When it’s time to get a new pair of prescription glasses, there are a lot of things that you need to consider. It’s probably a relief that you are getting a new pair, as you may have been squinting the past few months or straining your eyes at work.

You need to think about what kind of glasses you’d like to wear, your lenses, how much you’re willing to spend. There are a lot of things to take into consideration. Here are five tips on what you need to do when you’re getting a brand new pair of prescription glasses!

Lenses & Prescription

It’s so important when you get a new pair of glasses to make sure that your prescription has been written down correctly, especially if you have a very strong or unusual prescription – such as one eye with nearsightedness and one with farsightedness. Depending on your prescription different lens options are better for you, including progressive lenses for people who use bifocals. Learn about lens options so that you get what you want and need.

Frames

The best thing that you can do when looking for new glasses is to explore a variety of frames. You may think that you only look good with one style of frames, an old regular that you’ve had for years, but newer frames can surprise you. While frames that are too trendy may not be right for you (or could be just perfect!), it is still great to explore different options and styles. You could surprise yourself and find that a frame you would have never thought to try is perfect for you.

Transition Lenses

While some people have separate glasses and sunglasses, many people find the switching back and forth annoying, as well as the heightened risk of breaking your glasses and losing them. This is why you should consider getting transition lenses when you’re getting a new pair of glasses. Transition lenses are clear indoors and when it is dark outside, but under sunlight, they darken and become sunglasses. They’re a great option to help protect your eyes.

Face Shape

What face shape you have can help you pick your frames. Heart shaped faces do best with balanced, rounder frames. Round faces do best with rectangular frames. Square faces do best with softer, rounded frames. And oval faces go well with just about every type of frame. There are no strict rules to what kind of frames you should get, and if you find that you fall in love with a frame that falls outside these parameters, you should get them. This is just a guide.

Get Something in the Right Size

One important thing about frames is getting one that compliments the size of your face. If your frames are too small, then the arms can easily pinch the sides of your face, or wear out too early as they are bent back on themselves. Frames that are too big, however, can dwarf your face. Like Goldilocks, find something just right.

One of the most important things to remember about glasses is that even though they are expensive, they are worth the price tag. You will wear them for upwards of two to three years, every single day. Great glasses that you love are worth it.