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How Should Glasses Fit My Face?

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For those who need glasses to see clearly, choosing frames that complement your face shape isn’t always enough—you also need to ensure your glasses fit properly. Poorly fitted glasses can cause discomfort, headaches, and even vision problems. But how exactly should glasses fit your face to provide effective vision support?

Your eyeglasses should fit comfortably on your temple and nose, with your eyes correctly aligned within the space of the lenses. 

Eye exams are essential for getting the right prescription for your glasses, but you can also get support for finding the right fit. When you visit us, our opticians can help you find new frames that fit well, look stylish, and flatter your face.

Fitting Glasses to Your Face

Comfort Is Key

When it comes to glasses, comfort should be one of your top priorities. Glasses that are too tight or loose can cause discomfort and even lead to headaches. The frames should comfortably grip the sides of your head without putting too much pressure on your ears or nose.

If your glasses are too loose, they may slide down your nose, causing you to constantly adjust them throughout the day. Your glasses should sit comfortably and remain stable on your nose and ears without causing irritation or discomfort.

When you choose your glasses and lenses, your eyewear consultant can adjust the glasses to comfortably hug the sides of your face with the right amount of pressure. As the glasses loosen over time and require corrections, you can visit your eye care team to have them adjusted.

Consider Size 

The size of your glasses should be proportional to the size of your face. Glasses come in various sizes, and choosing the size that suits your features and can accommodate your prescription strength is essential.

Depending on the shape of your face, a pair of glasses that are too small can make your face look larger than it is, while a pair that is too large can make your face look smaller. Your optician can help you determine the right size based on your face shape, size, and features.

The Angle of the Temple

The angle of the temple is another key factor to consider when choosing glasses that fit your face well. The temple tips are the part of the frame that hooks around your ears. The angle of the temple should match the curve of your ear so that the glasses fit snugly without slipping down. If the temple angle is too steep or shallow, your glasses may not fit properly.

The Bridge Fit

The bridge of the glasses is the part that rests on your nose. It should sit comfortably without causing any discomfort or leaving any red marks or indentations on your skin. The right bridge fit helps your glasses sit properly on your face, and your optical team can help you choose the right shape and size of the bridge for your face shape.

The Frame Material

Lastly, the material of the frame is another important factor to consider when choosing glasses that fit your face well. Different frame materials can affect the fit and comfort of your glasses. 

For example, plastic frames can be heavier and may cause discomfort over time, while metal frames tend to be lighter and may be more durable. Your optician can help you choose the right frame material based on your needs and preferences.

A woman trying on different pairs of glasses on at the optometrist's office.

How to Choose Eyeglasses

Choosing the right pair of eyeglasses can be a daunting task. From the shape to the colour and style, there are numerous factors to consider when selecting the right eyeglasses for your face.

Fortunately, you can always get help from our optical team.

Determine Your Face Shape

The first step in choosing eyeglasses is to determine your face shape. There are 6 basic face shapes:

  • Oval
  • Round
  • Square
  • Triangle
  • Heart
  • Diamond 

Understanding your face shape can help you find frames that enhance your features and complement your style. For instance, those with oval face shapes can enjoy most frame styles, whereas those with heart-shaped faces often enjoy frames that balance the forehead and chin.

Consider Your Skin Tone

Your skin tone can play a vital role in selecting a frame colour. Generally, skin tones fall into 1 of 2 categories: warm or cool. Warm skin tones have yellow or golden undertones, and cool skin tones have pink or blue undertones.

Knowing your undertones can help guide your frame colour choice, but rules are made to be broken. Some universally flattering options include:

  • Black frames
  • Clear acetate
  • Tortoiseshell

Think About Your Lifestyle

Consider your lifestyle when selecting eyeglasses. If you’re active or play sports, you may want to choose sturdy frames that can withstand impacts. If you work in an office setting, you may want frames that exude professionalism and make you look polished.

Additionally, if you want UV protection for your eyes, you may want to consider prescription sunglasses or photochromic lenses that darken in sunlight. 

Try on Multiple Pairs

One of the best ways to find eyeglasses is to try on multiple pairs. Bring a friend or a family member along and take advantage of your knowledgeable optician to help you make a decision. Consider the comfort, fit, style, and functionality of each pair of glasses. You may be wearing these glasses every day, so you must choose a pair you love wearing.

Find the Right Pair of Glasses for Stylish Wear

Choosing the right eyeglasses can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. When selecting glasses, prioritize comfort, ensure that the size is proportional to your face shape, consider the angle of the temple, choose the right bridge fit, and try on multiple pairs.

Don’t forget to consult your eye care team. We can help you find glasses that fit your prescription and eye health needs with a variety of styles that can enhance your features, complement your style, and suit your lifestyle.

When it’s time for new glasses, schedule an appointment at View Pointe Vision + Style in Winnipeg for an updated prescription. We can help you browse our selection of modern, stylish frames for eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Written by Dr. Janelle Driedger

Dr. Driedger was raised in Manitoba but educated in Tennessee. A southern belle at heart, she has a knack for treating her patients like family. Dr. Driedger is a certified “eye-nerd” and relishes the opportunity to collect anything eye related. She has an eye for style and will happily show you her collection of fashionable eyewear. In optometry school, Dr. Driedger was voted “most likely to have a pink office” and loves the fact that her classmates’ predictions came true when she opened View Pointe in 2019.
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