Tell-tale signs of a well made a pair of prescription eyeglasses
The discerning eyeglass wearer knows that there are key features which define a premium pair of prescription eyewear. Here are a handful of those tell-tale signs that you are looking at a well-made pair of frames, worthy of your investment:
IMPECCABLE FINISH QUALITY
Premium eyewear is similar to high-end jewelry, or watches. Hand-finishing brings the fidelity of the product up to a level that is noticed by those in the know, and will certainly be felt by the wearer. Look for construction qualities like smooth transitions from temple to frame front, and finely finished areas around the hinges. The surface quality should be consistent and free from waves, pits or unwanted grooves.
GENUINE RIVET HINGES
The hinge is the only moving part in a pair of eyeglasses. Investing wisely in a well crafted frame with high quality hinges will prolong the life of your frames. Look for real rivets versus faux versions, with extra points if the hinges are customized. If the temple is over a few millimeters wide then look for 5-7 barrel hinges–barrels are the little loops that the screw goes through. The more “barrels” the stronger the hinge, meaning it will stay tight over longer periods of time.
ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS
When it comes to the details, customization is key. What separates good design from great design is the attention given to every detail of the frame, while keeping the wearability of the glasses intact. Frame details can be very functional: like the milled anti-slip grooves on a temple tip. Or, details like a customized coined wire core, which takes a functional element and brings in beautiful details akin to the filigree found on piece of jewelry, or watch bezel.
THE CLEAREST LENSES
Clarity is king. Building the perfect recipe for the clearest lenses should always start with the right ingredients. Use Trivex over polycarbonate. Always include multi-layer coatings with anti-reflective, anti-static and anti-smudge properties. How the lenses are made is as important as the right ingredients. High Definition Digital aspheric lenses are always better than conventional. For progressive lens wearers, always use free form High Definition lens surfacing. Finally, never let an algorithm select your SEG height. Always ensure the measurements used are specific to how the frame fits you.
We consider all the factors outlined above when we design and make our eyewear – see the difference.