Frame Size and Shape Matter, But YOU Matter More! (2023)


This is perhaps the most important lesson we’ve ever done. Yes, we cover choosing a frame and then designing a set of lenses for high minus powers and working with the lab to obtain the best result possible, but there is a much bigger lesson to be learned as we look at our profession through the lens of one particular customer.

Technically opticians must choose the appropriate frame and then, with the help of the lab, design the best possible lenses to place in that frame. Optician training includes frame selection and lens design. We include a recorded call to the lab covering the lens material choice, free form design, non glare coatings and the importance of frame shape. More importantly, we look at the implications of one customer’s experience on the profession.

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Laramy-K Optical is a digital uncut and coating lab unlike any other. The only exclusively uncut lab in the country; we provide our customers with independent, high-end alternatives to corporate brands. Through craftsmanship, technology, and independent, innovative vendors like Younger, IOT, A&R, and Quantum Innovations we offer our customers the Integrity portfolio of freeform lenses and coatings. Made in the USA, the Integrity brand is not a generic house-brand, but is the absolute best available, designed to give the wearer that “wow!” experience.

In addition to the digital line, we still offer conventional surfacing, including glass. Maintaining traditional equipment gives our customers vastly more flexibility in their dispensing, particularly when it comes to more difficult prescriptions.

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- While frame size and shape are very important.

There is a much much bigger take-away in this lesson.

And, it's so important, that I would encourage you, to watch.

It through, sit it aside for a day or two.

And then watch it again.

(Upbeat, motivational, music), Between, the website, YouTube videos and our Consumer's Guide to Buying Eyeglasses, I get a lot of email, a lot of email.


You know, what? I answer every last one of them.

Well, at least the ones that are optically related.


Once in a while, I get one that presents me with the perfect teachable moment.


Last week, I got this one.

- [LeeAnne] Hi John, I saw your YouTube video on "How, Frame, Selection, Affects, Lens, Thickness.", I learned so much, and loved the humor in it.


I had heard a few years ago that choosing a smaller frame is a good idea with my high minus prescription, but I didn't realize how important it is until I bought my most recent eyeglasses.

I have a question that I hope you can help me with, but didn't want to post it on YouTube.

The prescription for my left.

Eye is -8.50, cylinder.

-0.75, axis, 135.

And my right eye is -6.50, cylinder.

-0.25, axis, 15 with a narrow PD of 57.

I went to four optical shops.

And none were knowledgeable about frame selection for my prescription and said that with high index 1.74 lenses, it's, not really a concern.

All of the eyeglasses.

I saw, were the trendy oversized ones.

And some average sized ones, which on my narrow face, look, oversized., The, optician, said, small, glasses are out of style, and urged me to get rectangular frames that were eyesize 51, bridge size.

14., Although, I asked her if I should order them in size 49 because I was concerned, they were too big.

And she said, no, they would look too small.

And that size is for a child.

While I.

See fine out of them, I'm, not happy with the cosmetic result.

They are quite thick, even with Essilor 360 high index, 1.74 lenses, and I think the facial inset and distortion is much more noticeable than with my previous frames.

I look like I'm in a fish bowl or wearing safety goggles.

So I decided to learn all I can to make a better selection, and came across your video, and some other articles, that have been helpful.

I've found some rounded frames online in sizes, 43/18 and 46/16, which are very hard to find frames for my narrow PD.

The 46/16 frames are children's.

And the 43/18 frames are readers.


Main goal is for the least amount of facial distortion, along with thinner lenses.

My question, is, I've, seen conflicting info online about whether it's preferable to choose a round frame or an oval frame to lessen the facial distortion.


You have a recommendation? Also.

Do you know of any other options for finding frames for a narrow PD?, Thank you.

- Well, okay.

Oh, whoosh.


Do we even start here? First of all, after reading LeeAnne's, email, I, immediately knew that I could help her.

Which is what this video is all about.

I'm going to walk you through exactly how we got some beautiful results for LeeAnne, and made her a very happy, customer.

But, first, let's, step back for a minute, and think about her experience.

Prior to meeting us.

LeeAnne does have a high minus prescription, but not overly so.

Her prescription is not all that uncommon.


She visited four different opticians, just trying to get a nice pair of glasses that she knew was possible, because she had worn them before.


