Since the invention of eyeglasses in the thirteenth century, they have undoubtedly helped the ailing visions of humanity. Through the years, different kinds of spectacles for different purposes have been developed. Although many vision disorders are preventable and curable through surgery, eyeglasses are still in demand in the market.
Types of Eyeglasses According to Use
Reading glasses are used by people who find reading hard because of foggy eyesight and failure to focus on near objects. Reading glasses are custom-made or ready-made. However, ready-made ones are exceptionally popular because of inexpensiveness and availability. They can be bought in drugstores and department stores. They come in different colors and styles. Ready-made reading glasses are advisable for those who have same prescription for both eyes.
Vision disorders like nearsightedness or Myopia, farsightedness or Hyperopia, Astigmatism, and Presbyopia which is normal among adults over forty years old can be corrected by concave, convex, cylindrical, and bifocal lenses, respectively. These are called prescription eyeglasses.
Safety eyeglasses are normally one millimeter thick as the minimum standard. These are glasses used by doctors, factory workers, welders, and construction workers.
Darkened sunglasses are used against intense and ultraviolet light. At night yellow tinted lenses can be used for better visibility. For outdoor activities during the day, brown lenses are better. UV protective lenses can have different colors. Others wear mirrored shades just to add style. These are also known as”cop shades” due to its popularity among police officers. These eyeglasses are like one way mirrors. Blind people, on the other hand, wear black eyeglasses to hide their eyes.
Three dimensional glasses or 3D glasses create an illusion by giving each eye dissimilar images.
These are virtual reality glasses, shutter or polarized 3D system or video glasses used in 3D movies or videos.
Rimless eyeglasses do not have frames. The lenses are just attached to the bridge or temple arms by some screws. It is more durable than other designs and a lot lighter. Steve Jobs, Apple co- founder used this style from 1998 to his death in 2011.
Pince-nez eyeglasses do not have earpieces. It became the favorite of the aged a century ago. The French word pincer means to pinch and nez means nose. It has a bridge piece that actually pinches the bridge of the nose supported by two small levers on the lower part of the bridge. Theodore Roosevelt used this style of spectacles but later switched to rimless glasses to soften his image.
Horn-rimmed glasses are made of plastic, wider lenses, weighty frames and have a shape that gives the user a tough appearance. Those who use this style are called Nerds. Horn-rimmed eyeglasses are also widely used by the punks, gothic and emo.
Browline glasses have the shape of the eyebrow and are usually made of combined metal frame and plastic lenses.
Bug-eye glasses are wide, round in shape with thick frame. Most sunglasses have this style and is still considered chic these days. Paris Hilton loves using this style.
Cat eye glasses have the shape of a cat’s eye and with flared edges. Marilyn Monroe loved this style.
GI glasses are known as prescription glasses. They have thick rectangular frames with curved edges. These are also used by military men who need prescription eye wear. They are not really in-style but undeniably important.
Different Eyeglasses for Different Face Shapes
In choosing the best eyeglass frames for your face shape there are things to consider. First is the size of your face, then, the shape of your face and third, the color of your eyes, skin or hair. Your frame should be proportionate to your face, contrasting your face shape and enhancing the color of your skin, eyes or hair.
A Round Face that has fuller chin and cheeks will look better with the use of rectangular eyeglasses to help the face appear longer and slender.
A Heart Face has bigger forehead and cheeks but narrower chin. This needs a small but round frame or a bigger frame that can add size to the chin.
An Oblong Face has longer nose and forehead. Narrow frames or broad glasses can make the face look shorter.
An Oval Face is said to be balanced in proportion. Edgy frames will match the curves of an oval face.
A Square Face has a muscular jaw line and square chin. Frames that are oval or round will soften the edges of a square face.
A Diamond Face has narrow forehead and chin. Rimless styles, round and oval frames will go well with a diamond face.
A Triangle Face has a narrow forehead and a wider cheek and chin. Rimless style and narrow frames will lessen the wide look of the cheeks and chin.
Now go and shop for the best eyewear and wear it with your sweetest smile!