Many choices are available when it comes to choosing the best reading glasses
for your particular needs. Here’s a look.
TYPES OF FRAMES
Frame materials have been revolutionized with
the advent of new plastics and various types
of metals. Frames generally are fabricated from
plastic or metal, but can be made from any
workable material. People who suffer from skin
allergies might need hypoallergenic materials,
such as Monel or stainless steel, to avoid a skin
condition known as contact dermatitis.
The most popular choices for modern reading
• Aluminum frames, which are extremely lightweight, have a comfortable fit and are often
made in brightly colored anodized finishes
• Stainless steel frames, a good choice for
durability combined with a modern, minimal
• Handmade frames, which offer a unique
combination of handmade quality, artful
design and a rich patina
• Frames that use memory plastics, which
are extremely lightweight and virtually
• Monel frames, made of a special metal
alloy that is highly resistant to corrosion
and offers a high-luster finish. They are
among the best quality available.
According to the Vision Council of America,
you should consider three main points
when choosing an eyeglass frame for your
• The frame shape should contrast with
your face shape.
• The frame size should be in scale with
the size of your face.
• Eyewear should repeat your best personal
feature, such as a blue frame to match
Consider the following frame suggestions
for different face shapes.
• Base-down triangle. Try frames that are
heavily accented with color and detailing
on the top half, or cat-eye shapes.
• Oval. Look for frames that are as wide as
the broadest part of the face.
• Square. Try narrow frame styles, frames that
have more width than depth and narrow ovals.
• Oblong. Try frames that have top-to-bottom
depth or a decorative or contrasting temple
that adds width to the face.
TIPS & TRICKS
The last consideration is lens type. Conventional lenses have a front surface that is spherical,
like the surface of a ball. Aspheric lens designs reduce or eliminate distortions. Another
benefit of aspheric lenses is that they are thinner and positioned closer to the face. This is
a major benefit for anyone wearing a strong correction.
Strong lenses for farsightedness (plus Rx) have a tendency to enlarge the wearer’s eyes,
producing an unattractive magnified look. Positioning the lenses closer to the eyes lessens
WHEN GIVING MEDICATION
• Use only the medicine that treats your
child’s specific symptoms.
• Do not use oral cough and cold medicines
in children younger than 2 years old.
• Never use an over-the-counter medicine
to sedate a child.
• Never give aspirin-containing products to
children and adolescents for cold or flu
symptoms unless told to do so by a doctor.
• Read and follow medicine labels carefully:
Read the name of the active ingredient(s);
read and follow the information in the“Uses”,
“Warnings” and “Directions” sections.
• Never give two medicines with any of the
same active ingredients.
• Do not give a medicine intended only
for adults to a child.
• Always use the correct measuring device.
• Never use for a longer time than the label
instructs or at higher doses, unless your
doctor specifically tells you to do so.
• Stop use and call your doctor if your child
shows any side effects or reactions that
• Consult a doctor, pharmacist or other
healthcare professional with any questions.
• Keep all medicines out of your child’s
reach and sight. A