3 tips for choosing the perfect eyeglasses


April 30, 2012

Does your loved one need a new pair of glasses?Falls are a big risk for seniors, and if you've already installed a medical alert system from Bay Alarm, you may be wondering what else you can do to ensure that your loved one is safe. While a medical alarm can offer your relative help at the push of a button, it's often the little things that make a big difference in reducing the frequency of mishaps. For example, when's the last time you checked to make sure that your loved one's glasses had an up-to-date prescription? Sharp eyesight can definitely make your relative less likely to fall, so here are a few tips to help you choose the best glasses.

1. If your relative needs reading glasses in addition to his or her regular frames, it's important to find the right magnification. To calculate a decent starting point, take your loved one's age and subtract it by 35. Put a decimal point in between the new numbers, then round up to the closest .25 increment. For example, if your relative is 70, the new number would be 35, then 3.5. This is the magnification you should have your loved one try out first. Have him or her hold a book at normal reading distance, then decide if the text is clear. If not, on to the next!

2. Finding the right fit is important. If your loved one has lenses that are too large or heavy, or a frame that's uncomfortable on the ears or nose, he or she won't likely want to wear the glasses. Ensure a proper fitting at the optometrist and keep in mind that much of the results depends on preference. Your loved one might like the look of larger frames, in which case a light lens material may be preferable. Always ensure that the nose pads are properly adjusted and don't dig into the skin.

3. If your relative wants to look his or her best, finding the right fashion of frames may be important. The shape of the frames should contrast your relative's face shape – for example, if your loved one has a square-ish face, round frames will look better, and vice versa. The frames should also be to scale with your relative's face size, otherwise they might overwhelm his or her features or look too small.