None of the opticians that she visited, could help her.

Each of them, guided LeeAnne towards frames that didn't fit her face, or match her prescription., Why?, Well, probably because.

You know, we all know from big, optical marketing, that 174, and free-form technology, or magic solutions, that will make any prescription beautiful.

And let your customer see the world at high definition, glory., You, don't, even have to think anymore., Errr., Four, different opticians, all fed her.

This line of bologna., You know, something else? LeeAnne lives in Florida, a state that requires education and a license to become an optician.

Now LeeAnne is not an optician, yet.

She was able to come up with a better solution for her eyewear needs than four licensed opticians.



The point here? The point is that, like LeeAnne.

You have to care.

You have to care enough, not just to know how to do your job, but to ask questions, and persist until you're satisfied with the answers.


You are watching this video.

So that I know you care., Thank, you., Just, remember, a license, or a certification is not what makes you or anyone a good optician., Don't, believe everything that you read in a magazine, article, or some CEs sponsored by your big, optical company.

Or, even one that's written by a knowledgeable optician., Be, curious., Never, stop asking questions., Never, stop, learning., Do, that, and then.

You will be a great optician.

Alright, enough of that.

Let's get back to helping LeeAnne.

I asked LeeAnne to pack up a new frame, her monocular PDs, a few pictures, her most recent lens, powers, and I'd see what we could do for her.

Let's start with that frame.

She ended up in.


Take a look at that.


Even setting aside the high lens powers.

This frame is much too wide for her face.


It is so wide.

We have a poor customer PD to frame, PD match.

Because of its size and shape.

This frame will require excessive OC height, movement.

With powers like hers.

You would want to do an OC height.

And in this frame, that means movement of five millimeters or more and that's, not a good thing., The sharp, corners, or shape up and out, is just asking for thickness issues in a high minus.

All sorts of extra lens where you will never need it.

And, to me, that looks like cheek touch, which is never a good thing.

And look.

174 is not some magic lens material that makes every power thin and cosmetically appealing., In, fact, you're about to learn that we actually get better results with a 166 and 167.


Sure enough, I went out to the mailbox, and I had a package.


See, what's, inside.

Alright, looks like LeeAnne, got her frames from EyeBobs.



Take a look at this frame that she got.

Oh, that is cute., Good, shape.

Perfect for a prescription as high as hers.

And, let's.

Look at those numbers.

Let's, see.


We've got a minus six, minus 75 at 135.

Our left, oh my, yes, a minus 850, minus 25 at 15.

We have a PD of 27.5, 29.5., Very, good., Alright.

My next step here is to get this information.

Those numbers there, and the frame shape, to the lab.

So, I'm, gonna do a little bit of writing.

I'm gonna trace this frame, take some measurements, send them off to the lab, and then I'm gonna call to follow-up and we're gonna talk through why we choose certain materials and coatings, and the importance of the size and the shape.

And, we're gonna record that phone call.

Alright, I am going to head back into the office, scan, this, send it off to Jan.

So, I will meet you when I'm making that phone call.

Alright, as I told you guys I was gonna give Janet a call in a couple of hours.

And that time has arrived.

I have her on the other end of the phone.


We are gonna talk about how I would call in this job.

If I were a new optician.

Working with Laramy-K.


Hello, Janet.

- [Janet] Hey John.

How are you doing? - [John] Good,? Thank you.


You get what I sent you, so far? - [Janet] Yes, I, did., So.

If I'm gonna walk you through as a new customer would, I would probably ask you to read the script to me, and whatever order you want to, it's our job to kinda follow along with you.

And however, you're comfortable with it.

- [John] Okay.

I have got a right eye of minus six, minus 75 at 135.

And I've got a left of minus 850, minus 25 at 15.

- [Janet] Okay.


The patient PD on that.

- [John] I've got a monocular PD of 27.5, 29.5.

- [Janet] Okay.


Your frame size? - [John] I've got an A of 42.

A B of 35, and a DBL of 18.

- [Janet] That's nice.

I like to congratulate people when they do a good job, dispensing.

- [John] She kind of self-selected, actually.

She knew from having a script.

This high, for all her life, that something was amiss with the one.

She just got.

- [Janet] Uh-huh.

- [John] Which is how she ended up contacting us.


