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.
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
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.