The new year can signal the time for change - be it a embarking on a new health regime or seeking a new look. 

Step forward Specsavers in Andover who is on-hand to offer you some great advice if you are after on-trend, updated eyewear.

Step one starts with an eye test

Optometrist Director Paul Dhanji says: 'An eye examination is the first important step when selecting frames because ultimately, they need to serve a purpose. Maybe your new frames are for VDU use at the office, or for driving? 

'You may need a different prescription if you haven't seen us for over two years. During your visit, our optician will ask you about any changes in your vision since your last visit and get a feel for your needs.  It's important to suggest frames that suit your lifestyle and help you make an informed decision based on all the facts. 

For example, you might wish to consider contact lenses for the first time if you are a keen sportsperson.'

Fashionable designer frames

Paul continues: 'Once your needs are understood, our team will walk your through the options and show you the great designer brands we have on offer. For those after a dynamic, bold look, we have lines that have a great colour selection and interesting shapes and features. 

'We launched a Parisian brand called Balmain last winter and these frames have been very popular with younger, fashion-discerning customers.

'We also find that fashion-aware customers lean towards a favoured brand name. We stock some well-known lines such as Superdry, Converse, Red or Dead and Timberland. Our male customers like Gant, Boss Orange and Tommy Hilfiger whilst females tend to be drawn to Nicole Farhi, Cath Kidston and Love Moschino.'

Different colours and different styles

'No surprises to learn that black and brown remain popular hues but candy colours like pale blue are very popular too. For those bold enough for strong colours, we have lots of bright choices such as reds, purples,golds and greens.

Paul comments: 'Plastic frames offer great colour choices and younger customers lean more towards these. Our more mature customers like rimless or light metals frames that promise comfort. The good news is: we stock them all!'

Paul also advises that face shapes need different frames: Kylie Minogue designed an exclusive range for Specsavers and her collection is great for petite faces. For those with wider faces, unisex ranges like Converse and Red or Dead are great.'

Whatever your needs and style, you can be rest assured that Specsavers in Andover has the perfect frame for you!

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