How to Find the Right Eyewear

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Eyewear is an essential accessory for some of us. When we can’t quite see as well as we need to, it’s necessary to intervene. While some of us may not admit that our eyesight isn’t perfect, it usually becomes impossible to ignore. At that time, we finally have to break down and visit the optometrist.

Sometimes that’s the easy part. The process of going through an exam and getting a prescription from the doctor is fairly straightforward. It’s choosing what to wear that gets tough. In other words, the lenses are easy, but the frames are tough.

Perhaps the most important factor to consider first is where you’ll be wearing the glasses. If you have an office job and spend most days working with a computer or dealing with documents, you have a lot more flexibility in your frames. You can basically focus entirely on the looks, on choosing a set of frames that will best flatter your face while giving you that improved eyesight that you so desperately need.

Not everyone pushes paper all day, though. Some people are outdoors from sunrise to sundown every day, and their primary focus on glasses will be protection from the sun. It does no good to compensate for imperfect eyesight when you have to squint all day just to be able to work.

The outdoor worker with a need for glasses is just the market that Wiley X Sunglasses were made for. These sunglasses will help you fend off the irritating and damaging rays of the sun without sacrificing your ability to focus on the work at hand.

You may wonder just how much that really matters. After all, most of us that work outside are doing things from a distance, like driving a truck or operating a piece of heavy equipment. Just how good does our eyesight need to be in those situations, right?

Of course, that’s not exactly the case. While there are plenty of us out there earning a living in the great outdoors who don’t necessarily need eagle eyes to do what we do, there is plenty of precision involved in many outdoor jobs.

Think of the military, for example. They spend most of their waking hours (and even some of their sleeping hours) watching for enemy combatants. They’re looking through binoculars or utilizing FLIR to detect nighttime threats, and they need absolute precision when the time comes to engage those threats.

The same is true of police, firefighters, and paramedics. Sure, they are most visible when they are on the road, but at the scene of an incident, they’re reading a driver’s license or interpreting the display on a heart monitor.

Workers involved in construction trades need strong eyesight as they compare a site viewed at a distance to a plan printed on paper right in front of them. Those transitions of distance are a key part of good eyesight.

Of course, the prescription and tinting aren’t the only factors. The fit is vital as well. There is no benefit to correcting your eyesight if you can’t keep your glasses on your face. When you’re doing vigorous physical work and your face is wet with sweat or rain, a pair of glasses that don’t fit will stay so far out of position as to be useless. So as you audition various frames, make sure you’re doing more than gazing into the mirror with them. Bend over. Shake your head. Look up, look down, look side to side. Do anything you can think of to simulate a day’s activities.

Some people dread having to get glasses, thinking they’ll become an impediment instead of a benefit. And if they don’t function right or fit right, they will. But a good set of glasses designed for the daily activities you’ll be doing while you wear them will not only help you see better, they’ll help you feel better, be safer, and be more effective in whatever you do.


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