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Select Glasses for Your Active Lifestyle

Hiker Wearing Eye Glass
When you wear glasses regularly to manage your vision health, you encounter issues with your eye wear periodically. Your active lifestyle causes your glasses to slip down your nose, fall off, or get bent so they don't fit properly.
Whether you're tired of eye wear that feels heavy or bulky on your face or you wish for glasses that you don't have to constantly fix or readjust to comfortably wear, the issue is less about your active lifestyle and more related to the type of glasses frames - and lenses - you choose.
Discuss your eye wear issues with your optometrist at your next vision appointment and use this guide to help you choose frames and lenses best for you.

Best Lenses

Learn the different types of lenses available for prescription glasses and sunglasses to make purchasing eye wear easier for your active life.
Polycarbonate
What makes polycarbonate lenses preferable to classic plastic or glass lenses is this: the material is durable, has built-in UV ray protection, and is relatively hard to scratch or chip. Polycarbonate lenses are also lighter than other types of lenses so if you're prescription is higher, opt for this type of lens to make your glasses less hefty.
High-Index Plastic
If your prescription is too high for polycarbonate lenses, then consider modern high-index plastic for your eye wear. Lighter and more comfortable than classic plastic lenses, these lenses allow you to see without compromising the wear and feel of your glasses.
Photochromic
If you spend equal parts indoors and outside, but you don't want to switch from prescription glasses to sunglasses, opt for photochromic lenses. These lenses change from clear to a dark tint depending on UV ray exposure, making these lenses ideal for your busy lifestyle.

Best Frames

The frames you wear every day should be durable, lightweight, and attractive. Select from many frame styles that complement your active lifestyle.
Nylon
Nylon is regularly used in the construction of plastic frames. The material is flexible and resistant to breakage, which makes frames that are nylon-based ideal for you if you regularly wear glasses while doing sports or working out.
Aluminum
If you prefer frames with a nose piece for better grip and fit or plastic frames don't suit your personal taste, then consider aluminum metal frames. Aluminum is durable and lightweight.
To make aluminum glasses even lighter and more comfortable for your face, opt for rimless or half-frame glasses frames.
Titanium
Rust-resistant and very durable, titanium is another frame material to consider for metal eye wear. Titanium is pricier than other metals, but is known for its high quality and long-lasting appeal.
Talk to your optometrist if you have allergies against certain plastics or metals; your sensitive skin may react to certain glasses frames and cause rashes, irritation, or soreness around your nose and ears where glasses touch your skin. Some materials, such as optyl, provide an ideal frame option that won't irritate your sensitive skin. Titanium is also a wise choice to address hypoallergenic needs.
When selecting lenses and frames for your face, keep in mind how durable and strong you need your eye wear to be, along with your personal preference and style. Plastic frames often make a bold statement, while more subdued half or rimless frames allow you to feel almost as if you aren't wearing glasses at all. Choose an optometrist who will help you try on several styles of glasses while showing you how different lenses work for your prescription.
Renew your vision prescription before buying new glasses. Our professional team of vision experts at Fraser Optical will help you choose the best frames and lenses for your active life today.