All too often, glasses frames bought off the rack in the drug-store present an easy opportunity to save some money and score a quick pair of stop-gap glasses. However, there are multiple reasons as to why it’s worth resisting the cheap prices to purchase some durable glasses that will last you longer.
Varying prescription lenses in the right and left lens
The major issue with buying your glasses off the rack is that you are at the mercy of what is available on the rack. That much is obvious. However, there are a couple of other things that we should also consider. For example, what if your left and right eyes require different prescriptions? What if you know that glasses often pinch your nose and you require a slightly wider bridge? Glasses from the drug-store don’t really offer many options in terms of mixed prescriptions in the right and left eye – this would represent a bespoke pair of glasses that very few people would need. Buying a quality pair of frames either online or from your optician ensures that your prescription lenses can be fitted.
Quality materials means higher resistance to knocks and scrapes
Drugstore glasses are not designed to last forever. They are made of cheaper materials that bend and snap. But that’s not the only issue. When you buy quality frames either online or from your optician, you will likely be able to upgrade the coating on your lenses to a higher level of both scratch resistance and glare resistance. This means that not only will quality frames come with a longer lifespan as they are constructed from better quality materials compared to drugstore options, the end result will be lenses that are ready for whatever your hectic lifestyle has in store.
Made to fit – increased comfort
Choosing quality frames isn’t just about lifespan of the materials, the coating on the lenses, and being able to insert different lens magnifications in the right and left eyepiece. It’s also about comfort. As previously mentioned, the bridge if the nose can be a sticking point for many glasses wearers who find that their glasses are simply too tight, causing redness and soreness. Conversely, where the bridge is too wide, glasses can slip, meaning you will be adjusting them all day. The length of the arms is also a consideration, where the wrong length can give an awkward fit, which again would leave you adjusting the glasses all day. Quality frames are made to fit your personal dimensions, meaning comfort levels are greatly increased.
Wider choice of styles
We’ve saved the best for last. Style. There’s no denying that drugstore glasses are cheap and quick as a stopgap if you are caught short having lost or misplaced your normal frames. But the styles on offer are very basic and not very stylish. This is why you should always have at least one or two pairs of quality frames – looking presentable in the office and in your private life is hard to do when your style is ‘off the rack’.