Eyewear that works for video conferencing

glasses for videoconferencing

While we’re physically distanced these days, more employees are connecting via video conferencing (hello, Zoom boom). For those of us that wear glasses, our medical-device-meets-facial-accessory is more front and center than ever before. That means now is a great time to take stock of both your style and lenses to make sure you’re putting your best face forward.

All face, all the time

According to research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, 93 percent of how you’re judged in a meeting is based on non-verbal communication.1 Things like how you enter a room, take up space around a conference table – even head-to-toe style can mold perception. By focusing only on 1 area, video conferences make top-body presentation top of mind.

So how can you be sure your glasses are camera-ready? First, match your face shape to your style:

  1. Square: This face has both a broad jawline and forehead, and looks great in shapely frames such as round, oval, cat eye or butterfly, as well as semi-rimless.
  2. Heart: A heart-shaped face has a narrow chin leading up to a broader forehead and visible cheekbones. Frames that are light-colored, have thin temples or exaggerated bottoms tend to flatter hearts.
  3. Oval: This face is longer than it is wide and looks terrific in most frame shapes. For a perfect match, rectangular shades complement the face’s vertical form.
  4. Round: Round faces look best with the right contrast. Angular frames, the classic Wayfarer® for example, will give the face some length while projecting effortless confidence.

Then see what you like. While it’s nice to try on different styles in the store, there are several online tools to help you narrow down the selection. This one from LensCrafters® helps you find a style with just 4 simple questions. Or, you can use your built-in camera to “try” on glasses with this one at Glasses.com®.

Frames + lenses = glasses

Now that you’ve got the right frames, don’t skimp on the lenses — especially since there are new options on the market designed to help manage a long day at the computer.

Progressive lenses with a wider viewing area in the near and intermediate ranges, for instance, help you move between both distances smoothly and effortlessly. And lenses with blue light coating are one way to help filter light that emanates from your screen.

For video conferencing specifically, anti-reflective coatings provide a shield for natural or artificial light, reducing the bob and weave effect of trying to find a clear spot.

In-network benefits, online

Once you find your perfect pair, it’s easy to apply your EyeMed in-network benefits to your shopping cart at participating online providers, like lenscrafters.com, targetoptical.com, ray-ban.com, glasses.com and contactsdirect.com. They’ll even ship right to your front door for free.

Glasses or no glasses, the eyes have it

Pro tip: The most crucial body language during a videoconference is eye contact. Try to look at your camera versus the screen. That, along with staying mindful of posture, tone and facial expressions will help you stay engaged while staying at home.

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1. “10 Body Language Tips for an Engaging Video Conference,” medium.com, accessed April 2020.