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Making Sure Your Frame Fits Correctly

girl trying on a new pair of eyeglasses

A pair of glasses can completely change the way you look, the impression you give to others, and in some cases either make or break your own confidence. Not to hype up the importance of this decision too much… But it’s true! A bad pair of glasses can make you look 10 years older, can steam up all the time, or even worse… If they don’t fit they can be really uncomfortable, slip down constantly and be nothing but a nuisance! I’m sure we all know those people who think it’s ‘just a pair of glasses’… PLEASE STOP! Your face deserves better. Let’s take some time and think of things to look out for when you’re trying to find your next pair.

I HATE seeing high-profile people/celebrities with glasses that don’t fit them at all. Of course, I’m trained to spot these things – and I wouldn’t let a patient walk away with a pair of glasses that weren’t fitting right. But I want to help you understand what to look out for so you don’t make some basic mistakes if you’re browsing alone!

Glasses are not a one-size-fits-all product. When it comes to eyewear, every millimetre matters. Certain problems can be fixed with some careful adjustments done by a professional, whereas other issues can’t be altered and simply means the frame wasn’t designed with your face shape/size in mind. Here are some things to look closely at:

  • Is the temple long enough to bend comfortably behind your ear? Check with your hands (or even take a photo) and make sure the temples aren’t hanging on to your ears by their fingertips – or, in the opposite situation, make sure they aren’t too long either.
  • If the angle the temples bend at isn’t quite right, that’s adjustable! But be sure you’re happy with the length of them.
  • Try to make sure your eyes are centered in the lenses. A bad fit here can make your eyes look REALLY close together or have you looking like a hammerhead shark!
  • Do they fit your nose? Be careful with plastic frames – the closer they follow the shape of your nose, the better. If they’re floating above the bridge of your nose with a little gap in the middle, this means the weight of the frame is not being spread out evenly on your face! Wear them for a few hours and you could be itching to take them off. A plastic bridge can’t be adjusted to fit your nose better!
  • If the frames aren’t fitting you very well on your nose but the frame has nosepads, you’re in luck! These are very adjustable and come in different shapes/sizes, so even if it is not a perfect fit immediately, an adjustment can make sure the weight of the frame is spread out evenly.
  • Are they the right size for you? Oftentimes frames will come in multiple sizes, so be sure to ask. Look at them from different angles and check for things like the temples pushing into the side of your head (You need to go a size up!) or having that look where you’re wearing a massive pair of ski goggles (Go a size down! …Unless it’s a designer, in which case maybe that’s just fashion. I told you, glasses aren’t simple!)

Planning on buying your glasses online?

I could write an essay on the hundreds of reasons buying glasses online is a bad idea, but I know sometimes you just want a cheap pair of glasses to get you by in a pinch. If you insist on buying glasses online, when it comes to the fit make sure you check the frame measurements really carefully. You can’t try on a pair of glasses online, so you have no idea how it’s going to fit your face when it arrives. Alleviate some of that risk by making sure you’re choosing a frame that you know is an eyesize that tends to fit you.

Alternatively… Don’t take the risk, save yourself all that work, and let us personally help you find a frame that fits perfectly – it’s what we’re here for, and we love doing it!