Gone are the days of eyeglasses being seen as “nerdy” or only for intellectuals and older people. Over 60% of the human population wears glasses, contact lenses or some other kind of corrective eyewear.
Anyone and everyone can wear eyeglasses, whether it’s for health reasons, self-expression or confidence. Glasses come in a variety of styles, from retro to modern, and are made to compliment all kinds of face shapes and skin tones.
Read on to discover nine reasons why you should love your eyeglasses.
One of the most obvious reasons to love your eyeglasses is because they give you better sight. Glasses can help with everything from nearsightedness and farsightedness to astigmatism. Additionally, eyesight naturally declines overtime, with many people experiencing difficulty reading around their mid-40s, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Straining to see can lead to a number of problems, like frequent squinting that can cause headaches and neck pain.
Glasses are no longer seen as being solely functional — they are fashionable! Eyeglasses are made from different materials like plastic, metal and wood, and come in a wide array of colors and styles. They can make you look more professional or show off your fun side. You can match an occasion and dress an outfit up or down with different styles. When it comes to colors, you can accessorize with glasses that compliment your eye or hair color, match something you are wearing or add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral ensemble.
Calmer, Healthier Eyes
Opposed to contacts, wearing glasses can protect your eyes from irritants like dirt and dust when exercising, playing sports or working outside. If you are going out for a jog or bike ride, glasses can also help keep pesky little bugs away from your eyes.
Some glasses can shield your eyes in other ways, offering protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Photochromic or transition lenses are a prime example. These lenses start out clear but darken in sunlight, shading your eyes. If you are in the market for a pair of sunglasses, AAA members can save 30% at LensCrafters.
Alternative to Contacts
Another reason to love your glasses is how quick and easy they are to use. Simply throw them on and you are good to go. Unlike contacts, you do not have to put anything into your eyes, which can be difficult for some. Glasses may also be cheaper in the long term.
It has never been easier to try on different styles of eyeglasses. You can decide on a new look with virtual tools that allow you to find the best frames for your face shape. It’s the perfect way to experiment before stepping into a store. Thanks to these modern conveniences, you can easily shop for specs online and never have to guess whether a new pair of glasses suits you.
Blue Light Protection
Some eyeglasses can also protect from blue light, a high-energy visible light that’s emitted from electronic devices, like cellphone, computer and television screens. Exposing yourself to too much blue light before bed can lead to digital eye strain and affect your sleep, throwing off your circadian rhythm. “While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue light at night does so more powerfully,” according to Harvard Health Publishing.
Not only will different glasses show off your style and personality, eyeglasses can complement your appearance. Frame shapes can be narrow, round, walnut-shaped, square, rectangular, etc. Frames can be also be thick or thin, full-rimmed, semi- or completely rimless. Find the best glasses for your face shape, then customize any or all details to your preference, from aesthetics like decorative arms and detailed brow lines to functional upgrades like scratch-resistant and anti-reflective lenses.
Caring for your eyewear is relatively simple. Use a spray cleaning solution to remove blemishes like fingerprints, dirt and droplets from you lenses when needed. Wipe down the bridge and arms of your glasses when you notice residue from sweat or makeup. Finally, store your glasses properly within a case or microfiber pouch.
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