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How to choose the right pair of glasses?

Author: Reflect Optometry | | Categories: Eye Clinic , Eye Glasses , Optometry Clinic


If you are shopping for a new pair of glasses and find yourself struggling to find a pair that suits you, there are a few things to take into account. We at Reflect Optometry can help guide you, as frame selection can be overwhelming! 

First step is to identify the shape of your face:

  • Oval Narrow forehead and chin, high cheekbones  
  • Square Broad forehead and chin, angular jawline 
  • Round forehead, cheeks, and chin are similar in length and width, soft jawline
  • Heart: Wide forehead, narrow chin, prominent cheekbones 
  • Diamond Narrow forehead and chin, wider cheekbones
  • Triangular: Narrow forehead, wide jawline and chin 

We often recommend choosing a frame that compliments your features. For example, someone with a square face shape looks great in a more rounded frame that softens features, while someone with a round face shape looks great in a more angular frame. Oval faces can generally wear any style, but oversized frames are especially flattering as they help balance out a longer face shape. Triangular and diamond face shapes look great in aviators or cat-eye shapes, while heart shaped faces look awesome in round or rectangular frames. 

Other questions to ask yourself when you’re choosing a frame are:

Do you want to be bold or more subtle? Are you looking for lightweight and flexible? Do you love colour? We at Reflect Optometry want you to feel confident in your frame choice, and we love it when our patients look, feel AND see their best! 

Remember, these are just guidelines. If you fall in love with a frame and feel great wearing it, then you’ve made the right choice!

When we help you select that perfect frame, we also keep in mind the strength and style of your prescription (are they single vision, bifocals, progressives?) so that your new lenses look great, feel light and fit nicely into your new frame. 

Below are some common problems:

1. The frame is too shallow

If you wear progressives or bifocals, we want to ensure that you have adequate space in your lenses to get you seeing comfortably at distance, arms length and up-close. If a frame is too shallow, you may find that you are looking under your frame to read, rather than looking through the lenses.

2. Your frame is too wrapped (curved)

A high wrap frame (one that curves) is common for a sports frame or sunglasses, but if you have a high amount of astigmatism in your prescription, you may get a “fishbowl effect” looking through them. This problem can often be solved by ordering a specific lens design to help minimize that distortion, but in some cases, a different frame shape would solve the problem. That’s where we come in. We will help guide you in choosing a frame that will better accommodate your prescription so that you can look great AND have comfortable vision. 

3. You find your glasses too heavy or thick

If your glasses are too heavy or thick, you might find yourself searching for solutions to make your eyewear more comfortable. Think about lightweight frame options like titanium and high index lenses, which means that the lenses will turn out thinner and lighter.

If you are looking for an optometrist in Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON, reach out to us at Reflect Optometry. I’m Dr. Cristina Schirripa and am committed to providing exceptional eye care to all ages with a focus on patient education. I enjoy taking the time to help my patients understand their vision and eye health and believe that optometry is more than just a sight test, it is about maintaining healthy eyes through preventative and collaborative eye care.

I offer services like comprehensive eye exams, senior eye exams, children’s eye exams, diabetic eye exams, glaucoma testing, contact lens assessment and fitting, emergency eye care, Lasik and refractive surgery co-management, dry eye therapy, myopia control, computer vision syndrome treatment, diagnosis and management of ocular diseases to patients from across Ballantrae, Stouffville, Aurora, Newmarket, East Gwillimbury, Uxbridge, Mount Albert, and surrounding areas.

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