She tried some other stuff.

On, sent me some pictures, and I said, "Oh, that's, a good one." - [Janet] Okay.

- [John] And, you'll.

See in the end, I got some pictures.

It does.

It looks good.

And, yeah, I, couldn't of been more.

I would definitely go towards something like that.

If somebody came to my shop like that.

- [Janet] Okay.

- [John] Yeah.

- [Janet] Alright.

And, the shape on it.

I saw the tracing.

So it's, really, well, almost a P3 type shape in axial - [John] Yeah.

- [Janet] Is that correct? - [John] Absolutely.

- [Janet] Okay.

- [John] Yep.

- [Janet] Alright.

- [John] Now, when you say P3, where would somebody find that term? - [Janet] Yeah, I probably should say, round., I probably should say round.

- [John] Yeah, okay.

- [Janet] Yeah, so.

- [John] Alright.


Laughs), Yeah, I was heading more towards, it's almost round, Yeah, okay.

- [Janet] Almost.


Almost round would probably be better, yes.


You talked to her about material or lens, design?, 'cause, there's, a couple of ways we could go.

- [John] Right.

- [Janet] We could do it as a regular single vision.

We could do it as a free-form.

In our experience over the last eight years of doing free-form.

This is the type of prescription that would really benefit from a free-form single vision, product.

- [John] Yeah, that's, definitely where we're headed with this.

Yeah, definitely gonna be the best of the best free-form.

- [Janet] Okay.

- [John] Yeah.

- [Janet] Alright.

- [John] Yep.

- [Janet] And, have we discussed material at all? - [John] She's currently in competitor's free-form in a 174 that was kinda part of the issue.

The place.

She went just said.

You know, "Oh, your power, doesn't matter as long as we do you in 174." Which is kinda the thing that set me off on this whole adventure, actually.

- [Janet] Oh.

- [John] Out of all the things that were said, just blatantly.

Assuming that, you know.

Everything would be okay in a 174.

I kinda had a hunch that you might not agree with that, so, I'll.

Let you run from there.

- [Janet] Okay.

So on this, honestly with this prescription, even if it were a little bit larger frame, I would honestly suggest 167.

- [John] Alright.

- [Janet] It's, a more stable product., The, acuity, with 167, is better.


Abbe value with 167 is better.


We can actually surface 167 thinner, than we can 174.

(John laughs) - [John] Repeat that for us.

One more time.

- [Janet] Yes, I, know., (John, laughs), We can surface a 167 thinner, than we can surface a 174.

- [John] Oh.

I, love that.

- [Janet] The reason for that, is that with the 174 being a less stable product.

It has to be thermal cure hard-coated.

And, going through the AR process.

It is subject to heat.

So, because it's more heat sensitive, in a 167 I can go, I can surface it to a 1.0 to a 1.2 center, thickness, and still go through that AR process.

With, a 174, the minimum center thickness that we can do, going through that process, is a 1.5.

- [John] So, yeah, there.

We go.

And that's.

The measurement that comes out at the edges.


- [Janet] Yeah., And it's, not really a lot.

But, that is exactly where you're gonna notice it.


- [John] Yeah.

- [Janet] If.

You put a 167 next to a 174, in the exact same power, I don't, even think left calibers.

There would be a difference.

- [John] No.


- [Janet] On the edge, thick.

So, okay.

- [John] Well, that's.

What we'll do then.


You sold me on that.

- [Janet] Alright, so.

Did we talk about AR codings? - [John] I think I'd like to do the clear ice, I, think.

- [Janet] Okay.

- [John] Would be probably the best thing.

- [Janet] Okay.

- [John] Especially 'cause.

The second part of this was that she was concerned about cosmetics.

- [Janet] Okay.

- [John] And.

So yeah, I think that would be a really interesting.

- [Janet] Okay, yeah.

The ice is gonna make the lens actually disappear on her face.

- [John] Yeah.

- [Janet] There's, actually, no residual color on that at all.

- [John] Alright.

Forgot to put on my sheet, an OC height.


We do need to talk about that.

- [Janet] Oh yes., I forgot to ask you about that, too.

- [John] Yeah.

- [Janet] 'cause with that kind of power, - [John] Yes.

- [Janet] Depending on how the frame fits.

