Finding new glasses can be a challenge. After all, trying on eyewear isn't something we do on a regular basis—plus, in addition to being a medical necessity, glasses can also express your personal style (just ask Jay Z, LeBron James and Ryan Gosling, all of whom have been known to rock some unique frames).
With that in mind, read on to learn a few considerations to help you find an ideal frame.
Like a good suit, the way your glasses fit your face is key. This is important for look, but also to ensure you see your best. Your optician will take your measurements and ensure that your new specs fit perfectly (if not, you could end up with glasses that are too large or small) and are suitable for your lenses and prescription.
A good rule of thumb is to make sure the frame doesn't touch any part of your cheeks (when you smile or when your face is relaxed). If your frames do touch your cheeks, they may be too small. Your glasses should also fit flush on the bridge of your nose. If you see a gap between the frame and your nose, your eyewear is probably too small.
Finding the right frames for your face shape is important. If you aren't sure what shape your face is, speak with an optician as they'll be able to help figure out what category you fall under.
If you have a square-shaped face, opt for glasses that have a soft, round look. Alternatively, if you have a round face try slightly angular and rectangular frames. Oval face shapes can wear just about anything and if you have a heart-shaped face, consider rounder frames.
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Glasses can be a personal statement, but it's also important to think about how they'll be worn on a day-to-day basis. Are your frames for work, for sports or for casual wear in a variety of situations?
Knowing how and when you'll be wearing your glasses will influence what styles and materials you choose. You may find that you even need a few different pairs of glasses to meet your various needs. Your team of eye care professionals may also suggest particular lenses, such as those for use when working in front of a computer or while driving, that can offer even more versatility and be the solution for your needs.
While there are plenty of reliable classic standbys when it comes to the aesthetic of frames, these days glasses can be a fashion statement. Designers are experimenting with different styles all the time, so chances are you can find something that matches both your prescription and budget as well as your personal style. If you’re looking to add some variety or change to your personal style, consider broadening your search. Try on frames in different textures and styles, such as tortoise shell, clear frames or even unique materials like metal and wood, for example.
FYidoctors carries a wide variety of eyewear options, including designs from some of the biggest names in men’s fashion. Our considerate opticians can help you find your ideal frames and make sure they fit you perfectly. Find an FYidoctors location near you.