Let's face it: choosing new frames can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. After all, your glasses are more than just a way to see clearly, they're something that speaks to your unique sense of style.
Fortunately, an eye care professional – like the ones you'll find at any FYidoctors location – can help you pick out the perfect frames to match your budget, look and vision needs. But before you set foot in a store, here are five simple rules you might want to consider to help you find the perfect frames.
1. Match Frames With Your Face Shape
You might not know it, but your face shape can actually be placed into one of six categories: oval, round, diamond, triangular, rectangular or square. Once you've identified your face shape, it's easy to pick out complimentary frames. For example, angular frames tend to work best with a round face. Square frames are the perfect choice for both diamond and triangular faces. Frames with a straight top and rounded base are the best way to go if your face is rectangular. Round frames are great for square-shaped faces. And if you're lucky enough to have an oval face, you can pretty much go with any kind of frame you want.
2. Choose Frames That Suits Your Style
Getting a new pair of glasses can be the ideal way to create an all-new look for yourself or it can be a great way to further accentuate your individual style. For example, if you're going for a more reserved and professional look, you might want to choose a classic or retro frame. If you want to create a look that's more fashion-forward and youthful, choose a frame created with more modern design sensibilities. Feel free to experiment with colors, patterns and brands to find something that speaks to your individual style.
3. Choose The Right Size
When it comes to frames, size really does matter. In fact, you may notice three numbers associated with each frame (for example: 50-18-140). The first number measures the width of each lens. If you have a narrow face, go for the 42-50 mm range. If your face is a bit wider, 50-53mm is your best bet. The second number is bridge width (or the space between lenses). If you have a narrow bridge or close-set eyes, you'll want to go for 15-18 mm, while larger bridges work best with 18-22mm. The third number measures the arm length of the frame. Most people are either 135mm, 140mm, 145mm or 150mm. While your eye care professional will ensure you have a great fit, the most important thing is to choose a pair that feels comfortable even before adjustments are made.
4. Work With Your Prescription
Before you start picking out frames, it's important to bear in mind that your prescription may have an impact on the selection of frames that are available to you. Some prescriptions for example, will require a maximum thickness of glass or a level of depth to accommodate your vision needs. In order to save time and effort, be sure to go over your prescription with your optometrist before you start browsing for new frames.
5. Choose Frames That Suit Your Lifestyle
Your lifestyle is a unique part of who you are, which is why it's important to choose frames that will be able to handle your day-to-day activities. For example, if you're looking for a pair of frames that you'll be taking on and off a great deal (such as reading glasses), you'll probably want something that's a little more flexible and light weight. If you plan on wearing your glasses while playing sports, be sure to choose frames made of sturdier materials. The key is to find frames that will work seamlessly with your lifestyle.
Remember, the most important thing is to choose frames that fit comfortably and make you feel good about yourself. Follow these simple rules and speak to your FYidoctors eye care professional, and you'll be able to find the perfect frames in no time.