The Best Glasses Frames for Strong Prescriptions & Thick Lenses (2021 Update)

The best frame styles for strong prescription eyeglasses are usually a rounded, oval frame. However, because of advanced technologies, there can be other options. It is important to consider how different frames and lenses affect your prescription eyeglasses. Choosing an appropriate pair of prescription eyeglasses will depend on your style, prescription, and recommendations from your eye care professional.

The most important aspect of prescription eyeglasses is to correct your vision. However, it is also important to consider an appealing style despite the necessity of prescription eyeglasses. Accessorizing with trendy frames can make the task of wearing prescription eyeglasses less daunting. There can be challenges that transpire when you require a strong corrective lens for your prescription eyeglasses. A stronger prescription requires higher indexes to effectively reduce the thickness of the lens. This may not always be an option for your prescription eyeglasses because the clarity of your glasses can be compromised if the index is too high. Another thing to consider with the requirement of a higher index prescription is the increased edge thickness. These obstacles make choosing an appropriate frame for your prescription eyeglasses challenging. Let’s examine the best frame styles for strong prescription eyeglasses.

Frame It
As a rule, a thicker frame is often better suited for a thicker lens in your prescription eyeglasses. You most definitely want to avoid rimless or semi-rimless glasses when considering a frame style for your prescription eyeglasses. This is because the lens of a strong prescription will be thick and would not look attractive in rimless or semi-rimless prescription eyeglasses. Frames with sharp, angular edges may not be a good option for your prescription eyeglasses. It is nearly impossible for opticians to create a lens of a certain thickness to fit inside frames with sharp angles. Essentially, the best frame shape for a strong prescription is a smaller round or oval frame.

Another option for your prescription eyeglasses is to purchase high refractive index lenses. These offer the same correction for your prescription eyeglasses without the added thickness. These are not an uncommon thing, and your eye care professional may have already prescribed these for your prescription eyeglasses. This type of lens does often cost more money, but is a viable option if you want to avoid a thicker lens or would like a specific frame.

Lenses Defined
The lateral edges of thicker lenses often look less attractive. The two types of lenses for prescription eyeglasses are a plus lens or minus lens. The plus lens is a lens with its thickest point at the center and its function moves the focal point forward. The minus lens is the lens with its thinnest point at the center and works to move the focal point backward. Your prescription eyeglasses may include the plus lenses if you are farsighted because they tend to make things look larger and have an elevated surface. The plus lens in your prescription eyeglasses adds more curve to your eye and bends rays of light inward to help the eye focus. Contrarily, your prescription eyeglasses might include minus lenses if you are nearsighted because they minimize objects to help them look smaller. The minus lens takes away the curve of your eye and bends light rays outward to deflect and spread the focus. Typically, minus lenses are considered when the thickness of the edge is important. The use of higher index material is often recommended to reduce the thickness in minus lenses.

Pupillary Distance
Before deciding which pair of prescription eyeglasses are best, you need to calculate the frame pupillary distance and compare it with your eye pupillary distance. This is because the thickness of the lens increases from its central high index. You want to effectively frame your pupillary distance of your prescription eyeglasses as close to your eye pupillary distance as possible. Pupillary distance is the distance between the pupils of the eyes, center to center, measured in millimeters. Every set of lenses, especially in prescription eyeglasses have an optical center determined by pupillary distance. To take an accurate pupillary distance measurement for your prescription eyeglasses you need to first stand eight inches away from a well-lit mirror. Look straight forward in the mirror. Stand very straight and hold the millimeter ruler against your brow. Pretend the ruler is like a pair of prescription eyeglasses. Close your right eye. Align the ruler’s zero to the center of your left pupil. While looking forward, close your left eye, and then open your right eye. Read the millimeter line that lines up with the center of your right pupil. This is your pupillary distance. Be sure to write it down so you remember it for any future purchases of prescription eyeglasses.

It is good practice to measure three to four times for accuracy for your prescription eyeglasses. You can use a friend to help you measure your pupillary distance instead of the mirror. Be sure to look straight ahead with both eyes open while a friend takes your measurements. Make sure they put the zero on the millimeter ruler over the center of one pupil. Then measure the distance to the center of the other pupil.

Things to Avoid
There are certain things to avoid when considering your new prescription eyeglasses. A high prescription can often be strange because the prismatic displacement where high minus lenses (AKA myopic) displace the images from the side of the head inwards toward the nose. On the other end of the spectrum, the plus lenses (AKA hyperopic) can make eyes look larger by displacing images outward; even magnifying the eyes. Another issue might be that the person wearing their prescription eyeglasses and the outward observer see reflections. This is because of the surface curvature; this can happen even in minor strength prescription eyeglasses. Finally, there can be a minification and magnification in your prescription eyeglasses. When minification happens, your eyes will look smaller since the high minus lenses reduce the appearance of the eyes. Whereas a magnification would result in magnified eyes, commonly referred to as “bug eye.”

Things to Know
Often when shopping for the best frame for your strong prescription eyeglasses you are faced with many additive options before finalizing your order. There are many things to consider and understanding them will only help you as a prescription eyeglasses consumer. The first thing to contemplate is high index lenses for your prescription eyeglasses. They add comfort and offer a thinner lens appearance. You may be able to purchase a more ornate or unique shaped pair of frames by opting for a high index lens; something to discuss with your optician.

Second is the anti-scratch coating. This may seem unnecessary – but first, you must consider how many times in any given day your prescription eyeglasses become susceptible to scratches. Think about the times you’ve bumped your eyeglasses when searching in the cupboard, or knocked them off the bedside table as you scramble to hit the alarm in the early morning hours. These are only some of the many instances where an anti-scratch coating can be useful.

If you are questioned to purchase an ultra-violet (UV) coating for your next pair of prescription eyeglasses you may be able to opt out. Having any lens and any coating greatly reduces the amount of UV light to penetrate your eyes. There are also other procedures you can take to protect against harmful UV rays. You might elect for the Transitions lenses which are an optimal choice for UV protection in your prescription eyeglasses. Transitions lenses are optimal for your prescription eyeglasses if you find yourself moving from indoors to outdoors several times a day and do not want to be inconvenienced with changing your eyewear. However, for those that do not like that option they may opt for a clip-on version of UV protection over their prescription eyeglasses.

You most definitely need the anti-glare and/or anti—reflective coatings. This option is very important as it helps to eliminate any glare, especially when driving at night. This option also allows for others to see your eyes instead of seeing their reflection in your prescription eyeglasses.

Lastly, if you are purchasing sunglasses instead of prescription eyeglasses you may be questioned to purchase a polarized lens. This is option may or may not benefit you. Polarized sunglass lenses have a filter that specializes in blocking out intense reflected light effectively eliminating glare. This would be an important option if you play outdoor sports or drive frequently during the day. This option is something you want to discuss with your eye care professional to determine if it could benefit you or not.

If you require a strong prescription for your next pair of prescription eyeglasses just be sure to examine all your options before purchasing. Your best chance to avoid distortion of your eyes is to elect to have high index lenses for your prescription eyeglasses. The best frame choice for a strong prescription is a round frame because it is easier to shape a strong prescription effectively. No matter what you choose, just be sure your prescription eyeglasses fit well and reflect your individuality.