Poorly fitted glasses are not only annoying, they can also be a danger to your health! If you’re finding that your glasses are poking, pinching or falling off your face, it may be time to visit your optometrist for a fitting. It’s important to have glasses that are comfortable to wear day after day, and provide you with relaxed vision. Read on to learn how ill-fitted glasses could be affecting your life.
You Could Make your Prescription Worse
If you choose a frame that is too small for your face and eyes, your field of vision will go beyond the lens, which can lead to you requiring a more powerful prescription. Choose frames that are too big, and you could be looking at dealing with heavy and uncomfortable frames. When deciding on frame size, look for a frame that covers 80% – 90% of your field of vision. You shouldn’t be able to see out of the frame without straining to do so.
Increased Eye Strain
Many of the common fitting problems people suffer from with their glasses actually can cause the wearer a lot of eye strain. Here are a couple things to consider to keep eye strain to a minimum:
- Measure the distance between your eyes and the thickness of the bridge of your nose: this will not only reduce eye strain, but it will also keep your glasses from falling down your nose, and minimize the pressure placed on the inner part of the eye.
- Ensure your glasses are centre aligned: centre alignment means that the lens is right in front of your eye. This helps you see clearly and accurately, without causing any strain on the eye. Loose arms, or ill-fitted nose pads can both cause misalignment.
- Choose scratch-proof and anti-glare lenses: scratches on your lenses can distort vision and lead to eye strain. The glare produced by computer screens and smartphones can also cause eye fatigue. Anti-glare lenses reduce this glare, and therefore reduce eye fatigue and eye strain. Anti-glare lenses are an excellent option if you find yourself in front of a computer for the majority of your day.
Heavy frames my cause undue stress on your nose and ears, and can result in chronic headaches. If the arms of your glasses are too tight, that too may cause headaches and/or pain behind the ears due to the extra pressure on your face and temples.
Talk to an Expert
If you’re unsure if your glasses are properly fitted to your face, call the experts at The Vision Gallery! Our staff are able to measure and size your glasses appropriately, and are ready to answer any questions you might have.