Updated: July 25, 2013

1. Have your prescription with you

Some specialty lenses, for example, aren't compatible with smaller frames.

2. Stand in front of a full-length mirror

Eyeglasses can affect your entire appearance, so make sure to get a head-to-toe view of yourself.

3. Bring along a friend

Model your picks for a fashion-minded pal.

4. Consider the context

Choose a style that reflects your personality and lifestyle. Metal frames will give you a no-nonsense look, while colorful plastic imparts a more fashion-forward vibe.

5. Try on several styles for size

Your glasses should be in proportion to your facial features.

6. Mind your materials

Wearing your glasses at work and to work out? Ask about lightweight, durable frames made of titanium, Flexon, or aluminum.

7. Choose the right hue

"Warm" complexions (yellow undertones) pair well with khaki, copper, or peach colored frames. Skin tones considered "cool" (blue or pink) are better suited to black, plum, and dark tortoise shades.

8. Be sure they fit

Your cheeks shouldn't touch the rims of your glasses when you grin, and your pupils should rest in the center of the frames.

9. Get comfortable

If the glasses pinch or slide off, ask the optician for an adjustment or choose a different style.

10. Donate your old glasses

Lions Clubs International (lionsclubs.org) will distribute used eyewear to those in need.

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