Frames For High Index Lenses

Frames For High Index Lenses

If you have a high prescription, finding the right frame may be a little more difficult than you might expect. But don't worry too much, we're here to help.

High-index lens frames are designed to hold high-index lenses. They are lighter, thinner, and more comfortable than similar products. These frames are mainly suitable for those who need high index lenses due to high prescriptions, but of course, these frames can also be used for standard lenses. In this post, we'll cover 6 tips on what to look for in a framework. We'll also recommend frames to make your glasses lighter and the lenses less noticeable.

Explaining High Index Lenses

High-index lenses have only one focal point, so these lenses can be compressed into thinner formats. High-index lenses bend light at a greater angle, giving them a higher refractive index than standard prescription lenses.

Traditional lenses focus light onto the retina from only one angle. Your vision decreases when you bend or turn your head. High-index lenses focus light at multiple angles throughout the lens. This is called peripheral vision, and it's critical to driving safety.

Here are 6 tips for choosing the best frame for high prescriptions:

1. Avoid big frames. Choose glasses with a smaller lens area

The right frame can help hide the fact that you're wearing a high prescription. When choosing a frame, size is everything. In smaller frames, the high prescription won't be as noticeable. A smaller oval frame may be a good choice, as it reduces the thickness and distortion typically seen at the edges of larger width frames.

Here are the small frame with a smaller lens area that work well with strong lenses:

a man wearing tortoiseshell glasses

2. The round frame helps disguise powerful prescriptions

Round frames are also a good option if you have a strong prescription, as many have a smaller lens width, which means thinner lenses. Remember - the wider the frame, the easier the lens will stick out and be more noticeable.

Check out our best high prescription glasses in small round frames:

a lady wearing transparent glasses

3. Opt for a plastic frame instead of metal - fewer lenses will stick out

While you might think you'd want thinner frames, thicker plastic frames will help you hide the thickness of your lenses better than other materials.

Plastic (also known as Zyl) frames are lightweight and customizable enough to fit your personality, making them ideal if you have a strong prescription that requires thicker lenses. One of the great advantages of plastic frames is that the lenses protrude less.

Check out our gorgeous plastic frames:

a lady with black glasses

4. Avoid rimless and semi-rimless frames

One of the most important rules when choosing the best frames for high prescriptions is that thicker frames are generally better for thicker lenses. That being said, when choosing a frame style for your prescription glasses, you want to avoid rimless or semi-rimless glasses. In rimless or semi-rimless frames, the extra thickness of the strength number lenses will be more noticeable and less flattering.

Here is the small frame for thick lenses that are one of the best alternatives to rimless or semi-rimless frames:

a lady with turtle-colored glasses

5. Your pupillary distance (PD) must be accurate in high prescription glasses

Your PD (Pupillary Distance) is the distance between each pupil. This measurement is used to determine the center position of each lens in the glasses.

PD measurements must be accurate to ensure proper positioning of the lens in the frame. If the center of the lens is closed, you may experience discomfort, blurred vision, and headaches. This is even more important for high prescriptions.

If you don't know your PD, you can visit our related PD guide blog, which describes how to measure your PD.

6. Choose thin, high-index lenses to avoid the "beer bottle effect" that makes your eyes look smaller

In the past, strong prescriptions meant heavy lenses. This will make your glasses look like "glass or coke bottles". This can cause your eyes to look smaller or deformed.

Thinner, lighter plastic-frame glasses are now available, and you'll feel more comfortable even if you have a stronger prescription. High refractive index lenses further improve the appearance of the glasses.

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