You do wanna measure for that.

- [John] Can do an OC height of 22.

- [Janet] Okay.

- [John] Or, 4.5 above the B.

- [Janet] Okay.

- [John] And, I stole that from one of the pictures that she sent, so..

- [Janet] Okay., So, we'll, get that taken care.


Let me read it back, and make sure that I've got everything correct.

I've got a right lens of minus six.

Minus 75 at 135.

The left is a minus 850, minus a quarter at 15.

It is mono.

Pds, 27 in a half over 29 in a half.

Oc height is 22.

We're gonna do the single vision radical, which is our free-form single vision., In, a 167.

We're gonna do the ice AR, and the frame that it's going into is a 4218, with a 35 B and it's, a fairly round shape.

- [John] It's gonna be an awesome pair of glasses.

- [Janet] Okay.

- [John] Nice.


This is how they turned out.

I think they're, absolutely beautiful.

We ended up running these in a high index 166.

This was in a single vision, our free-form, radical design.

And it has a mild compensation.

It has the ice clear, AR coating, no need to polish, I mean, the choice of frame, and the design of the lens, there's, no edge showing at all.

Personally, I.

Think these look fantastic.

Here is what LeeAnne thinks.

- These are my new glasses.

And they are the thinnest glasses.

I've had in a long time.

I love, how there's virtually no facial inset on the sides, so, it's, not as obvious that it's such a strong, prescription.

And, I'm, really happy with how they turned out.

- Wow! Okay, so much there.

Worth, a few seconds to review, the highlights.

Highlight number one., Frame size and frame shape, always matter.


Proper frame.

Choice is the base for any good pair of eyeglasses.


174 is not a magic lens.

Material., Number three.

You must develop enough confidence to reach a compromise with your higher power, customers.

For, them, fashion, be damned., Look, LeeAnne, didn't, wake up that morning minus 850, okay? High power.

People know they are a tough bid.

Work that to your advantage.

Number, four.


Sincerely hope you could hear the difference in the conversation that I had with Janet when I called the job in.

That is the kind of relationship that we have with our customers at Laramy-K.


We like to say, a great lens design all begins with great communication.


Not give us a call today?.


Does glasses frame size matter? ›

The width of your frames should not be wider than the width of your face at the temples. The top of your frames should be no higher than the line of your eyebrows. The lower edge of the frames shouldn't sit on your cheeks otherwise they will start to rub against your skin and cause irritation.

Does frame size affect lens thickness? ›

The bigger your lens frame, the thicker your lenses will end up being. The shape of your frame effects where the lens is cut out of the whole lens shape. This one is quite hard to imagine, but if you cut out an oblong shape, then you'll incorporate more of a thicker section at the sides of the lenses.

How do you know if your glasses are too big for your face? ›

Glasses that are too big will feel like they're slipping off of your face and ears. They'll often be too wide for your face, with the lenses extending too far past the sides. If your eyes look a bit too close together (or close to the glasses bridge), that's another signal that your glasses might be too big.

How do you know if your glasses are too small? ›

“A good eye-care professional will use the three-point touch rule to ensure a good fit. “The frames should touch the nose, the top of the right ear, and the top of the left ear,” she continues. “If the frame is too narrow, the glasses will constantly slide down your face and need adjustments.”

Do bigger glasses frames look better? ›

Large frames have a way of making eyes look larger and more expressive. This look has been used by celebrities and others who want to either hide their identities or increase their cool factor. David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, and Jennifer Anniston have all made oversized glasses look great.

Do oversized frames look good? ›

Oversized glasses may seem super stylish but too much can be quite unflattering. People who have very small faces should avoid wearing oversized glasses as the pupil displacement becomes more visible. Oversized glasses if not bought in the correct size may have a face fit issue.

Should a frame be bigger than the picture? ›

Often times the standard rule is to select a frame that is an inch wider and taller than the print, or poster.

What type of frame is best for thick lenses? ›

Generally speaking, oval or rounded shape frames are suitable for thick lenses. That is because they are easy to construct and can easily fit the more broad contour of your lenses.

Does astigmatism make lenses thicker? ›

Simply put, the higher the prescription, the thicker the lens. In addition, prescriptions with moderate to high astigmatism correction often result in thicker lenses.

