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How Should Glasses Fit My Face?

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Believe it or not, there’s a right way to wear both your glasses and sunglasses. It’s not just about putting them on and going about your day; the way you wear your glasses is important and can significantly impact your experience. 

If you see people constantly adjusting their glasses, this usually means they don’t fit well or they’re not wearing them correctly. Your glasses should be positioned on your nose in a sweet spot—high enough so they don’t fall off, yet not so high that they press uncomfortably against your brow or forehead. 

This proper positioning is crucial not only for prescription glasses but for sunglasses as well, as incorrect placement can lead to unexpected issues.

Eyesis Eyecare is here to help you find the perfect pair of glasses or sunglasses to sit perfectly on your face, starting with a tailored eye exam–check us out! 

Choosing the Perfect Glasses Fit

When selecting the ideal glasses, the most important factor is how comfortable you feel with the frame. You must have a clear, undistorted view through the lens centers. Your glasses’ frames should rest comfortably on your nose bridge without sliding down or causing discomfort. 

Additionally, the temples should securely encircle your ears without exerting pressure. Glasses that are too tight will constrict your nose and rest too high, while frames that are too wide will continually slide down your face.

The Importance of Well-Fitted Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses correctly is important for your eye health too. While some UV rays are blocked by the eyes naturally, not all are, and reducing UV exposure helps lower risk. Dark sunglasses cause your pupils to dilate as they adapt to less light, increasing the potential area for UV damage. 

Improperly fitted sunglasses fail to properly shield your eyes from UV rays and might even direct them into your eyes. Making sure that your sunglasses fit snugly and offer comprehensive protection is crucial in minimizing the risk of sun-related eye problems.

Shopping for Glasses Tips

When searching for your next set of glasses, remember that you’re not just looking for eyewear—you’re balancing your medical, aesthetic, lifestyle, and financial requirements. Eyeglasses represent a significant investment, so it’s important to discuss your budget openly with your optometrist to find a pair that satisfies all your criteria without breaking the bank. Consider asking yourself several questions during the process:

  • What style complements your face shape and profession best?
  • Do you need any additional accessories?
  • Is there a need for more than one pair?

Getting the right pair at an affordable price can be a challenge, particularly for those new to wearing glasses, however, your optometrist is an invaluable ally in this search. The goal is to find eyewear that not only fits comfortably and looks attractive on you but also suits your daily needs and preferences.

A male optometrist holds onto a female patient's new pair of glasses

Choosing the Perfect Glasses Frames

Optometrists are ready to assist you in finding the ideal glasses, so feel free to ask for their guidance. Several factors may influence your decision on frames:

Your Face Shape

Selecting the right glasses does more than improve your vision; it can accentuate your facial features and enhance your overall look. It’s important to pick a frame that complements your face shape, achieving a balanced appearance. Faces typically fall into various categories:

  • Square: Characterized by a wide angular jawline, broad forehead, and pronounced chin.
  • Round: Features equal length and width across the forehead, cheeks, and chin with soft angles.
  • Heart: Notable for a wide brow, slender chin, and high cheekbones.
  • Diamond: Identified by a narrow forehead and chin with wide, high cheekbones.
  • Oval: Features a narrow forehead and chin with high cheekbones and a gently curving jawline.
  • Triangle: A narrow forehead contrasted with a wide jawline and chin.

Matching Frames to Your Style

After identifying your face shape, the next step is finding frames that reflect your style. Here are some tailored suggestions:

  • For heart and diamond-shaped faces, opt for glasses that mirror these angles or try rounder frames that are wider at the top for a bit of contrast.
  • Round faces benefit from frames that add structure, such as rectangular shapes that make the face appear longer.
  • Square faces are softened by rounder, broader frames, which help to soften sharp facial angles.

Oval faces are versatile and can pull off nearly any frame style. Opt for something with a strong frame line but also some roundness.

  • These suggestions are starting points to help you find frames that not only improve your vision but also fit your unique style and personality.

Are Your Glasses Serving You Well?

Whether you’re a newcomer to glasses or your existing pair isn’t quite right, you should now have a clearer understanding of how to select eyewear that’s both comfortable and fashionable and serves your needs. 

If you require help picking the perfect pair or are uncertain about the ideal placement on your nose for optimal comfort and benefit, feel free to schedule an appointment or visit us at Eyesis Eyecare in South Calgary.

Written by
Dr. Kam Dhiman

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