce the final lens thickness. Also, smaller lenses tend to have fewer aberrations near the edge of the lens than large lenses of the same material and prescription, so there is less risk of blurred or distorted peripheral vision.
Fashion, Personality and Lifestyle
Because people generally recognize you by your face, the glasses you choose to wear are a very real part of your identity.
Whether you want to appear sophisticated, fun-loving, youthful, conservative or style-conscious, the right eyewear can help you shape how you are perceived. And if you choose to wear only one pair of glasses for everything you do, that says something about you, too!
If you are in a business environment, to help instill trust and confidence among a wide variety of your clients and colleagues, it’s usually best to stay with conservative frame shapes and colours. Consider classic shapes such as ovals, rectangles and almonds, and traditional colours of gunmetal, silver, brown, gray and black.
One way to show your creative, fashion side is with modern shapes, such as geometric designs in thicker and larger plastic frames. Many modern metal frames also can be creative in appearance.
Today’s more fashionable, larger-sized glasses also are an option, as are more unusual colours such as blue, green and purple. Multi-coloured laminates are another possibility, as well as flower patterns and animal prints.
Just as dress shoes are the wrong attire for the gym, your regular 9-to-5 glasses may be the wrong choice for sports and active wear. For the best comfort, performance and safety during “weekend warrior” hours, choose at least one pair of sport sunglasses, sport glasses or even just a more casual, sports-suggestive glasses frame.
Styling can range from wraparounds to more conventionally shaped glasses and sunglasses. Sporty looks can include bright or neon colors, stripes and modern combinations of metal and plastic materials.
Contrary to Popular Belief, One Size Does NOT Fit All. We all like convenience. But the truth is, there are many aspects to your life and personality. And to complement your multi-dimensional lifestyle, you need more than one pair of glasses.
Also, you should consider three main points when choosing a glasses frame for your face shape:
- Eyewear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).
- The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
- The frame size should be in scale with your face size.
Plastic or Metal?
Glasses frames are made of either plastic or metal. In the past, plastic frames were a better choice because they were considered more durable, less likely to be bent or broken, lighter in weight and less expensive. But now manufacturers are making metal frames that incorporate these features as well. Both metal and plastic frames come in fun colours and patterns.
Proper Bridge Fit
Each frame must be evaluated individually to make sure it fits the bridge. If any gaps exist between the bridge of the frame and the bridge of the nose, the weight of the lenses will cause the glasses to slide, no matter how well the frame seems to fit before the lenses are made.
It is important that the glasses stay in place, otherwise you tend to look right over the tops of the lenses, or keep pushing slipping glasses back up where they belong. Our optical staff will judge whether a frame fits properly.
The Right Temple Style
Temples that curl wrap all the way around the back of the ear help keep glasses from sliding down or dropping off your face completely.
For glasses that go on and off frequently, it is better to have regular, or “skull,” temples that go straight back and then curve gently around the back of the ear.
A nice feature to look for is temples with spring hinges. These special hinges allow the temples to flex outward, away from the frames, without causing any damage. Although they sometimes cost a bit more, spring hinges can be a worthwhile investment for longevity of your eyewear.
We are not always careful when we put on and take off glasses, and spring hinges can help prevent the need for frequent adjustments and costly repairs.
Glasses lenses come in a variety of materials that vary in quality. As the lens material increases in quality, it becomes thinner, lighter and has stronger coatings to prevent damage and scratching. A good example of higher quality materials are polycarbonate or a material called Trivex, because these lightweight materials are significantly more impact-resistant than other lens materials.
In addition to being the safest materials, they also are lighter in weight than regular plastic lenses, a nice advantage for strong prescriptions.
The least desirable material is glass. Although it must be treated for impact resistance, glass still shatters when it breaks, and broken glass — even safety glass — is a hazard to the eye. Glass lenses also are significantly heavier, which makes them less comfortable to wear.
Sports and Safety Eyewear
When eye safety is a concern, polycarbonate lenses usually are the best choice for your glasseses, sunglasses and sports eyewear.
Polycarbonate lenses are thinner and lighter than regular plastic lenses. They also offer 100 percent protection from the sun’s harmful UV light and are up to 10 times more impact-resistant than plastic or glass lenses.
Polycarbonate lenses have become the standard for safety glasses, sports goggles and children’s eyewear. Because they are less likely to fracture than regular plastic lenses, polycarbonate lenses also are a good choice for rimless eyewear designs where the lenses are attached to the frame components with drill mountings.
Warranties, in addition to the quality of the glasses, can give great peace of mind when purchasing glasses.
The warranties to look for are
- Length of the frame manufacturing warranty: 1 year or 2 years?
- Replacement cost if glasses are lost or damaged beyond repair?
- Purchasing cost of second pairs as backup or use for work and home?
- Replacement of screws and nosepads for glasses?
- Adjustments and maintenance of glasses?
- Warranties on lens prescriptions?
Because day to day activities can be tough on eyewear, it’s always a good idea to purchase a second, or backup, pair of glasses. This especially is true if you have a strong prescription and cannot function without your glasses.
Special discounts often apply if the backup pair is purchased at the same time as the primary pair. Sunglasses or sports goggles can be used as a spare pair of glasses. Or, if your prescription has not changed significantly, keep your previous glasses in a safe place for use as a spare.
If you wear glasses full time (including outdoors), photochromic lenses or prescription sunglasses also should be considered to decrease glare, increase visual comfort and provide 100 percent protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.