We are all too familiar with how our body changes with age. Just like the rest of our body, our eyes and vision also changes with age. This change in vision happen usually happens after the age of 40. This is when people will start to have difficulty with reading and seeing up close. This change is called Presbyopia. Being presbyopic, can make it hard to function throughout the day, especially if you are required to do a lot of reading or near tasks. As a result, most people turn to eyeglasses as a solution to their new vision problem. However, many people dread wearing eyeglasses, as there is often a perception that glasses makes a person look older. Well, we’re here to debunk this idea. There are many ways that eyeglasses can be your secret fountain of youth, and make you look younger!
Investing in the right piece of eyewear can take years off your look, if you follow some of our tips!
Frame Style – Keep On Trend To Look Younger
If your at the point that you are needing eyeglasses for help with near vision, chances are you are in your 40s-50s. If you’re in this age group, you have for sure seen the diverse eyeglass trends of decades past! So you know how trends come and go. Keeping on trend with changing fashions, can take years off of your look. Especially, if you have been using the same eyeglass styles for many years. If this is you, it may be time to ditch your outdated style and try something new.
When selecting your frames, choose a frame that helps enhance your look! For example, if your want to hide the bags under your eyes, choosing a larger bolder frame can do just that! Selecting the correct size of frame can actually camouflage and hide unsightly eye bags! A larger, bolder frame also may draw attention towards the eyes and help by enhancing their natural beauty by “framing” them. Larger frames are currently on trend as well, which again will also make you appear more youthful.
Leave the invasive facelifts and cosmetic surgeries at the door, because selecting the right frame shape can also make you look drastically younger. First, select a frame shape that suits your own face shape. Also, frames with a bit of an upsweep at the corners can also help provide a more youthful appearance, as the lifting line of a frame can balance out the natural sagging of aging skin.
Frames being made out of newer plastics, ensures that there is a great selection of fun new colours and patterns. Choosing a colour or pattern that compliments the colour of your eyes, hair, skin, personality, or wardrobe can also help you appear more youthful and look younger. The colour of a frame can add warmth to your face or enhance the natural beauty of a person’s eye colour. A colourful frame will also draw attention away from other parts of the face and to the frame itself.
Your eyeglass frame may play the leading role in helping make you look younger. But don’t forget the importance of your eyeglass lens selection. With presbyopia, there is a need to have different prescriptions in the eyeglass lens for different focal lengths. Bifocal lenses in the past, were used most often to correct this vision ailment. Because of this, bifocal lenses are synonymous with getting older. Choosing a progressive lens (often thought of as an invisible bifocal) can take the stigma of wearing eyeglasses as a result of aging away. This is because people don’t actually know that you are wearing eyeglasses specifically to help with reading because there is no visible line.
UV Protection (Ultraviolet Protection)
This last tip can actually help make you look younger, as it helps by preventing wrinkles around the eyes. When outside, make sure your eyes are protected from UV radiation. Selecting eyeglasses and sunglasses that have UV filtering lenses, helps protect the delicate skin around the eyes. This skin can suffer from cumulative UV damage. After time, causing the skin to develope wrinkles and discolour. And even more importantly, UV protection can help prevent certain eye diseases and cancers from developing.
So the next time you feel you need a dip in the fountain of youth to look younger, head on over to your local optical and let your optician and optometrist take years off your face!
Article written by: Trina Vanaalst