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Eyeglass frames come in a lot of styles, but they also vary significantly by size, fit, and material quality. To make sure you get what's best for you, consider the width of your face, your face shape, and the ways in which you make use of your glasses.

Finding The Right Size Frame For Your Face

Since everyone's face is a different size, one size does not fit all. To ensure that your glasses will adequately meet your vision and comfort needs, make sure you get the proper size for your face.

FACE WIDTH - An accurate measurement of your face size is very helpful in finding the right size frame.
EYEBROW LINE - The top of the frame should follow the eyebrow as closely as possible.
PUPIL ALIGNMENT - The pupils should be near the center of the lenses.
FRAME POSITION - Properly fit frames should not move around on your face when you smile, and they should fit comfortably without pinching.
FRAME SHAPE - Whether or not a frame style looks good on you can depend on getting the right style for your face shape. Use the chart below to help identify the frame style best for you.

Frames That Suit Your Face Shape

Rounded, cat-eyed, rimless, and oval styles enhance angular facial lines.
Curved and rounded styles that emphasize width rather than depth soften more lengthy facial lines.
Squared or angled frames with middle or high temple placement blend well with round faces.
Most frame styles enhance oval faces.
Aviator, butterfly, or rimless styles all complement triangular face shapes.
Finding The Right Frames For Your Prescription
Depending on your prescription, different frames are recommended.
Prescription Type Recommended Frame Products Benefits
Prescription with strong vision correction for far vision (nearsighted). Smaller frames with rounded edges (larger will add weight and thickness).
Frames with thicker profiles.
Glasses are lighter in weight and appear thinner. Holds lens securely in frame.
Prescription with strong vision correction for near vision (farsighted). Smaller frames.
Frames with sturdy construction.
Reduces weight of glasses.
Holds frame in proper alignment.
Prescription for bifocals or trifocals. Frames with enough depth below the pupil to hold the bifocal lens. Allows for increased area for close or near vision.

Since everyone's face is different, it might help to bring along a family member or friend to help you judge how you look in different frame styles. Also, a trained eyewear professional can help you match frames to your face shape.

Selecting the Latest Frame Features

New Nosepad Designs Fit and Feel Better
Silicone nose pads reduce slippage and add comfort with a customized fit to your nose bridge. Spring coil nose pads keep glasses firmly in place without pinching.
Spring Hinges Keep Glasses in Place
Spring hinges help keep your glasses in proper alignment and reduce the need for frequent adjustments.
Flexible Frames Keep Their Fit
Frames with a flexible Rotanium® top bar and pivoting bridge means frames spring back into alignment time after time. This reduces the need for frequent adjustments.
New Lightweight Frames
Advances in metals and plastics have made heavy frames a thing of the past. Certain metal alloy frames are made from materials 25% lighter than other metals yet they also retain their shape no matter how roughly you treat them.

Understanding the Differences in Frame Quality

Many consumers want to know the difference between glasses that look the same but differ significantly in price. Don't be fooled - typically there's a difference in quality. The finest frames are not only stylish and flattering but are expertly crafted for longer wear and maintain their original appearance without discoloring or corroding.

The most important thing to look for in a frame is if it is mechanically sound. Hinges should be solidly secured to ensure smooth opening and closing. And the frame should have sturdy solder points at the bridge, nose pad, and temple area.

Next, a frame should have a good visual appearance. Oftentimes, the materials used to make many of the cheaper frames don't always hold up and lack the quality finishes to protect the frame material from discoloring. A good quality frame should be corrosion and heat resistant, and have an unblemished, highly polished finish.

Lastly, a frame should feel comfortable on your face and have a straight, balanced look to it.

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