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In modern times, the most common solution to having poor eyesight is getting a good prescription and a pair of reliable eyeglass frames with properly coated lenses. To people with poor eyesight, their eyeglasses aren’t just a pair of lenses tacked onto pieces of plastic and metal, these eyeglasses are their windows to a clearer and colorful world. Not only that, but their eyeglasses also slow the progression of their myopia (if they have nearsightedness) and allow them to lead a functional and productive lifestyle. To further enhance that experience, getting good eyeglasses that fit you perfectly is not only beneficial for your eyes alone, but also acts as an essential personal investment that can influence your day-to-day activities, and Excel Eyecare OD PA is here to help remind you of things to remember when getting the perfect-fitting eyeglasses.

Perfect-Fitting Eyeglasses

Key Measurements

When you first order your eyeglasses, an optician will take measurements that are intended to give you the best experience. Usually, the following measurements are:

    Temple length, which determines the length of each temple or arm of the frame, and they are measured starting at the hinge and the very tip of the arm.

    Bridge width, a piece that is located between the lenses, which measures the distance between them.

–     Lens width, refers to the horizontal length of each lens.

These measurements will be kept in mind by the optician, and they will find the appropriate eyeglass frames that suit you best.

Fitting Factors

To get the best fitting glasses for you, it is best to know the following factors to get the most appropriate frames for you that can serve you for a long time:

Face Shape

Knowing how your face is shaped is crucial in getting the best suiting eyeglasses. There are five main face shapes for eyeglasses, and they are square, round, heart, triangle, and oval shapes.

Square face shapes benefit the best with frames that have rounder frames to counteract the angular aspects of your face.

Round face shapes are better suited with rectangular-shaped frames to sharpen the round features of your face.

Heart face shapes are a bit trickier to pinpoint, but a mix of angular and rounded frames can look good on them. Based on how prominent your other features are, like your chin, jaw, forehead, etc., you can adjust how angular or rounded the frames are.

Triangle face shapes have strong and prominent jaws, so aviator frames and cat-eye-shaped frames are best in complementing the strong bottom part of your face.

Oval face shapes are compatible with most frame types. They are by far the most versatile and universal face shape among them all, so if you have an oval-shaped face, then picking out most kinds of frames can work out for you. Though, if you want to perfect how you look, know what parts of your face are most prominent and appealing, and match your glasses to emphasize them.

            If you have dry eye and your contact lenses are causing more bouts of the symptoms, eye specialists sometimes recommend wearing eyeglasses instead. And when that happens, remember the face shapes listed above and pick out the appropriate one. If you really don’t want to wear eyeglasses, consider getting a LipiFlow® treatment.

Skin Tone and Hair Color

You wouldn’t think that skin tone and hair color would affect getting the perfect eyeglasses in your initial eye health exams, but they play a big role in significantly improving the aesthetics involved with your eyeglasses. Getting the proper color for your frames that either contrasts or conforms to your skin tone and hair color define how your overall aesthetic will be. If you’re not confident in styling yourself, take a safe choice and get a black-colored frame instead.

Temples

Getting the appropriate length and size for your temples (or the arms of the frame) is important in staying comfortable. You’ll know if the arms of the frame you got are perfect when they don’t chafe behind your ear and leave red marks or indents. You should also be able to move your head in a normal manner without them flying off of your face. Try nodding, shaking your head, and swiveling your head in different angles to test the stability and comfort of the frames.

Eyes

They’re not exactly eye health exams, but have more to do with the positioning of the optical center of the lenses. The center of your pupils should be aligned with the center of both lenses. Measuring your pupillary distance is needed to perfect this part. Lastly, make sure that the distance between the corner of your eye and the edge of the lens is equal on both sides.

Nose

Your frame’s weight should be optimally balanced across the bridge of your nose. Equal distribution of weight on the nose pads of your frame is key. To be completely sure, check if the nose pads of the frame produce marks or dig into your nose bridge. If they do, then you’ll need to change frames or have it adjusted. Frames that are too heavy cause a lot of discomfort on your nose as more time passes, and bad frames consistently leave marks on the bridge of your nose every time you remove them.

Frame Material

Frame material is also very important in making you feel more confident and at ease while wearing your eyeglasses. The material depends on your preference and lifestyle as well. If you lead an active lifestyle (constantly playing sports or doing physical activities while wearing glasses), sturdy eyeglasses with impact-resistant frames are the best fit for you. If you want to look classy while maintaining comfort, wire-framed eyeglasses will keep you looking dapper without affecting functionality. Choose which ones fit with your preference and make you feel great when you look at yourself in the mirror!

Suffering from dry eye? We highly recommend getting LipiFlow® Dry Eye Treatment, with effects that last up to two years per treatment! Excel Eyecare OD PA provides premium eye care service packages and products that are aimed to keep you and your family’s vision clear and healthy! Our staff works hard to stay current on the latest advances in eye health and vision care to provide our patients with the most modern and progressive ocular assistance available. For any inquiries, you can reach us at (980) 319-1870 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve clients and patients in the state of North Carolina.