Eye Health

Updated 13 February 2015

Wear those rose-tinted glasses!

For most people, eye problems can easily be corrected by wearing spectacles or contact lenses.


For most people, eye problems can easily be corrected by wearing spectacles or contact lenses. If you opt for spectacles, it's important to choose a frame and lenses that suit your style and needs. Remember, the right match can enhance both your sight and your physical features.

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Select a frame that complements your complexion and suits your style – for example, if you're a trendy dresser, steer clear of antique-looking frames; go for the right fit – the frame should sit on the bridge of your nose and be the proper temple length; if you spend long hours outdoors or perspire a lot, plastic frames are preferable – body acids and salts are hard on metal frames; generally, the stronger the prescription, the smaller the frame should be – it keeps the glasses thinner and lighter; lots of people choose plastic lenses, because of the lighter weight; if you favour tinted lenses, choose rose, brown or very light gray hues – blues, violets and greens tend to distort colour. (Health24, November 2010)

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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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