Should eyebrows show above glasses? ›

However, for everyday frames, your eyebrows should typically show slightly from above your glasses. As a rule, at least the top half of your eyebrows should be visible. Your glasses shouldn't cover them completely, nor should they show them so much that your eyebrows look like they're floating on top of your frame.

Do bigger glasses make your face look thinner? ›

Frames that place the lenses further apart help to diminish the other facial features, especially the nose. The larger the appearance of the glasses, the smaller the other areas of the face will appear. This is valid for prescription safety glasses, prescription sunglasses, and eyewear.

Do bigger or smaller glasses look better? ›

Based on some rules, glasses will look best when the frame's total width is about the same width as the wearer's face. For those with narrow faces, the frame width must be equal to or a little bit greater than the face's width. In most cases, the size of the glasses must be proportional to the face's shape.

Why does everything look small when I wear glasses? ›

When a person has higher amounts of nearsightedness their eyeglass lenses are thick. This causes minification, which is when images appear smaller than real life-size. People with high amounts of nearsightedness actually see better with contacts because minification does not happen with contact lenses.

Are glasses with nose pads better than without? ›

If your nose is sensitive to weight or the bridge of your nose is lower, you should choose glasses with nose pads. If you are particularly looking for beauty and don't want any marks on your face, then choose glasses without nose pads. In fact, it is hard to say which one is better between nose pads and no nose pads.

Do bigger glasses make your eyes look smaller? ›

Large and thick frames make your eyes appear smaller as the distance to the eye increases, so going for smaller, thinner glasses will help minimise this effect. Request thinner lenses: Optical technology has come a long way, covering ground on lens reduction methods for those with high prescription powers.

Should glasses touch your cheeks when you smile? ›

How Glasses Should Rest on Your Face. The right pair of glasses should rest comfortably on the bridge of your nose. They should not press against your forehead or cheeks. They also shouldn't rest so far toward the end of your nose that they slip when you squint or wrinkle your nose.

Are more expensive glasses frames worth it? ›

If you're a regular glasses-wearer, spending a little extra on a higher quality pair of frames with good durability and strength will save you money at the end of the day, because those frames won't wear down or outright break nearly as quickly as a cheaper pair of frames.

What frames make your eyes look bigger? ›

Smaller, thinner frames are a great choice if you wish to enlarge your eyes, while large, thick frames will make your eyes appear smaller.

What frames make your face look thinner? ›

Rectangular Frames

They help add angles that emphasize your features. Like rectangular frames, square glasses give a round face's soft features balance and angles. Additionally, they make your face look longer and thinner.

Why are people wearing big glasses? ›

Greater Field of Vision

Because the lenses of these glasses are so large, they also increase your visibility range. Whether it be directly up and down or your peripheral vision, these glasses cover the entire area around your eyes and make it possible to see without moving your head.

What shape frames are best for my face? ›

For women, round and oval frames add softness to angular features, while cat-eye frames can add volume around narrow cheekbones. Men might opt for round or browline frames to balance facial features.

Is it better to get a frame that is too big or too small? ›

Too small is unusable unless you crop your photo, which certainly isn't ideal. If a frame is too large, then you can buy a mounting board to fill in the empty space and hold up the image or poster in question, and it will have a border that you're free to keep plain or decorate, in addition to the frame itself.

What is the golden ratio for frame size? ›

In framing, the Golden Ratio suggests that for the most visually appealing results, a frame's dimensions should be 1.618 times the size of the artwork it holds. Example: For 11" x 14" artwork, multiply the length and width by 1.618, for a frame size of 17.8" x 22.7".

What is the best frame size? ›

Traditionally, the most common frame sizes have been 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. These look great in any room in your house or office! Recently, however, 5x5 picture frames have become really popular. The square frame means that you can print your Instagram photos as they are without them being cropped or cut off.

What frame shape is best for high prescription? ›

Essentially, a smaller round or oval frame is the best shape for a strong prescription. Another option for your prescription eyeglasses is to purchase high-refractive index lenses. These offer the same correction for your prescription eyeglasses without the added thickness.

What is the best frame shape for progressive lenses? ›

Progressive wearers should avoid aviators and cat-eyes because both can cut off the bottom portion of the prescription, resulting in a loss of reading vision. Instead, they should look for shorter frames with rounded edges such as horn-rimmed, retro wingtip, circular, and oval ones.

