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Back to School: How to Find the Best Glasses for Teens and Young Adults

Posted Jul 14, 2023 | Tips, Tricks & Tech

Buying a new pair of eyeglasses can be difficult for even the most seasoned shoppers. When it comes to buying glasses for teens and young adults, this process can become even more stressful, since many young people are just starting to figure out their own personal style. And nothing can be more defeating for a young person—who’s already dealing with the physical and emotional complexities of growing up—than being saddled with a new accessory they dislike.

But shopping for eyewear doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustration! Though there’s a lot to consider when it comes to buying a pair of eyewear—whether that’s face shape, color preference, or prescription—shopping for glasses can also be an exciting opportunity to discover new personal styles and fashion preferences.

This guide offers a few tips for helping a teen or young adult find the perfect pair of new glasses on

1. Talk to them

Ok—this one might seem obvious. But we can’t overstate how valuable it is to talk to a young person about their eyewear preferences before you start shopping. This is especially true for young adults who are shopping for glasses for the first time. How do they feel about the prospect of wearing glasses? Do they want to try contacts? Are there any celebrities, musicians, or influencers whose eyewear style they’d like to replicate? This is an awesome opportunity to get your teen excited about the prospect of new eyewear!

2. Figure out their face shape

Though it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the eyewear options available, figuring out your teen’s face shape is a quick and easy way to narrow down your options. If they have a square-shaped face, for example, they’ll probably want to try and select oval glasses, whereas if they have a round-shaped face they’ll be better served by rectangular frames. Take a peek at our handy face-shape guide to see all the different types of face shapes and learn which eyeglasses work best for them.

3.Consider how they spend their time

Are they an athlete or a painter? Do they like to spend their weekends surfing, or curled up with a good book? Apart from helping you determine what style of glasses is best for them, considering how active they are can also help you determine the best frame materials, shape, and lens enhancements for their eyewear.

4. Use our Virtual Try-On Tool

Thanks to our virtual try-on tool, your teen will never have to worry about buying a pair of glasses that don’t look great on them. After you’ve found the glasses you like, simply open the tool on your phone or web browser and follow the directions to get a virtual preview of the frames on your face. And don’t forget: here at Eyeconic, you get free delivery and returns, so you never have to keep glasses you don’t like.

5. Check your prescription!

The only thing worse than not being able to find a good pair of glasses is finding a pair you love, only to realize they don’t match your prescription. Be sure to check all the information your doctor provides before deciding on a pair of frames. If you have any questions about this process, be sure to take a look at our guide on how to buy glasses online.

Still not sure where to start your eyewear search? Here are three of our favorite back-to-school frames to get you started.

Nike 7090

Black and green Nike glasses
If you’re looking for a stylish, durable pair of glasses, you can’t go wrong with these Nike 7090s. The sneaker tread pattern on the temples keep them firmly in place, while their neon colorations and iconic Nike swoop complement any sporty look.

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Otis+Grey OG 9004

Transparent Otis+Gray glasses
These glasses from Otis + Grey are the definition of simplicity. With their rose-colored, transparent frames, they’re sure to lend a bit of effortless luxury to any look. The perfect choice for someone who’s still trying to figure out their personal style and wants to keep their sartorial options open. Plus, their spring hinges make them especially comfortable to wear.

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McAllister MC4519

Pink and brown McAllister glasses
Sometimes bold is the only way to go. If you are shopping for a fearless fashionista, these glamorous gems from McAllister are just the right pick. No matter which of the three distinct colors you choose, these glasses feature eye-catching designs that are sure to turn some heads.

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Be sure to check out our full collection to see all your options.

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