BY JOAN RATTNER HEILMAN
SHOPPING FOR eyeglasses is not always
easy. Your new acquisitions have to
improve your vision, feel comfortable on
your nose and look good on you. Here’s ho w
to find the right ones for you.
First, have a thorough eye exam to
screen for problems and get an up-to-date prescription. Look around at what
other people are wearing, leaf through
magazines and watch television to get an
idea of what appeals to you. Try on a variety of shapes and styles. Have someone
with you for a second opinion.
“This is an opportunity to enhance
your best features and make a statement
about who you are,” says Christopher
Shyer, president of Zyloware, a major eyewear maker (and a member of Costco).
“Don’t worry too much about what’s in
Six things to consider
Face shape. That old rule—the frames
of your glasses should contrast with the
shape of your face—is still valid. A very
round face, for example, is best balanced
by angular frames and larger lenses, while
a long, narrow face can look fuller with
more circular or squared-off shapes and
emphasis at the temples. Don’t over whelm
a small face with great big glasses or choose
tiny ovals for a broad one.
Color. Lean toward frames that contrast with the tone of your face or hair. For
example, people with white or very blond
hair may fade away with pale frames, while
darker shades tend to enhance their eyes.
Comfort. Make sure
your frames are totally
comfortable. If they’re
not, go back for adjustments—many times if
Add-ons. There are a
variety of optional protective treatments, such
as anti-glare and scratch-resistant coatings, tints,
UV blockers and photo-chromatic lenses, so talk
to the optometrist or eye
specialist to help determine whether you need
them. For example, an
anti-glare coating can
optimize your vision,
especially at night, says
Thomas L. Steinemann,
M.D., professor of ophthalmology at
Metro-Health Medical Center in
Cleveland, Ohio, and clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of
Ophthalmology. And note that most poly-carbonate lenses already offer UV protection and an anti-scratch lens coating.
Lenses. Few lenses are made of glass
these days, because plastic is lighter,
thinner, more flexible and less likely to
shatter. If you have a strong prescription,
Steinemann recommends high-index
plastic lenses, which are more expensive
but thinner and lighter than the old-fashioned bulky options. He also favors progressive lenses if you are over ;;, so you can
see near, far and in-between without having to keep switching from one pair of
glasses to another.
Lifestyle. If you spend most of your time
at home or in an office staring at a computer screen, big and bold or glamorous
might not be what you want. If you’re
mostly out on the town, though, maybe it is.
“My suggestion,” says Shyer, “is to buy two
pairs or maybe more, one for everyday life,
the others for when you’re out and about.
Besides, this way you’ll have a backup pair
if you lose or damage one of them.” C
Joan Rattner Heilman, who writes about
health and lifestyle issues, lives in Mamaroneck, New York.
FOR YOUR HEALTH
THE CENTERS FOR Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the National Public
Health Information Coalition support this
awareness initiative that emphasizes
these key messages: Vaccines protect
against serious diseases, are safe, are
recommended at all ages and address
diseases that do still have outbreaks.
Keep up to date with vaccinations
Seek immunization information whenever you speak with your health care
provider or pharmacist. Info you should
• All adults, including pregnant
women, should get a yearly flu shot.
• At age 60 and older, the shingles
vaccine is recommended.
• At age 65 and older, two pneumonia
vaccines are recommended.
Planning international travel?
Many destinations outside the U.S.
require vaccinations for diseases unique
to that region. The CDC offers travel advisories on its website.
Earlier this year, the World Health
Organization reported an outbreak of
measles affecting France, Germany,
Italy, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and
Ukraine. Travelers to those regions
should be current on measles vaccination
or have already had the disease.
Changes in health
Certain vaccines are recommended
based on health conditions, such as
asthma, diabetes, heart disease or
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Ask your health care provider about the
best protection for your condition.
Entering or returning to school?
When children are not vaccinated,
they are at increased risk for diseases
and can also spread diseases in their
family, school or community—including
to babies or to adults with a weakened
State and local vaccination requirements for daycare and school entry are
important tools for maintaining high
• Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, cdc.gov. —David Wight
Costco’s Optical Centers offer a wide variety
of frame selections (such as the Ixtapa pictured above), as well as prescription lenses
and contact lenses. Add-ons, such as anti-re;ective treatment, scratch coating and UV
blocker, are included at no additional charge.
Eye exams are available by an independent doctor of optometry, inside or near
most Costco locations.
Costco pharmacies provide immunization services. No appointment is
necessary. Age restrictions may apply
and vary by state.