Which frame is better for eyes? ›

To balance out the facial features, oval or cat-eye frames are best. Round: With smooth lines that make the width and length of the face essentially the same, a round face needs frames that add angles and length. Narrow, rectangular, and rimless frames suit round faces well.

What worsens astigmatism? ›

Astigmatism frequently worsens with age. Your cornea can become more irregular due to pressure from your eyelids as they lose muscle tone. Astigmatism generally stays stable until your turn 50. After then, your lens curvature progressively worsens each decade.

What makes astigmatism better? ›

Wearing corrective lenses treats astigmatism by counteracting uneven curvatures of your cornea or lens. Types of corrective lenses include: Eyeglasses. Eyeglasses are made with lenses that help compensate for the uneven shape of the eye.

Why are lenses for astigmatism so expensive? ›

It generally takes more expertise for an eye doctor to fit a patient for toric contacts than it does for regular lenses. For this reason, a toric lens fitting may cost more than a regular contact lens fitting. Since torics are more complex in design, the cost of replacing them will be higher than most regular contacts.

What glasses don't cover your eyebrows? ›

Rimless glasses are the most minimal style of spectacles and don't have any material surrounding the prescription lenses. Sleek glasses like these are the least likely to cover your eyebrows.

Should sunglasses go over or under eyebrows? ›

Specifically, you might wonder if glasses are supposed to cover your eyebrows. The simple answer is no. Your eyebrows are a great way to express yourself, and your eyewear should never conceal them.

Should you thin your eyebrows from the top or bottom? ›

Technically, it's a myth that you shouldn't pluck stray hairs from above your brow - it isn't going to ruin the shape of your brows if you do it carefully. However, never try and slim your brows down by plucking from the top. All shaping should happen from below for a natural look.

Who should not wear round glasses? ›

Round glasses are more suitable for people with long faces because of their round design. However, if it is a small round-frame glasses, it is more suitable for oval and heart-shaped faces. However, large round glasses are not suitable for people with the short face shape.

What shape glasses make your nose look smaller? ›

Glasses that make your nose look smaller tend to be large, thick and circular. This isn't concrete, but round shaped glasses can have an aesthetically flattering effect if you have a large nose. Due to their shape, they help blend your nose, rather than contrasting with it.

Do round glasses make face rounder? ›

Don't go with any circular frames or frames that are small, as these can make your face look rounder. You should also stay away from frameless glasses. Faces with an oval shape work with the most number of frames and are considered an ideal shape.

Do people look better or worse in glasses? ›

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Results showed that the images of people without glasses ranked higher than those with glasses. The participants who did wear glasses tended to give higher scores to the pictures of people with glasses, but those who didn't wear glasses did not do the same with images without glasses.

Why do my new glasses make everything look bigger? ›

This is a fairly common occurrence that can be a result of the adjustment period as your eyes get used to the new prescription. This type of peripheral vision distortion can often occur if the new glasses are of a higher prescription or the frames are larger than what you are used to.

Why can't I see close up with my new glasses? ›

The familiarization period

Some people only need a couple of days to get accustomed to new glasses, while others need up to two weeks. So it's completely normal if you can only see the frame rim of your glasses when you first put them on. The reason for this lies in the brain's visual center.

How do you make your eyes not look smaller with glasses? ›

How Do You Not Make Your Eyes Look Smaller with Glasses?
  1. Pay attention to the size of frames you buy. ...
  2. Lenses that are aspheric or atoric in design are ideal. ...
  3. Makeup can also help your eyes appear more prominent with glasses.
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What are the disadvantages of nose pads on glasses? ›

Pros and cons of nose pads

While nose pads for glasses give comfort for most people, there are instances when these eyeglasses accessories bring some discomfort. For example, some wearers may find them leaving red marks or indentations on their noses. The marks can affect nose pads, but not entirely.

What are the most comfortable glasses on your nose? ›

Comfort – Overall plastic glasses are more comfortable and this is because they don't have nose pads (although you might find the odd plastic frames with these nose pads). They have a molded bridge so will be more comfortable to wear on your nose.

