Selecting a Frame
Although successful frame selection may initially seem to be a simple task, numerous aspects need to be considered. These include cosmetic appearance, personality, lifestyle, weight, prescription requirements, durability and cost. The importance of these factors varies for each individual. For example, women are generally more concerned about appearance, while men often consider comfort and durability to be more important.
Selecting a frame can be a daunting task because of both individual preferences and the range of styles, particularly as displays can contain hundreds of different choices.
When assisting with frame selection it is essential to understand individual needs and requirements and to tailor the choice accordingly. The skilled adviser is able assist in blending these needs with the technical requirements. The frame selected should reflect the personality and lifestyle of the wearer rather than the assistant.
The right advice is the foundation of a successful solution. Many of the problems experienced with unsuitable spectacles arise because of insufficient care or expertise in frame selection.
Some patients prefer to have a friend to assist with the selction. In these situations, it is important to ensure that the final choice takes into account prescription requirements and reflects the personality and preferences of the wearer rather than that of the well-meaning friend.