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How West Coast Optical Suggests Finding the Right Eyeglasses

May 15, 2015

Let’s face it, visiting the eye doctor and having to pick out new glasses is almost as much fun as visiting the dentist. And choosing from an online source can be a bit bothersome. Okay, so maybe it’s not quite that dramatic. However, choosing the right pair of glasses can be a bit overwhelming. Between new prescription requirements–like a need for bifocals–and all the choices in lens design and frame styles, there might be some frustration. Breaking it down by your initial needs will help.

West Coast Optical Breaks It Down

Single vision, Bifocals, Progressive lenses, Sunglasses, and what looks good on you. 

  • Single Vision:  These are typically for short distances, such as for reading, and come in three basic categories:  distance, intermediate, and near. For example, intermediate glasses are best for seeing things between one and a half and two feet away–perfect for the computer.
  • Bifocals: The reason so many older folks wear bifocals is because their eyes have grown a bit tired. If you notice you’re having a hard time focusing when reading–holding the book out at varying distances–you may need bifocals. Don’t panic, though. With the right lens shape and frames, bifocals can be sexy, especially since they make you look smarter.
  • Progressive: If you simply dread the idea of bifocals, you’re in luck.  Today’s technology comes to the rescue, making those “old-folks” lines on multi-focusing lenses go away. But progressive lenses aren’t for everyone; the lens design configuration–which encompasses three fields of vision which are blended–may cause dizziness and even nausea. This is usually temporary, but some people never get used to it.
  • Sunglasses: Yes, it’s important how they look, but some consideration for clarity and UV protection should be considered when choosing. We stockboth tinted and polarized sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection. You may also opt for photochromic lenses, which darken in bright sunlight.

What Looks Good On You

It’s not the end of the world if you need corrective lenses. According to one consensus taken in the U.S., 4 out of 5 people have vision correction, and 71% of those who do wear glasses. You are not alone. So we understand you might be apprehensive when choosing eyeglasses and why deciding what looks best may be your biggest concern. That’s why we offer so many options. But if you still can’t make up your mind after trying several dozen–physically or virtually–it may help to ask for someone’s opinion. How others see us is different from how we see ourselves; we may be unsure about a style, or how you look in eyeglasses at all, while a trusted source may recognize the style as being “you.” There are myriad looks from which to choose–be daring.

If you are interested in booking an eye appointment or purchasing designer frames, visit the West Coast Optical website today at

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