What type of glasses are most comfortable? ›

Titanium frames offer an ultra lightweight stylish highly flexible option for those looking for the most comfortable pair of glasses. It is durable, strong and corrosion-resistant. Titanium eyewear comes in a variety of colors for a clean, modern look with a hint of color. And, it's hypoallergenic!

Do big glasses make your face look bigger? ›

Large boxy glasses shapes make your face seem narrower and less round. The larger and bolder the frame, the smaller your face will look. Bold colours like black will dominate your face for strong contrast and definition. Contrast is key to find the correct frame style.

What happens if your glasses are too big? ›

Glasses that are too big will feel like they're slipping off of your face and ears. They'll often be too wide for your face, with the lenses extending too far past the sides. If your eyes look a bit too close together (or close to the glasses bridge), that's another signal that your glasses might be too big.

Will your eyesight get worse if you don't wear your glasses? ›

Will Your Eyesight Become Worse If You Don't Wear Eyeglasses? Not wearing glasses will not damage your eyes; however, it might cause your vision loss symptoms to recur. Some common symptoms of farsightedness include tired eyes, headaches, and agitation.

What happens if PD is off by 2mm? ›

WHAT IF MY PD IS OFF BY 2mm? Even a 2mm difference in pupillary distance can cause a pair of eyeglasses to feel off because your pupils tend to converge or diverge to the center of the lens. Moreover, pupillary distance is more crucial on the higher the power of your prescription.

Do bigger frames make your eyes look bigger? ›

Large and thick frames make your eyes appear smaller as the distance to the eye increases, so going for smaller, thinner glasses will help minimise this effect. Request thinner lenses: Optical technology has come a long way, covering ground on lens reduction methods for those with high prescription powers.

Is the frame size the same as eye size? ›

Lens width, also known as “eye size,” is always the first glasses measurement in the series. It tells you the width of each lens in millimeters. This measurement only accounts for the width of the clear lens that you look through, meaning it doesn't include any of the surrounding frame.

What shape glasses make your eyes look bigger? ›

Smaller, thinner frames are a great choice if you wish to enlarge your eyes, while large, thick frames will make your eyes appear smaller.

Why do people wear oversized glasses? ›

Eye-Framing Effect

Oversized frames have a way of centering the eyes, making your features appear more symmetrical and your irises pop. This not only draws the attention of those around you but also adds a bit of intrigue to your look.

Is it bad to wear glasses with the wrong PD? ›

Your Glasses

If your pupil distance does not match where the centers of your pupils are, your vision can be affected– Like wearing someone else's glasses! The wrong PD can induce eye strain, fatigue, headaches and blurry vision. If you have a high prescription and the wrong PD these symptoms are often much worse.

Can I wear glasses with the wrong PD? ›

This measurement is used to determine where you look through the lens of your glasses. If the PD is wrong, or as we say in the optical world “out of tolerance,” you won't be able to focus your eyes together properly. That's why it is important to make sure that your PD is as accurate as possible.

What if my PD is off by 1mm? ›

The pupillary distance measurement does not have to be 100% precise to be applicable, as it can tolerate a small error range. A PD difference of 1mm is not going to cause too much discomfort, and would not be noticeable.

Why do I look skinnier with my glasses on? ›

When you wear glasses you have a gap between your eyes and the spectacle lens. If you're short/near sighted this causes the vision through the lens to be minified or made smaller. The more short sighted you are, the more minification you'll get.

Do eyes get smaller with age? ›

Okay, so our eyeballs themselves don't shrink as we grow older – they only appear so thanks to sagging skin around the eyes. You could start hitting the sack earlier to reduce those effects, or, if makeup is your jam, perfect that Korean-inspired puppy eye to enlarge those peepers.

What size frame is best for progressive lenses? ›

The minimum fitting height for progressive lenses is 28-30mm. This will allow proper room in each part of the lens so that you can see your best, whether you're driving or using your computer.

What is the most common eyeglass frame size? ›

Temple length can fall between 120mm and 150mm with 135mm, 140mm, 145mm and 150mm being the most common. If you have problems with temples being too short, check out other frames as different brands varied in temple length, get those with lengths of 145 and 150mm.

What size frames are considered large? ›

Glasses Frames- How to choose the right size eye glass frames.
Medium Large52-54mm
Extra Large56mm and up
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